Booderee National Park
Back to nature
Standing on the ruins of the Cape St George Lighthouse with the waves rolling in below, you experience an eerie sense of the past – of the many ships wrecked here and the sad stories of lives lost. Suddenly a spout of vapour shoots out of the sea and the mood changes. ‘Look! Whales!’ You all peer at the water, shrieking with excitement every time you see another blow or glimpse that famous view of a tail raised out of the water.
Jervis Bay Rd, Jervis Bay; (02) 4443 0977
■ The chance to see humpback and southern right whales heading north (June–July) or south (September–November). Looking out from the lighthouse you might see some of the following whale antics: a blow (a 2–3 metre vapour cloud), a breach (the whale rearing out of the water), a pectoral fin slap (flippers slapping the water), a fluke-up dive (the tail lifting so you see the flukes underneath) or a tail slap.
When the Cape St George Lighthouse began operating in 1860 it was actually the cause of numerous shipwrecks – it was in the wrong place and ships could not see its light! This was also an unlucky place for the lightkeepers’ families. Several of their children died from illnesses, one of them was killed falling off a cliff and another was accidentally shot. After 38 years, the lighthouse was blown up and replaced by another in a different location.
■ Stop at the visitor centre at the entrance and find out about all the things you can see and do in addition to whale-watching.
- Booderee National Park, Recreational Wildlife-watching, Recreational Wildlife-watching
- Booderee National Park, South Coast, National park
- Snorkelling and diving in Jervis Bay, Eco-friendly activity