On another day we went further south to Booderee National Park at Jervis Bay. Situated within the park is the Australian National Botanic Garden.
What a stunningly beautiful garden, with a feast of bird life. We did the lake walk, and decided that given the warm weather we would pack it in and head to the nearby town of Huskisson for lunch. Well this was love at first bite – yes, lunch was good – and at first site. Blue sky, warm sun and a delightful seafront vista: we toyed with the idea of moving permanently to this little gem, but decided to park that thought and just enjoy the store stroll and the ice cream parlour before heading home to Boobook Cottage where there was a great deal of birdlife in the garden.
We highly recommend Boobook Cottage and, if you’d like to learn about birds, Carla’s birding tours. We learnt a great deal from her, but also we spent time just enjoying the surrounds at Boobook.
We would say it’s a peaceful place, and it is…the only sounds are those of nature: the cheeping of a king parrot in the crab apple tree just outside our window, the squeals of the black cockatoo, the laughter of the kookaburras, the hoot of the powerful owl, and the insect orchestra of an evening, with possums accompanying. Not to mention the song of the superb lyrebird: on one of our Boobook walks, we encountered a very vocal and musical superb lyrebird. We waited on the track patiently to see if he would show himself, and we were just about to admit defeat when he quickly popped up on a gate post in the forest, and then off he went into the scrub.