Jervis Bay is located on the south coast of New South Wales and is a 2.5 to 3 hour drive from Sydney. Given its proximity to Australia’s largest city, the area is arguably one of Australia’s best kept secrets. It is the deepest natural harbour in Australia and has crystal clear and mostly calm waters – making it an ideal destination for swimming, snorkelling, diving and fishing. Much of the shoreline is flanked by coastal forests and some of Australia’s prettiest beaches. One of these is Hyams Beach which is said to have the whitest sand in the world!
Jervis Bay is also one of the best places in Australia to view resident dolphins and migrating whales. Daily boat trips run all year round from the town of Huskisson, and the whale season is between May and October.
The southern Bherwerre Peninsula of Jervis Bay is mostly taken up by the Booderee National Park which incorporates the HMAS Creswell naval academy, the Booderee Botanic Gardens, stunning beaches and sea cliffs, and the Wreck Bay aboriginal community which has co-managed the national park and botanic gardens since 1995. The northern Beecroft Peninsula incorporates the historic and still active Point Perpendicular lighthouse as well as its own collection of beautiful beaches and kilometres of sheer sandstone cliffs.
Major towns in and around Jervis Bay include Huskisson, Vincentia, Hyams Beach, Currarong, Callala Bay, Callala Beach, and Jervis Bay village which is inside the national park.
Jervis Bay was named in 1791 honour of Sir John Jervis, a senior British government officer of the day, and the correct pronunciation is said to be ‘Jervis’, not ‘Jarvis’.