Pigeon House Mountain
One of the best walks in Morton National Park, Pigeon House Mountain is steep in parts but it is definitely worth the effort. National Parks & Wildlife recommends you choose a dry day to walk as you’ll enjoy better views and minimise any risk when you get to the ladder section near the summit.
White Sands Walk
Where: Greenfield Beach, Vincentia, Jervis Bay
Time: 90 minutes
Grade: Grade 3
Highlights: Stunning white sand beaches, magnificent views across Jervis Bay, kangaroos and other native animals.
By far the most popular walking track in Jervis Bay, you’ll need to set off early in the holiday season as the track can get busy. There are several variations to White Sands Walk if you want to make it longer. One option is to start at the southern end of Nelsons Beach and finish at Hyams Beach. It’s an easy walk with spectacular views across Jervis Bay, plus you can stop at any of the white sand beaches (Blenheim, Greenfield, Chinamans and Hyams) for a swim. There are bbq facilities, picnic areas and toilets at Greenfield Beach and Blenheim Beach.
Munyunga Waraga Dhugan: Murray’s Beach Walk
Where: Booderee National Park
Time: 2.5 hours
Grade: Grade 2
Highlights: Panoramic views of Jervis Bay, 14 signs outlining the culture and history of the area, Governor Head (look out for dolphins and whales), sea birds.
This trail is relatively flat and is suitable for all ages. Take plenty of sunscreen and water as you may spend longer than you had planned reading about the park’s natural and cultural history. Park in the Murrays Beach carpark.
Mermaids Inlet & Gosangs Tunnel
Time: 1.5 hours
Grade: Grade 3
Highlights: Lobster Bay, Mermaids Inlet, Gosangs Tunnel,shipwreck of the S.S.Merimbula, remote beaches and local Aboriginal cultural heritage.
The dramatic views from the top of these sea cliffs are some of the most incredible we’ve ever seen. During whale season, it’s fun to pack a picnic and rest while you look out for whales passing by on their annual migration. At less than a metre high, Gosangs tunnel can be tricky to negotiate and is not suitable for young children. If you are feeling adventurous, you can take the longer Coomies Walk (approx 3hrs, 9km return) or if you want an easy walk with the kids, try Wreck Walk (approximately one hour return).
Located just outside of the Nowra, this short walk is suitable for all ages. It’s such a peaceful spot you’ll find yourself wondering how you can be so close to the town centre. There are plenty of picnic spots, so you can spend as much or as little time on the walk as you want.
Basin Foreshore Walk
Where: Sanctuary Point
Time: 1-4 hours
Grade: Easy (mostly flat)
Highlights: spectacular sunrises and sunsets, swimming spots, pelicans, kangaroos, birds and fishing.
This dog-friendly walk (on a lead) is a popular and easy walk, particularly on weekend afternoons. You can start at either Palm Beach Reserve or Paradise Beach Reserve in Sanctuary Point; both locations have toilets, car parking and picnic facilities. The walk between the two access points takes around 40 minutes, but there are plenty of distractions, so most people take at least an hour.
The Shoalhaven walks brochure is an excellent resource if you want to discover more walks near Jervis Bay.