There is so many things to do in Jervis Bay that you need to put it on your list as a day trip from Sydney, because it has some of the best beaches in Australia.

Located just a three hour drive from Sydney, if you’re wondering what to do in Jervis Bay, it’s renowned for holding the record as having the world’s whitest sand beach.

There’s an amazing coastal walk the whole family can take part in that you’ll wonder if you’ve been transported to the beaches in Maldives. Trust us, we’ve been to Maldives and we can confirm this is not a passing comment.

Read more: The ultimate guide to visiting the Maldives on a backpacker’s budget >

Jervis Bay is a brilliant Sydney getaway but also a great weekend away. In this ultimate guide to Jervis Bay, you’ll find out where to eat, where to stay and loads of fun places to visit!

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Visit Jervis Bay in Winter or Summer

Jervis Bay weather is pretty good all year round. We actually stayed for the weekend during Winter and still found loads to do in Jervis Bay.

Don’t be fooled by thinking Jervis Bay is only good for a summer getaway, there’s loads to do in Jervis Bay in winter too!

There was something very magical about going there in winter as it was very quiet in the area. If you’re going in summer, just be prepared to book in advance which is probably why I haven’t been there for ages as I usually plan everything at the last minute! Here’s my complete guide to Jervis Bay!


How to get to Jervis Bay 

It takes three hours to drive to Jervis Bay from Sydney.

Getting to Jervis Bay by public transport is quite tricky. The quickest option we’ve seen is going to take you 3h43m. You’ll need to get yourself to Bomaderry Station, then it’s a 40 minute bus ride to Huskisson.

Plan your transport to Jervis Bay here.


Jervis Bay Map

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I think of Jervis Bay as an area split into 3 sections. You have the top from Callala Bay to Currarong, the middle being the centre of Jervis Bay from Huskisson to Hyams Beach, and the bottom which is Booderee National Park also known as Jervis Bay National Park.

I’m not massively familiar with the top section of Jervis Bay although we did go there on our most recent visit.

The bottom section is Booderee National Park, a part of Jervis Bay you absolutely must visit. When visiting the park, make sure you bring $11 cash with you to get in. They don’t accept cards.


21 things to do in Jervis Bay

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Jervis Bay beaches

There are so many amazing Jervis Bay beaches, so we’re going to share with you the best we’ve found.

1. Make sure you visit Caves Beach

Booderee National Park

Caves Beach is one of our absolute favourite beaches in Jervis Bay for its natural beauty. It might not have the turquoise waters of the harbour side of Jervis Bay but this rustic surf beach is an absolute must visit.

Caves Beach is the kind of beach you’ll want to go to, to escape city life, it’s an absolute stunner. Also, you’ll more than likely meet some kangaroos at the car park at Caves Beach! It’s a short walk down to the beach from the car park and you can camp there if you’re lucky to make a booking. FYI – book way in advance here.


2. Find paradise at Murray’s Beach

Booderee National Park

Murray’s Beach which is a bit less busier than others and at the tip of the Booderee National Park opposite Bowen Island. I went here when I first went to Jervis Bay a few years ago and remember it being total paradise. Expect crystal clear flat, swimmable water and super fine white sand. Blink and you’ll think you’ve made it to a tropical island.


3. Visit Murray’s Boat Ramp for sunset

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We went to Murray’s Boat Ramp next to Murray’s Beach to watch the sunset and it was spectacular! We didn’t even plan it, we just stopped off as the sun was setting to try and capture the incredible cloud formation.


4. Hike to Steamers Beach

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Steamers Beach is known as being one of the best beaches in Jervis bay, but it’s not that easy to get to.

If you’re looking for one of the best hikes in Jervis Bay, go on an incredibly beautiful and almost quiet 3km hike around to Steamers Beach.

The only problem is, you can’t swim in this beach as it’s prone to plenty of sharks but you can at least admire how stunningly beautiful it is:(

If you want to do a longer hike, do the entire Steamers Beach circuit which is 16km and takes about 6 hours.

Here’s a Steamers Beach loop map below.steamers-beach-loop-hike-map-jervis-bay


Beaches around Huskisson

5. Go on the White Sands Walk

We researched high and low to find the best walks in Jervis Bay and found hidden deep within the internet The White Sands Walk.

It starts at Vincentina Sailing Club at Plantation Point and ends at the famous Hyams Beach aka whitest sand beach in the world. Although, you can technically start and end the walk at whatever points along the way as there’s car parks all along the way. Make sure you finish at Hyams Beach as there’s a fantastic cafe you can end the walk on to grab lunch.

White Sands Walk, Jervis Bay 

Because at the time of writing, we actually thought the walk was going to take like 10 minute but we were completely wrong.

It took us an hour each way and I clocked up over 10KM on my Garmin 235 watch after we completed the return. It is however, an easy walk which is flat and very easy to navigate which takes you right next to many amazing beaches.

