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Booderee Botanic Gardens

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by Lilian Finch (subscribe)
I live in a beautiful part of the world and love to share parts of it with my readers.
Published June 14th 2013
The Only Botanic Gardens Managed by Aboriginals in Australia
"Walawaani njindiwan njin booderee"
Welcome everyone this is Booderee National Park.

Booderee Botanic Gardens is located within Boderee National Park and are the only Aboriginal owned botanic gardens in Australia. The gardens showcase many coastal plant species including those used for food and in medicine by Aboriginal communities.

Kangaroo grazing botanical park
Friendly and Wild, do not feed.

The Gardens cover 80 hectares of Booderee National Park and include a unique setting of cultivated areas surrounded by natural bushland, visitors will often encounter "wild" Kangaroos which act friendly and will allow quite close contact, the park displays "do not feed" signs in prominent places.

Booderee Botanical Gardens
Cultivated gardens surrounded by natural bushland

Well formed paths have been created providing easy access through cultivated areas including the rainforest walk and heath forest. Paths have been designed to be wheelchair and stroller friendly.

The gardens have lots of well maintained grass lawns with picnic tables, electric BBQs and a sheltered picnic area which are all ideal for large groups or wet weather use. Bird watching is a popular activity, Booderee is home to the endangered Eastern Bristlebird.

Bird watching, fauna, flora
A popular spot for bird watching.

Development of the site as a botanic gardens started in 1951, The local Koori community at Wreck Bay successfully acquired the ownership of the gardens, and the park in 1995.
The Gardens are now jointly managed by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and National Parks and Wildlife. Koori led educational tours are available during NSW school holidays, and also upon request (depending on staff availability). Spotlight tours are very popular.

spotlight, possum
Searching for Possums by spotlight

Special events such as weddings and other public gatherings can be hosted within the park, the area is also often used for commercial photography and film but permits are required.
The park volunteer group are happy to welcome new members. More information about this can be obtained by emailing

Opening hours vary depending upon the time of year :-
1 October - 30 April
Open 9.00 am - 5.00 pm Monday to Friday
Open 8.00 am - 6.00 pm Weekends and Public Holidays (Daylight Saving)
Open 9.00 am - 5.00 pm Weekends and Public Holidays (EST)
1 May - 30 September:
Open 9.00 am - 4.00 pm daily
December/January School Holidays: Open 8.00 am - 6.00 pm daily
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Why? Adventure, Day Trip, Education, Relaxation
When: All year round
Where: Booderee Botanical Garden, Jervis Bay
Cost: $11.00 for a 2 day park pass
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