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. This is our round-up of things to do in Jervis Bay that will have you coming back time and time again.
Things to do in Jervis Bay: Eat
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
Located in a 100-year-old coastal cottage, this restaurant-slash-bar has been making waves, and all for the right reasons. Their menu has a distinctly modern Australian feel, while the bar has an extensive range of beers, wines and cocktails. Settle into the stylish dining room, or when the weather's right, opt for the large covered deck or rear courtyard. The Quarters is only open Thursday through Saturday (except for holiday periods) and bookings are a must.
13 Currambene Street, Huskisson
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
A vegetarian café with a cult following, Pilgrims is now a five-strong mini-chain, and lucky for Jervis Bay locals, they have opened a café in the middle of Huskisson. A breakfast menu that will have the most loyal of carnivores ditching their regular go-to's, while burgers, pies, wraps and toasties fill the lunchtime offering. Adding a little spice to the weekend (and things to do in Jervis Bay), Pilgrims is open for dinner on Friday and Saturdays with a Mexican-themed menu with sangrias by the jug.
5-6/57 Owen Street, Huskisson
Only a short distance from the beach, this low-key eatery is one of the only places in Hyams Beach for an early morning (or lunchtime) pick-me-up. Head upstairs to this seaside café with picture-perfect views over Jervis Bay. The meals are hearty with their juicy burgers and classic milkshakes and coffee being a standout. Finish it off with one of their sweet treats before heading back out for some beachside fun.
76 Cyrus Street, Hyams Beach
Things to do in Jervis Bay: Drink
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
Along the water's edge, The 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 watching the pastel colours streak the sky.
75 Owen Street, Huskisson
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
Things to do in Jervis Bay: Explore
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.
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.
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.
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.
Things to do in Jervis Bay: Stay
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.
From $900 per night
Marine Parade, Callala Bay
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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.
From $580 per night
571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia
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.
Glamping from $250 per night
Cottages from $450 per night
2 Bayly Road, Tomerong
If you love the idea of staying in a B&B as much as we do, then check out this beautiful stay overlooking Hyams Beach. Only a two-minute stroll to the beach, they offer a handful of suites for you to choose from, some that open out to the lawn terrace and others onto the sun-soaked courtyard. Breakfast is included and served until 11am, so you have time for a swim and walk on the white-sand beach of Jervis Bay.
From $230 per night
77 Cyrus Street, Hyams Beach
Our round-up of things to do in Jervis Bay are just some of our favourites in this stunning region. If you’re looking for more ideas on what to explore and where to stay on the South Coast of NSW, check out seven of the bestSouth Coast Walking tracksand the seven most beautifulAccommodation on the South Coast.