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Nothing beats a family holiday. At any time of the year, Jervis Bay is a top family holiday destination in Australia, with great activities and attractions for kids of all ages. As you plan for an unforgettable getaway along the beautiful NSW coast, your itinerary will quickly become jam-packed. Jervis Bay offers endless entertainments for both children and adults. As a coastal destination, there’s a wide array of things to do both water-based and land-focused. As you compile your to-do list, you might need help choosing those must-do activities. We’d love to lend you a hand. When it comes to holidays for families in Jervis Bay, here is what you simply cannot miss.

Hit the Glorious Beaches

If you travel to Jervis Bay without visiting the beach, you miss out on one of the highlights of the region. Our beaches here are unparalleled. You and the family will relax on gleaming white sand while lush bush vegetation provides a picturesque, natural background. Sparkling turquoise waters will beckon your for a swim; the water’s always the perfect temperature. For a full beach day itinerary, pack a picnic and hike along a stunning coastal route that stops along some of the area’s top shorelines.

Which one calls to you? Here’s our guide to Jervis Bay’s best beaches.

Swim in Moona Moona Creek

For a day away from the sea, consider paying a visit to Moona Moona Creek. This calm spot is beloved by the locals and lesser known by tourists, so you’ll find an uncrowded, pristine inlet for swimming, kayaking, and more. It’s shallow waters and protected layout makes it very kid-friendly, particularly if you are travelling with young children. Don’t forget lunch; the grassy knolls along the creek’s edges make for some idyllic picnicking.

Get Up in the Trees

Head north to Nowra for a thrilling day up in the air. Trees Adventure is a family holiday must-do. Kids and adults alike can strap up and take on the challenge of an exciting obstacle course in the tree canopy. Feel like a koala (or a monkey) as you swing, climb, and even zipline through the timber structure. After an active day at Trees Adventure, you’ll be ready to relax with pizza and a movie.

Meet the Locals (and the Not-So-Locals)

Where? At the Shoalhaven Zoo, of course! This is the largest zoo on the South Coast with more than one hundred species from Australia and beyond. Shoalhaven Zoo offers plenty of hands-on experiences too, so you can go beyond the normal zoo visit. Want to hang out with monkeys or feed lions? Shoalhaven Zoo can provide a fun animal encounter you won’t soon forget!

Water Sports in the Bay

Visiting the beaches of the bay is a must-do, but you should also put water sports on your family holiday list. The calm waters here are perfect for kayaking and snorkelling, and if you’ve never tried out stand-up paddleboarding, now is a great time. It’s all the rage! At Jervis Bay Wild we offer kayak and SUP hire so the family can give both a try.

Our Famous Jervis Bay Dolphin Cruise

Last but not least, you can’t leave Jervis Bay without joining us on board a beautiful dolphin cruise. Our 70+ resident bottlenose dolphins are waiting to show off their swimming, jumping, and playing for you. These smart mammals love our Jervis Bay Wild boats, and they regularly swim right alongside the vessel, playfully racing us. To get a glimpse of the dolphins and other wildlife—and to have the very best Jervis bay holiday—an eco cruise is a must-do item for your itinerary.