Our Bouderie Camping Holiday Review:
Pulling into Bedourie National Park Green Patch camp ground we were not sure what to expect. Sure we had heard that nearby Hayms Beach had the whitest sands in the world and had some high expectations, but this was one of the first camp set ups we had done in in the wilderness – even if that wilderness was a pristine coastal woodland next to a navy base.
Driving up the peninsular we were measuring how far it was to nearby Nora with all it's shopping for the area in case we needed to make the trip up to get supplies. Thankfully this proved a waste of time as there was ample food shopping available in the townships before you enter the aboriginal run national park - including a Coles and Woolworths you will drive almost right past.
The visitor centre at the gates to Bouderie are one of the more friendly ones you will find and we learned stories of the traditional ways the aboriginal people of this land lived in a place of natural abundance. We were given a good map which indicated how to get to some of the more secluded beaches in the park, and other features like the botanical gardens – which made for a reasonable half day trip as well.
To get to our camp-site we had to cross a running stream over flat rock. This seemed almost like a right of passage to reach the pristine wilderness beyond. I wondered for a moment if our medium sized car and trailer was up to the challenge and eventually gathered up the fortitude to make the journey. Later I watched little box cars half the size of our scoot across without a worry – better safe than sorry though. And you had better keep in mind that if there are heavy rains you may get cut off for about an hour. Inside I was rewarded for my bravery with a good sized camp ground with plenty of greenery around to shield us off from other campers.
King Parrots, Lorakeets , Kookaburras and plenty of other bird species seemed ignorant of the signs requesting not to feed them and plenty of families were surrounded by big schools of birds which were standing on their heads and arms. Apparently its alright for some people to feed the birds or at least attract them by holding fruit out in their hands. The wallabies also seemed willing to approach to a fairly close distance.
We found the beaches were mostly were all uninhabited. The beaches on the the bay facing shore were calm and enjoyed views across the bay to the lighthouse which sat upon a long extended cliff face on the horizon. The Jervis Bay was almost entirely closed in and calm because of this geological feature on one side and Bouderie National Park on the southern end .
We opted to explore some of the isolated beaches, and even the beach at the camp ground which was as good as you could ask for a family adventure.
We met a family who took the time to take their little girl this far side of the bay and reported it was well worth the effort to enjoy the lighthouses and spectacular views. The report included a recommendation for Honeymoon Bay which apparently is as spectacular in real life as it looks in all the advertisements that take advantage of it's stunning beauty. We opted for the families advice to visit a family friendly lake near Ulladulla to the south instead.