Boongaree (Previously Berry District Park)

The Boongaree (previously Berry District Park) area provides a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the northern edge of the township of Berry following the introduction of the Berry bypass road. The area is already popular with the local community and visitors, with a great diversity of active sporting and passive recreation activities.

Boongaree is located on the northern edge of the township of Berry. The site has an extensive frontage to North Street, with a secondary frontage to Woodhill Mountain Road on its eastern side. The northern extent of the park is bounded by the new Princes Highway/Berry bypass road which was officially opened in July 2017.


Project Vision

Broadly, the vision for Boongaree is to provide unique recreation facilities that build on the existing successes of the area and facilitates future opportunities to improve and supplement broader community needs.

View the latest detailed design via the News Feed section of the project page below.


Master Plan altered parking concept (below)

Following the exhibition of the Master Plan and consultation with the community and government agencies, a number of changes were proposed to the plan. The plan was re-exhibited in order to gain community feedback on the proposed changed and inclusions.


Latest News

Check out the News Feed below to find out what is currently happening with this project.

To keep abreast of the latest news, subscribe for project updates via the "Stay Informed" widget located on this page.


Further Information

For further information or enquiries, please contact Council's Social Infrastructure Planner, Liliana Hutchinson on (02) 4429 3372 or email liliana.hutchinson@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.


The Boongaree (previously Berry District Park) area provides a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the northern edge of the township of Berry following the introduction of the Berry bypass road. The area is already popular with the local community and visitors, with a great diversity of active sporting and passive recreation activities.

Boongaree is located on the northern edge of the township of Berry. The site has an extensive frontage to North Street, with a secondary frontage to Woodhill Mountain Road on its eastern side. The northern extent of the park is bounded by the new Princes Highway/Berry bypass road which was officially opened in July 2017.


Project Vision

Broadly, the vision for Boongaree is to provide unique recreation facilities that build on the existing successes of the area and facilitates future opportunities to improve and supplement broader community needs.

View the latest detailed design via the News Feed section of the project page below.


Master Plan altered parking concept (below)

Following the exhibition of the Master Plan and consultation with the community and government agencies, a number of changes were proposed to the plan. The plan was re-exhibited in order to gain community feedback on the proposed changed and inclusions.


Latest News

Check out the News Feed below to find out what is currently happening with this project.

To keep abreast of the latest news, subscribe for project updates via the "Stay Informed" widget located on this page.


Further Information

For further information or enquiries, please contact Council's Social Infrastructure Planner, Liliana Hutchinson on (02) 4429 3372 or email liliana.hutchinson@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.


  • Update – 18 October 2018

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    Update – 18 October 2018

    The detailed design has been updated to since August 2018, with changes including:

    • Junior field northern footpath moved
    • Amenities have moved south a little bit to accommodate three bays (one being lift and change)
    • Exercise equipment has moved to the North East area (Camp Quality area)
    • Flying fox swapped with climbing area
    • Footprint allocated for future multi user clubhouse
    • BBQ/picnic area in open area of Nature Park

    A few more refinements of the detailed design are expected, with the final masterplan...

    Update – 18 October 2018

    The detailed design has been updated to since August 2018, with changes including:

    • Junior field northern footpath moved
    • Amenities have moved south a little bit to accommodate three bays (one being lift and change)
    • Exercise equipment has moved to the North East area (Camp Quality area)
    • Flying fox swapped with climbing area
    • Footprint allocated for future multi user clubhouse
    • BBQ/picnic area in open area of Nature Park

    A few more refinements of the detailed design are expected, with the final masterplan on track for completion by the end of the month (October 2018).

    View the updated draft masterplan (3MB pdf)

  • Update - September 2018

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    10 September 2018

    The detailed design for Boongaree is expected to be completed by next month, October 2018.

    It is expected that the parking (drainage and design) and Learn to Ride components will be finalised first (September 2018), followed by detailed design of the skate park, netball courts, sporting fields (drainage and irrigation) and clubhouse.

    10 September 2018

    The detailed design for Boongaree is expected to be completed by next month, October 2018.

    It is expected that the parking (drainage and design) and Learn to Ride components will be finalised first (September 2018), followed by detailed design of the skate park, netball courts, sporting fields (drainage and irrigation) and clubhouse.

  • Contribute to the Aboriginal Nature Space

    2 months ago
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    9 August 2018

    Council is seeking a group of committed individuals to come together to help plan, design and build a native tucker garden in Boongaree (previously known as Berry District Park).

    A garden design that is informed and loved by the community is essential to the community growth and connectivity of the area.

    Volunteers will work in coordination with Council's planning and design teams, the Garden Club and Landcare.

    Please contact Lili Hutchinson to register your interest. Phone: 4429 3111 or email council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

    For a clearer view of the below image, please download the poster (3 MB)



    9 August 2018

    Council is seeking a group of committed individuals to come together to help plan, design and build a native tucker garden in Boongaree (previously known as Berry District Park).

