Popular Jervis Bay tourist attraction Booderee National Park closes from midnight for 48 hours

Off limits: Visitors won't be able to head to Green Patch or other parts of Booderee National Park in Jervis Bay Territory for the next two days. Picture: Greg Ellis.
Off limits: Visitors won't be able to head to Green Patch or other parts of Booderee National Park in Jervis Bay Territory for the next two days. Picture: Greg Ellis.

Parks Australia has announced Booderee National Park will temporarily close from midnight on Monday for 48 hours.

Booderee National Park in the Jervis Bay Territory takes in Cave Beach, Green Patch, Murrays Beach and Steamers Beach as well as the popular native botanic gardens.

The decision was made in following the announcement of tougher COVID-19 restrictions on the weekend.

Park Australia said it regrets the inconvenience caused by the two-day closure but the wellbeing of visitors, staff and local residents was its first priority.

"Our national park and botanic gardens are treasured places for both locals and visitors alike," a spokesperson said.

"Parks Australia is committed to taking appropriate precautionary measures to protect the health of all concerned."

Booderee National Park is located in the Jervis Bay Territory and closure includes camping.

Once it reopens passes will be available for day use only.

Park passes are presently free due to the fee waiver in place until December 31.

Anyone who was planning a visit to the park during the temporary closure can rebook a pass once the park reopens.

Key operational staff will continue with vital work to maintain this significant protected natural and cultural environment while observing recommended hygiene and social distancing practices.

Parks Australia will continue to monitor the advice of medical authorities and the government, and work with traditional owners to ensure an appropriate response to the evolving situation.

For details and updates, please check the Parks Australia website www.parksaustralia.gov.au/booderee/news

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