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South Coast Leisure Times : Autum 2016
30 South Coast www.southcoastleisuretimes.com.au Booderee Botanic Gardens is the only Aboriginal owned botanic garden in Australia. It covers 80 hectares of Booderee National Park and includes a unique setting of cultivated areas surrounded by natural bushland. Visitors can learn about bush tucker and medicinal uses of plants, the long association that Koori people have had with the area and the plants of south-eastern Australia. There are a range of facilities and services available to help visitors appreciate and explore the gardens including formed paths, self-guided and guided walks, interpretive displays, picnic areas and more. Visitors can see and touch some rare plants at the botanic garden. The local lilli pilli is a threatened coastal species which only grows in the Jervis Bay and southern Sydney areas. Pests eat its leaves. Unlike other natives, this plant has a unique feature - it does not tolerate bushfire. The rare lilli pilli is also an impor tant source of bush tucker. It has a little fruit which can be eaten raw or made into jam. The Dracophyllum growing in the garden is not on any threatened or endangered list, but it probably should be. They are difficult to propagate, with a success rate of 5 to 10 per cent. It’s easy to have a fun-filled educational day or a family camping weekend at Booderee National Park. There are plenty of picnic grounds and beaches to explore and opportunities for land-based whale watching. The ideal spot is at the historic Cape St George Lighthouse at the end of Stoney Creek Road. The park has a number of guided walking trails where visitors can enjoy the local wildlife. There are many varieties of birds, including honeyeaters, eastern bristlebirds and white-bellied sea eagles. Many other insects and small animals live in the foliage and leaf litter. A quiet walker will sometimes see wallabies or grey kangaroos grazing beside the trails. Green Patch is a popular camping ground within Booderee National Park. Jervis Bay Discover flora and fauna of all kinds at Booderee We hope you enjoy your stay in beautiful Booderee. Booderee is owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and is a very significant place for all Koori people, containing many traditional foods an medicines, sites of great importance and ancient campsites and middens. All things have meaning and help tell the story of the countless generations of our ancestors who have lived sustainably in these lands and waters. Our traditional knowledge and our cultural activities continue to live on in Booderee. Please help care for our land and waters as this is a very special place. Camping Our variety of campsites provide opportunities for school groups, families and individuals to stay in the Park and experience our magnificent natural and cultural heritage. Bookings are essential, for information and site availability contact the Visitor Centre. Bush Walks Booderee is home to many spectacular walks. A highlight this time of year is the Munyungawaraga Dhugan Trail. Visitors will see some of Booderee's most spectacular and beautiful scenery during this 5.5km walk. Leave early in the morning to make the most of the birdlife, you may even spot an endangered Bristle Bird. The trail includes fourteen interpretative signs which provide a self- guided tour of Booderee's natural and cultural heritage. Highlights include the Governor Head lookout and spectacular panoramic views over Jervis Bay and the Tasman Sea. Take binoculars and you may be able to see the colony of Small Penguin's on Bowen Island. Cape St George Lighthouse Stunning views of the sandstone cliff coastline can be enjoyed from the ruins of the lighthouse built in 1860. You'll see birdlife, reptiles, marine life and discover local shipwreck history. Botanic Gardens The Booderee National Park Botanic Gardens are the only Aboriginal owned botanic gardens in Australia. They showcase significant coastal plant species and food and medicine plants used by the local Aboriginal communities. Picnics There are many scenic areas in the park with modern amenities, wood or electric barbecues and other facilities that are perfect for picnics. For day visitors, areas at Green Patch, Bristol Point, Caves Beach, Iluka and Botanic Gardens are available. School Holiday Activities During the NSW School Holiday periods we offer a range of interesting and informative Ranger guided activities for the whole family. All bookings at the Visitor Centre or call (02) 4443 0977 for more information. For more information on value park passes, camping and things to see and experience please drop in to our Visitor Centre. We're open 7 days a week, 9am to 4pm. Or you can call us on (02) 4443 0977 or visit our website at www.booderee.gov.au Images - Courtesy June Anderson RSB-BNP027 BOOKYOURCAMPSITEGETAWAYONLINE.www.booderee.gov.auAW1905900