Whiting Beach and Blacks Waterhole
Where: Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay
Whiting Beach is a secluded cove accessed via the Steamers Beach/Headland loop trail. Its
crystal-clear waters and fresh water creek running into the bay will entertain the children for hours (yay!). This walk is best suited to children with some level of fitness as it is 8km return with some steady moderate hills on the return.
On the first section of the trail you will follow the signs to Steamers Beach. The trail itself is a wide fire trail that is used by park ranger vehicles. After almost 1km you will come to your first intersection – you will need to take the trail to the right marked Blacks Waterhole.
Continue along the undulating trail until you start to spot Blacks Waterhole, which is a large inky black freshwater lake that provides a home to many species of waterbirds (a great place for birdwatching). If you want to get closer to the lake, continue\ along the trail until you see a clearing that will lead to the water’s edge.
To continue the walk to Whiting Beach, re-join the main fire trail and continue up a short steep hill. At the top of this hill you will see a sign post that will send you left to Whiting Beach, which is approximately 1km ahead. Soon the view opens and you get a bird’s eye view of Whiting Beach below. Keep walking past the beach and there is a signpost leading you down on the northern side of the beach. The trail will end on the large rock platform where you will need to rock hop your way down towards the sand – super fun for the kids! Find somewhere dry for your gear and let the kids explore to their heart’s content!
Once you are ready to return to your car, retrace your steps and follow the signs back to Steamers Beach carpark.
The trail is secluded so you will need to take everything with you including sun cream and sufficient water for everyone. Please pack all your trash back out.
Getting there: Access to this walk is from the Steamers Beach carpark in Booderee National Park. Take the Wreck Bay Road turnoff approximately 3km from the Park entrance, then follow the road for approximately 1km until you see signage on the left for Steamers Beach/Cape St George
lighthouse. Follow the signs to Steamers Beach carpark. The road is unsealed but suitable for all vehicles.
Park fees apply – $11 for 48 hours or $44 for annual pass.
Note there are no toilet facilities on this trail (the nearest toilets are at Green Patch Beach).
Photo by Sky Martin
A huge thank you to our guest blogger Sky from @3kidsandabackpack for this post! Follow Sky’s wonderful expeditions on Instagram!
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