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16 Top Things to Do in Jervis Bay

Are you planning a visit to Jervis Bay NSW?

If you love silvery white sand beaches, whale watching, dolphin cruises, boating, kayaking, fishing, national parks, breweries and great food you are in for a treat.

Jervis Bay is one of the best places to visit in NSW. There are so many things to do in Jervis Bay, we have found the top 16 for you to enjoy. It is time to pack your bags and explore this beautiful region of the South Coast of NSW.

It is pronounced JERvis Bay, although the Navy will state that it is pronounced JARvis Bay.

Huskisson Jervis Bay
Huskisson Jervis Bay

Where is Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay is located on the South Coast of NSW. Jervis Bay has settlements around its northern and southern perimeter – Huskisson, Vincentia, Hyams Beach and Calalla Bay.

Distances from major centres:

Sydney to Jervis Bay – 2.5 hours

Canberra to Jervis Bay – 2.45 hours via Braidwood

Huskisson to Jervis Bay – 16 minutes

Nowra to Jervis Bay – 32 minutes

Wollongong to Jervis Bay – 1 hour 35 minutes

Map of Jervis Bay

Map of Jervis Bay
Jervis Bay Map

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What to do in Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay attractions – there is something for everyone and that is why it is a top destination for a getaway from Sydney. You can do as little or as much as you want.

#1 The Most Popular Tour is Whale Watching in Jervis Bay

The 2-hour tour operates from mid-May to mid-November.

Whale Watching Jervis Bay
Whale Watching Jervis Bay

Full tour description:

“Enjoy the rare opportunity to witness migrating humpback whales on this 2-hour whale-watching cruise.

Cruise across the immaculate Jervis Bay on a sunny winter’s day. Watch the migration of these incredible animals, set against rugged cliffs and ancient sea caves.

On the northern migration, sport whales within a mile or so off the dramatic cliffs on Jervis Bay’s peninsula. During the southern migration, view mothers and their newborn calves coming to rest in Jervis Bay’s sheltered waters. Enjoy historical commentary on Jervis Bay and learn about the migrating humpback whales.

On the return journey, see the 100-meter cliffs of Point Perpendicular. See some of the whitest sand in the world and the crystal blue water.”

#2 1.5 hour Dolphin Cruise from Huskisson

Dolphin Cruises Jervis Bay
Dolphin Cruises Jervis Bay

Full tour description:

“Embark on the experience of a lifetime, departing twice daily from the picturesque seaside village of Huskisson, on board a fleet of custom-built dolphin cruise vessels.

Travel past incredible natural scenery, taking in white sandy beaches, untouched bushland, and the clear sparkling waters of Jervis Bay Marine Park. Enjoy free tea and coffee, or kick back with a beer or wine from a fully licensed bar when cruising on the flagship, The Spirit of Jervis Bay. With 80% of the space on the boat under cover, you can enjoy this cruise rain or shine.

The ever-curious resident dolphins love interacting with the boats and their human passengers, with incredible photo and video opportunities from any of the 5 viewing platforms. The dolphins live wild and free, so the exact route of the trip changes day by day, but Jervis Bay is gorgeous in every direction! Returning to Huskisson in 1.5 hours, this is an experience not to be missed.”

#3 From Jervis Bay 2-Hour Sunset Cruise

Sunset Cruises Jervis Bay
Sunset Cruises Jervis Bay

Full tour description:

“Set sail on a late-afternoon voyage to the sheltered waters of Currambene Creek. Enjoy an evening of relaxation on calm river waters on a pontoon boat.

Feel free to bring your own food and snacks onboard to enjoy as you cruise along the waters of the Currambene River and discover its beautiful ecosystem.

Take in the natural beauty of the area as you meander along the riverside. Listen to onboard commentary to learn more about the plants and animals which can be found along the river. Keep an eye out for some of the native pelicans and look out for the giant stingrays.

Finally, enjoy a wonderful sunset onboard for a perfect end to your day.”

