jervis bay marine and national parks
Jervis Bay Marine Park
Humpback Whales

jervis bay marine park

The wide variety of unique aquatic and coastal habitats and the relatively undistubed environments surrounding Jervis Bay, resulted in all waters in Jervis Bay being declared a Marine National Park in 2002.

Complementing Jervis Bay National Park and Booderee National Park, it is home to a unique mix of tropical and temperate species including the weedy sea-dragon, eastern blue devil fish, whales, bottlenose dolphins, little penguins, and fur seals.

Indigenous people have had strong ties to the Jervis Bay area over thousands of years and there are many sites of cultural significance to them within the Marine Park.

This popular Marine Park caters for a broad range of recreational and commercial activities while conserving marine biodiversity. Recreational activities include fishing, scuba diving, boating, surfing and other beach pursuits.

Jervis Bay National Park
Old Growth Forest

jervis bay national park

A short walk along the White Sands Walk and you will enter Jervis Bay National Park which has various sections around the bay mainly on the western and northern shores of the bay.

The forest, bays and beaches are great for swimming, bushwalking, birdwatching or just enjoying the tranquillity. Greenfield Beach has visitor facilities, including electric barbecues, toilets, a shelter shed and wheelchair access to the beach.

From Greenfield Beach you can follow information signs on the White Sands Walk along the coast to Hyams Beach and return via the Scribbly Gum Track.

Hammerhead Point near Currarong and Red Point near Callala Bay on the northern side of the bay have picnic areas with toilets and access to ocean beaches.

Booderee National Park
Featertail Glider

booderee national park

Booderee National Park comprises the majority of the land on the southern shores of Jervis Bay and the ocean beaches further to the south of the bay. Booderee is an Aboriginal word from the Dhurga language meaning 'bay of plenty' or 'plenty of fish'.

To experience nature at its best, allow plenty of time to explore Booderee National Park and Botanic Gardens. You'll find a wide range of habitats in the area including coastal cliffs and heaths, sandy beaches, mangroves, swamps, lakes and forests.

In recognition of its unique heritage value, the Booderee National Park and Botanic Gardens are on the Register of the National Estate.

Some of the well know beauty spots of the National Park include Green Patch, Murrays Beach, Hole-in-the-Wall, Bristol Point, Summercloud Bay and Scottish Rocks.

There are a variety of secluded beaches ideal for a quiet swim, a wide variety of walking tracks to explore, as well as a number of picnic grounds and campsites, so you can make the most of this magnificent setting.

The diverse terrain is home to more than 200 species of birds. The White-bellied Sea Eagle is one of the many birds commonly seen around the park and on your walks in the Park, keep an eye out for crimson rosellas, king parrots, kookaburras, satin bowerbirds, pied currawongs, magpies, wattlebirds, cockatoos, honeyeaters and spinebills.

Swamp Wallabies and Echidnas and are often encountered when walking on the many walking trails within the park.

The Park is jointly managed by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council and the Commonwealth Government and you'll pay a nominal daily entry fee to visit. Everyone benefits from proper management of the Park, especially the visitors, and Park use fees help with the cost of protecting the values of the Park and at the same time help to maintain visitor services and facilities.