    A garden design that is informed and loved by the community is essential to the community growth and connectivity of the area.

    Volunteers will work in coordination with Council's planning and design teams, the Garden Club and Landcare.

    Please contact Lili Hutchinson to register your interest. Phone: 4429 3111 or email council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

    For a clearer view of the below image, please download the poster (3 MB)



  • Boongaree: the New Name Chosen for Berry District Park

    2 months ago
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    31 July 2018

    The community has spoken and the planned Berry District Park on North Street Berry has a new name.

    After extensive community consultation on the proposed name change for the park, the community voted for and Shoalhaven City Council has endorsed the name “Boongaree”.

    Boongaree (Boon-ga-ree) is the original Indigenous name given to the area of Berry by the Wodi Wodi people of the Dharawal nation.

    Extensive community engagement regarding the naming of the park was undertaken over the last three months with the community, families, schools and sporting groups.

    Boongaree aims to provide unique recreation facilities that...

    31 July 2018

    The community has spoken and the planned Berry District Park on North Street Berry has a new name.

    After extensive community consultation on the proposed name change for the park, the community voted for and Shoalhaven City Council has endorsed the name “Boongaree”.

    Boongaree (Boon-ga-ree) is the original Indigenous name given to the area of Berry by the Wodi Wodi people of the Dharawal nation.

    Extensive community engagement regarding the naming of the park was undertaken over the last three months with the community, families, schools and sporting groups.

    Boongaree aims to provide unique recreation facilities that build on the existing successes of the area and facilitates future opportunities to improve and supplement broader community recreational needs.

    In addition to the existing active recreation facilities, Boongaree will also have:
    • a pump track
    • additional junior cricket, rugby league and junior soccer pitches
    • exercise equipment
    • extended skate park
    • extended parking
    • new netball courts
    • nature play children’s area
    • youth passive recreations spaces
    • walking circuit
    • fenced dog park and
    • learn to ride
    • bus and RV parking
    • additional amenity (with lift and change) facilities
    • a sensory garden and native flora area.
    Children young and old will be able to play on the new skatepark extension, discover the adventure playground and slide, enjoy the messy materials play zone or experience the learn to ride facility.

    The sporting community will be able to use new junior cricket, soccer and league fields, training areas, netball and basketball courts. There will be a fencing upgrade/expansion of the current cricket cage. A variety of exercise stations will also be installed to ensure this is a park for exercise, fun and play all year around.

    Mayor Amanda Findley said, “Council is so excited to have an Indigenous name that reflects the heritage of the land. We aim to have an inclusive park that all the community can relax and have fun in, whether they like sport, play, somewhere to take the pooch, ride the bike or have a picnic.”

  • Deadline Extended for Naming Suggestions

    7 months ago
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    The naming engagement has been well received by the local Berry community, and as such, Shoalhaven City Council has extended the deadline for community members to provide suggested names from 30 April to 16 May 2018.

    This means the shortlist of the very best names will now be displayed from 17 May 2018, and community members will be able to vote for their favourite shortlisted name between 17-30 May 2018.

    For further information, please contact Social Infrastructure Planner, Liliana Hutchinson on (02) 4429 3372 or email liliana.hutchinson@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

    The naming engagement has been well received by the local Berry community, and as such, Shoalhaven City Council has extended the deadline for community members to provide suggested names from 30 April to 16 May 2018.

    This means the shortlist of the very best names will now be displayed from 17 May 2018, and community members will be able to vote for their favourite shortlisted name between 17-30 May 2018.

    For further information, please contact Social Infrastructure Planner, Liliana Hutchinson on (02) 4429 3372 or email liliana.hutchinson@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

  • Updated Concept Plan - April 2018

    7 months ago
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    The concept plan has now been updated to include the exercise stations.

    For a closer look, download the Concept Plan (PDF 7.5MB)

    The Concept Plan includes:

    1. Fenced off-leash dog park including quiet zone for quiet dogs.
    2. Dedicated long vehicle parking for caravans and RV's.
    3. Junior cricket, soccer and league fields.
    4. Bike pump track.
    5. Bike wash.
    6. Picnic shelter.
    7. Skatepark extension and modernisation.
    8. Adventure play.
    9. Slide and stage.
    10. Open space for free play and picnics.
    11. Universal amenity building.
    12. Quiet play zone.
    13. Sand and water playground.
    14. Grand entry.
    15. ...


    The concept plan has now been updated to include the exercise stations.

    For a closer look, download the Concept Plan (PDF 7.5MB)

    The Concept Plan includes:

    1. Fenced off-leash dog park including quiet zone for quiet dogs.
    2. Dedicated long vehicle parking for caravans and RV's.
    3. Junior cricket, soccer and league fields.
    4. Bike pump track.
    5. Bike wash.
    6. Picnic shelter.
    7. Skatepark extension and modernisation.
    8. Adventure play.
    9. Slide and stage.
    10. Open space for free play and picnics.
    11. Universal amenity building.
    12. Quiet play zone.
    13. Sand and water playground.
    14. Grand entry.
    15. Learn to ride facility.
    16. Fencing upgrade/expansion of cricket cage.
    17. Netball and Basketball courts.
    18. Mist forest.
    19. Messy materials play zone.
    20. League and Cricket fields.
    21. Overflow parking, training area
    22. Bus parking and turn around.
    23. Exercise stations

    Please see the previous news article for further details on most of the above components.

