Booderee’s a national park that straddles the southern coastline of Jervis Bay, a little under 200km south of Sydney’s suburban sprawl.
This spot is well into south coast country, and while only a couple of hours drive from the city’s frenetic crowds, it feels a million miles apart.
The park’s home to a slew of blindingly white sand beaches billed as the whitest in the land, perhaps the world. They’re starkly pretty, so be sure, and they’re not the only attraction in the area.
While there’s no hardcore offroad driving as such within the park, there are a couple of unsealed roads and plenty of hardcore tracks on tap at Yalwal, 65km inland.
There’s some all time fishing ledges and surf breaks dotted along this stretch of coastline, so if you’re partial to either pastime, remember to pack a board and a couple of rods.
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4WDING isn’t necessary to get around within the park, so if you’re craving a proper offroad fix, point your vehicle inland and make the 65km trip to Yalwal, where there’s no shortage of hair-raising routes available.
FISHING: Jervis Bay is home to some of the most fish rich waters on the NSW coast, with a gold mine of piscatorial options on offer. The whole area is protected by the Jervis Bay Marine Park, which allows for recreational fishing in around 80% of its waters, except for special sanctuary zones.
Visit www.mpa.nsw.gov.au to familiarise yourself with the no-go zones.
SURFING: There are some ripper options for a surf around Booderee National Park, with undoubtedly the most famous being the hollow left hand reef break known as Black Rock, or Aussie Pipe. It tends to get crowded here when the waves are good, and the locals can be protective, but it’s worth it if you can score a couple of good rides.
LOCATION: Booderee National Park is located just under two hours drive south of Sydney, with access via the Pacific Highway and Jervis Bay Road.
CAMPING is allowed within the park at three different locations – Green Patch, Cave Beach and Bristol Point campgrounds. All three campgrounds are equipped with comfortable sites and basic facilities. Bookings can be made online at www.parksaustralia.gov.au.
FUEL is available at Vincentia, Huskisson and Nowra.
MORE INFO is available at www.parksaustralia.com.au