Travel: Green Patch, ACT
Discover the joys of the spectacular NSW south coast.
Not all the good camping spots close to Sydney lie in NSW. Green
Patch is a little gem located in Commonwealth territory on the
southern shore of Jervis Bay, 193km south of the CBD.
Featuring beautifully white sand this protected joy is amazingly like the coral atolls that you see on travel brochures, the nearby Hyams Beach claims to have the whitest sand in the world. And even at peak times Green Patch beach is never crowded.
Located in Booderee National Park, the camp ground is scattered among a forest of coastal trees just behind the beach, with a short 100m walk to the sand.
Like so many good camps its biggest problem is that during holiday times bookings are essential, and at certain times of the year sites are allocated on a ballot system. However, mid-week it is quiet and peaceful, with just a handful of campers and the wildlife. In peak and shoulder seasons and on weekends there is a minimum two night stay.
The wildlife is extensive; possums, bandicoots, swamp wallabies, grey kangaroos, and a wide range of parrots and other birdlife, most of which are quite tame and come freely to your camp.
The facilities are excellent, with two large toilet/ shower complexes and a number of electric and wood barbecues, with wood supplied but no power.
Campsites are divided into two sizes: standard and large with either drive-in or walk-in sites. They are allocated according to tent/ van sizes and number of vehicles.
Most sites are divided from their neighbours by screening trees or scrub.
Fees vary according to season and site size, and considering what you get they are very reasonable.
Green Patch has a lot to offer a lot to offer in the way of activities. There is excellent bushwalking, notably in the nearby Booderee Botanic Gardens. There is endless snorkelling, fishing and lazing around to be done at the numerous well protected beaches, and Cave Beach is a great spot for surfing. You can go on a dolphin spotting trip in the bay or watch out for whales at the old lighthouse ruins at the end of Stoney Creek Road.
Further afield are the Nowra Aviation Museum, the pleasures of the village in Kangaroo Valley and Fitzroy Falls at the top of the escarpment or crawling around the tourist shops in the historic village of Berry.
From Sydney turn off the Princes Highway towards Huskisson south of Nowra and follow Jervis Bay Road towards Hyams Beach. Stay on Jervis Bay Road, through the park entry gates and turn left into Village Road 1km past the naval college.
Green Patch campground, (02) 4443 0977, www.booderee.gov.au
Nowra Aviation Museum, (02) 4424 1920, www.navy.gov.au/Fleet_Air_Arm_Museum
Source: Camper Trailer Australia #40