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In Australia, backpacking is a great way to explore our vast, amazing country, and people young and old from across the globe head down under every year to do exactly that.

Tourist sites and big crowds got you down? Jervis Bay is truly one of Australia’s better-kept secrets, and a visit here will set your itinerary apart from that of thousands of other backpackers pounding the same well-trodden path. With unspoilt beaches, gleaming white sand, and plenty of culture and outdoor activities to keep you very busy, Jervis Bay and the surrounding South Coast region is a treasure that deserves your visit.

White Sand Beaches

You can’t visit Jervis Bay without spending time on and in the water. Snorkelling is a must-do, with some great visibility in well-sheltered coves. Top spots include Murrays Beach, Bristol Point, and Honeymoon Bay. For backpackers, it’s fairly inexpensive to hire snorkel gear.

You might also opt to go for a swim, or to do a bit of surfing or stand up paddleboarding. However you choose to experience the turquoise waters of the bay, you’re sure to have a great time.

Kangaroo Valley 

Visit Kangaroo Valley if you’re after a quaint, countryside experience on the South Coast. The rolling hills and cute village are less than an hour from Jervis Bay and just over 2 hours from Sydney. Antique shopping, historic pubs, live music, galleries and local produce are all on offer. 

Fitzroy Falls

Fitzroy Falls National Park offers impressive walking trails, wildlife spotting, birdwatching and information on the local Aboriginal culture. The actual falls are only a short walk from the visitor centre and guaranteed to take your breath away. 

Shoalhaven Wineries 

The Shoalhaven is home to a number of award winning wineries including: All offer food, wine tasting and winery tours. 

Kiama Blowhole

The Kiama Blowhole is the largest in the world and visited by over 900,000 people a year. The viewing platform (with disabled access) is the best and safest way to witness this spectacular natural wonder. 

Nan Tien Temple

The Nan Tien Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the southern hemisphere. This is a unique site with exhibitions, retreats, festivals, and more. They even offer accommodation, if you’re seeking a restful, spiritual stay.

Dolphin Cruise

Last but certainly not least, no backpacker can depart Jervis Bay without having an essential wildlife experience. A dolphin cruise is one of the best things to do in Jervis Bay. You’ll witness friendly bottlenose dolphins leaping and dancing through the water and impressive, rocky coastline. This experience truly is unparalleled elsewhere. 

What are you waiting for? We’ll see you soon on one of our vessels!