Occupying most of the southern peninsula enclosing the bay, the Shoalhaven Coast is a territory in its own right. The sands of Jervis Bay are reputed to be some of the whitest in the world; the bay is a mecca for scuba divers, snorkelers, and water sports enthusiasts. Kangaroo Valley, the hinterland of the coastal national park, provides a tranquil sanctuary for wildlife and nature loves.
With romantic seaside towns, white-sandy beaches, rocky bays and coves and emerald waters that are dotted with sails and yachts, Jervis Bay much resembles any of the Mediterranean islands.
Huskisson is a bustling village with a history of the boat building and fishing industries, and a popular holiday destination boasting restaurants, cafes and holiday tour operators. Many different cruises are available, typically offering dolphin watching and sunset penguin viewing.
There are several campgrounds in the national park and plenty of walking tracks and good swimming conditions at Cave Beach, Murrays Beach and Green Patch.
Surfers and all water sports lovers will find their heaven at the iconic Culburra Beach and Mollymook Beach.
NOTE you will need to purchase a Jervis Bay National Park pass to be allowed to enter the park ($11/day/vehicle). Boating and camping fees apply in reserve.
ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES IN JERVIS BAY
George Evans once described it as “a view which no painter could beautify,” and indeed, Kangaroo Valley set between Cambewarra and Barrengarry Mountains presents the scenic beauty of pastures with cattle browsing against a background of jagged mountains.
The road from Fitzroy Falls offers breathtaking views of the fern, and palm-filled valleys open up at every turn. Cambewarra Lookout, almost as spectacular, reaches far out to the sea.
The historic township of Kangaroo Valley is a pleasant collection of craft shops and studios, tea rooms, old farmhouses and cottages and it is proud of the oldest suspension bridge in Australia.
ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES IN KANGAROO VALLEY
WHEN TO TRAVEL
The best time to visit Jervis Bay and the Kangaroo Valley is late summer and autumn (Feb-May) when the temperatures are still pleasant, and the peak season is over.
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly to Sydney
Drive from Sydney to Huskisson, following the southern coastline: Jervis Bay (2 hrs), Kangaroo Valley (2 hrs)
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