The Jervis Bay region is famous for its spectacular beaches where you can kayak, kite surf, snorkel or just lie on the sand to enjoy the sun; the many walks and hiking trails that are signposted in the area; and due to its fauna, you can see whales, dolphins, kangaroos, snakes ...
Get up to see the sunrise
We stayed in Vicentia, one of the small towns in the area. It is worth getting up to see the sunrise and tour the area's beaches before the heat sets in. There is a fully marked asphalt road that runs along the shoreline to Hyams Beach , the area's most popular and popular beach.
It is said about Hyams Beach that its sand is the whitest in the world, here is a photo for you to judge for yourself.
During the time between mid-May and mid-November you can take an excursion that takes you to see these imposing animals. It is a real spectacle, during this time the humpback whales migrate through the east coast of Australia. There are many places in Australia where you can see them but Jervis Bay is one of the best and at a very affordable price. In the following link you can find more information.
Booderee National Park
In Jervis Bay is Booderee National Park . Booderee is an aboriginal word that means "abundance of fish". The park belongs to the Wreck Bay aboriginal community, it is a very special place that offers a wide variety of options to its visitors: camping, surfing, hiking, snorkeling, a botanical garden or a perfect lighthouse for whale watching (During the months of winter). Entrance to the park costs $ 11 per vehicle.
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Trails in the Booderee National Park . On this page you will find the main 4 that can be varied a bit, but always remember to bring enough water, sun protection and not to leave the marked trails.
The route is quite demanding and there are small trails (extensions) where you can see long-eared birds, rabbits, kangaroos and snakes. The views of the sea, the landscape and especially the small coves that are discovered at the end of each path are spectacular. St Georges Head, Corangime, Kitti Point, Kittys Beach, Black Harbor and Whiting Beach, if you venture to do the trail do not miss a single point of interest indicated on the way, because absolutely all of them are worth it.
If you are not in good physical shape, it is better to visit other areas of the park. Cave Beach for example is famous among surfers for its waves and its access is very easy and Green Beach is very popular since at a short distance are the Scottish rocks ( Scottish Rock) and the hole in the wall (Hole in the Wall) , which can be visited by taking a walk.
Steamers Beach is known to be one of the best beaches in Jervis Bay, but it is not easy to get to.
The only problem is that you can't swim at this beach as there are a lot of sharks roaming here, but at least you can admire how beautiful it is.
If you like walking a lot and you have time, you can do the entire Steamers Beach circuit like we did, which is 16 km long and lasts about 6 hours.
These are our recommendations for spending a few days in Jervis Bay. Just two and a half hours from Sydney by car, Jervis Bay is a great option for a two or three day getaway.
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Jervis Bay is one of our favorite places on the south coast of NSW, we have been a thousand times and I think we have tried all the possible accommodations: Camping, holiday home, hotel… ?.
When we have been with friends we have booked a house in the town of Vincentia or in Culburra Beach through Airbnb . In the Jervis Bay area there are many houses and apartments to reserve at different prices.
If you go with many friends, we recommend that you give yourself a luxury and rent a house next to the beach, it is very worth it.
If you travel alone or as a couple, a good option is to book a bungalow in a campsite, it is cheaper than a hotel and allows you to save on food. These are the campsites that we recommend in Jervis Bay:
If you decide to do the Headland Walking Trails, don't forget to bring water, food, sun protection and good shoes.
Despite the physical effort involved, this route was undoubtedly the best of the whole weekend. The national park is very well cared for, it is beautiful and best of all we did not find anyone in our way, so all this wonder was for us.
This article was published in March 2016 and updated in November 2019
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