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Things to do in Jervis Bay for the Ultimate Weekend Escape

The only edit of things to do in Jervis Bay that you need for a coastal getaway you’ll never forget.

A view of the path down to the beach at sunrise
Hyams Beach

Bordered by coast and bushland, Jervis Bay is one of the most picturesque spots on the South Coast of NSW. Just a 2.5-hour drive from Sydney, this part of the world is renowned for its pristine beaches of white sand and turquoise water, and lush wilderness that's teeming with wildlife, both on and off the land.

It's all about the great outdoors here, from the eateries that celebrate locally grown produce to tourism operators that venture to far-flung places to explore the wild at its purest and walks that meander down the coastline. Read on for our round-up of things to do in Jervis Bay that will have you coming back time and time again.

Best things to do in Jervis Bay: Eat

A table of burgers and tacos
Serotonin on Currambene

Serotonin on Currambene 

This vegetarian eatery is your ultimate holiday pit stop. They brew delicious coffee, sling locally produced beverages and provide an incredibly inclusive menu that caters to all dietaries. Best of all, they've got you covered from breaky through to dinner with an all-day brunch menu and tapas-style plates for dinner. Located in a sweet 100-year-old cottage, you're sure to feel at home with this restaurant's inclusive approach and relaxed ambience. 

13 Currambene Street, Huskisson 

A cheese platter and tray of oysters sitting on salt
The Butter Factory

The Butter Factory

A 30-minute drive from Huskisson, but well worth the effort, The Butter Factory in Pyree is set in the middle of dairy country. This gem of a place dates back to 1889 when it was, in fact, a butter factory, now a must-book restaurant where husband and wife duo source produce from their garden and local growers to deliver rustic, seasonal country-style dishes. It's open for lunch and dinner and full-licensed.

739 Greenwell Point Road, Pyree

A birds eye view of a table full of food and drinks
The Gunyah Restaurant

The Gunyah Restaurant

In a beautiful bush setting among the treetops, The Gunyah Restaurant (Aboriginal for meeting place), is a must-book restaurant with a seasonal menu. Start with pre-dinner drinks at the Sundowner Deck before moving on to the restaurant for a three-course set menu. Expect locally sourced produce, fresh ocean seafood and a paddock-to-plate ethos. It's an experience not to be missed on any list of things to do in Jervis Bay. 

571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia

Best things to do in Jervis Bay: Drink

Two ladies sitting on a plush bench enjoying a beer
Jervis Bay Brewing Co.

Jervis Bay Brewing Co.

This relaxed hangout lets you taste the flavours of Jervis Bay all in one spot. Be it in their taproom or beer garden, sit back with an icy beer, some that are brewed especially for the season, and a delicious meal from their ever-changing food truck offering. Check the website for what food truck will be pulling up that day, but expect local favourites, such as Nomad Kitchen & BBQ (woodfired smokey barbeque) and Mama Kim’s Kitchen (BBQ and Korean dishes). 

3 Duranbah Drive, Huskisson

A single table with two chairs overlooking a swathe of grass and an ocean pool
Huskisson Hotel

Huskisson Hotel

Along the water's edge, Huskisson Hotel has been the local go-to pub for almost 100 years. Serving pub classics and icy cold beers, this upscale pub is the perfect place for sundowners, a good feed and live music, making this a popular thing to do in Jervis Bay. If you are looking to visit for dinner, come in a bit earlier to experience the sunset. Nab a seat on the deck, and you'll have front-row seats to watch the pastel colours streak the sky.

75 Owen Street, Huskisson

An industrial style tap room with black metal features, timber tables and lots of greenery
Flamin Galah

Flamin Galah 

Flamin Galah is a family-run brewery located in Jervis Bay's industrial estate. Sit back in the gorgeous beer garden after a long day out and about and enjoy one of the brewery's 14 tap beers. Masters of flavour, you'll find everything from an easy-drinking German Kölsch to a Vanilla Pudding Stout. The Nest, resident food truck, serves up the likes of nachos and cheeseburgers from Wednesday to Sunday. 

Unit 8, 5 Erina Road, Huskisson 

A can of beer next to a glass of decanted beer with a blue sky in the background
5 Little Pigs

5 Little Pigs

The self-awarded “happiest little café on the planet”, 5 Little Pigs is the crowning jewel of Owen Street. This industrial-styled café provides their customers with coastal hospitality, from the friendly staff and consistently good brews to the solid menu of modern Aussie classics and fusion favourites. From breakfast staples to burgers for lunch – but with a 5 Little Pigs twist.  

