In the heart of Jervis Bay, Huskisson is a slice of vibrant (and award-winning) paradise, rich in natural beauty. Surrounded by a marine park teeming with wildlife and unspoilt bushland, go swimming at a white sand beach, freediving with seals or while away an afternoon at a local brewery.
Despite its size, there’s lots to do in this tiny town (and its surrounds) beyond exploring the big blue. In 2023 it won bronze in the Tiny Tourism Town category of the National Top Tourism Town Awards, and gold at NSW’s Top Tourism Town Awards.
For breathtaking views, drive to the heritage-listed ruins of Cape St George Lighthouse, an especially good spot for whale watching during the migration season (June to July and September to November). For laid-back beach days, explore the sights of Booderee National Park (the park is managed, hand-in-hand by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal community and Parks Australia) including the Green Patch, Cave and Murrays beaches, or dip in the Huskisson Sea Pool.
Learn about Huskisson’s maritime heritage and see seafaring artefacts like the Lady Denman timber ferry at Jervis Bay Maritime Museum. Or join Aboriginal guides from Djiriba Waagura to learn about the ancient landscape.
The annual Huskisson Carnival is also well worth a visit. Every year from Boxing Day until the end of January, the carnival brings nostalgic fair food, rides and old-fashioned fun to the village – a sure-fire hit for those visiting with families. The Huskisson Pictures is your answer to the silver screen. This quaint cinema, originally built in 1913 as a community hall, will transport you back in time.
No trip to this charming town is complete without a meal at the Huskisson Hotel. Known to locals as the 'Husky Pub', come for the delicious pub fare including local seafood and stay for the breathtaking views over the bay. Jervis Bay Brewing Co. is home to a relaxed beer garden and a range of award-winning craft brews. Less than a five-minute walk away, is the similarly award-winning Flamin Galah Brewing Co, which has live music on the weekends and a beer garden roofed by blossoming bougainvillea.
For a romantic dinner (or simply a special treat), head to The Gunyah. This treetop dining room at Paperbark Camp is open to both camp and non-camp diners and heroes both local and native ingredients. For something more casual, grab some fresh pasta from the Mediterranean-inspired Pasta Buoy, or order a table full of Asian dishes such as pork belly betel leaf or pumpkin jungle curry at Wildginger.
Come breakfast time, 5 Little Pigs has breakfast sorted, with house-made doughnuts and Aussie brunch classics. The Huskisson Bakery is also a town stalwart (it also has outposts in Nowra and Sanctuary Point), baking bread, pies, cakes and more since 1917.
A stay at the Paperbark Camp is one you’ll remember forever. Nestled into the peaceful bushland, this hub of luxury safari tents is a tranquil escape just a few minutes’ drive from Huskisson. Tents are solar-powered and feature open-air ensuites including a bath, a deck, soft bed linen and bath robes. All bookings include breakfast and lunch at The Gunyah.
The Bay and Bush Cottages offer eight unique, self-catering cottages and glamping tents, ideal for those staying a while. Set on 27 acres of bushland, the secluded cottages are complete with full kitchens, open-plan living space and bathrooms. With bookable spa treatments, an on-site coffee spot and an in-house wellness centre with yoga classes, you’ll barely need a reason to leave.
If being within walking distance to the beach is a holiday imperative, then the Oyster Catcher Huskisson is a no-brainer, just 300m from Moona Moona Beach. This light and airy three-bedroom holiday house features Australian artwork on the walls, a curated welcome hamper, fully functional kitchen with Smeg appliances and a Nespresso machine, and ceiling fans in each of the bedrooms.
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