A couple of hours' drive south, or a seaplane flight from Sydney, is the gem of Jervis Bay. Home to a colonial port which once rivalled Sydney’s Port Jackson, and the dramatic ruins of a bold, beautiful lighthouse, there is significant cultural heritage to discover.
It is the perfect place to stop for a couple of nights on a coastal journey between Sydney and Melbourne.
Exploring Jervis Bay
Take a walk with an Aboriginal guide through the reserve of Booderee National Park, take a night walk to witness the habitats of nocturnal creatures, or perhaps canoe the creeks or rent a bike and cycle the bush trails. The Botanic Gardens offer further stretches of bushwalking trails and perfect picnic spots to take time out, or you can spend a sunny afternoon at Green Patch Beach, famed for its clear waters and white sands; the glistening waters are home to pods of dolphins.
Make sure you also keep an eye out for clouds of spray and swirls as humpback and southern right whales pass close to the shore between July and October on their annual migration.
Suggested itinerary featuring Jervis Bay
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Jervis Bay, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Jervis Bay
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Places near Jervis Bay
- Kangaroo Valley 30 miles away
- Tilba Tilba 90 miles away
- Sydney 93 miles away
- Bermagui 96 miles away
- The Blue Mountains 100 miles away
- The Sapphire Coast 110 miles away
- Merimbula 130 miles away
- Hunter Valley 168 miles away
- Gipsy Point 172 miles away
- Port Stephens 186 miles away
- Croajingolong National Park 193 miles away
- Metung 248 miles away
- The Gippsland Lakes 268 miles away
Photos of Jervis Bay
Accommodation choices for Jervis Bay
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Jervis Bay. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.