Made up of an eight kilometre peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and stunning Wallis Lake, Booti Booti National Park was created in 1992 and covers 1,566 hectares of scenic headlands, beautiful beaches, refreshing rainforest, and 11 kilometres of estuarine foreshore right next to Forster. The name comes from “butibuti,” the local Worimi Aboriginal word meaning “plenty of honey.”
Booti Booti National Park protects a narrow strip of coastal land with one of the state’s largest stands of littoral rainforest. Bordered by Wallis Lake in the west and the Pacific in the east, the Park connects Pacific Palms to Forster and is ideal for those who like water sports and nature-based activities in a natural setting. One of the favourite beaches at Booti Booti is Seven Mile Beach, with beautiful white sand.
There are lookouts, lakeside and cliff top trails, beaches, great trekking and mountain bike trails as well.
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.
Bird watching is a favourite pastime – with at least 210 different species of birds recorded in its limits. Look for rainbow Lorikeets, Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and Silvereyes in April; and numerous waterbirds, especially crested and the endangered Little Tern and Pelicans (the state’s largest pelican-breeding colony is located here on Pelican Island).
The steep 30-minute trek to dramatic Cape Hawke is rewarding – climb the lookout tower (8.4 metres high) for sensational views over Myall Lake and the Pacifc Ocean. This is an amazing spot to whale watch.
Picnic spots abound, and campers will find 106 sites at The Ruins at the south end of Seven Mile Beach. Facilities include camp grounds, public toilets, walking tracks and picnic tables.
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See more information about Booti Booti National Park at the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.