Things To Do
Booderee National Park
Occupying the Southern end of Jervis Bay the Booderee National Park is easy to reach and locations within are very accessible on quality roads (sealed and unsealed).
The National Park supports more than 725 species of native plants occupying areas that range from coastal heathland, woodland and forests (including littoral rainforest in deeper gully areas).
The great beauty of the Park is the way the vegetation meets the water both on the Bay as well as on the southern side of the peninsula facing the open ocean. This is most spectacular at Murrays Beach where the heavy wooded hill meets the back of the beach creating a beautiful backdrop to what we consider the best beach in the bay.
There are many well-constructed walking trails within the National park. The Governor’s Head walk is an easy 4.2 km (best walked anti-clockwise) and takes you through peaceful Banksia and Scribbly Gum forest before opening into coastal heathlands. The St Georges Head Walk (13km) is hilly and requires good fitness but offers a broad variety of views, differing vegetation and passes beautiful hidden bays along the way.
The Park also contains an annex of the Australian Botanical Gardens. Focussed on Australian native species the gardens offer a range of micro-climates and navigation is easy on mostly sealed paths. There are good information displays at a variety of points through the gardens.
On the Jervis Bay side visit beautiful calm beaches at Murrays, Hole in the Wall, Greenpatch and Iluka. Steamers Beach and Cave Beach face the ocean and offer surfing options. The beaches are unpatrolled and can have dangerous rips so please take care if swimming.
One of the greatest features of the park is that it is relatively compact. If you have limited time you can still visit a number of great sights in just an afternoon, but if you have a few days to spare the many walks and beaches provide opportunity to truly immerse yourself in nature.
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Jervis Bay is the perfect stepping off point for Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching tours. The whale watching season runs from May to November every year and with the strong recovery of many species including the Humpback Whale it is common to see whales from the locally run tour boats as well as from the old lighthouse in Booderee National Park.
Outside of the whale watching months our local tour operators are also expert in seeking out the pods of dolphins (more than 80 dolphins in total) inhabiting the bay. There are two tour operators in the bay with large comfortable boats and their tours include various sites around the bay as they seek out the dolphins or whales. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you would like us to make a booking.
The Shoalhaven offers an extensive array of walking trails suitable for all levels of fitness. Within the Jervis Bay area are a dozen or so named and posted walks but there are also plenty of great walks around the beaches and within the National Park.
One of the most popular walks within the area is the White Sands Walk. This is a great walk as it allows walkers to join at a number of points lengthening or shortening the walk to meet fitness and time constraints. The walk meanders from Nelsons Beach to Hyams Beach along the foreshore skirting the edges of beautiful Blenheim and Greenfields Beaches. Between each beach the well-constructed trail weaves through classic Australian coastal bush but never far from a glimpse of the bay through the trees or from one of the purpose-built viewing platforms.
In the opposite direction from Nelsons Beach a shared cycle and foot path follows the various beaches past Vincentia to the heart of Huskisson. A five kilometre walk in each direction, this is a great walk, run or cycle with the option of a coffee or lunch in Huskisson at the turning point.
The quiet waters of the bay are ideal for the beginner. Boards are available from several hire locations in Huskisson as well as through a local specialty operator who will provide tuition and arrange to meet at a location unaffected by any windy conditions.
Kayaks are also available from several hire operators. The inshore area around Huskisson and through to Plantation Point are generally easy paddling but if the wind is unfavourable the quiet and sheltered waters of Currambene Creak at Huskisson makes for an interesting and pleasant paddle.
There is also a local tour operator who will take groups on tours of more out of the way locations.
Fishing opportunities range from throwing a line in at the jetty at Huskisson to some great beach spots as well as access to the Bay and Ocean on charter boats.
Do seek information on the area as parts of the Bay are designated sanctuary areas and restrictions apply.
There are two golf courses within the area at Vincentia and Sanctuary Point. Both offer club hire and social play.
Food and Restaurants
Vincentia offers some good options for meals but Huskisson is the food hub of the area. From quirky cafes to quality restaurants and the famous Husky Pub you are sure to find something to like.
If visiting in the peak periods be sure to book ahead for dinner as many restaurants book out quickly.