Located just a three hour drive from Sydney, 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 beaches in Maldives. Trust us, we’ve been to Maldives and we can confirm this is not a passing comment.
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. 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. So without further to do, 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, although you could stop off at loads of places along the way. Head over to the beautiful Southern Highlands or make a stop over in Wollongong.
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. Otherwise, I 100% recommend jumping on a Jervis Bay tour from Sydney which we’ll talk more about below.
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Prefer for someone else to do the planning and take you to Jervis Bay? If you don’t have a car and you’d love to spend the day exploring Jervis Bay with a local, then a private Jervis Bay tour from Sydney could be just the day trip for you. You’ll stop off at the famous Mt Bulli lookout as well as the world’s largest blow hole in Kiama.
When you get to Jervis Bay, you’ll get all of the insider tips on where to eat and what to do, giving you free time to explore the area. The trip also includes a famous dolphin cruise where you’ll more than likely see resident dolphins and seals in the area. If you visit in the winter months, the likely-hood of seeing whales is high.
On the way back to Sydney, you’ll be able to stop off at more incredible places on the way to complete an amazing day down the coast.
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 $13 cash with you to drive in. They don’t accept cards. Find out more information about passes and permits for Booderee National Park.
BEST THINGS TO DO IN JERVIS BAY
We’re going to share our personal favourite things to do in Jervis Bay with you. From some incredible fun tours, to beach hopping, there is something for everyone when wondering what to do in Jervis Bay. We hope this list inspires you to make the most of your trip!
1. 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!
2. 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. This is a fantastic experience for the whole family, for couples and friends to enjoy.
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 whales up close at one of the best places to see whales 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!
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!
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 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 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!
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 area. I think it would be a gorgeous place to visit during Autumn or Spring.
BEST JERVIS BAY BEACHES
There are so many amazing Jervis Bay beaches, so we’re going to share with you the best we’ve personally found. Expect pristine white sane and beautiful water, you’ll never want to leave!
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.
Cave 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 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. 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 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 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.
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. .
White Sands Walk, Jervis Bay
Because at the time of writing, we actually thought the walk was going to take like 10 minutes 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 into 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, 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 Bay Beach
White Sands Walk
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.
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 Jervis Bay.
16. 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?
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 were completely deserted. 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.
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.
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 Hyams Beach 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
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.
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 there. 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’re not aggressive.
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.
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.
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 in Jervis Bay 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! You’ll have enough space to walk around the 40 acres of farmland here. Get up close to loads of farm animals, sit by the fire at night and swim in the pool in the daytime. You’ll never want to leave!
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!
Hyams Beach Accommodation
If you’re wanting to stay at Hyams Beach, then you must check out the adorable Hyams Beach Seaside Cottages. Perfect for a couple, they aren’t cheap, but you’re essentially paying to stay a stones throw from the world’s whitest sand beach!
Best Things To Do In Jervis Bay
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