The Amazing ‘Scottish Rocks’ at Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay

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We walked down from our campsite at Green Patch Beach in the Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay, just for a quick look.

We were told that Booderee was a great place to find seclusion and your own little hideaway, but we were not expecting the sheer beauty of Scottish Rocks Beach in the national park.


Just when we thought we saw it all. This was just as spectacular, if not better. Made even more so by the lack of crowds and pristine natural environment.

A girl standing on a beach

The Scottish Rocks Beach was one of the most amazing beaches on the South Coast that we set foot on. But where is it and how do you get there? This short guide will tell you everything you need to know about visiting the Scottish Rocks.

Where is Booderee National Park and Scottish Rocks Beach?

man and child walking on Scottish Rocks, Booderee National Park

We’d not long arrived, and after spending a glorious few days discovering Hyams beach and the beaches of the Huskisson area, and were excited to see what else this amazing bay on the South Coast had to offer.

Booderee National Park is located in Jervis Bay on the south coast of New South Wales, which is about three hour’s drive from Sydney.

The Scottish Rocks Beach is nestled between Greenpatch Beach and Murrays Beach and is known for its rock pools and crystal clear waters.

It reminded me a lot of the stunning Hazards Beach on the Freycinet Peninsula in Tasmania.

About the Scottish Rocks and Hole in the Wall

rocks leading down to water

The Scottish Rocks are hard rock formations that sit at the water’s edge. They extend along the Scottish Rocks Beach towards the Hole in the Wall, a huge rock formation that also serves as a lookout spot.

We took a few photos and then decided to hop up on the rocks at the right-hand end of the beach for a better angle.

We walked a little further around, and then a little further and so engrossed we were in our exploration.

The Scottish Rocks extend for what felt like miles, but in reality, it’s quite small. The beach is about 200 metres or so.

rocks on a beach

It’s a great place to do some snorkeling, or look for tiny fish and crabs in the shallow water of the rock pools.

Pack up a picnic and sit on the soft white sand whilst staring out at the waves. The landscapes here are amazing.

Of if you find the sun to be too strong, there is a shady place at the back of the beach where you can sit and enjoy the views. Or you can paddle in the gentle bays that lie between rock surfaces.

a beach wth gum trees at the edge

These amazing rock formations hugged the cliff and jutted out into the bay. We couldn’t believe our eyes.

Craig kept saying “how amazing is this place, this is as good as you would see anywhere in Australia”.

Further around we discovered new coves and inlets, learned how salt forms from the pools that were collecting on the rocks, and had a memorable family moment.

a beach
people standing on a beach

The girls had a ball. I adored watching them interact and Kalyra taking on the responsibility of teaching Savannah how to scramble over the rocks safely.

Facilities at The Scottish Rocks

a little girl standing in sand

Scottish Rocks is a quiet beach and where you can find seclusion, but it’s quite accessible. There is a small parking area nearby at the Bristol Point Camping Ground, followed by a short walk through bushland to the beach.

a man holding a child while standing on rocks

You can walk along the coast from Greenpatch Beach (as we did) or follow the road and down the Scottish Rocks access track.

Aside from parking, there are no other facilities. You can bring your own kayak and it’s not a long or difficult walk from the access track to the beach, but if you need bathrooms or showers, you will need to head to the campground.

girls making funny faces

Video of The Scottish Rocks

Watch this short video of our impromptu afternoon at the Scottish Rocks…

Before You Visit Booderee National Park

Before you pack up your bags and jump in your car, there are a few more things to note about visiting Booderee.

First is that there is an entrance fee, which is between $13 to $76 depending on the size of your vehicle. Charges are per card, so check online to see what the price of your car will be.

The national park is open 24 hours and it’s possible to camp on the beach or in the campgrounds. The visitor centre however, is only open from 9.30am until 3.00pm Monday – Thursday, so if you need to pick up information you need to make sure you visit between these hours.

There are also botanic gardens in the national park which are open every day from 9.00am – 5.00pm.

You can get more information about Booderee National Park via the park’s website.

Where to stay in Jervis Bay

The nearby town of Huskisson offers ample accommodation options for all budgets, plus lots of nice cafes. We stayed in a cabin at Jervis Bay Caravan Park overlooking the river.

Here are a few more you may like:

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23 thoughts on “The Amazing ‘Scottish Rocks’ at Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay”

  1. Hi,

    We are planning a trip up thought SA and then up though the middle and would love some one to recommend places to see and stay. We are planning on camping with two kids. Leaving mid 2014.


  2. Really beautiful photos! I love how the texture of the clouds almost matches those of the rocks!

    Would love to know what kind of lenses/filters (if any) you use! πŸ™‚

  3. We ended up in Jerbis Bay by accident. It has to be one of the best places we have ever seen. But we cannot find any info on the curious rock formation at the mouth of the river.

  4. louisa klimentos

    I love Jervis Bay.It definately is a beautiful place.i must say that your travel blog of Australia is the best i ever have seen.You have really shown how incredible Australia is .You have encouraged not only Australians but travellers from overseas to visit diferent regions of Australia.Your beautiful photography,makes you want to travel around Australia.Often tourists only get to see the East Coast of Australia and mainly the commercial parts and don’t get to see the raw beauty of Australia.I do beleive that alot of tourists will come to visit Australia ,because of your travel blog.They will see places that are unheard of.Keep up the great work and can’t waite for you to do a travel blog on South Australia

    1. Fantastic Louisa. Appreciate your kind words and happy to hear that we have inspired you and are inspiring others to travel our beautiful country πŸ™‚

  5. Thanks for sharing all these awesome places, going to travel Queensland and NSW December 2018. You are already part of our family, we spending a lot of time on your travel blog, great tips, thanks again stunning family.

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