  • On Site Children's Consultation - Sunday, 25 March

    8 months ago
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    Shoalhaven City Council is inviting children of all ages from Berry and the surrounding areas to provide feedback on the development of Berry District Park.

    A Children’s Consultation will be held on Sunday, 25 March 2018, from 10am to 12pm at North Street Park, Berry.

    The consultation is seeking feedback from children and youth (as well as parent and interested community members) on components of the playground and play equipment.

    A sausage sizzle, tea, coffee and other refreshments will be available.

    For more information, please phone Council's Infrastructure Planner, Liliana Hutchinson on 4429 3111.

    Download flyer (PDF 2.8MB)

    Shoalhaven City Council is inviting children of all ages from Berry and the surrounding areas to provide feedback on the development of Berry District Park.

    A Children’s Consultation will be held on Sunday, 25 March 2018, from 10am to 12pm at North Street Park, Berry.

    The consultation is seeking feedback from children and youth (as well as parent and interested community members) on components of the playground and play equipment.

    A sausage sizzle, tea, coffee and other refreshments will be available.

    For more information, please phone Council's Infrastructure Planner, Liliana Hutchinson on 4429 3111.

    Download flyer (PDF 2.8MB)

  • Updated Concept Plan - March 2018

    8 months ago
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    Shoalhaven City Council has released an updated concept design for Berry District Park.

    While still in concept format, the updated design provides insight into the wide variety of infrastructure to be included in the Park.

    To view the updated design, download the Concept Plan (PDF 6.7MB)

    Planned components include:

    1. Dog park area - this area will be fenced and will include seating and shade for the enthusiastic dog owners.

    2. Long vehicle/RV parking - there will be a minimum of 6 spots available and will provide an opportunity to drive through. These parking spots have been put in this...

    Shoalhaven City Council has released an updated concept design for Berry District Park.

    While still in concept format, the updated design provides insight into the wide variety of infrastructure to be included in the Park.

    To view the updated design, download the Concept Plan (PDF 6.7MB)

    Planned components include:

    1. Dog park area - this area will be fenced and will include seating and shade for the enthusiastic dog owners.

    2. Long vehicle/RV parking - there will be a minimum of 6 spots available and will provide an opportunity to drive through. These parking spots have been put in this location for economic purposes. Signs directing visitors to the showgrounds for black water dumping and refuelling. This area will be solely for short-term parking.

    3. Picnic facilities – basic picnic tables.

    4. Junior Soccer, Cricket and League pitches.

    5. Natural amphitheatre – risen mound for seating and viewing purposes.

    6. Pump track

    7. Flying Fox – this will be a first in the Shoalhaven.

    8. The Big Kids area will have many climbing components. Challenging and risk-taking ideas have been proposed.

    9. The primary and toddlers area will be a space enclosed with natural fencing and landscaping features. All three areas will have a distinct natural design, due to Council and community going away from the traditional ‘plonk and play’ plastic based play equipment.

    10. Across the path from the toddlers and children's area is the Learn to Ride facility. The area is currently the parking lot. The trees will provide an opportunity for shade and adventure for littlies learning to ride their bikes. The environment will be safe.

    11. Bike wash station – for the more adventurous cyclists. Coming down the mountains and trails, stop in for a wash of the bike and a relax. Bike racks will be located in this section as well.

    12. Nature Play connection to creek and path. This area was suggested by Rotary to encourage further use of the beautiful path around the trees and the creek. The designers are creating a series of directional infrastructure that will lead people to explore the natural section of the park.

    13. The skate park will receive an extension.

    14. Cricket nets will be placed over the batting cages to control any balls hitting users of the other areas.

    15. Synthetic netball courts with half-court basketball included. The courts will be lit and an opportunity for casual basketball/netball is created.

    16. Sports fields will cater to league and cricket competitions.

    17. The path will be circuitous and have distance markers. This will take users on a journey throughout the park. Along North St exercise equipment will be installed along the footpath.

    18. Toilet facilities: This location will host 2 standard toilet facilities and a lift and change facility for people with extreme disabilities. The path will be accessible from on-street parking. Installing a lift and change facility is part of the Inclusive play space that is Berry District Park. Having this facility will also attract a variety of users further distinguishing Berry and the Shoalhaven as an inclusive tourist destination.

    19. Parking - greatly increased parking will be made available for park users. To date, there are 200 extra spots, not including the long vehicle parking and the bus turnaround area.

    20. Tennis facilities

    For further information on any of the above components, please contact Council's Social Infrastructure Planner, Liliana Hutchinson on (02) 4429 3372 or email liliana.hutchinson@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.