Jervis Bay

Pristine beaches and charming seaside towns, Jervis Bay is the perfect coastal escape.

On the South Coast of New South Wales, Jervis Bay is one stunning destination. White sandy beaches, shimmering water and untouched wilderness at every turn. And it’s all within a three-hour drive of Sydney and Canberra. 

A holiday-goers dream, Jervis Bay is boarded by two national parks and a marine park that’s teeming with playful sea life. On land, hiking and cycling trails lead to cliff-top lookouts and remote beaches. At the southern end of Jervis Bay is Booderee National Park, which has bushland and wildlife in abundance. And the beaches? They’re postcard-perfect (Murrays Beach or Greenpatch are our picks). 

But there really is no better way to explore this beautiful part of the South Coast than by water. Wildlife cruises will take you around Jervis Bay Marine Park, which is a haven for bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, little penguins, and migrating whales. 

The beaches around Jervis Bay are perfect in every way, with Hyams, Culburra, and Murray’s Beach boasting some of the regions’ finest. Swimming, kayaking, boating, fishing, and stand-up paddleboarding are a favourite pastime. And in season, whale watching is a must. For those who prefer to stay on land to watch these beauties, Point Perpendicular Lighthouse on the northern tip and Cape St George Lighthouse on the southern side, boast some of the best seats in the house. 

Hugging the calm waters of Jervis Bay is a string of easy-going coastal towns. From Callala Beach to the north of the bay and Huskisson, Vincentia and Hyams Beach to the south, they’re all perfectly positioned to capitalise on the bay. 

The towns themselves offer an unbeatable lifestyle. Seaside cottages and dreamy holiday homes are all within walking distance, not only to the beaches but also into the villages that cater well to the every day. Fresh from the trawler seafood and farmgate produce is a standout for the cafés, eateries, and restaurants that are sprinkled throughout. Pubs and wine bars sit alongside boutique shops and art galleries, and fresh produce markets are a regular fixture, bringing the regions finest to the shores.

With so much to do and explore around Jervis Bay, your best bet is to stay awhile and enjoy all that the region has to offer. 

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Huskisson
Packed full of maritime history, Huskisson is at the centre of it all
Where easy-living is always high on the agenda, Huskisson is a seaside town that caters well to the Jervis Bay community. Cafés and eateries are in abundance, and they’re all within walking distance to the foreshore, parks and beaches. Huskisson is also the launching pad to many seafaring adventures, including wildlife cruises and fishing charters.
Hyams Beach
Where untamed bushland meets the calm waters of Jervis Bay
As one of Jervis Bay’s most photogenic beaches, Hyams Beach graces many a postcard. This stunning stretch of coastline is where the native bushland of Jervis Bay National Park opens out onto white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. The town itself is a peaceful seaside destination for holiday-goers, with very few streets and a cosy café that pumps out ocean-fresh fish n’ chips.
Vincentia
A popular beachside hangout that’s all about sun-loving days by the water’s edge
Well-positioned between Huskisson and Hyams Beach, Vincentia is one good looking town. Boasting a beautiful coastline, Vincentia has several beaches to choose from. Blenheim Beach is ideal for snorkelling, Orion Beach is a local haunt, and Greenfield Beach dips into Jervis Bay National Park. Vincentia is also part of White Sand Walk – a gorgeous foreshore trail that takes in several beaches and incredible views of the bay.
Booderee National Park
The jewel of Jervis Bay, Booderee National Park is packed full of natural goodness
White sand, turquoise water, untamed bushland and wildlife aplenty – Booderee National Park is a destination within itself. Inside the national park is Jervis Bay village, which is the gateway to many off-the-beaten-track adventures. Murrays Beach is popular for its boat ramp, snorkelling, and swimming while Greenpatch Point is just downright gorgeous. Make your way to Cape St George Lighthouse for some ruins and impressive views.
Whale Watching Cruises
Get up close and personal with these majestic sea mammals
From June to November, whale watching season is in full swing with majestic humpbacks and southern right whales going about their annual migration. There are plenty of cruise companies to choose from, or for those who prefer to stay on land, Point Perpendicular Lighthouse on the northern tip and Cape St George Lighthouse on the southern side are prime spots for whale watching.
Snorkelling & Diving
Explore the underwater world of Jervis Bay Marine Park
When you deep dive into Jervis Bay Marine Park, you will discover diverse sea life, which includes fur seals and the endangered grey nurse shark. There are more than 30 dive sites and nine known shipwrecks. So don your wetsuit and masks and explore some of the area’s famed marine life.
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