Jervis Bay, New South Wales

Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay, NSW. © Tourism Australia

Jervis Bay, New South Wales

With powder-fine sand and clear turquoise waters, the beaches of Jervis Bay on the New South Wales south coast are amongst the safest and most beautiful in the world. At its southern end, Jervis Bay is enclosed by the pristine wilderness of Booderee National Park. From Wreck Bay village in the park’s south, a walking trail circles the peninsula to St Georges Head, passing a succession of quiet beaches, cliffs and forests. Hyams Beach officially has the world’s whitest sand. The many beaches, lagoons, secret coves and hidden creeks of Jervis Bay are perfect for all types of aquatic activities.

Jervis Bay is a unique combination of coastal, marine and hinterland landscapes offering fantastic bushwalking, cycling, camping, indigenous culture and maritime heritage. Here you will find some of the purest and whitest-sand beaches in the world.

The main town of Jervis Bay is Huskisson. It’s the perfect launching point to join dolphin watching cruises, fishing trips and sailing excursions. You can also go scuba diving, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding in the pure waters of Jervis Bay Marine Park.

Jervis Bay is encircled by Booderee National Park (formerly Jervis Bay National Park), St Georges Basin and the ocean. The area is rich in Aboriginal heritage and teeming with native Australian wildlife on land and sea.

Booderee National Park is owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and has always been a significant place for the Koori indigenous people. 'Booderee' is an Aboriginal word meaning 'bay of plenty' or 'plenty of fish'. Jervis Bay has earned a reputation amongst fishermen as one of the best land-based game fishing spots for giant marlin in the world. Enjoy a wide range of walks, surf at Cave Beach or swim in the tranquil waters of Green Patch beach.

Learn about Koori culture and traditional foods and the ancient medicinal uses of the plants of the area at the Booderee Botanic Gardens. At the award winning Lady Denman Heritage Complex you’ll find hundreds of historic maritime items and educational displays about the marine environment.

The White Sands Walk from Greenfield Beach to Hyams Beach is truly spectacular. Hyams Beach is listed in the ‘Guinness Book of Records’ as having the whitest sand in the world. It is the most famous and popular of the many bays and beaches inside the Jervis Bay area and a safe family swimming beach. At the north end of the wide two-kilometre shoreline is a rock platform with its own sandy beach, which is a top snorkelling spot.

The historic Cape St George Lighthouse is a fantastic place to watch whales on their annual migration from May to November. Resident dolphins play in the bay all year round. In spring the area blooms with colourful wildflowers.

Surrounding Jervis Bay, there are unspoiled coastal and country villages with local markets, boutique shops and art galleries. You will also find many restaurants serving fresh local produce. Jervis Bay is located in the Shoalhaven region approximately three hours south of Sydney.

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