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Tailored surf lessons at Booti Booti beaches

Booti Booti National Park

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Ride pristine breaks in beautiful Booti Booti National Park with Gary Hughes Surface School of Surf. Whether you're a beginner or advanced rider, these tailored sessions will put you on the front foot.


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Booti Booti National Park
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Private lessons and group sessions available.

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Book a lesson with Gary Hughes Surface School of Surf to boost your surfing skills and ride turquoise waves in and around Booti Booti National Park. You'll be in good hands because Gary, a top professional surfer and leader in the surfing community, has taught surfing fundamentals, awareness and etiquette to thousands of people. Surfers young and old will benefit from this school's hands-on approach and quality tuition that's safe, educational and fun.

These lessons are also a great way to have fun if your group is celebrating a special occasion, like a hens' and bucks' party or birthday party. Gary Hughes Surface School of Surf is also happy to customise lessons for corporate outings.

Gary Hughes Surface School of Surf is a licensed commercial tour operator with a Parks Eco Pass.

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Park info

  • in Booti Booti National Park in the North Coast region
  • Booti Booti National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

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

    Buy annual pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
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    Tailored surf lessons at Booti Booti beaches 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 360-degree 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.
    • 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.

    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.

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