You can easily take kids along on the White Sands Walk and the best part is, you’ll probably get it all to yourself as we didn’t see many people at all on the path.

To be honest, White Sands Walk is easily one of the best walks in NSW.

Regardless of whether you do the White Sands Walk in Jervis Bay, here are the beaches you’ll come across along the way. You can also park up next to most of them as well.


6. Nelson Bay Beach in Jervis Bay

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Nelson Beach, Jervis Bay

We started the White Sands Walk at Nelson Beach and saw loads of pods of dolphins which was a great start to our morning.


7. Blenheim Beach

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As the path meandered through the bush, we came to our first secluded beach at Blenheim Beach. It was completely deserted with white sand and turquoise water. What a gem!


8. Greenfield Beach

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Moving onto Greenfield Beach, the best beach to visit on the White Sands Walk!

Although Blenheim and Greenfield Beach might look similar, there was just something so beautiful about Greenfield Beach that you must visit during your stay in Jervis Bay.


9. Chinaman’s Beach

White Sands Walk

Onto Chinaman’s Beach which is next to the famous Hyams Beach, is quite frankly the better beach out of the two.

We couldn’t believe the vast difference between the two beached; Hyams Beach was really crowded with tourists and Chinaman’s Beach literally next door was really quiet and much more beautiful.

We dare say the sand may have been whiter on Chinaman’s Beach but who’s judging?

On Chinamans Beach, Jervis Bay


10. Visit Hyam’s Beach aka the world’s whitest sand beach

White Sands Walk

After seeing the beautiful beaches along the White Sands Walk, Hyams Beach may come as a bit of a disappointment. It’s a smaller beach, packed with tourists and you’ll be taking it for granted because the other beaches you’ve just seen were completely deserted and much more beautiful.

But as far as beaches go, there’s no need to get all upset, this beach is still amazing. Just look at that water! Oh and the white sand… obvs!


11. Go find the secret Gosangs Tunnel

If you’re up for going on a proper adventure in a secret spot only those in the know, know about, then go find Gosangs Tunnel.

Located in the top section of Jervis Bay near Point Perpendicular, there’s a small hidden hole in the rocks which you have to climb through. FYI – it’s not for the claustrophobics out there. After a 20m climb, you’ll pop out onto the cliffs on the other side.

There are no safety fences when you come out to the cliffs so please be very careful when attempting this adventure. Do not put yourself or others at risk when doing this hike. We recommend only experienced hikers to do this walk, do not take children.

How to find Gosangs Tunnel

Follow the walking track at Abraham’s Bosom Reserve in Currarong near Mermaid’s Inlet. It takes about an hour return to do this hike.


12. Whale watching Jervis Bay

If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot one of the best Jervis Bay attractions –  some dolphins from the beach or along the White Sands Walk.

If you visit during June – November you might also get lucky and see a whale or too.

But, what would be even more better is to go on a dolphin or whale watching cruise. It’s not just about seeing the dolphins or whales, what’s really quite amazing about a cruise is being able to see the incredible cliffs and beauty around Jervis Bay. It’s a spectacular sight to be seen!

Find the best cruise deal in Jervis Bay right here >

Read dolphin & whale watching cruises reviews and find a deal on Trip Advisor >

Read about our whale watching experience in Sydney here >

13. Visit the Perpendicular Lighthouse in Jervis Bay

When we arrived in Jervis Bay, we made a beeline straight to Honeymoon Bay to check it out. On the way there, the ranger mentioned to us to visit the Point Perpendicular Lighthouse so we made what seemed like a very long journey along an unsealed road to the lighthouse.

When we arrived it was pretty spectacular and seemed like we were on the edge of the world. It was amazing to see the white sand of the beaches I mentioned on the White Sands Walk completely lit up in the distance.

When we were doing the white sands walk, we could see the light house in the distance and we were glad we made the journey out to it. If you’re wondering what to do in Jervis Bay, go check out this lighthouse!


14. Visit Jervis Bay Botanic Gardens

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Before we left Jervis Bay to drive the three hour journey home to Sydney, we decided to check out the Jervis Bay Botanic Gardens. We didn’t have too much time but it was nice to walk around, taking in the quietness and beauty of the area. I think it would be a gorgeous place to visit during Autumn or Spring.


Best restaurants in Jervis Bay

There are some awesome restaurants in Jervis Bay that are worth visiting. Don’t think it’s all burgers and fish&chips. We found some great cafes serving healthy food that should be on your radar when visiting Jervis Bay.

15. Hyams Beach Store & Cafe

hyams-beach-store-jervis-bayAt the end of the White Sands Walk lies one of the best cafes in Jervis Bay called Hyams Beach Store & Cafe. We loved it’s beautiful beach feel and white interiors. The food matched the clean, fresh vibe as we had we both had the caramelised onion tart and a selection of salads.


