THE HIGHLIGHTS OF JERVIS BAY
Last month we headed over to Jervis Bay to explore the region and check out the surrounding national parks. It had been on my Aussie bucket list for a while. It really is one of the last bastions of natural paradise left in Australia and we thoroughly enjoyed the beaches, walks and coastal towns the region had to offer. Here are my highlights.
THE WHITE SANDS WALK
The White Sands Walk from Greenfield Beach picnic area in Vincentia, takes in Chinamans Beach, Seamans Beach and Hyams Beach, on a well signposted trail. There was plenty of information posted about the local flora and fauna which kept us all engaged and the kids kept lookout for dolphins along the beaches, but we weren’t fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of any.
BOODEREE NATIONAL PARK
One of Australia’s lesser known national parks, Booderee sits around 20 minutes by car from Huskisson, on the southern edge of Jervis Bay. We spent a day exploring by car, but really could have done with a little longer. There were plenty of walking trails with impressive views of the sandstone cliffs at the Cape St. George Lighthouse. We should have camped at one of the many campsites littering the coast but there just wasn’t time. The park has a fantastic heritage and is a great place to learn about the region’s indigenous people.
We took a walk from Murray’s Beach to Governor’s Head to check out the views. From this vantage point it is sometimes possible to spot Humpback Whales, but again, we were out of luck.
The White Sands Walk takes in Hyams Beach, but I thought I would put this in the list in its own right because of how spectacular it is. Hyams is a contender for the best beach in Australia. The white sand and turquoise waters give any of Australia’s beaches a run for their money. We sat and enjoyed the scenery for over an hour and it still wasn’t any less impressive.
We stayed in Huskisson and used it as our base, but I would recommend taking some time to camp in Booderee. It was a regret of ours. The town itself is charming. It has a real sense of history and the maritime museum gives a great lowdown on the town’s shipbuilding history. There are charming artisanal shops selling indigenous crafts and a fascinating old trading post which was like stepping back in time. The diving and whale-watching tours operate out of Huskisson and there is also the opportunity for day charters if any of you fishos can get some time away from the family.
GETTING THERE AND AWAY
By road, you can get to Jervis bay in 3 hours from Sydney. The whole drive south along the coastline features stunning beaches and picturesque coastline.
It has it’s own airport, but only a small volume of planes actually land there. Most visitors fly to Sydney and make the drive over to the bay. There are also coach operators in the region.
If you haven’t made the trip to Jervis Bay yet, put it in the diary with plenty of time to plan ahead. It really is one of Australia’s gems and its lack of transport links make it a hidden gem where nature can still flourish without the intervening hand of the human population.
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