Your Ultimate Guide To Jervis Bay
White sands, enclosed lagoons, national parks, rock fishing, coastal walks, bike riding — Jervis Bay is the beating heart of the NSW South Coast. The beauty of this magical coastal region is that everything falls within a short distance of each other, making it the most perfect getaway for a weekend adventure or action-packed week away.
Things To Do In Jervis Bay
Spend A Day At Booderee National Park
If you can’t decide on what to do in Jervis Bay, Booderee National Park is your best bet (and it’s also one of the best national parks in NSW). You could easily spend a day at the pristine Whiting Beach which is an eight-kilometre walk from Steamers Car Park and a great way to get your heart pumping before a day of ultimate relaxation and cruisy snorkelling in the beach’s shallow waters.
Cast A Line At Jervis Bay Marine Park
For the keen fishers out there, Jervis Bay Marine Park should be your first port of call. The waterways here host undersea canyons which cut into continental shelves from deep water which of course spells out one solid fishing spot. Tossing a jig over seagrass beds in shallow waters is the choice of local anglers here and while Jervis Bay is known for its squid, there’s some good catches of flathead, snapper, bream and a variety of leatherjacket species too.
Head To Abraham’s Bosom Reserve
If you’re keen to pack your day with as much as possible, head to Abraham’s Bosom Reserve. This reserve will give you direct access to the secret Gosangs Tunnel, a headland track called Coomies Walk and the less-travelled Wreck Walk which will take you past Whale Point, Wilsons Beach and, the main attraction—the 1920s shipwreck of the S.S. Merimbula.
Paddle Out At Woollamia Boat Ramp
Ask the locals and anyone will tell you that all the best kayaking starts at Woollamia Boat Ramp. From here, you can paddle all the way through the crystal waters of Currambene Creek (for about 9km) through salt marshes and waterfront villages until you hit the heart of Jervis Bay.
Explore Jervis Bay’s Best Beaches By Bike
The best way to tick off all of Jervis Bay’s most famous, white-sand beaches is via the shared pathway between Huskisson and Vincentia. This route winds around the coast of Jervis Bay and will take you past eight beaches. Start at Callala Beach and follow the bike track past Shark Net Beach, Huskisson Beach, Moona Moona Beach and Creek, Collingwood Beach, Orion Beach, Barfleur Beach and finally Nelsons Beach. The Jervis Bay bike track is one of the best things to do in Jervis Bay and spans about 14km.
Accomodation In Jervis Bay
Not only is it one of the best camping spots in Jervis Bay but Honeymoon Bay easily takes it as one of the best camping spots near Sydney. Outside of summer (camping is fully booked during the warmer months through a ballot system held every August), you’ll be able to camp at this enclosed bay on a first-in, first-served basis.
Those packing a little more in the four-wheel-drive will want to head straight to Holiday Haven White Sands Caravan Park. Located in Huskisson, this epic holiday park on the south coast is more often known as “the caravan park on the point” (which means incredible ocean views) and sports a range of accommodation for campers, caravans, RVs and then fully furnished cabins too.
If you’ve visited the NSW South Coast before, you’d know that this region offers up some of the best glamping in Australia. This Jervis Bay accommodation boasts 13 safari tents with polished hardwood floors, insect screening, solar-powered lighting and hotel-quality linen and amenities too.
Perfect for anyone hauling their entire extended family (and then some), Bella Blue Beach House is easily one of the best places to stay in Jervis Bay, especially for big groups. It can host up to eight guests and has a mega backyard and entertainment space, plus a gated plunge pool full of saltwater. You’ll have the open Collingwood Beach right on your doorstep and even have path access to the Huskisson to Vincentia bike path. On top of this, you’ll only be a short stroll from Vincentia Village shops, cafes and restaurants.
For the best pet-friendly accommodation in Jervis Bay, look no further than the beautiful Luna beach house. This gorgeous property sleeps up to four adults and there’s a secure front yard (which is enclosed) and front enclosed deck too for your four-legged companions. The backyard backs out onto Jervis Bay National Park which also means you’ll have a whole heap of adventuring just minutes away. Luna Jervis Bay is perfect for anyone keen to fire up the BBQ and knock back a beer or wine around the firepit.