Jervis Bay

Population 200

Although just a tiny village, Jervis Bay is the largest town in the Jervis Bay Territory. It is home to the HMAS Creswell Navy Base. With the spectacular waters of the Jervis Bay Marine Park just offshore, and the stunning Booderee National Park nearby, Jervis Bay plays host to tourists enjoying the natural beauty of this region.

Visitor Information

Lady Denman Heritage Complex, 11 Dent St, Huskisson; (02) 4441 5999

Nearby national parks

  • Conjola National Park

    Located on the state’s south coast, Conjola National Park embraces a landscape of woodland and heath, creek and river estuaries, the...more

  • Budderoo National Park

    Small but spectacular, Budderoo National Park in the Southern Highlands is notable for its outstanding Minnamurra Rainforest Centre,...more

  • Murramarang National Park

    Murramarang National Park rims the south coast for 44 kilometres and includes Durras Lake and several small offshore islands. The park...more

Nearby towns

  • Huskisson

    Huskisson is a sleepy holiday resort and fishing port on Jervis (pronounced 'Jarvis') Bay. It was named after British politician William...more

  • Nowra

    Nowra is the principal town in the Shoalhaven district and is popular with tourists for its attractive river and water activities. The...more

  • Ulladulla

    This fishing town, built around a safe harbour, is surrounded by beautiful lakes, lagoons and white sandy beaches. It is a popular holiday...more

In Town

Hyams Beach: This famous beach has pristine sand and stunning turquoise water. While the sheltered outlook makes this a great place to swim, the beach is unpatrolled.

Booderee Botanic Gardens: the gardens received heritage status in 1994 and have a large selection of native plants; Caves Beach Road, Jervis Bay; (02) 4443 0977.


Booderee National Park This park used to be known as Jervis Bay National Park and was renamed by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal community. Booderee is home to some spectacular beaches, including Murrays Beach. There's a range of water-based activities available at this national park, including swimming, snorkelling and whale-watching, as well as some spectacular bushwalks.

Lake Denman Heritage Complex: Lady Denman is a wooden Sydney ferry that was built in 1910, retired in 1979, and now is the centrepiece of this heritage complex. There's a maritime museum, as well as an Aboriginal Arts and Craft centre, and it is the home of the regional Visitors Information Centre; 10am–4pm daily; 11 Dent St, Huskisson; (02) 4441 5675.

Jervis Bay Kayak Company: kayak the pristine waters of Jervis Bay Marine Park; closed Tues, open 9.30am–5pm other weekdays, 9.30am–3pm Sat–Sun; 13 Hawke St Huskisson; (02) 4441 7157.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Whale- and dolphin-watching around Huskisson 10 km

Many seaside towns on the South Coast have rightfully decided to champion the passing parade of marine mammals. From May to November there are more two-to-three-hour, whale- and dolphin-watching cruises than you can wave... Find out more

Bushwalking on the South Coast, NSW 49 km

From meanders along isolated beaches and around heath-covered headlands, to long hikes up rugged mountains in Budawang, Morton or Deua national parks, the South Coast provides limitless possibilities for great... Find out more

Campsites around town

Green Patch camping area 2 km

This spacious but discreet beachside camping ground can be accessed off Jervis Bay Rd. There are walk-in and vehicle-based campsites, which are allocated depending on your group size and requirements. The easy Telegraph... Find out more

Bristol Point camping area 2 km

Wizened banksia, towering gums and coastal scrub meet the tranquil beauty of Bristol Beach at this medium-sized campsite off Jervis Bay Rd east of Green Patch. All sites require a short walk from car to tent (up to 50... Find out more

Cave Beach camping area 5 km

It’s a 300 m walk from carpark to tent site at this grassy camping area at the end of Cave Beach Rd off Jervis Bay Rd. It’s a small and secluded spot suitable for the lightweight camper. Tents must be no... Find out more

