Stroll stunning white sands and stay in luxury with an escape to this popular beach destination.
By Hannah Tattersall & Georgia Rickard
Hyams Beach is the most well known of the white sands beaches of Jervis Bay, but there are actually 16 amazing and lesser known treasures to discover. Located on the southern shores of Jervis Bay, a diverse and beautiful landscape with quiet beaches and great whale watching, it is a popular holiday spot on the South Coast of New South Wales and best visited outside of the busy summer periods around December and January. The bay is encircled by Booderee National Park. Booderee is an Aboriginal word for bay of plenty, or plenty of fish.
- See some of the whitest sand in the world
- Stay in romantic luxurious accommodation
- Local hub, Hyams Beach Store and Café
How to get there
Just shy of three hours south from Sydney, the best way to explore this region is by car. Follow Grand Pacific Drive, a coastal touring route that starts south of Sydney in the Royal National Park, or take a tour – a day trip or an overnighter – with Discover Jervis Bay.
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Top things to do in Hyams Beach
Sit and admire the beauty
Simply taking off your shoes and walking the length of this dazzling sweep of beach, feeling the soft white sand underfoot all the way, is a wonderful way to shake off any stress. Hyams is located within the wider cove of Jervis Bay so it is protected from large swells; the water is generally flat, shallow and a sublime aqua colour – perfect for swimming. It's also very common to see dolphins playing just off shore. Grab a takeaway coffee and a treat from Hyams Beach Store and Café, the only store at the beach, approximately 30 metres back from the sand, and enjoy the scenery.
Sleep in dreamy accommodation
Hyams Beach has long been recognised as a favourite weekend destination for Sydneysiders and there is plenty of accommodation available both on the beach and in the surrounding bushland. Stay at Paperbark Camp for a luxury glamping experience set among the gumtrees (on-site restaurant Gunyah is multi-award-winning, so do not miss it) or relax at Hyams Beach Seaside Cottages. Originally built as fishermen’s cabins in the 1920s and transformed into cosy one bedroom cottages, these adults-only beach retreats are within walking distance of that glorious sand.
Do the White Sands Walk
The White Sands Walk is an easy way to spend an hour taking in panoramic views of Hyams and its neighbouring beaches. The walk starts at Greenfield Beach picnic area (off Elizabeth Drive) in Vincentia, a neighbouring suburb to Hyams. Follow the track past Chinamans and Seamans beaches – both of which boast the same dazzling white sand as their famous neighbour – before finishing up at Hyams Beach. You can return the way you came, or via the Scribbly Gum track which takes you through forest and woodland and leads you back to your starting point at Greenfield Beach picnic area.
Take a dolphin watching tour
Two local operators run dolphin tours in the area: Jervis Bay Wild and Dolphin Watch. Both depart from the wharf at the nearby town of Huskisson (a 15 minute drive from Hyams) and cruise around enormous Jervis Bay for 90 minutes spotting dolphins. Between May to November each year, both operators also offer a two to three-hour whale watching cruise, where passengers can enjoy the sight of these majestic creatures as they migrate. Because the water here is shallow, calm and crystal clear, it's not uncommon to see mothers returning to southern waters in September with their newborn calves in tow. For this reason, the bay is sometimes referred as a crèche – where whales learn how to play, jump and swim with their mothers. You may also see seals at one of the two seal colonies at the heads of Jervis Bay.
Have a picnic on the sand
If you really want to savour your Hyams beach experience, consider pre-organising a picnic hamper with local operator Hyams Beach Hampers. With a day's notice, they'll set up a picnic setting with cushions, rugs and even a tent or shade, if you'd like, at a beachfront location of your choice. The sumptuous hamper can be antipasto, breakfast or lunch offerings featuring produce and wines from the region. Once you are finished, they pack up everything and take it away.
Bushwalk around Booderee National Park
Get moving along the many bush trails that can be found in and around Booderee National Park, where you can also learn more about local Aboriginal history and culture. Campers are welcome at three camping grounds in the park.