Not all the good camping locales near major cities like Sydney sit in the NSW. Green Patch is another gem that is situated in Commonwealth territory on the south shore of Jervis Bay, just over 190km south of the CBD.
Visiting Green Patch Beach and Its Campground
This is one camping spot you don’t want to overlook as it features white sand and resembles the coral atolls that are often displayed on Australian travel brochures. In fact, nearby Hyams Beach is said to have the whitest, most pristine-looking sand of any place in the world. Even at peak holiday times, Green Patch Beach is not crowded.
You can find the campground in Booderee National Park behind the beach, nestled among coastal trees, about 100m from the sand. Like so many good campgrounds in Australia, you need to book a spot during holiday times.
Booking a Holiday
At specific times of the year, the campsites are allocated through a ballot system. However, that being said, you will also find that mid-week is often quiet and restful. Typically, during this time of the week, you will only share the camp and beach with a handful of wildlife and campers. In shoulder and peak seasons and on the weekends, you must book a minimum of a two-night stay.
Wildlife in the Area
Needless to say, a campervan hire in Australia is in order if you want to make Green Patch your holiday camping destination. If you love the Great Outdoors, then Green Patch won’t disappoint you. The area wildlife includes such animals as swamp wallabies, grey kangaroos, possums, bandicoots, and a broad range of birds, including parrots. Many of the mammals and birds are quite tame and will visit you whilst you camp.
The facilities in the location are excellent as campers can avail themselves of two big toilet-shower complexes as well as various wood-burning and electric barbecues. The campsites in this location are separated in two basic sizes: standard and large, with walk-in or drive-in sites. The sites are allocated according to the tent and van sizes, and number of vehicles. Most of the sites in the camping facility are divided from each other by screening bushes and trees or scrub.
Green Patch offers much in the way of outdoor activities. Not only is bushwalking a popular pursuit near the Booderee Botanic Gardens, but snorkelling and fishing are also enjoyed on a regular basis. Surfers like a spot known as Cave Beach. You can also view whales at the lighthouse ruins that are found at the tail end of Stoney Creek Road, or go on a spotting trip for dolphins in the bay.
Some Places to Browse and Shop
If you wish to visit sites in the surrounding area, then make sure you stop by the Nowra Aviation Museum or visit the village located in Kangaroo Valley. Fitzroy Falls is yet another site worth your notice. Shoppers in the area frequently visit nearby Berry, a historical village.
How to Get to Green Patch from Sydney
To get to Green Patch from Sydney, turn off the Princes Highway and head toward Huskisson, which is south of Nowra. Then follow Jervis Bay Road, going toward Hyams Beach. Stay on the road as you travel into the entry gates of the park, and then turn left into Village Road, just a little bit past the naval college.