Jervis Bay is one of those places that Sydney folk always talk about going to but many haven’t actually bothered to venture the three hours down the coast for the weekend. I don’t know why it took me so long of living here to finally visit what people talk about as one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. One spring weekend I rented a car and headed down the coast for a couple days with a male friend that was visiting (long story!). We took the scenic route and the drive alone was beautiful and reminiscent of my time on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. It was a sunny Sunday morning and we got in some slow traffic in the massive car I’d rented, but we weren’t moaning as we were enjoying the scenery, the company and Daniel’s questionable taste in music. As we drew nearer our destination, we could see the rain cloud that the weather man had promised and in no time we were in the midst of some very torrential rain. After a pit stop to buy some food supplies we arrived at our Booderee national park and managed to pitch the tent in a brief break from the rain. We headed down to the beach near the tent to have a stroll, but the rain very quickly returned ruining any images of the romantic movie scenes I had imagined. I was determined to soldier on as we sat in our rain coats on the sand for a few minutes before giving in and running back to take cover in the tent. Despite the rain, the sand was so pure and you can see how beautiful it would be with a bit of sun! After spending much of the evening hiding from the elements in the tent and realising that our tent wasn’t exactly waterproof, we finally plucked up the courage about 9pm to head to the communal (undercover, thank god) BBQ area to cook our snags.
After waking up, grateful that the tent had kept us safe and pretty much dry, we were over joyed to see the sun glaring through at us. We quickly packed everything up and headed off to make up for lost time yesterday. First stop was the Cape St George lighthouse to admire the view of the bay. This spot is renowned for Whale watching so our eyes were peeled as its right in the peak of the whale season. I found out that I’m pretty good at spotting the whales, most were fairly distant and you could only really see them spouting water, but one came right up close to the cliff face so we got a proper look. Daniel is a keen nature photographer, but even with his great camera and skills, we were far too slow to be able to get any decent pictures so you will have to take my word for it. In total we must have seen at least ten different whales, most of them looking like humpbacks, and I even saw one breach in the distance. It was incredible and got me very excited to go whale watching in New Zealand soon. After that we headed to Cave Beach within the national park which is famous for being a great surf spot. Neither of us surf and it as far too cold to even think about going near the water but we had lots of fun playing with the kangaroos at the entrance to the beach. I have never seen such friendly, confident kangaroos! They normally skip off as soon as you go near them but these ones are obviously so often fed by guests that they let you touch them with one little guy even giving me a hug!
We saved the most famous spot for last, Hyams Beach. This beach is the reason most people make the trip down here as it sits in the Guinness Book of Records for having the whitest sand in the world. Luckily, even though it was cold the sun was out so we could appreciate it in its full beauty. It was stunning and the sand was so blinding I couldn’t look at it without sunnies on! We attempted to lie in our swimmers on the sand but didn’t last long so instead walked the length of it, taking it all in. I can’t explain how beautiful this beach is, probably the best I’ve even been on!
I would recommend to anyone coming down to Jervis Bay, it was beautiful and felt so peaceful and remote. It’s full of stunning beaches that even during the school holidays were relatively empty. I wish I’d have gone during the summer months so I could go for a swim as the snorkelling is meant to be good and I could have happily spent many more days in the area kayaking, cycling and just exploring as many beaches as possible and trying to wildlife spot! If you ever find yourself in Sydney for long enough, a trip to Jervis Bay should most definitely be on the list.
Side note: Once back in Sydney and inspired by nature, we went to the Australia Geographic exhibition at the Australian Museum and also went to the David Attenborough experience where you watch an Attenborough documentary through the Samsung virtual reality headset to experience the Great Barrier Reef in 360degrees. It was the most bizarre thing! It’s new technology so the picture quality is not quite there yet, but it felt so futuristic. This is how we will experience things in several years time. The photography exhibition was also really good showcasing award winners from the annual Australian Geographic competition. There were so amazing photos and so inspiring. Again, highly recommend.