Many people come to Hyams just to lie on the beach and relax. But even then, you still need to eat and drink! Set out on this page is a range of activities, shopping options, walks and other useful ideas. Click on each link below to jump to the relevant information
If you need a local babysitting service in order to get out and about, one of the residents in the village, Vicki Fortescue on (02) 4443 3323 or email@example.com may be able to help. Evenings are preferred and Vicki is a qualified early childhood teacher with full qualifications, police checks, first aid etc. Her rate is $25 per hour.
Booderee National Park - with an array of spectacular walks, beautiful beaches and abundant fauna, you could spend days in this park. Book in a guided walk through the botanical gardens or take in one of the events on the school holiday programme, such as bush tucker walk or the campfire yarns. Contact the Booderee Visitor Centre at the park entrance on (02) 4443 0977
Erowal Bay Tennis Courts - has 6 synthetic grass courts available for hire day or night. Join one of the social groups on Monday and Friday evenings, Tuesday or Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon. Contact: 0447 225 044
Dive Jervis Bay - hire some gear and take a leisurely shore dive from one of the many beaches in Jervis Bay, or join a boat dive to some great dive sites including The Docks, Slot Cave and Stoney Creek. Dive Jervis Bay (02) 4441 5255
Whale watching - all of our guests receive a 20% discount on all tours with Dolphin Watch Cruises. There are over 45 different species of whales and dolphins in Australian waters. With their numbers continually growing, they provide quite a spectacle. Whale watching season runs from May to November. Dolphin Watch Cruises (02) 4441 6311
The Bay and Basin Leisure Centre - if you prefer the structure of laned swimming, then escape the bay and head to the leisure centre where there are 4 heated indoor pools. An additional gym, waterslide and spa and surrounding outdoor sport fields will have everyone catered for. The Bay and Basin Leisure Centre (02) 4406 2022
Vincentia Golf Club - take in a few leisurely rounds of golf at the Vincentia Golf Club. The course has beautiful views of Jervis Bay and is surrounded by natural bushland. The club is located at 49 Murray Street Vincentia and is on (02) 4441 5111
St Georges Basin Golf and Country Club - another great golfing option. This is a very pretty course and is much flatter than Vincentia, yet still very interesting. You are also always guaranteed to see large numbers of resident kangaroos on the fairways. Located at Sanctuary Point on (02) 4443 0666
Boab Boat Hire - licensed and unlicensed boating opportunities - self drive fishing, whale watching, wake boarding, scuba diving. Have the boat put in the basin, the bay or any of the surrounding water ways. A coxswain can be hired for anything other than fishing trips. Call Scott Stevens 0427482426
Ferry to Myola - for a bit of fun, take the ferry ride across from Huskisson harbour to Myola. You can walk around Myola or go to uninhabited far southern end of Callala Beach. The ferry can also be hired by arrangement for sundowners or a private trip up the Currambene Creek
And you can contact these companies to rent equipment, play a round of golf, or join in on a group activity:
Jervis Bay Kayak Co
(02) 4441 7157
Jervis Bay Sailing Charters
(02) 4441 8777
Jervis Bay Stand-up Paddle
0403 354 716
Around Jervis Bay Bike Hire & Tours
(02) 4441 6857
Hyams Beach village has access to three beautiful beaches:
1. Hyams Beach is world famous for having the whitest sand in the world and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. It is a 2.5km stretch down to HMAS Creswell, located in the Booderee National Park. The 5km return is a palatable jogging option before breakfast, where often dolphins will be porpoising the waters along side you.
2. Chinaman's Beach is a lovely beach to the north of the village and gives access to The White Gums coastal walk. This walk is a lovely way to access the other delightful beaches of Greenfield and Blenheim.
3. Boat Ramp Beach is located in the middle of both Chinaman's and Hyams beaches in Hyams Beach. It is small but attractive and quite a popular spot for divers. Note also that the boat ramp is suitable for 4WD vehicles and small boats only.
There are plenty of walks to do around Hyams - walks along the three beaches within Hyams, bush walks that start from and circle back to the village, easy walks within the village, and walks within the nearby Booderee National Park! Read on for more details...
Seamans / Hyams Beach
This beach is 2.5 km in length and is an unbroken stretch of white sand mostly fringed by dunes and littoral forest. It is therefore a 5 km return walk from the rocks at the northern end to the beautiful, unnamed inlet that separates New South Wales from the HMAS Creswell naval academy. The pedestrian footbridge across the inlet is the turnaround point. Unless you are a sailor based at the college, access is prohibited.
