Conjola National Park
Conjola National Park surrounds the township of Cudmirrah and is an absolute paradise for those who love the outdoors. An ideal location for mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, bushwalking and swimming, Conjola National Park also boasts three adjacent lakes which are crucial habitats for endangered birds, including the hooded plover and pied oystercatchers.
The dense scrubland and forest walks in Conjola National Park are good for wildlife spotting. Keep your eyes peeled for:
- Swamp Wallaby
- Brushtail possums
You’ll also hear the calls of a huge range of cockatoos and parrots and the laugh of kookaburras during your stay.
Jervis Bay, only a half-hour drive from Cudmirrah, is famous for its crystal clear waters and impressive marine life. Dolphins and seals can be seen year-round, and whales are spotted between May and November during their annual migration. The endangered grey nurse shark is also regularly sighted by snorkelers and divers in Jervis Bay.
You can also marvel at the local stingrays who like to hover at Woollamia Boat Ramp and Murrays Beach Boat Ramp waiting for a snack from the returning fishermen.
If you are visiting Jervis Bay, it’s worth visiting Booderee Botanic Gardens. As the only Aboriginal-owned botanic gardens in Australia, Booderee Botanic Gardens contains a unique collection of indigenous plants native to Australia’s southeastern coastal environment. An intensive fox control program has also allowed threatened fauna to flourish. Some of the native plants you can expect to see include:
- Heath Banksia
- Eucalyptus Summer Red
- Mountain Devil Shrub
- Round-leaved Tea Tree
- Kangaroo Tail
Last year, the Eastern quoll (previously extinct on the mainland) was reintroduced into Booderee. So far, the program is showing signs of success with one in three females having already reproduced.