Natural environment

Landscapes, habitats and geology

Booderee is home to a great diversity of species thanks to its geology and the vast range of habitats found in the area - coastal cliffs and heaths, sandy beaches and rock platforms, mangroves and ocean, swamps, lakes and forests.


Identified communities in the park include terrestrial vegetation communities of eucalypt forest, relic rainforest, woodland, dry heath, wet heath, coastal scrub, wetlands and grassland; littoral communities of mangroves, saltmarsh, rainforest and intertidal rocky platforms; and marine communities such as seagrass beds.  Read more on our habitats and geology pages.

Plants and animals

Booderee is home to over 200 species of birds and over thirty species of native mammals including ten species of bats, thirty-seven reptiles, seventeen amphibians and at least 180 species of fish.

The diversity of marine is astounding – from migrating whales and little penguins to crabs and sea urchins.

Thanks to the vast range of habitats in the Jervis Bay Territory over 460 native plants have been recorded. A number of plant species in the park have significant conservation status.

Find out more on our plants and animals page.


The average annual rainfall of Jervis Bay is 1240 mm, most of which falls in autumn and winter. The wettest month is May and the driest is September. The temperatures range between an average maximum of 24 degrees Celsius in February and an average minimum of 9.2 degrees Celsius in July.