Rock hopping at Boat Ramp Beach
In the other direction (north), it’s an easy walk around the rocks from Seamans Beach to Boat Ramp Beach, and the more agile can continue around the rocks at the north of Boat Ramp Beach Beach (Hyams Point) to reach lovely Chinamans Beach.
Chinamans Beach is a beautiful beach to walk along at any time of the day. In addition, if you head inland at Duck Creek, you can link up with the bush track to Greenfields Beach at Vincentia which is further described below.
To the north - Hyams Beach to Greenfields Beach at Vincentia
Aster Street is the most northern street in Hyams Beach and you will find a National Parks information board next to a small parking lay-by. This is the beginning of the walk.
From the information board, follow the White Sands Walk track to Duck Creek inlet at the northern end of Chinamans Beach. From here, climb the stone steps and soon detour right to a good viewpoint and a chance to explore a rock platform. Returning to the track, the White Sands Walk winds through an open littoral forest of eucalypts with excellent, yet filtered bay views. Continue past the Scribbly Gum track turnoff and you will reach a long boardwalk leading to the well-appointed Greenfield Beach picnic area (shelter shed, toilets, information boards, tables and electric BBQs). Several paths lead down to the pretty beach, named after Colin Greenfield, a naturalist who in 1942 leased 12 acres behind the beach and lived alone for decades.
On your way back, either return the same way or by the longer (and hillier) Scribbly Gum track which starts to the west of the toilets. This inland track descends through an under-storey of bracken and sword grass and a canopy of lush vegetation to Greenfield Gully. Interpretive signs provide information about Aboriginal uses of the bracken and other plants. The track climbs out of the gully and then descends to rejoin the White Sands Walk.
This walk can also be extended by continuing the White Sands Walk further north into Vincentia town – specifically to Blenheim Beach, Nelson’s Beach and Plantation Point.
To the south - along Hyams Beach or into the National Park
Lister Court is a cul de sac located in the south east corner of Hyams. Just beyond the cul de sac, you will find a locked gate. The fire management trail located here is the start of this walk.
Head south and you will see that the track passes through a superb stand of Xanthorrhoea (grass trees) before crossing a shallow creek (a bit tricky after prolonged rain). At the next track junction, veer left and you will soon reach a naval signal mast at the top of a revegetated sand dune, from where you can descend to Seamans / Hyams Beach - about two-fifths of the way along its length. Before you do, look out for the flannel flowers growing nearby and the hanging swamp of paperbark trees to your right. The swamp dries up completely during drought but after prolonged rain it becomes a water-filled ‘frog heaven’. On a sunny day, the late-afternoon reflections of the paperbarks are a photographer’s dream. Return via the beach.
This walk can be extended by forking right instead of left at the first junction in the track. This bush track continues for 2 - 3 kilometres before reaching a larger track at a gate (usually open). You are now officially in Booderee National Park and the Australian Capital Territory. You can reach the Naval College Rd at the Booderee Visitors Centre by going right and right again. Be aware that none of these tracks appear on the topographic map, so let people know where you are and keep your bearings. Have fun exploring…
To the west – the heathland above Hyams Beach village
Hyam Road is a pretty street that runs up to a dead end at the top of the village. This point is the beginning of this walk.
To see the abundant springtime wildflowers and honeyeaters, you can access the heathland behind and above the village via a steepish path at the end of Hyam Rd. The path then levels and broadens into a track which soon forks. Notice the profusion of the endangered Jervis Bay grevillea (‘Barclayana’) in the vicinity. Either fork can be taken – they both reach the fire management trail that runs from Booderee Avenue (at the locked gate, top of the hill) all the way to the Vincentia water reservoir and telecom tower. To get back to the village, either double back to Hyams Road or follow the fire trail south to Booderree Avenue and descend into the village along the main road.
When you reach the first fork, an interesting option is to take the right fork and when you meet the fire trail, turn right to descend to Duck Creek (stepping stones). From here it’s uphill to a locked gate and stile. Further along to the left of the track you will notice the desolate scenery of an old quarry which is still occasionally used. Shortly after, look for a track branching right (east). This track becomes more obvious as you continue and descends to join the Scribbly Gum Walk. Turn right there and return to the village via Chinamans Beach.
Hyams is a very pretty village to walk around and if you are up early, you may well spot some Eastern Grey kangaroos that are resident in the area. There is also always abundant bird life in the gardens and forests.
