In the central Shoalhaven district along the South NSW coast, around 200Kms south of Sydney is Jervis Bay which is actually part of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). We veered off the Pacific Highway at Nowra to check out this protected marine park which is famous for its white-sand beaches and clear turquoise waters.
In fact Jervis Bay’s waters are amongst the safest and most beautiful in the world with large number of dolphins, seals and little penguins. During the winter months the humpback whales come to visit and frolic in the bay. Plus there are great protected swimming spots and rock pools, ideal for snorkelling.
We found a nature-based camping ground on the shores of the tranquil Currumbene River at Huskisson.
In Huskisson, we visited the Lady Denman Maritime Museum which consists of a number of buildings housing the Lady Denman Ferry, permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibitions, surrounded by diverse natural and man-made environments.
We also took a stroll around town checking out landmarks such as the historical Huskisson Pictures and Huskisson Trading Post. During our stay in Huskisson the Hobie 16 World Championships were being held in the Bay and hosted by the Jervis Bay Yacht Club. Quiet a spectacle with their colourful sails out to sea.
Further around the Bay you come to the pretty little village of Vincentia which is home to some of the best, and most accessible, beaches in Jervis Bay; Blenheim, Greenfields, Collingwood and Orion beaches fill the 6.5 Km strip along the Vincentia foreshore.
A must see is Hyams Beach. There are plenty of ways to enjoy this pristine environment that claims to have some of the whitest sand beaches in the world. Diving and snorkelling are very popular, with Jervis Bay dive sites widely regarded as being second only to the Great Barrier Reef. Surfing, sailing, windsurfing and sea kayaking are also popular in this idyllic marine park.
St George’s Basin, a large shallow lagoon is one of the largest villages around the basin, just south of Jervis Bay. It is an ideal location for water activities such as boating, fishing and swimming.
This unspoiled coastal area also features country villages which have local produce markets, boutique shops, art galleries and more. The area also boasts world-class cafes, restaurants, pubs, wine bars and a burgeoning music scene. Such a lovely little part of Australia!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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merry christmas 2017