Three hours south of Sydney is a coastal utopia called Jervis Bay, home to some of the whitest sand in the world, awe-inspiring sights and unique antipodean animals. Native Aussy Tash Bazika takes us through this part of her homeland…
What is Jervis Bay and why should you go there?
Jervis Bay is a 102-square-kilometre (39 sq mi) oceanic bay and village on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia said to possess the whitest sand in the world. Coastal, marine and hinterland National Parks offer fantastic bushwalking, cycling tracks, Indigenous culture, camping spots, cliff-top lookouts and maritime heritage.
Getting to Jervis Bay
The best way to get there is by car. Trust me, you don’t want to miss the drive down, especially cruising sea cliff bridge. If driving isn’t an option, you can catch a train from Sydney to Nowra, then jump on a coach to Jervis Bay; this route may take longer than 3 hours.
Things to do
Hyams Beach seaside village
Sink your feet into the whitest sand in the world at Hyams Beach, a paradisiacal stretch of sand and crystal blue water. The fairly still waters are great for snorkeling, fishing and paddle boarding.
If you wanted to explore, do the famous White Sands Walk, which is a great way to spend an hour taking in panoramic views of Hyams and its neighbouring beaches. The walk starts at the Greenfield Beach picnic area in Vincentia, a neighbouring suburb, and ends at Hyams Beach. To get back, you can go the same way you came through or opt-in for the Scribbly Gum Track. This would take you through forest and woodland before leading you back to the picnic area.
Booderee National Park and Botanic Gardens
One of Australia’s most stunning national parks, Booderee National Park occupies the bottom half of the bay and is perfect for any adventurer looking for secret beaches, hidden caves or just looking to get closer to wildlife.
Beaches in Booderee National Park
Murrays Beach: Relaxing away from the crowds
Murrays Beach is another dazzling beach with white sand and turquoise waters and awesome sea caves at one end. It’s my favorite spot for snorkeling and relaxing away from the crowds. Don’t forget to explore the area via the Munyunga Waraga Dhugan Trail (loop walk) for views of the bay!
Green Patch Beach: Fun for the family
Green Patch Beach is a popular spot for families as it has a little creek and an equipped campground behind it.
Steamers Head Beach: For surfers in pursuit of swells
Accessed through a walking track, Steamers Beach is a surf beach known for large waves but not ideal for inexperienced swimmers. However, the views alone are reason enough to go. Head down to the beach to check it out, then back up the path to Brooks lookout for spectacular views of large sand dunes and endless coastal beauty.
Cave Beach: For the camp enthusiast
Recognized by Australian Geographic as one of the best-secluded beach camping areas in the country, Cave Beach is a pristine natural haven easily accessible by foot or car. As its name implies, Cave Beach is home to a cool cavern that you can explore when the sun is high in the sky. Keep an eye out for resident kangaroos that love to hop across the beach!
Jervis Bay National Park
Explore the Aboriginal heritage of Jervis Bay National Park, which occupies the bay’s top end. At Bull Hole Lookout, you’ll get expansive views of Warrain Beach, Beecroft Head, Culburra, Mount Coolangatte and Crookhaven Bight from the elevated platform.
Chinamans Beach, found within Hyams Beach Village, is the more secluded and therefore less crowded site. Walk down White Sands Way until you come across a stunning little cove. You will know you’re there when you see pink sand and turquoise waters surrounded by rocks and trees.
Moona Moona Creek and Collingwood Beach
Just past Vincentia is a great family spot with a clear creek for kids to splash around in and an amazing beach to swim or sunbathe on. The nearby caravan park is easily accessible and is also close to shops where you can grab lunch at Husky Pub.
Tash Bazika is a a globetrotting freelance journalist on a mission to create smart and compelling content.
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