Jervis Bay is a beautiful little corner in New South Wales that is criminally underrated. Just 2.5 drive from Sydney is standing between you and this cute part of the coastline full of sandy beaches, forests, rivers, trails, campgrounds and quaint little villages. If you ever find yourself looking for an up-and-coming destination in Australia to explore, pick Jervis Bay for sure. Here are just some of the best things to see and do in Jervis Bay on your next travel adventure:
Take a hike
This is probably the most interesting and comprehensive attraction in the area. Everyone who comes to Jervis Bay usually takes the White Sands Walk, which takes you to all the most beautiful beaches in the area. This trail follows the coast and snakes through the forest and next to the beach, passing such gems as Greenfield Beach, Chinamans Beach and the iconic Hyams Beach with the whitest sand in the world. Of course, there are other beaches in Jervis Bay (Murrays Beach, Caves Beach, Honeymoon Bay Beach, etc.), but if you want to see the best of the best, take the White Sands Walk. After all, it will only take 1.5 hours out of your day!
If you’re staying over the weekend, you’ll probably end up in Huskisson. This entertainment and shopping hub contains all the best attractions of Jervis Bay—cute bars and cafes, top-tier restaurants, bookshops, a cinema, and spa services. This is a perfect activity for a rainy day because there are many indoor entertainment options for the entire family.
Book lux accommodation
Because Jervis Bay is not yet very popular, you can really find amazing accommodation and enjoy top luxury during your stay. While you might not be able to book a villa in Sydney, you can definitely afford top Jervis Bay accommodation and still have plenty of money left for tours, amazing food and souvenirs. From four-star hotels to private beach cabins, holiday houses, villas and lux studios, you can choose what kind of stay you want for yourself and feel like royalty! It’s definitely worth it to splurge on Jervis Bay accommodation.
Go whale watching
Do you want to see some gentle giants but don’t feel like diving in? You can book a whale watching tour and see if you can catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures from a boat. Jervis Bay is actually an amazing destination for this activity, especially if you want to see humpback whales. Every year, they pass Jervis Bay on their migration between Antarctica and warmer northern seas. The best time to see humpback whales is between May to November, when they come right past the bay, sometimes even getting inside. Your guides will tell you all about the whales and their habits, and you can ask them absolutely anything that might interest you about these animals, as well as the area of Jervis Bay.
Keep your balance in a kayak
As you can see, Jervis Bay is all about water sports and water adventures, so here’s another super fun one: kayaking! While you can also try paddleboarding, kayaking is much easier because it provides better stability—anyone can enjoy this activity. The best place to try out your kayaking skills in the bay is Currambane Creek which provides paddlers with smooth waters, clear vies and beautiful backdrop. There are even kayaks with a glass bottom so you can see fish underneath you and get a more unique experience. And finding a rental agency for both kayaks and SUPs is very easy (Jervis Bay Stand Up Paddle and Jervis Bay Kayak Hire are just some).
Learn about naval history
When in Jervis Bay, it would be a shame not to learn anything about the Australian maritime industry. In Huskisson, you can locate the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum and check out historical photos, artifacts and exhibits that tell a story of the naval history of the area. There are also ships and vessels of the old, as well as maritime instruments you’ve never seen before. After your tour, you can relax in the museum garden.
Jervis Bay is all about relaxation and fun water activities. When in the bay, make sure to enjoy all the activities you can come across and experience the pleasures of coastal Jervis Bay to the fullest.