Jervis Bay has a few surrounding National Parks. Our family visited Booderee National Park because it was close to where we were staying in Huskisson. The cost for entry for 48 hours was $11. There is an extra charge if you plan to camp there. We discovered there are too many beaches and walks to do in one day.
We started at Cave Beach. The road trip here was about 15 minutes drive from Hyams Beach. There is a short walk to a lookout, it has a view over the beach towards the sea.
Another short walk leads you to the call sites and picnic area. There are trees, tables, and BBQ areas. The BBQ is wood fired, with a huge supply of wood. We liked the look of the camp sites, so I hope to get back there in the spring or summer time.
My son spotted a kangaroo and some wallabies resting under the trees. Aaliyah was really excited to get up close.
Another short walk down the beach access and we were on the beach. We found a cave and so the kids pretended to go on a bear hunt. Thankfully, we didn’t find bears or bats in the cave. The kids hunted for seashells and played with their sticks. There was only a couple of people on this beach, it was easy to find a quiet spot.
On the way back to the carpark we found a Diamond Python in the toilet block. We had learned from the signs that this snake is not poisonous. We got as close as we dared to get a good photo and a quick video. As soon as the snake discovered us, he curled up into a tiny ball.
On our return to the car we tried (unsuccessfully) to spot another snake.
I had a great idea for a picnic with a view, but I didn’t read the map properly. We travelled back up the road and turned off towards Cape St George Lighthouse. I had heard there is a fabulous view, and it is a good spot to look out for passing whales (May to November). The road up is slow, and an unsealed road. It took about 10 or 15 minutes to drive there.
There was a beautiful view and we tried to spot a whale without any luck. The kids enjoyed looking at the old buildings and dad explaining the latrines! They thought it was funny that the toilet emptied off the cliff and into the ocean.
I took along a picnic thinking (or hoping) there would be a big grassy area with a view for us to sit and enjoy the view. Tip to you reading, find a place on the map with a picnic area. If I had paid attention to the map, I would’ve known this was not a picnic spot!
We enjoyed our snack anyway, from a rocky cliff overlooking the ocean. The kids were tired of walking and Noah was hanging out for a game of tennis, so we headed back to our holiday park.
I left with a feeling that I’d really like to return and see much more of this beautiful place! Hopefully next time we can also find a place to learn a bit about the local aboriginal people. I can’t wait for next time.
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