16. Pilgrims Vegetarian Cafe

pilgrims-cafe-jervis-bay-acai-bowl-jervis-bay (1 of 1)We also ate at Pilgrims vegetarian cafe in Jervis Bay, which to be honest was amazing for us that a veggie cafe even existed in the area.

We got there just after they had finished serving although they kindly made up an acai bowl for us which was perfect. Make sure you head over to their Mexican night!


17. The Huskisson Pub aka The Husky

huskisson-pub-jervis-bayThe Huskisson Pub is a legendary pub in Jervis Bay which sits right in the middle of the main town of Huskisson. With stunning views out to the water, it’s the kind of locals Aussie pub you could spend all day at. The food is great and reasonably priced too.


Jervis Bay Camping

There are loads of beautiful Jervis Bay camping spots but during summer it’s not that easy to find. You’ll need to put your name into a ballot system by August to hopefully get a spot during the summer holidays.

We went to visit the campsites mentioned below during our Winter visit and all of them were completely deserted. Just to not, the weather was amazing and people we were swimming in the water. Don’t think Jervis Bay is only a Summer destination 🙂

Find out more about camping in Jervis Bay here >

18. Caves Beach camping in Jervis Bay

As it was winter, I actually managed to get us into the Cave Beach campsite in Booderee National Park which felt like a sign because it’s always booked up.

Cave Beach is known as one of Australia’s best secluded camp spots according to Australian Geographic.Cave Beach campsite, Boderee National Park 

When I first went to Jervis Bay over three years ago, we randomly found Cave Beach and instantly wanted to buy a tent to camp there. Fast forward three years later and we finally bought into the camping thing and so I wanted to make that dream a reality.

Read more: 6 items you need to camp on a budget in Australia >

The reason why this campsite is amazing is because it sits about 50 metres from one of THE most beautiful and secluded beaches I have ever seen. It’s also a 300 metre walk from the car park to the campsite so expect to have to carry (bring a trolley) all your things down a hill to the site. Going back up wouldn’t be much fun.

There’s also loads of kangaroo’s around but as someone who isn’t a fan of them, they weren’t aggressive in the slightest.

Click here to book Cave Beach campsite >

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19. Honeymoon Bay Camping in Jervis Bay

Honeymoon Bay is also known as being one of the best campsites in Australia so you know you’ll be in for a treat with this one.

It’s a great campsite for families as it comes with a beautiful horseshoe shaped lagoon, perfect for swimming in.

It is however on the Beecroft weapons range department of defence which is a bit odd, but it’s safe. You’ll have to drive right into the weapons range and pass through the rangers to get there on an unsealed road.

If you want to book Honeymoon Bay, it’s so popular that for the summer season, again, you’ll have to put your name down to be put into a ballot before August for the summer holidays.

Crazy I know, but you have to be organised, otherwise throughout the rest of the year, it’s first come, first served. More info here.


20. Green Patch Camping in Jervis Bay

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Although Green Patch campsite is located in Booderee National Park, it’s actually the closest campsite of the three mentioned to Hyams Beach.

To book Green Patch, click here.  

There are other campsites located in Jervis Bay and we did see one in Huskisson but Caves Beach, Honeymoon Bay and Green Patch are the most sought after campsites in Jervis Bay from the research we’ve done.

Here’s a map of the campsites below.
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21. Jervis Bay Accommodation

If camping’s not your cup of tea, don’t worry, we’ve found some great places for all budgets to make an awesome weekend away from Sydney in Jervis Bay.

Firstly, if you’re looking for an airbnb, you can get $76 off your first booking. Why so much? It’s purely because we’ve used them so much around the world, our discount keeps rising. There’s no dodgyness about it, and it’s completely legit 😉

Get $76 off your first airbnb booking right here >

All of the accommodation we mention below is based on a 1 night stay.

jervis-bay-accommodationCheck out the beautiful Seabank at Currarong

Jervis Bay budget accomodation

Sinclairs Country Retreat in Conjola- 38 mins from Huskisson

Approx $90 for a double room.

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Pet friendly accommodation Jervis Bay

Maria’s Beach House in Myola- 33 mins from Huskisson

Approx $125 for a 3 bed house

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Stay in a beautiful Jervis Bay farm

The Woods Farm – 13 mins from Huskisson

Approx $385 for a 3 bed house

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Jervis Bay beachfront accommodation

Jervis Bay Waterfront Vincentia – 7 min drive from Huskisson

Approx $400 for a 2 bed oceanfront apartment

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Stay in the most beautiful house in walking distance to Currarong beach

Seabank at Currarong – 34 mins to Huskisson

Approx $420 for a 3 bed home

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Looking for something else?

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