Jervis Bay delivers a non-stop summer playground for those in search of sun, sand, water and everything in between. The top things to do in Jervis Bay range from swimming with whales, dolphins and seals to brewery tours and catching a film at the cute-as-a-button historic Huskisson Pictures building that first began screening movies in the early 1950s.
Beaches & Nature
Walk along two kilometres of the whitest sand in the world at the famous Hyams Beach, or visit the equally pristine Huskisson Beach. Picnic in the picturesque coves of Greenfields Beach or explore rock pools at low tide.
Collingwood Beach is the perfect all-rounder for those in search of kite-surfing, fishing, surfing and swimming, while the family-friendly Honeymoon Bay is calm and protected with a campsite in the bush nearby.
Murrays Beach, located in Booderee National Park, is a spectacular snorkelling spot with a boat ramp and bush track that leads to Governor Head lookout, alternatively, head to Pebbly Beach to meet the local kangaroos.
Swim, snorkel and scuba dive in the Jervis Bay Marine Park alongside seals, penguins, dolphins and more. The park extends from Kinghorn Point to Sussex Inlet and covers roughly 100km of coastline to explore, but recreational fishing, spear fishing and some other activities are prohibited in certain areas.
Hiking is more than encouraged in a region as rich in natural beauty as Jervis Bay. The White Sands Walk and Scribbly Gum track skirts the coastline of the bay, weaving its way in and out of bushland along Chinamans, Hyams and Seamans beaches in a 2.5 km loop from Greenfield Beach picnic area.
Spend the final hours of daylight perusing the wares at Jervis Bay Maritime Museum Twilight Market (first Saturday of the month from 3pm to 7pm). You’ll find a mix of arts and crafts, local produce, homewares, food stalls and live music.
Catch the latest blockbuster or film festival at Huskisson Pictures, visit the botanic gardens at Booderee National Park, ride a horse through the bush, and aviation nerds should make their way to the Museum of Flight at HMAS Albatross.
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playful bottlenose dolphins can be spotted in the bay all year round or you can book a cruise to meet them out on the water. The humpback whales make their appearance in Jervis Bay’s clear waters from April to July and from mid-August through to November. The biannual migration brings with it the opportunity to not only spot these gentle giants from a boat but even snorkel alongside them in the Jervis Bay Marine Park – that is if they are curious enough to approach you for a closer look.
In addition to seeing and swimming with whales and dolphins in Jervis Bay there are plenty of other wildlife encounters to be had – here is our pick of the top 11 wildlife experiences in Jervis Bay.