Jervis Bay Family Fun- Telegraph Creek Natural Trail

Here’s a very easy and really gorgeous short bushwalk 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.

This map is from Booderee website and is on the walking trails leaflet.

You can find this map and download it here.

Most of the track is wide and smooth like this bit.

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.

Very tall spike on a grasstree.

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.

There are lots of interpretive signs along the track, and even the little ones were interested in the simple information provided.

We didn't see one of these rare ground parrots, next time!

Junior bushwalker - childhood memories are made of simple things like this.

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?

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Posted on: July 6, 2011

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