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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.
OH. MY. GOD.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
- The Edgewater Bed & Breakfast features a beautiful waterfront location with panoramic views of St Georges Basin.
- Jervis Bay Motel is located in the center of Huskisson, with beaches, cafes, and shops less than 1,650 feet away there are panoramic views of the pristine Jervis Bay Marine Park.
- Best of both worlds at the Bush to beach one bedroom apartment. From the tranquil bush setting to beautiful Collingwood Beach on Jervis Bay is a 5-minute stroll.
- This affordable, luxurious contemporary home is located on the absolute waterfront, with private, direct access to the beach.
Tours in Jervis Bay
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