Booderee National Park is a place of outstanding natural beauty located at Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast.Booderee is an Aboriginal word from the Dhurga language meaning 'bay of plenty' or 'plenty of fish...
The Shoalhaven region has some of Australia’s best surfing spots to suit all styles and abilities. The local surf culture is fun and relaxed. There are plenty of waves to be caught all year round and often a surfer can have the water all to themselves, if they don’t mind sharing with a playful pod of dolphins.
Beaches in Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven
Located just two hours south of Sydney, the Shoalhaven region is made up of an abundance magnificent beaches. Jervis Bay, Mollymook, Nowra, and Ulladulla are amongst the region’s beautiful coastal destinations and are ideal for swimming, stand up paddleboarding, surfing and sunbathing.
The easy-going beach lifestyle of this area is epitomised in Max Dupain’s famous photograph The Sunbaker, taken in 1937 at Culburra Beach. Near Culburra Beach is Jim Wild’s Oyster Service, where oysters are shucked while you wait.
It’s also a region with some epic surf beaches. Warrain Beach at Culburra boasts excellent surf on its northern reefs, while Mollymook Beach has a popular surf break, known as ‘the reef’, towards the middle.
There are beaches with waves to suit all surfing abilities. Cave Beach in Booderee National Park, South Narrawallee and Mollymook are great for beginners. Pebbly Beach, in Murramarang National Park, is good for beginners while also offering a more advanced wave.
Green Island is an advanced surf spot which can be accessed from Conjola main beach or south of Manyana at Cunjurong Point. Bawley Point, a small town at the South of the region, has a number of great beaches, and with the right wind they can whip up a fast and powerful barrel up to four metres.
The region also has some great surf schools for beginners. Run by one of Australia’s first professional female surfer and winner of the 1990 Surfing World Title, Pam Burridge Surf School in Mollymook is a great place to start. It has lessons for all ages and levels and hosts women’s surf retreats.
Jervis Bay beaches are also famed for their incredible white sand and crystal clear water, where dolphins can often be spotted swimming in the shallows. See the natural beauty of the area on foot as you follow the White Sands Walk past secluded bays and the pristine sands of Greenfield Beach, Chinamans Beach and Seamans Beach.
During whale watching season from May through November, Jervis Bay is a great place to hop on a tour and spot humpback, southern right, minke and pilot whales as they make their migratory journey south for the summer. Make your way to Huskisson to discover a great range of scenic cruises and whale watching tours departing from the clear waters surrounding the town.
The beaches within Booderee National Park are especially tranquil and offer the chance to sit or stroll. Snorkelling is also great fun; hire some dive or snorkel gear and head to Blenheim Beach or Murrays Beach and explore the rich marine life in the area. There's also an abundance of stand up paddleboard hire services that are available around the South Coast. Kitesurfing is another popular surf sport; Moona Moona Creek near Huskisson and Seven Mile Beach near Gerroa are both ideal spots for a session.
The small nearby town of Huskisson has a string of excellent cafes and restaurants where you can stop for a break. 5 Little Pigs is popular for delicious burgers and breakfasts. Pilgrim’s serves delicious vegetarian and Mexican food, and Supply Jervis Bay is a deli and fresh produce market as well as a cafe. Wild Ginger serves fresh local seafood cooked as appetizing Thai and Southeast Asian dishes.