There are so many things to do in Jervis Bay in New South Wales, and with some the best beaches in Australia, you’ll need to put it on your list to visit!
Located just a three-hour drive from Sydney on the South Coast, if you’re wondering what to do in Jervis Bay, it’s renowned for 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 Whitsundays!
If you’re looking to explore Jervis Bay, we’ll share where to eat, where to stay and loads of fun places to visit! Better yet, it also makes an excellent weekend getaway from Sydney too.
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.
Jervis Bay Map
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 the area you absolutely must visit. When visiting the park, make sure you bring cash with you to get in. They don’t accept cards. Find out more information about passes and permits for Booderee National Park.
We’re going to share our personal favourite things to do in Jervis Bay with you. Jump on an excellent Jervis Bay tour, beach hop from one mind-blowing beach to another, and don’t forget to check out the incredible Jervis Bay attractions. We hope this list inspires you to make the most of your trip!
1. Go on a legendary dolphin cruise in Jervis Bay
You can’t come to Jervis Bay and not go on a dolphin cruise! Around 60 bottle nose dolphins call the area home and you can go on a really affordable 1.5hr cruise to get up close to them and watch them swim and jump out of the water.
You’ll learn all about the history of Jervis Bay and be able to see the incredible beaches from the other side of water on this fun cruise. It’s the perfect way to make amazing memories with your family in Jervis Bay! Find out more about dolphin cruise in Jervis Bay.
2. Go Through The Epic Jervis Bay Passage
Wowsers, how amazing is the Jervis Bay passage? You can experience this incredible part of Jervis Bay (plus other hidden gems) on a two hour boat trip. Get your cameras ready because this is an absolutely special place everyone needs to witness. You’re more than likely to spot some dolphins along the way too! Find out more about the Jervis Bay Passage boat trip.
3. Legendary Whale Watching Cruise
If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot one of the best Jervis Bay attractions, the famous whale migration on a legendary whale watching cruise!
If you’re visiting between May to November, make sure you book a whale-watching cruise in Jervis Bay. It’s not just about seeing humpback whales up close at one of the best whale watching tours in Australia!
What’s really quite amazing about the cruise is being able to see the incredible cliffs, ancient sea caves and beauty around Jervis Bay. It’s a spectacular sight to be seen. Check availability for the whale watching cruise Jervis Bay.
4. Experience A Boom Netting Experience With Dolphins
If you fancy getting a bit more up close and personal with dolphins, make sure you check out the dolphin cruise with boom netting experience. In this unique activity, you’ll be able to enjoy a jacquzzi style experience with a strong possibility of having some of the 80 resident dolphins join you.
5. 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 the area 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.
6. Visit the Point Perpendicular Lighthouse in Jervis Bay
When we arrived in town, 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 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!
7. Visit Jervis Bay Botanic Gardens
Booderee National Park
Before we left the area to drive 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 Jervis Bay area. I think it would be a gorgeous place to visit during Autumn or Spring.
Best Jervis Bay Beaches
There are so many amazing beaches in Jervis Bay, so we’re going to share with you the best we’ve personally visited. Expect beautiful Jervis Bay beaches full of pure white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, you’ll never want to leave! It’s no wonder many people flock here for the ultimate beach holiday!
8. Visit The Beautiful Cave Beach
Booderee National Park
Cave Beach in Booderee National Park 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 but this rustic surf beach is an absolute must visit and one of the best things to do in Jervis Bay.
It’s the kind of beach you’ll want to go to, to escape city life, it’s an absolute stunner located in Jervis Bay Marine Park. Also, you’ll more than likely meet some kangaroos at the car park at Cave 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.
9. 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 came to Jervis Bay a few years ago and remember it being total paradise as one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. Expect crystal clear flat, swimmable water and super fine white sand. Blink and you’ll think you’ve made it to a tropical island.
10. Visit Murray’s Boat Ramp For Sunset
Booderee National Park
Wondering where is the best place to watch the sunset in Jervis Bay? 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.
11. Hike To Steamers Beach
Booderee National Park
Steamers Beach is known as being one of the best beaches in the area, but it’s not that easy to get to. We recommend doing 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 walking map below outlining the circuit.
