Jervis Bay is a perfect weekend trip from Sydney and we’ve visited twice while living in Sydney. Both times it was a bit colder than we would have liked (we went during the shoulder season rather than mid-summer), but even though we didn’t get to do much swimming the scenery was still gorgeous.
We drove the long way down the coast on the way there our first trip, stopping to take in the views at Stanwell Top, driving the Sea Cliff Bridge and eating a picnic dinner at the Kiama lighthouse.
Both times we stayed in Airbnbs in Vicentia, a quiet neighborhood between Huskisson (the main tourist center) and Hyams Beach (the most popular attraction). From Plantation Point in Vicentia you can access the White Sands Walk (which is a coastal track that goes all the way south to Hyams Beach) or the coastal pathway, which is a paved pedestrian path/bikeway that follows the coast north from Plantation Point all the way to Moona Moona Creek. Since the weather was a bit chilly on our trips, we spent most of our time walking/hiking/scootering these two routes and stopping at the beaches along the way to play in the sand.
Hyams Beach is a fun mini excursion as well. It supposedly has the whitest sand in the world and it is definitely pretty white and powdery and squeaks beneath your toes. The beach goes on forever and is great for walking (and is dog friendly in the town area). The actual town of Hyams Beach consists of nothing more than a few homes and the general store, which also has a good breakfast menu.
Had we not had our dog with us, we would have gone out to Booderee National Park to check out some of the hikes and beaches there. We might have also taken one of the many dolphin/whale watching tours that go out from Huskisson, although we weren’t too keen on the thought of Theo being trapped on a boat for a few hours.