Imagine you are floating in a tranquil bay of clear, turquoise blue water, drifting into the whitest sand in the world, overlooked by lush forest-laden mountain faces, bustling with wildlife.
Well, just 2.5 hours south of Sydney, lies the seaside towns of Vincentia, Hyams Beach and Huskisson, which form Australia’s most exceptional coastal village, Jervis Bay. This natural beauty is breath-taking with a varied landscape to suit many different lifestyles. So, here is a local guide to follow when exploring Australia’s Jervis Bay – by bush, land, and sea.
Booderee National Park exemplifies serenity. There are a variety of trails from bush to sea, which are perfectly suited to all hiking abilities.
Appreciate Australia’s first settlers at Wreck Bay – the only gardens in Australia to be owned and operated by the local Aboriginal community, located within the Booderee National Park. You can organise an Indigenous guided tour with Galamban Aboriginal Tours and learn about life on the land for our original ancestors.
Want a view worth boasting about?
Towering over Beecroft Peninsula on the most Eastern point of Jervis Bay is Point Perpendicular. This sandstone cliff face is 80 metres high and tumbles into the shimmering South Pacific Ocean. This destination is renowned amongst rock climbers as the best view in Jervis Bay, and provides the perfect viewpoint to spot whales during migration.
There’s nothing better than a picnic consisting of fresh local produce. Unless you can enjoy it on the beach… Hyams Beach Hampers has combined award-winning wines, with artisan bread and cheeses to entice your culinary flare, all whilst relaxing on the beach. They will deliver a hamper straight to your door if you seek a spontaneous beach day, or can meet you anywhere along Jervis Bay, with bean bags, picnic rugs, Santorini-style tents and beach umbrellas, to ensure your beach picnic experience is one to treasure.
If you like to take to the greens, head to Vincentia Golf Club. This 9-hole course is ideal for a relaxing experience, as it has spectacular scenery of the ocean and bushlands. The golf course participates in bush regeneration, meaning the course is buzzing with wildlife, creating a unique golfing experience.
Or try one of the many delightful restaurants on along the beachfront including the famous Huskisson Hotel, serving delicious fresh ocean and farm produce from around the region. Also be sure to book in a tour with one of the neighbouring wineries to enjoy delicious Chambourcin and Verdelho.
Jervis Bay’s sublime waters truly are a highlight of this oceanfront sanctuary. But if it is adventure that you seek, you are in luck. As Jervis Bay is one of the closest points in Australia to the continental shelf, beneath the glistening waters exists bountiful hordes of marine life. Sounds like your kind of adventure? Dive Jervis Bay has you covered. With over 50 scuba diving sites for you to choose from complete with local produce for feasting. You will find seals, whales, sharks, fish, stingrays, dolphins and ancient living coral reefs in their natural environment, absolutely thriving.
If you fall in love with Jervis Bay hook, line and sinker, give Angelo and Sue a call at Jervis Bay Fishing to arrange a full day, or half day fishing charter. The region is well known for the thrilling and adrenaline-pumping sport of game fishing, sure to make for a fun day. Or if you seek a quieter pace, book a dolphin watching tour and meet the resident pod of dolphins residing in Jervis Bay.
The beaches in Jervis Bay are absolutely breathtaking, sporting some of the whitest sand in the world and turquoise coloured water. Head to Chinamans Beach at Hyams or check out the many beaches in the Royal National Park including Honeymoon Bay and Caves Beach. And of course, Jervis Bay can also offer regular beach-going activities for the family, including kayaking, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing and swimming.
Jervis Bay is one of the most welcoming destinations in Australia.
Between the three hospitable townships, there is a wide variety of accommodations, ranging from affordable to luxurious. From B&Bs, to group stay hotels, caravan parks, private homes and cabins. Guests are able to choose from a beach stay, to a quaint farm stay. However, the most stunning lodgings are found in the heart of national parklands at Paperbark Camp. This is the ultimate glamping experience in Australia and offers 12 canvas safari-style tents, perched up in the eucalypts at the perfect height to grasp the sea breeze – a truly exceptional way to experience the best of Australia’s native flora and fauna.
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