#4 From Huskisson Summer Boom Netting and Dolphin Cruise

Boom Netting Cruise Jervis Bay
Boom Netting Cruise Jerivs Bay

Full tour description:

“Discover the Bottlenose dolphins that live in the pristine ecosystem of Jervis Bay. A protected marine park for 20 years, Jervis Bay is home to over 80 Bottlenose dolphins who love to frolic in its crystal-clear waters.

Embark on a tour and search for the pods of these playful and friendly creatures. While on tour on the pristine waters, take part in the boom netting activity on board. As the boat cruises through the water, enjoy a fun jacuzzi-like experience as you sit in the boom net, sometimes surrounded by curious dolphins.”

#5 2-Hour Jervis Bay Scenic Cruise

Full tour description:

“For the best opportunity to explore and embrace all that is Jervis Bay – look no further! Friendly crew share their knowledge of beautiful Jervis Bay and its abundant wildlife as they introduce you to their favourite areas of Jervis Bay.

With 70 kilometres of pristine coastline, there is no shortage of breathtaking beaches, shorelines and cliff faces to explore. Whether it is cruising along Hyams Beach absorbing the most exquisite, shimmering white sand in the world- and even learning why! Or taking a step back in time to pre-European Australia in Booderee National Park and Bowen Island (home to over 10 000 little penguins!).

Whilst not destination specific when conditions allow, we love to get up close and personal with the Shoalhaven’s most iconic landmark ‘Point Perpendicular’ towering 100 metres above sea level!

If the scenic component of the cruise hasn’t convinced you, this tour also features Jervis Bay’s impressive diversity of wildlife. Our resident bottlenose dolphins are regularly encountered on this cruise too! You may be fortunate enough to be graced with the presence of occasional seals, penguins, or sea eagles.

To ensure the most comfortable cruise, routes may vary depending on the conditions on the day.”

#6 Kayaking Jervis Bay Half Day Tour

Kayaking Jervis Bay
Kayaking Jervis Bay

Tour description:

“Get up close and personal with the crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches, and amazing sea life in Booderee National Park on this guided Jervis Bay sea kayaking tour from Huskisson.

Leaving in the morning, you’ll cruise through the glassy waters along the coastline to Bowen Island and Murrays Beach, before swinging by a secluded beach fringed with lush rainforest and feasting on freshly baked cakes, tropical fruit, and hot drinks.

Explore the beauty of Booderee National Park & Jervis Bay from the water See dolphins, penguins, stingrays, and even whales (during migration season) Learn about the secrets of the sea and the region from your local guide Relax on a beautiful sandy beach with endless views over the ocean”

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#7 Visit Jervis Bay Beaches

Best beaches in Jervis Bay are:

Beaches in Jervis Bay
Beaches in Jervis Bay
  • Hyams Beach – is famous for its squeaky silvery white sand which also means lots of visitors during summer
  • Murrays Beach – perfect for snorkelling and meeting the local wallabies on one of the bushwalks available
  • Cave Beach – is a great spot for surfers, and local wildlife and has camping facilities (bookings are essential)
  • Blenheim Beach – a great spot for snorkelling
  • Collingwood Beach – is located in Vincentia and is 2.2 km long
  • Nelson Beach – runs from Plantation Point in the north to Blenheim Beach in the south, a quiet beach great for families for swimming and paddling
  • Greenfields Beach – perfect for get-togethers with picnic tables, gas BBQ’s and toilets
  • Huskisson Beach – swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding

#8 Visit Point Perpendicular Lighthouse

The Lighthouse was in operation from 1889 to 1993 and lies at the northern end of the entrance to Jervis Bay. You can’t access the Lighthouse inside but the views are spectacular.

Lighthouse at Point Perpendicular
Lighthouse at Point Perpendicular

Address: Lot 51 Lighthouse Road Beecroft Peninsular

#9 White Sand Walk

Starting at Greenfield Beach picnic area in Vincentia the 90-minute walk takes you all the way to Hyams Beach. You may even get to see the local bottlenose dolphins. The walk has signs along the way explaining the local fauna and flora. Make sure you take water with you and wear sunscreen.

