With a plethora of diverse locations for your next vacation, it’s no wonder that Australia is the first choice for travelers from around the world. However, being as big as it is, this marvelous country can sometimes make it hard to choose only one place. In case you’re asking yourself where precisely to spend your vacation in Australia, you should definitely consider Jervis Bay. Why? Aside from some of the most wonderful beaches in all of Australia and being merely a three-hour drive away from Sydney, there is an entire list of interesting things to do in Jervis Bay. Here are some of them.
A Close Encounter with Dolphins
Yes, these beautiful creatures have found their home in the waters of Jervis Bay and seeing them is as simple as going on a specialized dolphin cruise. These cruises will take about 90 minutes of your time, which means that you still get to do plenty of other stuff afterwards. If you go on the cruise, you’ll get to see some of the 60 dolphins that live in the area, as they playfully swim around. If that’s not enough for you, and you’d like to take it a step further, you can opt for a boom-netting cruise. This is a one-of-a-kind experience that will put you in the close proximity of the dolphins, and some of them may even join you as you’re in the water, in a net that’s safely attached to a boat. This is something anybody can do, whether on their own, with friends, or as a family activity.
Spend Your Day on the Beach
If you’re in Jervis Bay, it would be a crying shame not to spend some time on one of the stunning beaches there. There are plenty to choose from, depending on what you want to do there. Namely, some of the beaches are sandy and with crystal clear water, such as Murray’s Beach or Hyams Beach, which makes them ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Other beaches, like Cave Beach, are well-known surfing and snorkeling beaches. On the other hand, there are such beaches as Steamers Beach, which are only a feast for the eyes, since you’d risk running into one of the many sharks that swim the waters there. These beaches are merely the top of the iceberg and you may need some time to visit several of them. Fortunately, it’s easy to find comfortable and pet-friendly Jervis Bay accommodation, so that you can stay for a while and give yourself the chance to truly enjoy all that this scenic bay offers. Those who want to stay close to the water can even find a waterfront property for themselves or even a group for people, to get the most out of their stay.
See the Whales
If you’re enthusiastic about marine wildlife and have always wanted to go whale watching, you’ll be thrilled to know that this is one of the most popular Jervis Bay attractions. There are organized whale-watching cruises that let you witness the migration of these magnificent animals, which is why this cruise is something you should plan between the months of May and November. Not only will you get to observe the whales, but the cruise also allows you to see the astonishing cliffs, extraordinary caves and many other natural features that make Jervis Bay appealing and fascinating at the same time.
Wander Around the Botanic Garden
As pleasurable as being in and around water can be, sometimes you just want a few hours of peace and quiet, to soak in the tranquility and revel in the colors of nature as you walk straight through it. All of this and more can be found in the Booderee National Park Botanic Gardens. In fact, this is an amazing chance for you to learn more about medicinal plants and their use, but also the delicate manners in which nature lets us know the seasons are changing and when different foods are ready to be picked, cut or harvested. These picturesque botanic gardens feature many cultivated plants, but their focus is mostly on the native flora and natural vegetation of the area. The loop path around the park is over 3.5 kilometers long and it’s likely to calm you down and fill you with a special kind of positive energy.
To the Lighthouse
With their lights shining across water, to provide sailors with the guidance they need, lighthouses have always been perceived as symbols of hope, security and, to those in dire need, life. However, this is just one of the reasons to take a hike towards the Point Perpendicular Lighthouse. While the lighthouse itself is adorable and looks pretty powerful, the view from the grounds surrounding it is what will leave you absolutely breathless. You’ll feel as if you’ve reached the top of the world and you’re looking down on the mighty waters below. And if you’re truly lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the migrating whales, sea eagles or even seals that occupy the nearby area. The sight will leave you in awe, while the memories and photos you take with you from the lighthouse will give you something to look back on when you get back home.
If you’re looking for a dreamlike place to get some much-needed rest and have as many new travel experiences as possible, Jervis Bay is the place to go. Whether you’re looking for some relaxation or are into active vacations, you’ll surely have the time of your life in this astounding place.