Telegraph Creek Natural Trail at Jervis Bay is a very easy and really gorgeous short bush walk that’s suitable for almost every family. It’s only 2.4km long and takes about an hour when you’re going at childs’ pace.
Last time we were down at Jervis Bay, we left Giant Teenager snoozing in his fetid pit and came walking with the three younger children. Our twins are five and could easily have walked all the way but they have their dad and brother wrapped around their little fingers.
This walk is in Booderee National Park, and is one of the shortest and easiest in the park. You can get lots of brochures and maps at the Visitors Centre at the park entrance.
You can find this map and download it here.
The walk starts at the north end of Green Patch carpark, you cross over Jervis Bay Road and then follow a very well marked track around a loop, ending up crossing the road again and back in the carpark.
The lovely thing about this little walk is that it passes through so many types of vegetation. There is tall eucalypt forest, there are swamps and little creeks and great views of the surrounding bushland. The birdlife is good and at the right time of year the wild flowers are stunning.
There are lots and lots of grasstrees growing alongside the track and deeper in the bush. The scientific name for these slow-growing plants is xanthorrhoea; they used to be known as ‘blackboys’ but no longer.
Grasstrees were used by Aboriginal people to make resin and spears and the nectar was used to make a sweet drink.
I’d love to report that every family bushwalk was so successful, but I cannot tell a lie. We’ve had some shocking expeditions. But this one did work well, and I even had my camera to hand- hooray!
Where’s your favourite family bushwalk? Do your little ones enjoy a little adventure in the bush?