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Showing the blue waters of Jervis Bay. Between the heads, where the ocean meets the bay is Bowen Island
Photo: Showing the blue waters of Jervis Bay. Between the heads, where the ocean meets the bay is Bowen Island
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Jervis Bay, South Coast of NSW

Map showing location of Jervis Bay: South Coast Map, NSW.

This natural, largely undeveloped region includes the Jervis Bay Marine Park, which protects the marine life while the bay itself is almost surrounded by parklands and reserves. The bay is famous for its sparkling white sand beaches, great for swimming and lazing in the sun.

On the heads where the ocean meets the bay, there is the Jervis Bay National Park to the north (left in the photo) and Booderee NP on the south head.

In the areas surrounding the bay, there are gentle walking trails to explore, excellent surf beaches, great fishing, good camping facilities and plenty of opportunities for boating, sailing, snorkelling and diving.

Amongst the places to visit here are the small sleepy fishing villages and towns, including Currajong, Huskisson and Vicentia. There are local produce markets on the weekends, art galleries, antique and other speciality shops to look for bargains.

Jervis Bay National Park

The Jervis Bay National Park has a rich Aboriginal Heritage. The park protects the wetlands, inhabited with abundant native flora, birds and animals. Booderee NP, to the south, is Booderee. An Aboriginal name derived from the local Dhurga language, it means ’bay of plenty’ or ’plenty of fish’ and is now a national park between the South part of the bay and the Tasman Sea.

Activities

The Jervis Bay Marine Park offers excellent diving, in other parts of the bay you can fish, sail, boat and go snorkelling to your hearts content.

There are stunning beaches on the bay, including Hyams and Callala. Many are protected from the surf which make it good for families. Vincentia and Sanctuary Point beaches have excellent wind surfing.

Jervis Bay Cruises

Dolphins frolic here, there are some excellent Jervis Bay Cruises for spotting seals and dolphins and exploring the Marine Park. They also offer whale cruises when in season.

Attractions

Attractions to the area include the many bushwalking trails along the bay and in the parks and reserves.

The crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches that sparkle in the sunlight make for a wonderful holiday destination. With the variety of accommodation available at Jervis Bay, it makes for a great getaway holiday from Sydney.

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Visitors Information

Jervis Bay is located south of Sydney and just north of St Georges Basin. Almost surrounded by National Parks and Reserves, including the Jervis Bay National Park, the area has remained natural.

Enquire at the about the National Parks in the Jervis Bay region, activities and places to visit. Cnr. Princes Highway and Pleasant Way, Nowra NSW 2541. Phone +061 (02) 4441 5999.

Main Photo: Showing the blue waters of Jervis Bay. Between the heads, where the ocean meets the bay is Bowen Island

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