Australia is not short of beautiful beaches but Jervis Bay is one of a kind. Located only 3 hours drive south of Sydney, Jervis Bay has powdery white sand and crystal clear turquoise water, which makes for great diving, snorkeling and coastal bush walking. It is also one of the best vantage points in Australia to witness whales on their annual migrations from June through to November.
Free activities around Jervis Bay
Visiting and staying around Jervis Bay can become quit expensive depending on where you go. Most of the West and North part of the Bay are free to access. Jervis bay’s world famous beech is Hyams and for good reasons, though there is a walk that will take you through four other smaller amazing beaches, Chinamans, Greenfields, Blenheim and Nelsons beach, see the map below.
The white sand walk and scribbly gum track, south of Hyams beach is an easy loop walk of 1 hour, great for bird watching and dolphins spotting. The walk starts north of Greenfield beach picnic area, it passes through Chinamans, Hyams and Seamans beaches and the return walk is along the Scribbly Gum track that takes you in tall forest, where you can spot possums and gliders. There are many more amazing place to see around the bay so check out the Jervis Bay National Park website.
Fishing at Jervis Bay
Jervis Bay is also great for fishing thanks to its protected Marine Park though there are restricted areas, so check out the map before.
Most of the Aboriginal Heritage area is in the Booderee National Park in the South part of the Bay. Booderee is an Aboriginal word from the Dhurga language meaning ‘bay of plenty’ or ‘plenty of fish’. Booderee is owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and has always been a significant place for Koori people. In this National Park a fee of $11 applies. Here is more information about Booderee National Park.
Free camping around Jervis Bay
We were hoping for a cheap National Park campground around the Bay but the only one available are in the Booderee National Park and cost around $44 for 2 people. Though thanks to a friendly staff member at the information center, we discovered one of the best free camping I have seen, just 1hour South of Jervis Bay in the Meroo National Park. With a kind smile, this stranger, who I wish I’d asked his name, told us “This spot is not on the book, it is known mostly by locals”. Be sure to stay at the Meroo head campground next time you are in the area.