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Booti Booti National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Booti Booti National Park.

Getting there and parking

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    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

    Park entry points

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    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    A bus from Sydney or Newcastle to Forster can be stopped at the Ruins campground by asking the driver. Call Busways on 1800 043 263.

    For further information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website

    Best times to visit


    The crisp sunny days of autumn are perfect for packing up a picnic or barbecue hamper and heading out for a day relaxing in the sun.


    Magnificent wildflower displays as they bloom across the heathlands.


    Swim at the seasonally patrolled Elizabeth Beach or kayak in Wallis Lake, whilst staying at the nearby Ruins campground.


    Visit Cape Hawke lookout to watch whales migrating off the coast.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    15°C and 30°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    5°C and 20°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
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    • Multi Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (except Kosciuszko) $65 (1 year) / $115 (2 years)
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    • Country Parks Pass - For all parks in Country NSW (except Kosciuszko) $45 (1 year) / $75 (2 years)
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    • Single Country Park Pass - For entry to a single park in country NSW (except Kosciuszko). $22 (1 year) / $40 (2 years)
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    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    • Beaches are unpatrolled, except for Elizabeth Beach, which may be patrolled at various periods throughout the year. Take great care when swimming as there may be strong hidden currents and never swim alone.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).



    Generators are prohibited in this park.


    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    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. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

      Buy annual pass
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    Nearby towns

    Forster (8 km)

    Dominated by water sports Forster is the centre of the Great Lakes area.


    Taree (43 km)

    Taree is a major mid North Coast city, ringed by superb beaches. It's situated on the Manning River and set against rolling hills.


    Old Bar (50 km)

    As well as its beachside attractions, Old Bar is an ideal base for exploring nearby natural attractions. Crowdy Head National Park and the beautiful waterways of Myall lakes National Park are just two of the best.