Jervis Bay is my go-to weekend escape from Sydney (and a must do for anyone visiting the country). Just two-and-a-half hours from the city, Jervis Bay has everything you could possibly need. Golden sands, hidden beaches, epic hikes, awesome campsites, and wildlife galore. Read on for the perfect adventure-filled weekend in Jervis Bay.
Head straight to Jervis Bay on a Friday afternoon or evening and set up camp at Honeymoon Bay.
This stunning campsite requires pre-booking during busy seasons (it works on a ballot system) but it’s first come, first served at other times of the year. It’s on a Military Shooting Range which is a bit odd, but that only adds to the excitement, right?
Plus, it’s also a complete bargain at just $15 per night for two people and an extra $5 per person after that.
Leave the city early if you can to make sure you get there in time for sunset at the beach.
After all, who doesn’t want views like these?
If you can’t get into Honeymoon Bay check out any of the other campsites in Jervis Bay’s national park, Booderee National Park, all of which are more than worth a visit.
I’m not normally a big fan of organised tours but I thoroughly recommend this Jervis Bay Dolphin Cruise, which departs from Huskisson – Jervis bay’s main town. You can pay extra to go in the boom net which I enjoyed far more than a 33-year-old should!
Aaaaaand, I saw a tonne of dolphins. Up until this point, I thought dolphins in the wild were a myth (seriously).Every time I tried to see them it never worked out, yet on this cruise, there were about 20 swimming right alongside us. Magic. In conclusion? Do it!
Inside tip: Try Groupon for discount tickets. I got mine for $19 in Jan 2018.
Head straight to Hyams Beach. It’s the most famous beach in Jervis Bay, and it’s the most famous for a reason.
Sweeping golden sands and crystal water. Swoon.
Park up at the main beach car park, but make the effort to walk down the beach far enough and you can pretty much always get a secluded spot. Beach cricket, a good book, and a lilo are all you need for the perfect afternoon.
Head back to Honeymoon Bay for a sunset paddleboard or swim. The secluded bay is the perfect location.
Side note: I’m still new to Australia (I’ve just celebrated my one year anniversary) and still get over excited seeing kangaroos. So, if you’re a roo geek like me, head to the Sanctuary Point golf course around dusk to see hundreds of kangaroos hanging out on the green.
Wake up nice and early and head back to Huskisson and hire a kayak for a couple of hours. The Dolphin Cruise company hires them, or you can try Jervis Bay Kayaks. The guy in there is super friendly and knowledgeable. Once you’re kitted out head up the creek where you can paddle into the mangroves. It gives a completely different view of the waterway.
Oh, and try not to get too jealous of all the boats moored up along the way….whose owners are obviously living our dream lives!
If you were up early enough you’ll have finished kayaking by 10.30am ish (can you tell I like my weekends action-packed?!). Which leaves plenty more time for afternoon exploring.
Jump straight in the car and head half an hour south to Bendalong. In the shallows of Bendalong Beach you’ll usually find a family of stingrays just chilling out. I’ve been stung by a stingray before (yes, it hurts like hell) but I still couldn’t get enough of these guys. It’s so cool to see them in the wild like that. There’s usually a pelican or five hanging around too.
Pack a picnic for the perfect lunch spot and take your snorkelling gear for a quick dip.
Your weekend in Jervis Bay isn’t over yet! If you’ve still got the time and energy it’s time to get your walking shoes ready and take a hike. And man, are there some amazing ones to choose from.
- Head inland and get the heart pumping on Pigeon House Mountain, a 5k, 2.5-hour hike with some serious uphill
- If you’re looking for something easier try Mount Bushwalker, which has epic views without as much effort
- Even easier? Try the 1.2k return Granite Falls Lookout
- Or, if coastal hikes are more your thing head to Gosangs Tunnel, for a cool scramble through a rock tunnel and epic cliff views
Your weekend in Jervis Bay is officially over. Cry as you leave paradise and head back to Syndey. But don’t worry too much. You’ll be back. Trust me.
Optional side trips for your weekend in Jervis Bay:
If you’re planning a weekend in Jervis Bay make the most of the drive and stop off along the way. Check out Kiama Blowhole for mother nature at her best (make sure it’s high tide though for optimal blowing). And Minnamurra Rainforest is another worthy side trip. I still can’t get over how close rainforest is to the coast. I seriously love this country!
Have you spent a weekend in Jervis Bay? I’d love to know what your favourite activity was. Let me know in the comments below!