On the south coast of New South Wales is a fascinating region full of wildlife-spotting opportunities on land and at sea.
With bays, beaches, lagoons and a hinterland of forests and woodlands, Jervis Bay is a great holiday destination if you want to be close to nature. Witness whale migrations, hike along cliff top trails and go on a kayak exploration of inland waterways.
Take advantage of the region’s many hiking and biking routes. Go for a stroll through wetlands and along the coastal paths of Jervis Bay National Park. See if you can spot whales from the Bull Hole lookout. Stroll through the botanic gardens and along the headlands of Booderee National Park. Camp overnight among its mature wooded areas. You may see some of the local wildlife residents, including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and wombats.
A good place to base yourself during your tour of Jervis Bay is Huskisson, its largest town. From this oceanfront location you can head out on dolphin and whale watching cruises, fishing tours and scuba diving trips. Among the popular dive sites are the docks and Slot Cave on the northern side of the bay. Experienced divers can dive down to the wreck of a Fairey Firefly, a bomber plane that crashed into the sea in 1956.
If you are into watersports, rent boards and boats and sail and surf along the coast. Venture inland on a guided kayak tour of the Currambene Creek Estuary System.
Where ever you are based in Jervis Bay, you won’t be too far away from a white-sand beach. Swim in the aquamarine waters of Hyams Beach, snorkel at Greenfields Beach and try fishing at Nelsons Beach.
Situated on the south coast of New South Wales, Jervis Bay is 184 kilometres (114 miles) south of Sydney. A pleasant way to arrive is to rent a car in the state capital or nearby Nowra and drive along the coastal highway. You can also catch a train from Sydney to Nowra and travel the rest of the way by bus. Come to Jervis Bay to enjoy wildlife adventures in an area of great natural beauty.