Jervis Bay is an outdoor lover’s paradise. The lush white sand beaches attract thousands of holidaymakers each year, but there’s more than just these gorgeous shores to keep visitors busy. In fact, there is plenty to do all over the region. Activities on the water are plentiful, of course, with kayaking, fishing, and boating among the most popular options. A wildlife cruise is another Jervis Bay must—may we suggest whale watching or a dolphin eco tour? On dry land, you could hire a bicycle and go for a ride boasting excellent views and fun paths. But walks, hikes, and treks are also great in the region.
Want to head out on foot? Consider these 5 recommended walks in the Jervis Bay area.
St. George’s Head Circuit
Many of the region’s best walks and hikes will be found in Booderee National Park. There are many options in the park, including several challenging trails to let you explore the St Georges Headland. From the Steamers Beach car park, you could choose the 11km Circuit Trail, or create a longer full-day trek by exploring some of the side trails. These walks will take you to rocky cliffs with impressive views, a spectacular beach (Steamers Beach), and also afford you a great vista of the Cape St. George Lighthouse.
The Munyunga Waraga Dhugan loop walk
Another Booderee National Park walk is the Munyunga Waraga Dhugan loop walk. This trail carries you through an area of cultural significance to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community. The total distance is just over 5 km and the trailhead begins at the Murrays Beach car park. This is a beautiful place with a special importance, and you’re invited to come and explore these spots so significant to the Koori people.
White Sands Walk
This coastal trail may be one of the most well-known and well-trodden in this part of the South Coast. There are wonderful views of the shimmering ocean (and several opportunities to go for a swim). Running from Greenfield Beach to Hyams Beach, you will take in Jervis Bay’s finest shores along your walk. You can complete the entire circuit in just about an hour, returning via the Scribbly Gum Track. Many families visiting Jervis Bay enjoy this walk, as it is suitable for all ages.
The Trig Walk & Wreck Walk, Currarong
On the northeast side of the Beecroft Peninsula is an area called the Abraham’s Bosom Reserve. This is a unique and visually lovely area that provides visitors with great views of the seaside rock formations. There are also opportunities for picnicking along the way. The Wreck Walk is the shorter option of the two, taking just around an hour. On this trail you’ll pass the site of the 1928 wreck of the S.S. Merimbula. The Trig Walk incorporates the Wreck Walk but totals 9km in length and has additional panoramic views.
The Grotto Walk, Nowra
Head a bit north of Jervis Bay for a walk with a different atmosphere. The Grotto is an impressive overhanging rock which is the main attraction of the trail, but you’ll also enjoy the verdant forest of the reserve along the banks of the Shoalhaven River. The cliff tops have several lookouts to get your fix of good views, and the entire walk will take between 1 and 2 hours.
Wherever you walk in the region, you’re sure to be delighted by Jervis Bay’s natural beauty, fascinating history, and exciting wildlife. We hope to see you soon in our area!