Beecroft Weapons Range and Peninsula

The Beecroft Weapons Range and Peninsula are open to the public when conditions allow.

Visitors should check the Beecroft Weapons Range Facebook Page for the latest opening hours prior to travelling to the Range.

The Range and Peninsula are part of the northern headland of Jervis Bay, located on the New South Wales (NSW) south coast.

The area has been used for Defence training activities since the 1800s. It is included on the Commonwealth Heritage List and is protected by legislation under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Induction

All visitors to the area must read the Beecroft induction brochure, which outlines the safety hazards and risks as well as the relevant rules and regulations.

Visitors will be provided a hard copy of the induction brochure at the entrance gate. A soft copy can be downloaded here.

Beecroft induction brochure (PDF, 2.39 MB)

Hazards and risks

The area contains a number of hazards and risks that visitors must be aware of, including:

  • Unexploded ordnance (UXO), i.e. live ammunition which has not detonated after being fired.
  • Natural environmental hazards, including cliffs more than 75 meters high.
  • Unpatrolled beaches where there may be dangerous conditions including rips, undertows and heavy seas.
  • Exposure to the natural elements, particularly high seas and coastal winds.
  • Bushfires.
  • Dangerous species of venomous snakes, venomous spiders and marine animals.

Camping

Camping facilities are available at Honeymoon Bay Campground.

Portable toilets, garbage and recycling bins are provided. Visitors must bring their own supplies including water and gas-operated equipment.

Wood and solid fuel fires are prohibited without a permit, and will incur a fine in excess of $2,000.

Booking

To book a campsite, check for available dates via the booking button. The booking system will enable bookings to be made up to 14 days prior to the date of arrival.

The exception to this is the December 2024 – January 2025 NSW summer school holiday period, where bookings are released 2 weeks prior on Friday, 9 am and release dates are as follows:

Booking Period Date Released date
Easter long weekend 28 March - 1 April 2024 Friday 15 March 2024
School holidays 12 April - 28 April 2024 Thursday 28 March 2024
School holidays 5 July - 21 July 2024 Friday 21 June 2024
School holidays 27 September - 13 October 2024 Friday 13 September 2024
School holidays period 20 December 2024 - 2 February July 2025 Friday 20 September 2024

Fees

$15 per site per night for up to 2 people.

Additional $5 per person, per night. Children under 16 are free.

Lighthouse

Point Perpendicular Lighthouse, dating from 1898, is one of Jervis Bay’s most distinctive landmarks.

Access to the lighthouse is permitted when the range is open to public access. It is located approximately 10km from the entrance gate.

Bushwalking

There are numerous walking tracks in the area that are signposted and are graded according to difficulty.

Visitors must remain on formed walking tracks at all times.

Fishing

Coastal fishing is permitted in some areas, though several Marine Park Sanctuary Zones adjoin the range.

A licence is required to fish, and NSW Fisheries Regulations apply including gear, size and bag limits.

No fishing is allowed in Sanctuary Zones.