Bushwalking in Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven
Want to see kangaroos in the wild? Keen to spot dolphins and whales? Visit pretty waterfalls in escarpment rainforest? Discover prehistoric marine fossils? Then bushwalking in Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven offers these incredible experiences and more, including the famous White Sands Walk.
The walking trails are in wonderfully diverse environments, from littoral and escarpment rainforest to rugged coastal headlands, rock platforms and riverside hinterland forests. The Murramarang Aboriginal Area walking track loops 2.2km past ancient middens and other significant cultural sites.
Other popular bushwalks include:
- Bens Walk along the Shoalhaven River, near Nowra
- Mount Bushwalker trail, in Morton National Park
- Three Views walking track, near Kangaroo Valley
- Kangaroo River walking track, near Kangaroo Valley
- Green Patch walking track, in Jervis Bay
- George Boyd Rainforest walking track, near Lake Conjola
- Pigeon House Mountain Didthul walking track, near Milton
- Meroo Head lookout walking track, near Bawley Point
There are more nature walks near Bawley Point in the northern section of Murramarang National Park, where you can take a selfie with Pebbly Beach’s friendly resident kangaroos. Pretty Beach lives up to its name and for more mesmerising views you can amble from Pretty Beach to Snapper Point.
For more adventure, follow the tracks from Abrahams Bosom Beach in Currarong to the sheer cliffs on the Beecroff Peninsula. This is a spectacular location for whale watching. You can spot dolphins frolicking in Jervis Bay Marine Park all year and humpback whales between May and November.
On the southern shore of the crystal blue waters is. You can join Aboriginal rangers in the park to explore traditional bush tucker and medicinal plants. You’ll also find several lovely self-guided bushwalking trails, and there are campgrounds near the white sandy beaches.
To discover marine fossils 270 million years old, take the Gondwana Coast Fossil Walk. The guided walk is on the rock platforms in seaside Ulladulla, which is 50 minutes’ drive south from Booderee National Park. A scenic drive west of Ulladulla is Pigeon House Mountain, which you can climb.
Another great location for breathtaking views of the coast and beyond is Jerrawangala lookout, in the Jerrawangala National Park near Nowra. The unmarked trails winding through the park suit experienced hikers. Before your adventure, please read these bushwalking safety tips carefully.