A few hours south of Sydney lies one of Australia’s most idyllic holiday destination: Jervis Bay. With its natural attractions, clear waters and stunning sandy shores, it’s easy to see why this South Coast gem is a popular spot with tourists. But with so much on offer, it can be hard to decide what to do first!
Let’s take a look at five of the best things to do while holidaying in Jervis Bay.
1. Visit those famous sandy beaches.
This is a must-do for every visitor! The Guinness Book of World Records declared Jervis Bay’s Hyams Beach as the record holder for whitest sand in the world. Bordered by national parks and botanic gardens, Hyams Beach is the perfect spot to sit on the silky sand, watch the waves and take in the beauty of nature.
Jervis Bay is home to some other great beaches, too – try Moona Moona Creek for some kid-friendly fun, as well as Murrays Beach for swimming, snorkelling and self-guided walks through the surrounding Booderee National Park.
2. Take a scenic walk or two.
If Booderee whet your appetite for a good nature walk, there are plenty more on offer around Jervis Bay. The famous White Sands walk, which connects to the Scribbly Gum track, takes in coastlines, tall forests and woodlands. It offers stunning bay views as well as glimpses at the local wildlife.
More challenging full-day walks can be found around Steamers Beach; alternatively, you might like to take a gentle wander through the Botanic Gardens. Whatever your desire and fitness level, there’s a Jervis Bay walk to suit you.
3. Go on a dolphin or whale-watching cruise.
Keen to see some frolicking dolphins or migrating humpback whales in Jervis Bay’s pristine waters? Be sure to take one of the area’s famous dolphin or whale-watching cruises, which operate year-round. Vendors like Jervis Bay Wild and Dolphin Watch allow you to experience the beauty of sea life in the protected waters of Jervis Bay Marine Park.
There are even boom netting tours available from November to May. These allow a truly ‘immersive’ experience, in which you ride within the confines of an underwater boom net attached to the back of a boat! And here’s another tip: if you choose a cruise that ventures outside the Marine Park, you’ll probably be lucky enough to spot a seal colony as well.
4. Visit a quaint bookshop or an old-fashioned cinema.
Two of Jervis Bay’s most beloved attractions are Boobook on Owen and Huskisson Pictures. Much more than just a bookshop, Boobook is ‘a haven for all things quirky and unique’. You’ll find new and second-hand books, kids’ toys, Australian-made jewellery, and hand-crafted, fair-trade gifts.
If you’re in the mood for a movie rather than a book, visit Huskisson Pictures, located in one of the town’s beautiful historic buildings. Films have been screening at the theatre since the early 50s, and with a refurbished interior and some seriously great ticket prices, it’s a great way to while away an afternoon.
5. Spend a day at the Maritime Museum.
Also located in the lovely town of Huskisson is the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum. Nestled within the Lady Denman Heritage Complex, the Maritime Museum is home to a world-renowned collection of maritime artefacts, including nautical and navigational equipment, surveying instruments, models, photographs and paintings.
The museum grounds also encompass native gardens, a mangrove boardwalk, a fish feeding pond and some picnic areas, so it’s the perfect place to spend a whole day.
Will Norquay is a globetrotter who often shares the stories about his journeys at Stayz. Though passionate about every travel, Will especially enjoys getting off the beaten path and visiting less famous, uncharted places.