Jervis Bay is one of Australia’s best-kept secrets, and at its heart is Huskisson, a vibrant seaside town with plenty to see and do. Whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, a family or with a group of friends, this part of the NSW South Coast makes an ideal holiday destination for all ages. With unspoilt bush, gleaming white sand beaches, and plenty of culture and outdoor activities to keep you occupied, we guarantee you’ll want to come back for more!
White Sand Beaches
Whether you like to swim, surf or snorkel, you can’t visit Jervis Bay without spending time on and in the water. The turquoise water is crystal clear, the sand is some of the whitest in the world and the lush bush vegetation provides a picturesque, natural background. Some of Jervis Bay’s best beaches include Murrays Beach, Honeymoon Bay and Moona Moona Creek.
Jervis Bay Kayak Hire
Get out and explore the bay on a kayak or stand up paddleboard with Jervis Bay Kayak Hire. Single kayaks and double kayaks are available, and you can also book guided tours for both kayaks and paddleboards.
Huskisson Hotel + Pavillion Bar & Kitchen
The Huskisson Hotel – affectionately known by locals as Husky pub – is the perfect spot for a pub lunch or a sundowner. With spectacular water views and a chilled atmosphere, you may find yourself visiting here more than once! Just below the Husky Pub is Pavillion Bar & Kitchen where you’ll enjoy expansive sea views and some of the most mouth-watering meals, drinks and bar snacks in Huskisson. The oysters and prawn tacos are to die for, and the drinks menu will leave you spoilt for choice.
Visit A Winery
The Shoalhaven is home to a number of award-winning wineries including:
All offer food, wine tasting and winery tours. Keep an eye out for The South Coast Food & Wine Festival scheduled to return to Huskisson in 2021.
Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Huskisson Pictures is located in a beautiful historic building that has been used as a church, school, dance & concert venue, library and public hall since it was built in 1913. Open every day during the school holidays, Husky Pictures screens all the latest movies at reasonable prices. Check out session times or book your ticket (advisable during peak periods).
Jervis Bay Maritime Museum
Check out a bit of oceanic history with this popular local museum. Historic vessels like the Lady Denman ferry are housed here, as are plenty of other maritime artifacts, navigational equipment and photographs. Jervis Bay Maritime Museum is situated right on Currambene Creek, with a boardwalk, pond and gardens.
Dive Jervis Bay
It’s all about the water in Huskisson, and there’s no better way to experience the diversity of Jervis Bay Marine Park than under the water. Whether you’re an experienced scuba diver, looking to learn, or just want to go on a snorkelling trip, Dive Jervis Bay has a variety of options to choose from including seal dives, swim with the whales and seals, PADI courses and snorkelling adventures.
Kangaroo Valley and Fitzroy Falls
Still within the Shoalhaven, Kangaroo Valley is a picturesque town less than an hour’s drive from Huskisson. Antique shopping, historic pubs, live music, galleries and local produce are all on offer, and the heritage-listed Hampden Bridge (now the only surviving timber decked vehicular suspension bridge constructed in the nineteenth century) is definitely worth a photo.
Only a 20-minute drive from Kangaroo Valley, Fitzroy Falls, part of Morton National Park, is also worth a visit, offering impressive walking trails, birdwatching and information on the local Aboriginal culture. The falls are a short walk from the visitor centre and suitable for all ages and abilities. The falls are most impressive after rainfall.
Book A Whale Or Dolphin Cruise
Jervis Bay is famous for its whales, and if you are visiting between June and November, a whale cruise should be on your must-do list. The rest of the year you can watch our resident bottlenose dolphins jump and play as they swim right alongside our vessels.
This annual event has been running for nearly fifty years and attracts locals and visitors from all over the Shoalhaven. Running from Boxing Day until Australia Day every year, there are rides to suit all ages with options to purchase an unlimited daily pass, a season pass or tickets for individual rides. Free family entertainments and food stalls are also staples of the Husky Carnival. The carnival is open every day from 6pm – 10pm (ticket box open from 5pm). Entry is free and coupons for rides can be purchased at the carnival. Find it at Huskisson Playing Fields on Tomerong Street.