Booti Booti National Park protects a strip of coastal bushland on the New South Wales mid north coast, 280km north of Sydney and just south of the twin towns of Forster-Tuncurry.
The park is home to some beaut beachfront campsites and protects a number of first rate fishing platforms that entice travelling anglers from far and wide.
Whatever your coastal persuasion, Booti Booti has got you covered. Apart from the plethora of landbased fishing platforms it protects, the park is also home to several fantastic surf breaks that work in a variety of conditions, as well as a number of easily accessible rocky inshore reefs that are popular with snorkelers and spearfishermen alike.
The national park is located within easy range of a weekend visit for all Sydneysiders and is very popular on long weekends and over peak holiday periods, so if you’re planning a visit during a busy time, lock down your campsite booking as far in advance as possible.
STUFF TO DO
4WDING is unfortunately not permitted on the beaches within Booti Booti National Park, however if you’re itching for a sand-driving fix, the Myall Lakes National Park immediately to the south allows 4WD access on Lighthouse Beach, Fiona Beach and at Mungo Brush.
FISHING is very popular on this part of the coast, and there are plenty of options on offer year-round.
During summer, great catches of sand whiting and flathead are taken from Seven Mile Beach, with the prime bait being locally sourced beachworms.
School jewfish and the odd larger mulloway are also taken from the deeper gutters of Seven Mile Beach from time to time, so it can pay to throw out a big slab bait or livie on a heavier rod.
Tailor, bream and Australian salmon make up the bulk of most catches during the winter months, and are best targeted on whole pilchard baits rigged on ganged hooks below a running sinker.
LOCATION: Booti Booti National Park is located 280km north of Sydney, access is via the Pacific Highway and The Lakes Way.
CAMPING is available within the park at The Ruins Campground, just off The Lakes Way in Pacific Palms.
This campground has over 98 sites available and is suitable for camper trailers and caravans as well as more basic camp setups. More information and bookings available at www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
FUEL is available in Forster, Pacific Palms and Blueys Beach.
MORE INFO is available at www.greatlakes.org.au