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Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay (Australia)

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  • Beach / Seaside Resort
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5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
Just 2 hours and 45 minutes by car from Sydney
When to go
All year round, though it's more pleasant in summer
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Jervis Bay

Timothée D. Seasoned Traveller
271 written opinions

Situated on the coast between Sydney and Melbourne, Jervis Bay is a snug little paradise, with beaches of white sand and a turquoise sea.

My suggestion:
Do avoid the Australian school holidays if you want to steer clear of crowds.
My review

In my opinion, Jervis Bay is a great example of the beaches of Queensland (i.e. a paradise!), half of which are in the south of the country: beaches covered with sand so fine you'd swear it was velvet; a sea so turquoise you'd think you were in the Caribbean; and incredible marine life, including many different species of shark. For anyone taking the coastal route between Melbourne and Sydney, I'd more than recommend stopping off at Jervis Bay.

There are several camping sites here, where you can practically pitch your tent on the beach, and watch the sun rise over the ocean.

Do bear in mind, though, that from the end of December until the beginning of February, Jervis Bay loses its charm somewhat, as hordes of holiday-makers descend, making the spot a little less idyllic.

Alicia Munoz Seasoned Traveller
87 written opinions

This coastal paradise is situated south of the River Shoalhaveb, 2 hours south of Sydney.

My suggestion:
Jervis Bay being close to Sydney, expect a rather touristy destination. Numerous activities attract holidaymakers: scuba diving, fishing, kayaking and dophin watching. It's best to visit in "the winter", between June and September.
My review

The white sand beachesof Jervis Bay and the turquoise waters are amongst the mostbeautiful in Australia, or even, the world. When the beaches are being watched by lifeguards, it's time for you to throw yourself into swimming and surfing. The numerous beaches in the bay, the lagoons and hidden coves are not only paradise for sailors, but also for kayakers and stand-up paddlers. 

The Jervis Bay National Parks and their coastal forests are pleasant for walking, offering superb paths for "bushwalking" or mountain biking.

In terms of wildlife, Jervis Bay is also a paradise. Dolphins reside and play in the bay all year round. It's also one of the best places in Australia to watch whales during their annual migration, the humpback whales and the right whales in particular, from June to November We didn't take the time to make the trip but, on the other hand, we were able to see adorable kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and even echidnas.

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