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What do in Jervis Bay

 Jervis Bay: Experience Endless Adventure on the South Coast

Australia’s love for the outdoors is legendary, with every holiday destination replete with adrenalin packed adventure. This is especially so at the fabulous beach resorts of New South Wales. Jervis Bay in particular is an adventure paradise, with lot of outdoor activity in some of the most picturesque locations on the continent. This is where nature meets adventure, and over half a million visitors play and unwind with reckless abandon each year.

Unlike many beach resorts, Jervis Bay packs much more than just sun and sand. This world class holiday location hosts primal natural parks with lush vegetation and wildlife. This gives the area a coastal and bush feel, a combination that enthrals visitors longing for an all round holiday. The beaches at Jervis Bay are also some of the best in the world, with the softest, finest, and whitest sand anywhere. To top it off, the clear waters off the coast host spectacular marine life and water sports.

What to do in Jervis Bay

A holiday at this beautiful seaside location is an unforgettable marathon of activity and events. From water sports, beach partying, and trekking in the wild, Jervis Bay has it all. Hyams Beach in particular is famed for its white sands and close proximity to nearby national parks. The seaside village is the ideal location to pitch camp, while you explore the neighbouring area. Here are top attractions at Jervis bay that you cannot afford to miss:

Booderee National Park

Hyams beach is situated close to Booderee National Park and Botanical Gardens. These two share one park entry fee. It is a protected area with native forests, reptiles, marine life, and birds. There are pristine beaches where you can fish, picnic, swim, or camp overnight. These are some of the most secluded beaches in Australia, with the cleanest water and sand.

Activities at Booderee National Park include:

  • Birdwatching: There are over 200 species of birds at the park. They include sea birds like the black-browned albatross and the sooty oystercatcher. Fresh water birds can be spotted at Steamers Beach, such as the Pacific black duck and the black swan. There are also many heath birds, forest birds, and night birds as well.
  • Camping: Booderee has immensely popular camping sites due to its natural beauty and breathtaking scenery. Camping areas within the park include Bristol Point, Cave Beach, and Green Patch. These have amenities like hot and cold showers, toilets, and sheltered barbeque areas. Some sites are drive-in, and can accommodate camper trailers and caravans.
  • Walks: Booderee has excellent trails with beautiful vistas. Take the two and a half hour walk through the 5.4km Munyunga Waraga Dhugan loop walk. You will see penguins, dolphins, and seals, among other wildlife. Murrays, Cave, Bhewerre, and Steamers beaches all have great trails for walking.
  • Water activities: Take advantage of the clear waters in Jervis Bay and go boating, kayaking, surfing, fishing, swimming, or scuba diving. There are several fishing charters and sightseeing tours, which can incorporate many activities in one trip.
  • Bush tucker tours: The Botanical Gardens are a treasure trove of Aboriginal culture. Book a cultural tour, and learn about the medicinal expertise of the Koori people, their cultural practices, history, and lifestyle. 

Jervis Bay Marine Park

Covering more than 22,000 hectares and 100km of coastline, this marine conservation area is one of Australia’s best sport fishing grounds. There are different species of fish in abundance, and probably the best location in the world to catch marlin. The Bay is a hotspot for various water sports for the whole family. Activities in Jervis Bay Marine Park include:

  • Fishing: This is a big draw for most visitors to the park. You will need a recreational fishing licence, unless you use a licensed fishing charter. Fish species include marlin, mackerel, pilchards, tuna, snapper, and kingfish. You can also find plenty of whiting, crab, and bream in the estuaries. Land based fishing is popular, so you won’t need a boat to catch dinner.
  • Diving: There is scuba diving for all skill levels, including beginners. The clear waters offer amazing diving opportunities, where you can encounter sharks and other wildlife. Explore the rich history of Jervis Bay from underwater, especially the wrecks at the bottom of the sea.
  • Water sports: There are a lot of fun activities in the sea and around the beach. They include snorkelling, kayaking, wind surfing, stand up paddling, and kite surfing. The South Coast is a surfer’s paradise, with surfing schools to ensure everyone gets to ride the waves.
  • Whale watching: The Bay is the perfect location to watch the world’s largest animal. Humpback and Southern right whales can be sighted off the coast in June and July, during the whale migration. The lighthouse at Cape St Georges on Stoney Creek Road is the best place to see the whales. You can also take whale and dolphin watching boat tours.

Other activities

Hyams beach has plenty of sports and outdoor activities to keep you trim and fit. They include tennis, bowling, and squash. There are also excellent facilities for the following:

  • Golfing: The Vincentia Golf Club is a 13-hole course set in a fantastic location with panoramic views of the Bay. You can relax outdoors and enjoy the scenery, or dine at the fine restaurant. The St Georges Basin Country Club also has an 18-hole course, in addition to wonderful bowling greens, and three delightful restaurants.
  • Biking: This is a great way to experience the wonderful bushland, sandy beaches, and views of the sea. You can hire different types of bikes including mountain bikes, tandems, and beach cruisers. There are many cycle ways and trails within Booderee, including at Caves Beach, Bhewerre Beach, and the Botanical Gardens.
  • Bay and Basin Leisure Centre: This is the ideal place for the whole family to have fun. There is a fully equipped gym, a spa, a 40 meter water slide, and 4 heated pools. Food and snacks are also available.
  • Eat out: After a tough day of exploration and adventurous fun, enjoy the great food and entertainment at Jervis Bay. There is a delectable choice of seafood, fresh pastries, vintage wines, and varied international cuisine. Pop into the Stonegrill Huskisson for wonderful steaks on a hot stone, or try the Licketty Lick for the best ice-creams, Belgian chocolates, and milkshakes. You can also grab a delicious take away from Greville’s Corner Store.

The Jervis Bay area is a wonderful holiday destination, if you are looking for plenty of activity on and off the beach.