Fun Fact: Did you know Jervis Bay holds the Guinness world record for the whitest sand beaches in the world? Jervis Bay has over 20kms pristine soft white sand beaches with some of the clearest calm waters we have seen in all of our travels. Since it's only a 3-hour drive south of Sydney, what are you waiting for? It's the perfect quiet weekend coastal escape.
Fun fact number two: Jervis Bay is a unique Territory of the Commonwealth of Australia, given its strategic location for a naval base with deep sheltered waters. If you visit here you can tick off a new territory as part of your Aussie travels.
For easy walking distance access to restaurants, bars, the beachfront and many tourist attractions we recommend a stay at Huskisson Beach. This is perfect for a first-time visit.
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Top things to see and do in Jervis Bay during a long weekend: Here's your perfect itinerary for the weekend
Friday Afternoon Drinks: Jervis Bay Brewing Co.
For a few craft beers in a sunny outdoor garden setting, don't miss Jervis Bay Brewing Co. Open from Wednesdays to Sundays, this brewery is perfect for a casual afternoon drink and quick snack from the food trucks on site. We recommend getting the tasting paddle.
Friday Sunset Walk: Huskisson Beach
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon strolling around Huskisson Beach, we recommend following the coastal trail from the Husky Ferry area, along Jervis Bay Marine Park, past the Huskisson Sea Pool, toward Shark Net Beach then further south to Huskisson Beach.
Friday dinner: Dinner: Gunyah at Paperbark Camp
Even if you're not staying at Paperbark Camp, it's worth a visit to try the Gunyah Restaurant. The location feels like a cosy winters treehouse nestled between the tall trees, inside a timber-filled lodge with warm lighting. Arrive early to enjoy a drink or two by the outdoor fireplace. Enjoy a three-course set menu of fresh local cuisine.
Saturday Morning Coastal Walk and Swim: Chinamans Beach and Hyams Beach (taking the White Sands and Scribbly Gum walking trail)
Our highlight of the weekend in Jervis Bay was the White Sands and Scribbly Gum coastal walking trail, which is a flat track that takes 1 hour and 30 minutes round trip to complete. Start at the Greenfield Beach picnic area and follow the trail toward Chinaman's beach. From Chinaman's beach, walk along Cyrus try and down to Hyams beach. If you're wanting to stop for a swim along the way we recommend doing so at Chinaman's beach, which in our view was the most beautiful and least crowded of the beaches.
Saturday Afternoon: Booderee National Park
To experience more of Jervis Bays stunning beaches, and to step foot into the Territory of Jervis Bay, be sure to visit Booderee National Park. The beaches here are some of the most protected in the Jervis Bay area, making for a very relaxing swimming experience. To enter the park, it costs AUD 13 for a 48hr visit, which can be purchased as you drive through the entrance.
Saturday Dinner: The Huskisson Hotel
For a casual dinner by the water check out the local Huskisson Hotel, known as the 'Husky Pub'. We loved the seafood there.
Sunday Breakfast: Greendale's at The Mill Jindyandy, Pyree NSW
Take a Sunday drive about 45 minutes from Huskisson Beach to The Mill Jindyandy, located in Pyree, just outside of Nowra, in the NSW South Coast. The Mill is a quaint rustic set of farm buildings, all historically listed. Stop here for a local breakfast at Greendale's, open Wednesday to Sunday until 3 pm. Enjoy scones overlooking the green meadows and fields of cows from the verandah of one of the old farmhouses. Be sure to browse through the antique stores and Lollie shop before you leave!
Sunday Day Trip: Beecroft Peninsular & Honeymoon Bay
Continue your drive from the Mill a further 30 minutes into the Beecroft Peninsular, where you will find one of Jervis Bays most stunning hidden gems - Honeymoon bay. A secluded and picturesque beach of clear and calm waters perfect to spend an afternoon swimming, snorkelling or relaxing. There is no restaurants or cafes in the Beecroft Peninsular, so be sure to pack food and drinks if you plan to spend a full day there.
For a more adventurous afternoon, take a drive down to the Point Perpendicular Lighthouse, and follow the bushwalk trail to the Outer Tubes, it's around a 40mins return walking trail.
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