The exquisite seaside village of Jervis Bay is nestled along the east coast of Australia and hosts some of the most exclusive retreats in coastal New South Wales. The bay combined of three coastal towns: Vincentia, Hyams Beach and Huskisson collides into hinterland National Parks, creating a variety of endless activities and opportunities to discover unspoilt natural beauty. This rare and unpretentious coastline is said to possess the whitest sand in the world, and is so perfectly complemented by crystal clear turquoise waters, teeming with sealife. Here are some highlights and unforgettable day tours (by land, air or sea) that you cannot miss on your next trip to this elusive destination.
Uncover the Great Outdoors
For the outdoor aficionado, Jervis Bay is the perfect playground. Hidden in the escarpments of living coral reefs and ancient underwater landforms, is a plethora of marine life including fish, penguins, rays, seals, dolphins and whales during their bi-annual migration. From Currarong to Bowen Island there are over 50 scuba diving sites to choose from, ranging in depth and variety and Dive Jervis Bay is more than delighted to introduce you to some of the locals. They host private tours completed with wine and cheese tastings onboard – the perfect day trip.
If you prefer to stay afloat, have a highly experienced team of skippers accompany you on a private tour aboard the catamaran. Breath-taking is an understatement, as you sail through rugged cliff faces plummeting into the whitest sand in the world. Take a full day tour or revel in the Twilight Sail, as the sunset cascades delicately into pristine waters.
Due to the Bay being bombarded with oceanic currents, Jervis Bay is well renowned for being one of the best game fishing destinations in Australia. And with the continental shelf only 10 nautical miles north of the Bay, you don’t have to travel far for an ultimately memorable fishing experience.
If you’re after a slightly more relaxed experience, take to the sand, where Hyams Beach Hampers is awaiting you with a delicate Santorini style beach tent and a packed picnic lunch full of the freshest local produce.
With so much natural lustre, it’s difficult to truly experience the unparalleled beauty of Jervis Bay. Step on board a helicopter to experience the picturesque backdrop of the Australian east coast. Head out at twilight to witness the romantic silhouettes of the Booderee National Park, reigning over the crystal clear waters.
Biting and Boozing
The Jervis Bay region offers a smorgasbord of local produce. Feast your senses upon the region’s most palatable vineyards, artisan bakeries, boutique breweries and farm fresh orchards.
Silos Estate and Wiley’s Creek Vineyard offers local vino which boasts of the region’s unique flavours, and also import from surrounding regions, to deliver a well-rounded and knowledgeable château experience. However, if you are unconcerned to voyage through lush bushland to the Kangaroo Valley (approximately 1 hour drive) Yarrawa Estate is well worth the journey. The award-winning wines are well-known through the region and capture a range of flavours accommodating to everyone’s savours.
Now you need something to accompany the tannins… The contemporary Australian menu offered at Gunyah Restaurant is a paradise for the tastebuds. Located in the treetops of Woollamia Nature Reserve, this is a truly unique and delectable dining experience, not to be missed. Or disturb the tranquility with some tang from the Thai-inspired Wild Ginger. A tantalising beachfront venue with a diverse Asian menu.
Parking Up for the Night
Jervis Bay ensures its welcomed guests are always comfortable, with masses of plush Bed and Breakfast’s, luxurious guest houses and quaint farm stays to choose from. Though the area’s most illustrious lodgings lie in the neighbouring Woollamia Nature Reserve, the sole residence of Paperbark Camp: a safari style tent-stay haven, at the forefront of glamping in Australia. This unique accommodation alternative is both relaxing and exciting. Wake up to birdsong, and fall asleep to the sounds of the nocturnal residents on site.