Jervis Bay: Everything You Need To Know
Jervis Bay, just a few hours’ drive from both Canberra and Sydney, is one of the most spectacular locations on the NSW South Coast. It boasts an unrivalled natural beauty, fascinating wildlife, a rich history, vibrant culture, a flourishing food and wine scene and a choice of outdoor activities for all ages and abilities. Your toughest decision when visiting Jervis Bay will be deciding what to do first!
In addition to its stunning natural beauty, Jervis Bay’s towns and villages are full of award-winning cafes and restaurants, independent shops, open-air markets and boutique accommodation. The Shoalhaven is also known for producing high-quality premium wines and a visit to one of the 16 cellar doors in the region is a great way to meet the locals and try some local produce.
White Sand Beaches
If Jervis Bay is renowned for anything, it is white sand beaches. World-famous Hyams Beach might be the jewel in the crown, but there are 16 other equally beautiful and less crowded white sand beaches to explore in the area. Many of them are dog friendly, the water is crystal clear and there’s always plenty of room to spread out and enjoy a day with family or friends. We are blessed to have beaches suited to surfing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, snorkelling, sandcastle building and paddling with toddlers!
Jervis Bay is home to some of Australia’s most spectacular national parks including a protected marine area spanning 100km of coastline. Jervis Bay has a rich Aboriginal history dating back thousands of years and the local Aboriginal communities retain a deep connection with the land, much of which appears untouched by people. If you only have time for one day trip, the Aboriginal owned and managed Booderee National Park is an absolute must-see.
Whales, dolphins, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, fur seals, lizards and an array of birdlife are just some of the wonderful wildlife that call Jervis Bay home. And you don’t have to try hard to catch a glimpse of them; most are spotted on a walk through one of our National Parks. There is also a resident pod of dolphins that are often seen from the shore or on one of our dolphin cruises. Whale watching season runs from May to November and we are seeing numbers increasing every year, including the numbers of newborn calves being born in the bay.
Towns & Villages
The towns and villages of the Shoalhaven are a unique mix of country charm, bohemian sensibilities, rustic cafes and on-trend restaurants. Take a drive around the villages of the beautiful St Georges Basin known for its excellent fishing and kayaking or marvel at the sting-rays as they wait to greet the returning fishing boats at Woollamia boat ramp. Huskisson, the heart of Jervis Bay, is a beautiful seaside town to wander around or to relax with a coffee and watch the world go by.
Food & Wine
When it comes to eating and drinking in the Shoalhaven, you will be spoilt for choice. We are lucky enough to have seaside cafes with views to die for, cool bars and outdoor pubs, restaurants run by acclaimed chefs, wineries and some pretty damn good coffee too! Whether you are in the mood for high-end dining, a casual get together with friends, a relaxing sundowner or fish and chips on the beach, we’ve got you covered.