Booderee National Park lies 170 kilometres south of Sydney in Jervis Bay. Booderee is an Aboriginal word from the Dhurga language meaning ‘bay of plenty’ or ‘plenty of fish.’ The Park covers more than 6000 hectares on land and sea and is leased by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council to the Director of National Parks.
Local rangers and traditional owners work together in protecting and opening up Jervis Bay to visitors from throughout Australia with outstanding achievements in biodiversity heritage and environment conservation.
The reserves are selected for their exceptional contributions to Australia’s National Reserve System and their national significance in protecting key components of biodiversity, including rare or threatened species and ecosystems, and places of outstanding species richness.
Booderee makes an outstanding contribution to Australia’s National Reserve System, a continent–wide network of protected areas, protecting Australia’s unique landscapes, plants and animals for future generations.
Booderee National Park, was handed back to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community in 1995. It is one of only three National Parks in Australia owned by Aboriginal people – the others are Uluru and Kakadu in the Northern Territory. The 6,000-hectare park offers walking trails to several beaches, a well-established botanic garden of native plants and ferns and abundant bird life and fauna.