Junior ranger: Booti Booti

Booti Booti National Park

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Overview

Join us for a Junior ranger adventure, as we traverse the shores of Seven Mile Beach. Walk alongside a Discovery Ranger to find out what plants and animals live here, and how they survive in this magical environment.

When

Thursday 6 October 2022, 10am to 12pm.

Thursday 12 January, 13 April and 13 July 2023, 10am to 12pm.

Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Easy. Suitable for adults and children 5 years and over.
Price

Child $15 per person (5 to 16 years). Accompanying adults free.

Entry fees

$8 per vehicle per day. Day passes are available from the Manning Great Lakes area office, Bulahdelah Visitor Information Centre and the Hawks Nest Newsagency.

Meeting point
The Ruins campground and picnic area
Bookings
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
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Walk to the beach and learn about Booti Booti National Park and all its beauty. You’ll gain an understanding of the important role of workers in a national park, and how you can help to conserve and protect these special places.

Understand the important role of workers in a national park, and how you can help to conserve and protect these special places.

Discover what role our future environmental leaders or Junior rangers can play in preserving these important places into the future. Wear enclosed non-slip shoes and be prepared to get them a little wet.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/guided-tours/junior-ranger-booti-booti/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Junior ranger: Booti Booti.

Getting there and parking

The Ruins campground and picnic area is located in Booti Booti National Park.

From Forster:

  • Head south along the Lakes Way
  • It's 20km to Ruins campground and the Great Lakes Park Office
  • From Newcastle:

  • Head north on the Pacific Highway
  • Just past Bulahdelah, turn right onto The Lakes Way (signposted ‘Seal Rocks’).
  • Follow The Lakes Way for approximately 55km to Pacific Palms
  • Continue along The Lakes Way until you see Ruins campground and the Great Lakes Park Office on your right

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking is available for $8 per vehicle per day.

    Maps and downloads

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

    Learn more

    Junior ranger: Booti Booti is in Booti Booti National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A haven for birds and birdwatchers alike

    Elizabeth Beach picnic area, Booti Booti National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Booti Booti National Park features a substantial number of amphibians and reptiles, including red-bellied black snakes, brown snakes, rose-crowned snakes and blue-bellied swamp snakes. Goannas are regular visitors to The Ruins campground and picnic areas, and you may even be lucky enough to see a land mullet or water dragon. The unusual peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and Wallis Lake also provides an outstanding habitat for over 210 species of birds, including rainbow and scaly-breasted lorikeets, yellow-faced honeyeaters and silvereyes, as well as a number of waterbirds, including pelicans and the endangered little tern.

    • Cape Hawke lookout Just five minutes from Forster, the Cape Hawke lookout offers spectacular views along the coast from the top of a dedicated tower, perfect for whale watching.
    • Elizabeth Beach picnic area A short drive from Forster, Elizabeth Beach picnic area offers a great spot to relax near a beach popular for swimming, surfing, and whale watching in winter.
    • Junior ranger: Booti Booti Join us for a Junior ranger adventure, as we traverse the shores of Seven Mile Beach. Walk alongside a Discovery Ranger to find out what plants and animals live here, and how they survive in this magical environment.
    • Sailing Club picnic area An alternative to the ocean-front options of Booti Booti National Park, Sailing Club picnic area offers a shady rest spot on the shore of Wallis Lake.

    Aye, Captain

    Cape Hawke lookout, Booti Booti National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Captain Cook first sighted Cape Hawke on May 12, 1770, and named it in honour of the First Lord of the Admiralty, Edward Hawke. The famous explorer and surveyor John Oxley later passed through the area in 1818. The first European inhabitant was Captain J. Gogerly, who sailed between Forster and Sydney ferrying timber, oyster shells, and sandstone. Today you can pay respects to Captain Gogerly and some of his relatives at their gravemarkers, across the road from the Ruins campground.

    • Booti Hill and Wallis Lake walking track Just 20km from Forster, this thrilling track offers a scenic day walk including beaches, Wallis Lake, and plenty of opportunities for swimming and whale watching.
    • Junior ranger: Booti Booti Join us for a Junior ranger adventure, as we traverse the shores of Seven Mile Beach. Walk alongside a Discovery Ranger to find out what plants and animals live here, and how they survive in this magical environment.

    Spirituality, identity and lifestyle

    Boomerang Beach, Booti Booti National Park. Photo: Ian Charles

    Booti Booti National Park holds important cultural significance for the Worimi Aboriginal people, who have lived on and used the land and waters for many thousands of years. Dozens of Aboringal sites exist within the park, including artefact scatters, stone quarries, tool sites, and shell middens. These are important markers of Aboriginal history in the region, demonstrating how land, water, plants and animals contributed to and continue to have significance for Aboriginal identity, spirituality, and lifestyle.

    • Junior ranger: Booti Booti Join us for a Junior ranger adventure, as we traverse the shores of Seven Mile Beach. Walk alongside a Discovery Ranger to find out what plants and animals live here, and how they survive in this magical environment.

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