Jervis Bay is a 102-square-kilometre oceanic bay and village on the south coast of New South Wales and is said to possess the whitest sand in the world. In the Jervis Bay Territory on the southern side of the bay are the settlements of Greenpatch, Hyams Beach, and Bowen Island. From north to south on the New South Wales shore of the bay are Callala Beach, Callala Bay, Huskisson, and Vincentia.
Jervis Bay is well known for recreational fishing and scuba diving, with tour operators departing from Huskisson and amateurs using boat ramps at bayside towns and camp sites. Popular diving sites include The Labyrinths, Gorgonian Wall, Point Perpendicular, a submerged Fairey Firefly aeroplane, scallop beds, Middle Ground, Ten Fathom Reef, and Bowen Island.
Jervis Bay is also known for whale watching, because whale migration, both north and south, can be observed as the animals pass the entrance to the bay, frequently entering the sheltered waters to rest. The majority of whales sighted at Jervis Bay are humpbacks, which migrate along Australia's east coast from June to November. Southern right whales are also showing a slow but steady increase in recent years as they re-colonize former habitats, having been extensively hunted in the 19th and 20th centuries. Other species sighted have been false killer whales, orcas, minke whales and, on one occasion, a blue whale.
Things to do in Jervis Bay
Jervis National Park & Hyams Beach
Jervis Bay National Park is home to several threatened bird species. The park’s natural riches are the ideal backdrop for a day trip or a weekend getaway in the great outdoors.
Hyams beach is said to have the whitest sand in the world. The best way to get there is to take the White Sands Walk from Greenfield Beach or Vincentia, that way you get to enjoy more than one of Jervis Bay’s spectacular white sand beaches.
Bodree National Park
Bodree National Park has many unspoiled beaches and Botanical gardens and is abundant flora and fauna. The park’s sea cliffs are the highest in New South Wales.
The Cape St George Lighthouse ruin is considered the most significant European heritage site.
Take Husky ferry to cruise the waters of pristine Currambene Creek, operating a regular weekend ferry service from charming Myola to the Huskisson. Departing the Rockwall at the southern end of Catherine Street, Myola. Seals and Pelicans are frequently spotted while cruising. Captain Dave is very knowledgeable and makes it a fun experience for young and old.