Imagine the whitest sand in the world, crystal clear water washing up on the shore, whales on the horizon and wallabies hopping around on your campsite. Sounds a bit unreal, doesn’t it? I thought so, too, until I landed in Jervis Bay. During my road trip up the coast of New South Wales, I visited this gorgeous little area and ended up staying for two days.
Jervis Bay lies on the southern coast of New South Wales, Australia, about three hours south of Sydney. It is extremely popular for dolphin and whale watching, but it offers more than that: dreamy beaches, wildlife, great campsites, and a national park right ‘next door’. It is the perfect weekend escape!
Where to stay
Since both my friend and I had sleeping opportunities in our vehicles, we didn’t bother looking for hostels and used the Wikicamps and Campermate apps to find a quiet rest area to stay on. This can sometimes be quite daunting, but also leads to pleasant surprises: on our first night, we stayed next to a road overlooking green fields with kangaroos grazing during sunset. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Of course, Jervis Bay also offers plenty of paid and much more legal camping opportunities, which you can find here.
If you didn’t bring your own van, car or tent, click here and here.
Things to do
There is plenty to see and do to fill your time in Jervis Bay! Whether you want to go beach-hopping or spend the day diving and whale watching, the choice is all yours.
Whale and dolphin watching
Dolphin Watch Cruises and Jervis Bay Wild both offer different cruises that will take you around the bay. At the time and for a jobless backpacker like me, their prices were a bit steep for me and I had already been on a whale watching boat in Ecuador. But if you want to experience dolphins and especially whales up close and ‘personal’, these boats will get you there!
If you don’t want to spend the money, there are two vantage points in Jervis Bay from where you can spot whales with a bit of luck. One of them is the Cape St. George Lighthouse in Borderee National Park and will cost you an $11 fee per car.
My friend and I headed over to the opposite side to Point Perpendicular Lighthouse and actually spotted a whale in the distance! The trick is to watch out for the whale cruises and wait and see if they suddenly speed up, then slow down. This is your cue that there’s a whale in the water! The drive to the lighthouse is a bit tricky and, although accessible by 2WD, very bumpy – definitely not the best for your car.
Visit the beach with the whitest sand in the world
…At least according to Guinness World Records! Hyams Beach is located towards the southern end of Jervis Bay. It’s a rather small beach but makes up for that in beauty. Although I went there on a rather cloudy day, there was no mistake that the sand was indeed extremely white. It was beautiful and definitely worth the trip!
Go to Honeymoon Bay
While you’re driving back from the Point Perpendicular Lighthouse, pay Honeymoon Bay a visit and be amazed. There is a little campsite that can be booked on weekends and it has a direct view over the entire bay. My friend and I were greeted by wallabies who let us get close enough to take some great pictures. The beach looks like straight from a dream holiday magazine! I was a bit upset though to see a bit of trash left behind by other travelers (pick up your crap, people!)
Those clear waters are more than inviting for a kayaking trip around the bay! Jervis Bay is protected from waves, so this activity won’t be too strenuous in good weather conditions. You can check where to hire a kayak or even take a course or tour here.
Diving and snorkeling
You can take a diving or snorkeling trip with Dive Jervis Bay or even do your PADI Open Water course here so you can dive by the Great Barrier Reef later!
White Sands walk
If you’re looking for even more activities, why not do the White Sands walk from Greenfields Beach to Hyams Beach. Enjoy the view of white sands and coastal scenery of Jervis Bay on the way.
Do you have any other recommendations for things to do in Jervis Bay or are going there soon? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!