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Jervis Bay: The Beach Destination I love

[ 1 ] June 29, 2011 |

As a child the most exciting family holidays were going to the beach. Living inland meant going to the beach was a novelty and an adventure. As a child any trip, any holiday, any travel was simply amazing, spectacular, fun, memorable, everything was an adventure. My favourite childhood beach holidays were always to Jervis bay I have so many cherished memories from imagining I was a mermaid while snorkeling for the very first time to running around the bush at the campsite with my brother imagining we were soldiers. It is these fond memories that made me love Jervis Bay so much.

As a child life is so simple, so straightforward. I didn’t understand the tourist gimmicks that put me off today.  I couldn’t help but wonder if my return to Jervis Bay as an adult would be as amazing as I remembered it. Would I be  bitterly disappointed when I got there?…Continue Reading on page 9 of the Magazine.

 

In Jervis Bay secluded beaches and coves and just a few curious steps away!

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The Things I Love That You Should Do!

 

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Take to the Sea and Spy a Dolphin

There are lots of great things to do on shore in Jervis Bay but there are are also a lot of things you can do in the water, the obvious being snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing. But there is one other thing that Jervis Bay is famous for, sea animals of the mammal variety, dolphins and whales.  During the whale migration season of June to November people flock to Jervis Bay to see the Humpback Whales who set up temporary residence right in the bay.  But all year round no matter the season there is a friendly pod of Dolphins that will have you piling onto the cruise boat to chase them around the bay.

 

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Drive Around!

Jervis Bay is not exactly a travel friendly destination, all the great spots are quite far apart and public transport is, well pretty much non-existent.  So what should you do? Hire a car or even better hire a campervan!  Not only is it convenient to get around the area but it also doubles as accommodation.  Oh and did I mention the drive to Jervis Bay is awesome! If you have already planned your trip to Canberra with Expedia for a few nights, take the time to visit Jervis Bay for the day.

Backpacker Campervan

Just one of the many campervans you will spy around Jervis Bay!

 

 

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Stay in a Caravan Park

If you decided to hire a campervan but feel the need to take daily showers then book a site at one of the many caravan parks. If you don’t fancy sleeping in a camper van then hire out one of the many different cabin options or a camp site.  One of the things I love about staying in caravan parks is the sense of community.  Many people who stay there are regulars and can tell you secrets about the area that you otherwise might not have discovered.  Also most caravan parks have swimming pools and really, who doesn’t like swimming pools!

Caravan Park Jervis Bay

The pool and the BBQ area, always the center of the caravan park community!

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Head to the National Park and Chat to the Rangers

If you’re a wilderness lover then you’ll love Booderee National Park.  This National Park has an extremely diverse landscape for the small area which makes for very interesting bush walking.  While your there chat with one of the many park Ranger’s, you will discover some interesting stories about Jervis Bay’s aboriginal and colonial history as well as some very interesting information about some of the more interesting animals that call the park home.  And while you chatting make sure to ask about the haunting story and the dreaded fate of the people who lived in the lighthouse below, what caused it to be decommissioned and dismantled…?

Jervis Bay Lighthouse

Find out the haunting story behind why this lighthouse was decommissioned...

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Have ‘Fish & Chips’ for Dinner!

Fish and Chips is classic Aussie beach food, Aussies can’t get enough of it an neither should you! Go to one of the many local takeaway’s in Huskisson town and get your self some fish and chips, sit up on the hill in the park next to the pub over looking the bay and enjoy your greasy feast while admiring the view! (I don’t recommend doing this everynight, you’ll make yourself sick!)

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Beaches (need I say more)

Jervis Bay has some of the most stunning, untouched, pristine beaches in Australia and let me tell you I’ve seen a lot of Aussie beaches in my time! I could rave on about the best beaches, the beach with the whitest sands in the world but I won’t, I’ll let you read all about that in the magazine!

Now if all that doesn’t make you want to go to Jervis Bay I don’t know what will!

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Where is it?

Jervis Bay is located 2.5 hours south of Sydney in the Illawarra region of NSW, Australia. If you’re in Sydney it’s well worth the few hours drive, the country is spectacular, there are some great stops on the way including Fitzroy falls and a bakery boasting the best pies in Australia (though I haven’t tried them all so don’t quote me on that!).

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About onurwaytravel: Colin has been travelling the world with his young family for the past 2 and half years. He runs a couple of websites all revolve around travel, family travel and digital nomadism. His websites include http://ourtravellifestyle.com, http://vagabondfamily.org, http://nunomad.com and now http://on-our-way-travel.com. View author profile.

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  1. Chris says:

    It’s so ‘Aussie’ to have a childhood beach spot in your memory. For my family it was originally Ocean Shores (near Byron Bay) and later it was Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.

    I’ve never made it to Jervis Bay (but now I want to) – reading the blog and your tips reminded me of the same kind of things I’d write about for one of my childhood beach haunts.

    And now I wish I wasn’t stuck at work on this bright sunny day…
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Friday’s Recommended Reads – August 5th =-.

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