Booderee National Park by management trail

The previous article introduced the Booderee National Park. This one introduces some routes via komoot with a short description of the route.

Booderee National Park is lightly relatively flat which makes it ideal for cycling. There are several signed walks along management trails. These are sometimes short by cycling standards. Lesser-known management trails, some of good condition, link the better-known areas.

Munyangarawa Dhugan Trail

Munyangarawa Dhugan Trail is a popular loop walk starting at Murrays Boat Ramp car park. Riding an anticlockwise direction, the trail starts at Murray Beach and gently gradient climbs through a pretty forest. At the first left turn head back along the coastal cliff line. This side of the ridge has low, wind and salt resistant vegetation of 2 m height. It is enough to block the view but be aware that the path is close to the cliff line. If you want to check the view and leave the management trail, it would be wise to dismount. The cliffs are around 30 m high in this area. Continue to Murrays Beach. Stop off at Governors Head for a great view of Bowen Island.

Munyangarawa Dhugan Trail. Map komoot, data OpenStreetMap.
Munyangarawa Dhugan Trail. Map komoot, data OpenStreetMap.

Stony Creek from Murrays Beach

This ride starts at the same point as Munyangarawa Dhugan Trail. Having ascended to the turnoff continue straight ahead along Old Murray Beach Road. Once you have reached Stony Creek Road, descend along the public gravel road until you reach the car park at the mouth of Stony Creek at Cape St George. The cliffs are sufficiently low here that you can walk down to the rock shelf and explore the inlet.

Head back up the road and turn left into Cabbage Tree Road which climbs and undulates over a series of ridges through thick forest. The management trail on the left will take you out to the cliff. Further on you will pass Trig Hill Track before returning to Stony Creek Road. Opposite and slightly to the right an overgrown management trail winds its way down to Jervis Bay Road. This unnamed management trail requires a little care but is worth the effort as it passes through forest and fern swamps. A small creek crossing will let you get your feet wet. When you get to the T intersection turn left. The good management trail up the hill joins with Old Murray Beach Road (discussed above). From Jervis Bay Road it is about 1 km back to the car park at Murrays Beach.

Stony Creek from Murrays Beach. Map komoot, data OpenStreetMap.
Stony Creek from Murrays Beach. Map komoot, data OpenStreetMap.

Booderee Circuit Trail

The Booderee Circuit Trail is a loop trail that starts at the car park and takes you along the cliffs to St George Head. The return back to the Booderee Circuit Trail is undulating through thick forest past a lake in the dunes. The first section of the trail lies very close to the coastline and passes Kitty’s Beach and Whiting Beach via Blacks Harbour lookout. A short track leads to Kitty’s Beach. While there are no cliffs behind Whiting Beach, the drop to the beach is impressively steep. The beach looks tantalising far below.

Booderee Circuit Trail. Map komoot, data OpenStreetMap.
Booderee Circuit Trail. Map komoot, data OpenStreetMap.

Jervis Bay Road to St George Head

St George Head is the most southern point of Booderee National Park. This route starts where the last ended at Jervis Bay Road it is about 1 km back to the car park at Murrays Beach. Head up the very good management trail going which joins with Old Murray Beach Road. Turn right at the first intersection along the unnamed road to see the fern forests and continue up the hill until you reach Stony Creek Road. Cross Stony Creek Road and join Cabbage Tree Road on the right. Continue along Cabbage Tree Road until you reach the intersection with Trig Hill Track. Trig Hill Track will take you over the hill past the naval radar station and down again to join the Booderee Circuit Trail. The Booderee Circuit Trail will take you out to St George Head – as discussed above. This route shown in the komoot ends at the Booderee Circuit Trail car park but a long ride back to the starting point is possible.

Jervis Bay Road to St Georges Head. Map komoot, data OpenStreetMap.
Jervis Bay Road to St Georges Head. Map komoot, data OpenStreetMap.

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