Hyams Beach has some delightful buildings, both old and new – no need for an itinerary, just wander the streets. Pacific Lodge, a heritage-listed Cyrus Street waterfront (58 Cyrus Street) was the only building constructed in Pacific City, a large urban development planned for the land above Hyams Beach Village. As from December 2006, this land became part of Jervis Bay National Park and Pacific Lodge was moved down the hill to its present position to preserve some history. On the other side of Cyrus Street, the two wooden Whalers’ Cottages and the set of holiday cabins date from the 1920s and are also heritage listed.
The ultra-modern waterfront property at No. 82 Cyrus Street, with its eastern wall of glass, is best appreciated from the beach. At the southern end of the village, Silver Strand Circle contains some interesting modern architecture – it wasn’t subdivided until the 1980s. The unnamed creek that runs down the middle of Silver Strand Circle is worth seeing (and hearing) after torrential rain: it transforms into a white water torrent. Up on the plateau above the village, the houses at the end of Illowra Lane form a tiny enclave separated from the rest of the village. The elevated views from here out to HMAS Creswell and Bowen Island are quite special.
Beautiful Booderee National Park is located on the southern peninsular of Jervis Bay and the entrance is only a 5 minute drive from Hyams Beach. Booderee is an Aboriginal word from the local Dhurga language meaning ‘bay of plenty’ or ‘plenty of fish’. The National Park and Botanic Garden were handed back to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community in 1995 and is a successful example of a co-management model with NSW National Parks.
Booderee National Park is full of beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery and a huge array of animal and bird life may be spotted on the many walking trails.
The park has an excellent Visitor Centre which can be visited or contacted on (02) 4429 7230. Information on walks and other attractions inside the park can be obtained there.
Booderee is definitely worth a visit and please note that separate park fees apply (even if you have a NSW National Parks pass).
There are a number of options for shopping, groceries and eating out, as follows:
Vincentia Marketplace - The newest shopping complex in Jervis Bay, Vincetnia Marketplace offers a Woolworths, ALDI, BWS Liquor store, Bakery, Nail salon, Massage, Pharmacies and other small retail stores.
Vincentia shops – service station (with gas bottle exchange facility), Coles, bottle shop, toy shop, various banks, post office, newsagency, hardware store, fish and chips, Mexican restaurant, Chinese restaurant and various cafes;
Huskisson main street – Dolphin Watch dolphin and whale cruises, bakery, Huskisson pub and Huskisson RSL (both with great views over the busy harbour), ice cream shop, various cafes, pharmacy, surf shops, various kayak, bike and equipment hire shops, drive through bottle shop, Thai restaurant, fish & chips, ANZ, NAB, Stonegrill restaurant, Italian restaurant, interior design and gift shops and more.
Sanctuary Point and St Georges Basin IGA – if you find Vincentia or Huskisson to be too busy, you can also try the smaller shopping centres of Sanctuary Point or St Georges Basin, both of which have an IGA and other shops as well.
Jervis Bay village shop and café – if you drive into the National Park you will find the Jervis Bay village shop and café which opens at 6am every day and has a good range of general supplies, foodstuffs and fishing / camping gear, as well as fresh coffee.. This shop caters mainly to the day visitors, campers and surfers who go to Booderee National Park. It is very well managed and provisioned.
South Nowra and Nowra – for specialty items or a big shop, you may need to make the trip to South Nowra or central Nowra. Shops there include: Aldi, Woolworths, Bunnings, Rivers, Harvey Norman, Officeworks, Barbecues Galore, McDonalds and the like. You will find pretty much everything you need in Nowra. It also has great fresh meat, seafood and vegetable options.
For some charming and eclectic homewares and vintage shops, head to Huskisson or take in one of the many weekend markets that run in the surrounding areas.
There are very good eating out options in the local area, a selection of which is as follows:
Inside Hyams Beach we are spoilt with the Hyams Beach General Store & Cafe. Open everyday for Breakfast and Lunch, the famous cafe offers modern Australian Cuisine and a wonderful selection of cakes and desserts. The cafe is open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights however bookings are essential.
Hyams Beach Café and Store
(02) 4443 3874
Gringos Mexican Restaurant
(02) 4441 6651
Jervis Bay Seafoods
(02) 4441 5453 or 5560
(02) 4443 8380
Lays Original Thai Restaurant
(02) 4443 3697
Faro Bianco Italian Restaurant
(02) 4441 6511
(02) 4441 7070
Greville Corner Store
(02) 4443 2330
Paperbark Camp, Wollamia
(02) 4441 6066
The Huskisson Pub
(02) 4441 5001
(02) 4441 5015
The Waterhouse Restaurant
(02) 4441 8801
Wild Ginger Thai Restaurant
(02) 4441 5577
(02) 4441 5001