wedged between the ocean and wallis lake, booti booti is both a marvel and a treasure. Where else can you surf the open waves then explore a protected lake on your kayak?
Booti Booti National Park protects a narrow strip of coastal land with one of the state’s largest stands of littoral rainforest. Bordered by Wallis Lake in the west and the Pacific in the east, the Park connects Pacific Palms to Forster and is ideal for those who like water sports and nature-based activities in a natural setting.
There are lookouts, lakeside and cliff top trails, beaches and the Green Cathedral – an outdoor consecrated church. The park has some great trekking and mountain bike trails as well.
Booti Booti National Park holds important cultural significance for the Worimi Aboriginal people, who have lived on and used the land and waters for many thousands of years. Dozens of Aboringal sites exist within the park, including artefact scatters, stone quarries, tool sites, and shell middens.
Bird watching is a favourite pastime – look for rainbow lorikeets, yellow-faced honeyeaters and silvereyes in April; and numerous waterbirds, especially crested and the endangered little tern and pelicans (the state’s largest pelican-breeding colony is located here on Pelican Island).
The steep 30-minute trek to dramatic Cape Hawke is rewarding – climb the lookout tower (8.4 metres high) for sensational views over Myall Lake and the Pacifc Ocean. This is an amazing spot to whale watch.
Picnic spots abound, and campers will find 106 sites at The Ruins at the south end of Seven Mile Beach. Facilities include camp grounds, public toilets, walking tracks and picnic tables.