Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay measures about 15 km from north to south and about 10 km across.

The main town is Huskisson, where you can hire dolphin-watch cruises, fishing trips and boats, but it’s the natural beauty of the area that seduces.

At its southern end, Jervis Bay is enclosed by Booderee National Park, a pristine coastal wilderness.

From Wreck Bay village on Summercloud Bay in the park’s south, a walking trail circles the peninsula to St Georges Head, passing a succession of quiet beaches, cliffs and forests


Hyams Beach is listed in the “Guinness book of records” as having the whitest sand in the world. It is the most famous and popular of the myriad bays and beaches inside the Jervis Bay area.

Facing east and looking directly at Point Perpendicular, Hyams rarely receives any swell other than a gentle shore break in a nor’easter, making it a safe family beach.

But, like all beaches in the bay, it is unpatrolled. At the north end of the wide two kilometre shoreline is a rock platform with its own sandy beach – and a top snorkelling spot.


Booderee National Park is a living, breathing, open air cultural centre for all to enjoy. There are three family friendly camp grounds to choose from, magnificent bay and surf beaches, picnic areas, a diverse range of bushwalking trails and lots of native birds and animals to see up close. Don’t miss the stunning Booderee Aboriginal Botanic Gardens.

Green Patch is a beautiful camping and picnic area within Booderee National Park, with safe swimming in clear blue water. There are a number of native birds that can be seen all throughout the day, and kangaroos can be seen in the early morning and late afternoon.

Telegraph Creek Nature Trail is a circular walk 2.4 kilometres long and takes roughly one hour to complete. The trail begins at the northern end of the Green Patch car park or where it is signposted along Jervis Bay Road near the Green Patch turn-off.


The Botanic Gardens, which received National Heritage status in 1994, contains a large variety of native plants from all parts of Australia.

Booderee National Park and Booderee Botanic Gardens are the names chosen by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community for the former Commonwealth Jervis Bay National Park and Jervis Bay Botanic Gardens. Booderee is an Aboriginal word from the Dhurga language meaning ‘bay of plenty’ or ‘plenty of fish’.

The White-bellied Sea Eagle is one of the many birds you can see around the park. This large white and grey eagle is the guardian of the Aboriginal people of Wreck Bay, and is represented in the park logo.

The National Park and Botanic Gardens were handed back to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community in 1995. The Community and the Australian Government, through the Director of National Parks, now jointly manage the Park and the Botanic Gardens.

For more information, please see VisitNSW website