#10 Jervis Bay Brewing Company

Jervis Bay Brewery
Jervis Bay Brewery

We always enjoy trying out the local craft beers and Jervis Bay Brewing Company is definitely one to take some time out to enjoy after sightseeing or taking a walk along the beach. They also have a Gin Bar!

On Saturday and Sunday, they run a 30-minute Brewery Tour with a schooner of beer included for $25.

Food trucks are on-site offering a range of cuisine at different times during the week.

Address: 3 Duranbah Drive Huskisson

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 12 pm to 8 pm

#11 Dine at the Husky Pub (aka Huskisson Pub)

Overlooking the shores of Jervis Bay the Husky Pub is a favourite ‘watering hole’ for locals and visitors to the area. Great views, great food, cocktails and beers.

Address: 75 Owen Street Huskisson

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 11 am to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to late and on Sundays from 11 am to 10 pm.

#12 Jervis Bay Maritime Museum

Home to the historic wooden Sydney Harbour Ferry that was built in Huskisson in 1911, nautical artefacts, paintings, drawings and objects all relating to Jervis Bay and its history.

Entrance fee: $12.50 for adults, children under 16 free

Opening hours: daily from 10 am to 4 pm

Address: 4 Wollamia Road Huskisson

#13 Boat Hire Jervis Bay

If you want to hire a boat for a few hours or a day give Boab Boats a call at Huskisson on 1300 00 26 22. Boats are launched from Woollamia Boat Ramp at 2540/2 Coulon Street Woollamia.

#13 Fat Bike Tour

Fat Bike Tour
Fat Bike Tour

Full tour description here:

“Get onto your fat-tire bike and take a self-guided ride on Culburra beach, at your own speed and pace. You’ll ride on soft sand and beach tracks, and you have the freedom to stop to take swims, maybe pack a picnic, or go the scenic way and stop at Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse, and when finished spend time at the Burradise Community Gardens, where it finishes.

Use of a fat-tire bicycle Helmet and lock are provided for your safety, and the bike’s Plan your route with maps and information that’s provided Service animals are allowed, too.”

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#14 Fishing Jervis Bay

For all types of fishing charters call Simosafloat.

#15 Visit Jervis Bay National Park

The park is 48.57 sq km and offers incredible flora and fauna, home to stunning beaches, walks and much more. For visitor information click here

#16 Dive Jervis Bay

Dive Jervis Bay located at 64 Own Street Huskisson offers scuba diving and snorkelling. They also offer a range of diving courses. Check them out here.

Weather in Jervis Bay

When is the best time to visit Jervis Bay?

Summer is the busiest time to visit Jervis Bay. We have visited at all times of the year and although winter can be a bit on the chilly side, you can’t beat a sunny winter’s day. If you do plan to visit during Summer make sure you book your accommodation and tours in advance. It would also be advisable to book popular restaurants in advance over the Christmas and Easter holidays.

For average weather temperatures, rainfall etc during the year click here for more information

Restaurants in Jervis Bay

Our top 3 favourites are:

  1. The Gunyah, is a treetop restaurant located at the Paperbark Camp – 571 Woollamia Road Huskisson. The Gunyah is open for breakfast and dinner for non-glampers and serves up the best of local produce, indigenous ingredients and regional wines. Opening hours are from 8.00 am to 10.30 pm.
  2. Wildginger at 42 Owen Street Huskisson for the best of south-east Asian cuisine. Open for dinner from Thursday to Sunday from 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
  3. 5 Little Pigs at 64 Owen Street Huskisson. Open daily from 7 am to 4 pm – a favourite place for brunch.

How To get To Jervis Bay

Travelling by car from Sydney will take you 3 hours.

By train from Central on the South Coast Line to Bomaderry (about 3 hours) then the 103 bus to Hyams Beach which will take 1 hour 40 minutes. At times the Sydney train may stop in Kiama and a bus is provided to Bomaderry.

You can hire a car from Sydney or the airport – full information here.

If you are planning to hire a campervan check out the prices from Jucy here.

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Where To Stay in Jervis Bay

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