Jervis Bay is the perfect weekend trip from Sydney. It’s far enough away to feel like you’re in a new place, but short enough of a drive to make it an easy weekend getaway. This is how I spent a weekend in Jervis Bay.
Jervis Bay is all about:
- insanely gorgeous beaches
- loads of australian wildlife
- lots of hiking and beautiful nature trails
Michael and I live in South Sydney, & it’s an easy drive further South. We got up early on a Saturday, grabbed takeaway coffees (in our keep cups of course!), and hit the road.
We drove for a little less than an hour before stopping at a viewpoint in Shoal Harbour. This is a great stop off point for some fresh air and a bathroom. The viewpoint isn’t bad either!
When we arrived in Jervis Bay, it was still too early to check in to our airbnb, so we headed straight to the attraction that made me want to go to Jervis Bay in the first place – the beautiful Hyams Beach. This beach holds the Guinness World Record for Whitest Sand Beach in the world. It is absolutely beautiful, and wasn’t too crowded when we headed down at the end of September.
After a stroll along the beach, we hopped back into the car to grab some lunch. I was dying to try out Pilgrims, a vegetarian eatery with loads of vegan options. They are most known for their veggie burgers, and anyone who knows me knows that veggie burgers are my second favorite food.
Pilgrims is located in Huskisson in a nondescript little building – you’d have to be looking for it to find it. Though it’s a little hidden, it was still bustling with locals and tourists. The vibe is casual and chill. We grabbed a table, some menus, and a bottle of water with some cups, and picked out what we’d each have. We were pretty hungry from the long drive (and a tiny brekky), so we ordered a feast.
I ordered the Millenium burger (mine was the massive one with sprouts), and Michael ordered a vegetarian burger and a toastie. As soon as our food arrived, we dug in, and finished eating in record time – we were so hungry! The burgers were amazing and very filling – I’d highly recommend a stop here.
Next, we drove to our airbnb and checked in. How cute is it!
After unpacking and freshening up, we picked out a few beach spots on google maps and set out for an adventure. I’ve since realized, google maps isn’t the best place to search for beaches. We stopped at a few places, but they didn’t even come close to Hyams Beach. We were mainly searching for some Australian wildlife, but so far hadn’t seen any.
While driving back toward our airbnb, we decided to pull in to a Holiday Park (aka a campsite for my Americans) and parked the van so we could take a short stroll to their beach. We had to register as visitors to enter, and while writing down our details, I asked the owner about kangaroos. He told us that there are tons of kangaroos living at the holiday park – and because there are tourists year round, the kangaroos are completely used to people, and are actually friendly with humans.
This weekend, dreams came true.
Next, we headed into town for a look around Huskisson. We watched the sunset from the Husky Pub, and then went for an Indian food dinner before calling it an early night.
The next day, we had a little lie in before a big day of beach touring. We checked out of our airbnb and had a relaxed brekky at Hyams Beach Store & Cafe. It’s a super cute place with great coffee and lots of locals reading the Sunday paper (it filled up right after taking this photo, promise).
After a big breakfast, we took the van out to our first stop of the day: Cave Beach. We saw even more kangaroos in the parking lot before taking the short walk to the beach.
Cave Beach is named after – you guessed it – the caves on the beach. There are a few, and they are big enough to walk into. We even saw a bat in one of them!
After a short time at Cave Beach, we got back into the van for our next stop: the Hole in The Wall.
After the Hole in the Wall, we started heading North back to Sydney. But before ending our weekend away, we made one more stop at Honeymoon Bay.
Jervis Bay has so many little gems, I’d highly recommend a trip from Sydney!
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