64-66 Owen Street, Huskisson

Best things to do in Jervis Bay: Explore

A pastel image of a kangaroo standing on the grass near the beach
Hyams Beach

Hyams Beach

You could spend your entire weekend at Hyams Beach and still not have had your fill. Straight from a postcard, this idyllic beach boasts fine, white sand, crystal clear water and a tree-lined beach. In fact, it's famous for having the whitest sand in the world so definitely one you want to pop on your bucket list. Take a stroll down the beach, snorkel, relax and swim to your heart's content. 

Different coloured kayaks lined up on a white sandy beach
Sea Kayak Jervis Bay

Kayak the Crystal-Clear Waters 

Jervis Bay is renowned for its azure waters and white sand. A great way to take in the beauty of the plentiful beaches is by sea. Sea Kayak Jervis Bay provide half-day tours with morning tea as well as straight-up kayak hire. Either way, you'll be thrilled with the amount of marine life you're able to see. 

A silhouette of a figure exiting an ocean cave with a sunset in the sky
Booderee National Park

Booderee National Park

A lush wilderness rich in wildlife, in Booderee National Park you’ll feel like you’re in absolute paradise (and you are!). Sitting to the south of Jervis Bay, this natural playground is overflowing with pristine beaches with white sandy beaches, walking trails that lead to stunning lookouts and campgrounds shrouded in bushland. Pack your swimwear, because you’ll be spending a whole lot of time at Cave Beach, Iluka Beach and Captains Beach.  

Very clear blue ocean, rocks and a small beach
Jervis Bay Marine Park

Jervis Bay Marine Park

Deep dive into a wildlife sanctuary where you can explore reef fish and rays. Kayak amongst the playful sea life, or swim, snorkel or scuba dive with bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and little penguins. From Huskisson jump aboard a whale or dolphin watching cruise, or for something a little closer to shore, hire a SUP board or kayak and explore the foreshore harbours of Jervis Bay.

Jervis Bay Stargazing
Jervis Bay Stargazing

Jervis Bay Stargazing 

Away from the city lights, Jervis Bay is the perfect place to do a spot of stargazing with resident astrophysicist Dimitri Douchin. This incredible 90-minute experience includes laser-guided naked-eye stargazing at sunset on Nelson's Beach, constellation storytelling, use of a state-of-the-art telescope and a Q&A session with Dimitri. It's even a dog-friendly tour! 

An aerial view of crystal clear waters backing onto a white sand beach and bushland
Kitty Beach

Kitty Beach 

Looking for your own slice of paradise without the crowd? Then this is it. One of the most remote beaches in the region, Kitty Beach is a must for the adventurous when it comes to things to do in Jervis Bay. Only accessible by foot from the St Georges Head Track in Booderee National Park, taking about four hours from Steamers Car Park. It is every little bit picturesque and dreamy.  

Crystal clear water in the shallows of a rocky beach
White Sands Walk and Scribbly Gum

White Sands Walk and Scribbly Gum

Jervis Bay is all about the views and white sandy beaches, and this scenic one-hour walk delivers on all fronts. Considered one of the prettiest coastal walks in the region, begin at Greenfield Beach in Vincentia, passing by Chinaman’s, Hyams and Seamans Beach (swimwear is essential). You will be spoilt with postcard-worthy views, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot dolphins and whales. The return part of the walk runs along Scribbly Gum Track, taking you through lush forest and woodlands. 

Best things to do in Jervis Bay: Stay

Mandala Beach House

A comfortably stylish Aussie beach house filled with organic and natural textures, this six-bedroom, five-bathroom holiday house on Callala Bay is the perfect getaway for families and groups. The spacious open-plan living area that flows onto a balcony with uninterrupted views of Jervis Bay is where you’ll be when you’re not in the backyard, which features a saltwater pool and an alfresco dining area. 

Marine Parade, Callala Bay

Paperbark Camp (Image Credit: Elise Hassey) 

Paperbark Camp

Glamping at its most luxurious, this safari-style retreat is in the heart of the bush, featuring 12 canvas tents each with a bed, ensuite (and in the deluxe rooms, a bath), hardwood deck and wrap-around verandah. The tents also feature roll-up walls, so you can decide how much you want to bring mother nature in. Paperbark also has an on-site restaurant The Gunyah which is an absolute must.

571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia

The Woods Farm

Set on 40 acres of farmland, 10-minutes from Hyams Beach, this farm stay is the real deal; horses, cows, alpacas, chickens, and goats can all be found here, as well as wild kangaroos. Yet, it's also a unique place to stay. Choose from one of the ten glamping tents, decked out with a king-size bed, Turkish rugs, daybed or lounges. Or opt for a three-bedroom self-contained cottage, all the same layout, but uniquely styled.  

2 Bayly Road, Tomerong

If you loved our edit of things to do in Jervis Bay and are looking for more ideas on what to explore and where to stay on the South Coast of NSW, check out seven of the best South Coast Walking tracks and the seven most beautiful Accommodation on the South Coast.

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