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Jervis Bay National Park

“I’ve been coming here with my family since I was a child and it still takes my breath away every time.”

With its powder-white sands, crystal clear waters, forests, woodlands and wetlands, parts of this south coast park seem untouched by people. Its Aboriginal heritage, however, goes back thousands of years and local Aboriginal people maintain strong connections with the land. The park’s natural riches are the ideal backdrop for a daytrip or a weekend getaway in the great outdoors. Try the incredible White Sands walk and Scribbly Gum track, go swimming, fishing or snorkelling, or relax with a picnic and a throw of the frisbee.

Discover an array of birdlife, spot whales and dolphins and feel at one with nature in this very special part of the world.

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Why you should visit

Jervis Bay National Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:

Ancient connections
Jervis Bay sits within the lands of the South Coast (Yuin) Aboriginal people of the Dharawal-Dhurga language group. Research shows the area has the highest density and most diverse range of archaeological site types anywhere on the south coast, making this precious park an important place for the preservation of Aboriginal sites, like coastal middens, stone artefacts, rock art, and axe grinding grooves.

Picture-perfect beaches
Arriving in this pristine haven, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re in paradise. The region’s crystal clear waters and impossibly white sand are among its biggest drawcards – the sea is ideal for fishing, swimming and snorkelling. And be sure to enjoy a wander along Hyams Beach to experience its icing-sugar sand – it’s said to be the world’s whitest.

Diverse habitats
A walk through the park reveals its varied vegetation – from endangered bangalay sand forests to ubiquitous eucalypt woodlands. In the park’s protected gullies you’ll spot rainforest species like lilly pilly and water vine. And if you stop by Carama Inlet or Moona Moona creek, you’ll see saltmarsh and mangroves. Be ready to spot plenty of wildlife among coastal heathland on the sandstone plateau near Vincentia, as well as unique flora in the park’s northern clay-soiled heath.

Protected birds
This gorgeous landscape is home to several threatened bird species that depend on the park for survival. The chance of seeing these special birds thriving makes the park a must for everyone, not just birdwatchers. Head to Lake Wollumboola to see waders and water birds or visit the heathland areas, which support eastern bristlebirds and ground parrots. You might see glossy black cockatoos among casuarina forest and powerful owls in woodland.

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Getting there

 Car

Jervis Bay National Park is made up of several sections, so there are multiple entry points.

From Nowra:

  • Take the Princes Highway southwards, then:
  • For Lake Wollumboola, turn into Kalandar Street, Nowra, and follow the signs for Culburra Beach
  • For Coonemia creek, Red Point or Hammerhead Point, take Forest Road off the highway, then follow the signs towards Currarong
  • For the southern part of the park, take the Jervis Bay Road turn off and follow the signs to Huskisson (for Moona Moona creek) or to Vincentia (for Greenfield Beach and Hyams Beach)

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 Opening times

Jervis Bay National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

 Close to

Jervis Bay National Park is close to:

  • Nowra (25km)
  • Kiama (80km)
  • Sydney (170km)

 Bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you Jervis Bay National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • Take advantage of spring weather and head to Hyams Beach. You can pick up some fish and chips from the nearby Hyams Beach Café to enjoy on the white sands of this iconic south coast beach. If you’re feeling energetic after lunch, walk the easy Hyams Beach trail.

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • Swim, surf, snorkel and dive your way through the summer school holidays in this beach paradise

Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)

  • Humpback whales can be spotted migrating northwards in the winter months.  Keep an eye out for southern right whales and dolphins too. They’re often seen around the park's coastline.

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 17°C and  24°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 40.6°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 10°C and 17°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -0.5°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest months on average are April, May and June, the driest month on average is September
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 316.7mm in one day

Safety

Nowra

Phone: (02) 4423 2170
Street address: 55 Graham Street, Nowra NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

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Greenfields Beach, Jervis Bay National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/NSW Government