Beaches Around Huskisson
12. 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, which will have you beach hopping around the Jervis Bay beaches full of bright white sand.
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 at Hyams Beach Store & Cafe mentioned in this article.
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 into many amazing beaches. You can easily take kids along on the 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, it is easily one of the best coastal walks in NSW.
Regardless of whether you do this walk, below are the beaches you’ll come across along the way. You can also park up next to most of them as well.
13. Nelson Beach
White Sands Walk
We started the White Sands Walk at Nelson Beach and saw loads of pods of dolphins which was a great start to our morning.
14. Blenheim Beach
White Sands Walk
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! We couldn’t believe how incredible this beach truely is.
15. Greenfield Beach
White Sands Walk
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 the Jervis Bay area. Make a day of it and utilise the Greenfield Beach picnic area to have lunch here.
16. Chinaman’s Beach
White Sands Walk
Onto Chinaman’s Beach which is next to the famous Hyams Beach, is could compete with against each other for the title of the best beach!
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 on the South Coast, but who’s judging?
17. Visit Hyam’s Beach: 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, as it is always packed with tourists. You’ll be taking it for granted because the other beaches you’ve just seen may have bee completely deserted like it was for us.
As far as beaches go, this beach is still amazing and much bigger than the others. It honestly made us feel like we could have been on a beach in Tulum! The entrance to Hyams Beach is via Hyams Beach Parking at the end of Cyrus Street just as an FYI where it opens right up along the coast. It definitely made us realise as far as beaches go in Australia, this is right up there with The Whitsundays beaches, and none other compare that we’ve seen to date on the East Coast of Australia.
Best Jervis Bay Restaurants
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.
18. Visit The Jervis Bay Brewing Co.
We love the Jervis Bay Brewing Co! It’s one of those places you probably wouldn’t have any idea exists unless you knew about it, as it’s tucked away in an industrial estate in Jervis Bay. It’s got a really cool vibe and it’s the type of place you could spend the entire day trying all of the locally made craft beers. The food trucks change throughout the week, but I had the karaage chicken salad and it was excellent.
19. Hyams Beach Store & Cafe
At the end of the White Sands Walk lies one of the best cafes in Jervis Bay called HyamsBeach Store & Cafe. We loved the 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.
20. Pilgrims Vegetarian Cafe (temporaily closed)
We also ate at Pilgrims vegetarian cafe, 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!
21. The Huskisson Pub aka The Husky
The 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. Find out more about camping in Jervis Bay.
22. Cave Beach Camping
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.
When I first went to Jervis Bay years ago, we randomly found Cave Beach and instantly wanted to buy a tent to camp here. Fast forward three years later and we finally bought into the camping thing and so I wanted to make that dream a reality.
The reason why this campsite is amazing is that 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 are also loads of kangaroos around, don’t worry they aren’t aggressive. Find out more about Cave Beach Campsite, and check if it’s currently open.
23. Honeymoon Bay Camping
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 accessible by 2wd.
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. Find out more information about camping at Honeymoon Bay in Jervis Bay here.
24. Green Patch Camping
Although Green Patch campsite is located in Booderee National Park, it’s actually the closest campsite of the three mentioned to Hyams Beach. It’s super popular, so much sure you book online to stay here. Find out more about camping at Green Patch.
There are other campsites and we did see one in Huskisson but Cave Beach, Honeymoon Bay and Green Patch are the most sought-after campsites from the research we’ve done.
25. Jervis Bay Accommodation
If camping isn’t your thing, there are some fantastic places to stay in Jervis Bay. Here are some of the places we would personally stay at.
The Woods Farm is a gorgeous place to stay in Jervis Bay. With glamping tents for couples and three bed holiday homes for families, plus it is dog friendly too! Get up close to loads of farm animals, sit by the fire at night and swim in the pool in the daytime.
If it’s booked up, check out The Cove in Jervis Bay – it’s a stunningly beautiful accommodation with beach cabins, glamping tents and more.
Jervis Bay Budget Accommodation
The Huskisson Beach Bed & Breakfast is fantastic value for money. With clean rooms, a spa, plus a pizza oven and outdoor dining area, this is a fab option for couples. Best of all, it’s located a two minute walk from the beach! FYI – it’s an adults only accommodation!
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