3 September 2018
From forest-backed coves to the stunning white sands of Jervis Bay, the Shoalhaven area is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in NSW. Visit the Shoalhaven and discover deserted stretches of sand, amazing coral reefs, and dolphins playing just offshore.
Secluded deep within Murramarang National Park, Pebbly Beach is best known for its friendly population of local kangaroos. After turning off the Princess Highway, Pebbly Beach can be found at the end of a 10-kilometre drive through the bush. Not only is this one of the only car-accessible beaches in Murramarang National Park, but it also offers a unique opportunity to watch wild kangaroos grazing in the grass, lounging on the beach, or even splashing through the water as the weather warms up. Make a stop at Pebbly Beach on your way along the coast, or stay at nearby Pebbly Beach Campground to soak up the incredible wildlife and tranquility of this area.
Callala Beach, which fronts a small town of the same name, is the longest beach in Jervis Bay. Despite this, Callala Beach is both quiet and clean, with calm water that is perfect for less confident swimmers. The beach is also backed by a grassy reserve dotted with electric barbecues and picnic tables, while the town of Callala Beach also houses a number of restaurants and accommodation options. Enjoy lunch, lawn bowls or a round of golf at nearby Club Callala, or learn to sail with the friendly folks at Jervis Bay Sailing Club. Visitors can also travel to Huskisson by boarding a ferry at Myola, at the southern end of Callala Beach.
This quiet beach is perched on the southern edge of Jervis Bay, just bordering the Tasman Sea. Nestled within Booderee National Park, Murrays Beach is a fantastic place to immerse yourself in nature. Here, you’ll see unspoilt bushland running to meet the white sand and clear waters of Jervis Bay. Sheltered from southerly winds, the calm waters of Murrays Beach make it a wonderful area for swimming, kayaking, snorkelling, and stand-up paddleboarding. Stop and admire the rugged backdrop of Bowen Island, which sits just offshore, or follow one of the many bushwalks which start just next to the beach.
Moona Moona Creek is connected to the eastern shore of Jervis Bay, near Huskisson. With its expanses of flat sand and calm, shallow water, the mouth of the creek is a favourite destination among families and those with young children. Visit at high tide to swim and paddle in the warm water, or bring a bucket to go digging and building sandcastles at low tide. You can also cast a fishing line and watch the world go by, or enjoy the steady stream of locals jumping off the small bridge nearby. With public toilets, a playground, BBQ facilities and an undercover seating area all just a stroll away, Moona Moona Creek promises a great day out for the whole family.
Often overlooked by tourists to Jervis Bay, you’ll find Blenheim Beach nestled between two sandstone headlands in the southeast corner of Vincentia. The beach is easily accessible from the White Sands Walk; simply follow the sloping bushland down to arrive at the pristine sands of Blenheim Beach. With its crystal-clear water and abundance of marine life, Blenheim Beach offers perhaps the best snorkelling in Jervis Bay. The long seagrasses growing just offshore also attract a fascinating variety of fish species. Perched just above the sand, Blenheim Beach Reserve features a small playground, bathrooms, BBQ and picnic facilities, as well as spectacular views of Jervis Bay, Point Perpendicular and Bowen Island.
Greenfield Beach is a quiet, sandy cove located just 10 minutes’ walk from Blenheim Beach. This beach features squeaky white sand which is surrounded by the trees, birds and rock formations of Jervis Bay National Park. Protected from strong north-easterly winds, Greenfield Beach offers gentle waves that are ideal for bodysurfing and swimming. The nearby picnic area also includes barbecue facilities, drinking water, toilets, cold showers, sheltered eating areas, and information panels detailing the history of the region. Scramble over the sandy rocks, bring your binoculars and spot some native birds, or follow the bushwalking tracks to Vincentia or Huskisson to enjoy magnificent views of Jervis Bay.
Barely 100 metres wide, Honeymoon Bay is a crescent-shaped inlet tucked into the eastern shore of Jervis Bay. This rocky bay is almost closed off from Jervis Bay but for a narrow, 20-metre opening. Find a spot in the shade and relax by the glassy, green water of Honeymoon Bay. Embellished with kelpy shallows, rocky ledges and drop-offs, Honeymoon Bay offers incredible snorkelling opportunities; bring your snorkel at mid-high tide to discover garfish, old wives, yellowtails and more darting between the colourful soft corals. Honeymoon Bay is also a popular weekend camping destination, with camping sites allocated through a ballot system during the summer holiday period.
Located about halfway between St Georges Basin and Ulladulla, Bendalong Beach stretches for 1.6 kilometres from Red Head to Inyadda Point. Bendalong Beach receives waves around 1-2 metres in height, usually with a single bar cut by several rips, making it a popular beach among both local and visiting surfers. To the north, the rocks around Red Head and Bendalong Point offer some good rock fishing opportunities, and boat ramps can also be found near Washerwomans Beach for those interested in ocean fishing. With its great surf, friendly atmosphere and scenic surrounds, Bendalong Beach is well worth a visit.