There’s so much to see and experience in the Booderee National Park that a week’s stay is only going to scratch the surface. I’ve been exploring this amazing place since I arrived in South Coast NSW, 11 years ago and I never tire of the amazing scenery.
Out on the eastern edge of the park you can find a trio of locations that offer something for everyone. Stoney Creek is one of the best snorkelling locations in the region, Moes Rock is a fisherman’s dream and Cape St George is a historic and picturesque location.
Stoney Creek is the southern-most stop on the unsealed but driveable bush track. There’s a small car park at the end of the trail and so, depending on the time of year that you visit, you may have difficulty finding somewhere to leave your car. This is a first-rate location to go snorkelling because the mouth of this beach is protected from the swell by a rock reef. There are two paths down to the beach – take the southern path to arrive at the back of the beach instead of up on the rocks on the northern path. You can walk around the headland in either direction, but head south to discover awesome secret inlets and coves.
Moes Rock is a prime fishing location, thanks to wide rocks that slope down into the ocean and nearby ledges overlooking deep water. It’s a scenic and rugged spot that is just as much fun to explore without fishing rod and tackle. There are views to the north of the Cape, Bowen Island and Point Perpendicular.
The Cape St George Lighthouse has been a long-standing favourite with visitors to Booderee thanks to the amazing cliff-top location and incredible history associated with the doomed lighthouse. After a short walk from the car park you can explore the out-buildings and main lighthouse structure with informational boards explaining the different roles of the buildings and how life was for the inhabitants and workers of the time. Being located up on the cliffs, the old lighthouse is also an excellent lookout and is a first-rate location to go whale watching, because the deep water is closer to the land and therefore the whales often that bit closer.
All three of these amazing locations are situated out on Stoney Creek Road, off Wreck Bay Road in the Booderee National Park. Entry to the park is $11 for 48 hours, but if you live locally and plan to return, get the $66 two year pass which is excellent value for money. Camping is available within the park at Cave Beach, Scottish Rocks and Green Patch, but are very popular year-round so always book ahead.