Jervis Bay has become increasingly popular for its natural attractions and coastal landscape. Now classified as a Marine Park, the bay is host to abundant wildlife, including seals, sea eagles, penguins, gannets and resident dolphins.
The star attractions are the humpback whales, their acrobatic antics an awe-inspiring thrill to watch. They make their passage up the east coast to mate in the warm tropical waters of Queensland, and Jervis Bay is a regular haunt on their journey. Whale-watching tours are offered to see these great mammals during June and July and again in the September to November season. The history of the area revolves around the bay and its ship-building activities, the local timber industry supporting the building of sailing vessels and steamers. Jervis Bay Wild can take you right near the path of the whales as they migrate pass the south coast.
The Lady Denman Heritage Complex has a variety of permanent and travelling exhibitions, with the ferry Lady Denman housed in the museum being the showcase and pride of the complex. The museum concentrates on the history of Jervis Bay and district, including early exploration, the timber industry, Aboriginal history, early settlement, lighthouse history, shipwrecks, coastal shipping, whaling history and Naval base history. In addition there is The Jervis Bay Science and the Sea Gallery including the Surveyors Gallery.
The Bidjigal Arts and Crafts shop has Aboriginal creations by Laddie Timbery and his family as well as boomerang throwing demonstrations. Other features include the outdoor fish pond hosting a large variety of ocean fish species, the mangrove boardwalk over the wetland environment and a shed displaying old boat-building methods. Wheelchair access, an excellent outdoor BBQ and grassy play areas with toilet facilities are available.
Produce and craft markets are held each month on location. Open 10am to 4pm, telephone (02) 4441 5675.
With sheltered coves providing safe mooring and great fishing opportunities, the Jervis Bay area is a favourite for avid sailors. All of the townships in the area are positioned on the coast, taking great advantage of the fantastic coastal and basin views and sun, surf and sea atmosphere. There are good holiday services for the holiday maker and lots of accommodation from top-of-range guesthouses and bed and breakfast to motels, tourist parks, holiday cottages and eco-camping.
From Greenfields Beach, follow information signs on the White Sands Walk along the coast to Hyams Beach and return via the Scribbly Gum Track St Georges Basin is a large but shallow lagoon with a tree-covered shoreline. Several villages have developed around the edge of the lake, St Georges Basin township and Sanctuary Point being the largest.
The Bay and Basin district is rich in arts and crafts with many well-known artists making this their home. Art can be found in many of the cafés, restaurants and galleries throughout the area.
The magnificent stretch of coastline between Sydney and Melbourne is one of Australia’s most dramatic and naturally beautiful self-drive experiences. Along its length, the great waters of the Pacific Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait have carved out dramatic headlands and created beautiful coves and beaches. The ancient ranges that follow it inland are covered in vast expanses of national parks and forests protecting pristine lakes and rivers. Nestled amongst these natural wonders are dozens of quaint fishing villages, tiny colonial hamlets and thriving rural towns built by the country’s most adventurous settlers.
The coast provides you with the whole range of sensory experiences. You can surf the big Tasman swells, dive the many wrecks, do some blue water sailing, go whale spotting or share the beach with seals, dolphins and sea birds. Or take time out to enjoy the delights of its famous seafood.
As you move along it, the landscape constantly changes its character and moods – from the placid blues and pastoral greens of the NSW coast, to the brilliant white sands of Jervis Bay, the massive, unspoiled wilderness of the Croajingolong National Park and the awesome breadth of Ninety Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest inland waterway.
The journey climaxes at Wilsons Promontory, the southern most point of mainland Australia, where you can explore small, hidden bays, see wildlife in its natural habitat, and visit the historic lighthouse. Then you gently wind your way to Melbourne via Phillip Island where you can see the famously cute little penguins parading along the beach. On the Mornington Peninsula, indulge yourself in a luxurious country retreat, enjoy innovative regional cuisine and superb local wines and visit grand gardens.
Drive the alternative inland route from Lakes Entrance to Melbourne via Walhalla taking in the beautiful green countryside, magnificent vistas, mountain scenery and historic villages. Walhalla became one of Australia's richest gold towns following the discovery of gold in 1863. Today, strolling past its lovingly restored period buildings provides you with an authentic experience of that golden era. Frozen in time, Walhalla is home to only to 20 people.
Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive and the Sydney to Melbourne Heritage Drive are among Australia's most extraordinary road trips driving between Australia's two major cities, including Canberra and Jervis Bay