An ex-colleague back in Perth kept telling me about Jervis Bay and it’s crystal clear waters, saying that its beaches were like those in southern Western Australia; all white squeaky sand and clear blue waters. So being the proud West Aussie beach bum that I am, I had to see this for myself. At an easy three hour drive from both Canberra and Sydney, the Jervis Bay area makes for a great weekend (or even week long) getaway from the city, and its popularity with city folk is also reflected in the prices – this was going to be a little hard on our budget. However, visiting the Jervis Bay area in the middle of winter, meant we didn’t have any problems with scoring accommodation, getting a table at the popular cafes or even finding towel space on the beach, as we felt like we were the only people holidaying in the area! The towns are all within an easy drive or long walk between each other, and they were also easy to explore from our base in the Booderee National Park. So if you’re wondering which of the Jervis Bay towns to visit or even stay at, here’s my rundown on Huskisson, Vincentia and Hyams Beach.
Huskisson is the largest town in the area by far, and has a good variety of town facilities including eateries, cafes, pubs, surf and dive centers as well as grocery and clothing stores. Siu On and I could see this place getting very, very busy in the summertime, and it did remind me a lot of some of the coastal towns back home in Western Australia. There were a lot of holiday homes for rent, a hotel and motel, and even a backpackers so you’re accommodation options are well covered in Huskisson. We enjoyed a healthy lunch at the very popular and crowded Supply Jervis Bay (a cafe/supermarket/restaurant) and then just wandered around the town. Unfortunately the water was far too cold for us on this occasion (August) but if it had been warmer we definitely would have hired kayaks or stand up paddle boards to get out on the water. Overall, Huskisson was a nice town, however I didn’t feel there was anything too amazing about it; mind you there was a lot of road works and construction going on in the town and in the harbour, so the summertime would definitely be when the place really comes to life! This would be the best place to base yourself if you want to have lots of options and enjoy a busy and lively beach town atmosphere.
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