Danjera Dam camping area 37 km

The dam’s waters cover an old gold-rush town called Yalwal; today, visitors come to the area for aquatic activities such as kayaking, swimming, fishing (the dam is stocked with rainbow trout and bass) and boating.... Find out more

Grassy Gully camping area (bush camping) 41 km

You can reach this campsite via Grassy Gully Rd, which turns off Burrier Rd. It’s basic bush camping here – bring your own everything, including water and a portable toilet. There are no wood BBQs, so also... Find out more

Sassafras camping area (walk-in camping) 41 km

At the central northern boundary of the national park, Sassafras camping area has walk-in access from the end of the Endrick River Fire Trail (off Turpentine Rd). It’s about a 5 km walk. Visitors generally use it... Find out more

Bendeela Recreation Area 47 km

In picturesque Kangaroo Valley, 20 km north of Nowra and 8 km west of Kangaroo Valley village, Bendeela is a hidden gem in a treasure chest of natural beauty. Camp in a secluded, shady grove next to the Kangaroo Riverand... Find out more

Meroo Head camping area 48 km

Follow Meroo Point Rd off the Princes Hwy to reach this camping area. Given the relative newness of the national park, facilities are underdeveloped, but this is part of the park’s charm. You can walk to the beach... Find out more

Yadboro Flat camping area 50 km

Situated on the clear and sparkling Clyde River, which offers swimming and fishing, Yadboro Flat enjoys the beauty of Morton National Park without its fees and regulations. Don’t let your dog wander into the... Find out more

Long Gully camping area 51 km

You can camp with your vehicle at this spot in the park’s south, accessed via Long Gully Rd off Yadboro Forest Rd, or via the Western Distributor. It’s next to Yadboro River at the foot of the mighty... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Huskisson Beach Tourist Resort 9 km

Looking out over Jervis Bay and close to the centre of town, this park has great facilities. Austar TV is cabled to all ensuite sites. It is a very popular place and bookings are generally required, particularly in peak... Find out more

Huskisson White Sands Tourist Park 10 km

This park is just 1 km from the town centre, and well positioned on the beachfront overlooking Jervis Bay; you can often see dolphins playing in the bay. The park has good facilities. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Swan Lake Tourist Village 15 km

This is a popular holiday park located across the road from Swan Lake and just a short distance to the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies over Christmas, Easter and long... Find out more

Currarong Beachside Tourist Park 16 km

This is a large caravan park on the waterfront with clean, modern amenities, a fish-cleaning and boat-washing area, and two boat ramps. It is a popular holiday park for fishing enthusiasts. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Lake Conjola Entrance Tourist Park 25 km

This is a large waterfront park with good facilities. Activities are extensive and kangaroos and other wildlife like to wander around the grounds. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies... Find out more

Crookhaven Heads Tourist Park 25 km

This is a large council holiday park located on the southern headland of the Crookhaven River, north of Culburra. It has ocean views, good facilities and is close to both deepwater and estuarine fishing spots. Bookings... Find out more

Conjola Lakeside Van Park 26 km

This is a quality park on the shores of Lake Conjola with its own nine-hole golf course. It has very good facilities, and there is good access to the lake. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Shoalhaven Caravan Village 30 km

This is a large, owner-operated riverfront park just 1 km east of Nowra and easily reached from the Princes Highway. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Shoalhaven Heads Tourist Park 31 km

Holiday Haven caravan parks are great parks, owned and operated by the Shoalhaven Heads Council. This large, award-winning riverfront park has very good facilities. It is just a short walk through to the beach and a... Find out more

Mountain View Village 31 km

This is a large, quality park with great amenities and very good facilities, including tennis courts, mini golf course and a very popular 500-metre walking track with eight gym stations. Ask about the courtesy bus that... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Bewang park area 16 km

38km N of Ulladulla (L) or 30km S of Nowra (R)

Adjacent to the highway and across the road from the roadhouse.

Burrill Lake park area 38 km

At Burrill Lake

Just off the highway overlooking the lake on the south side of town.


What's on around town

Jervis Bay Triathlon Festival: Feb and Oct.

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