I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the Fishing Monthly Group and Australian Fishing Network.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published November 4th 2014
A short time ago Leanne and I needed a bit of time out from our busy schedule so we decided to spend a couple of nights away during the week. Having lived on the south coast of NSW (Gerroa) for around twenty years we thought that we would go to a place we had both never stayed at.
The criteria we needed to stick to was to be able to go to chill out and relax, not have to cook any meals, go walk along a beach and have a swim and possibly go for a fish. We also didn't want to have to drive more than three hours away from Sydney. The great thing about having access to a computer and the internet is that you can carry out your research before you go. So it wasn't long before we decided the place would be Hyams Beach of the near south coast of NSW.
This small hamlet is located on the southern shores of Jervis Bay and is surrounded by beautiful natural attractions that include the Jervis Bay Marine Park, Booderee National Park with cliff top walking trails and native forests. It's also wedged in between some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in Australia such as Murrays Beach and Greenpatch.
You will find small beaches like this one everywhere in Jervis Bay
Hyams Beach is a place where you can go to and do completely nothing and just relax on the beach reading a book or just watching the world go by, or it's a place where you can do something every minute of the day. Diving and snorkelling are very popular with Jervis Bay dive sites, widely regarded as being second only to the Great Barrier Reef. Fishing, surfing, sailing, windsurfing and sea kayaking are also popular in this idyllic marine park. Whale and dolphin-watch cruises are available from nearby Huskisson while a large choice of bushwalks can be found in and around Booderee National Park. The White Sands Walk along the shores of Jervis Bay is an enjoyable way to combine regular swims and panoramic views of the bay.
While down at Hyams Beach we stayed at the Hyams Beach Seaside Cottages where it is an adult only accomodation that are refurbished one bedroom fisherman's cabins. Originally built in the 1920s they still bear the charm and character with a number of modern touches.
The Cottages are exclusively for a maximum 2 Adults only and their rates are for minimum two night stay. For further information you can go to their web listed above or ring them on Ph: 61 2 4441 7838 M: 0412 029 096
Not only do Leanne and I love cooking we both love to sometimes eat out when we go away. Depending on your taste in food there are plenty of places to dine out that are within an easy drive from Hyams beach. The first night had us at Wild Ginger working our way through a banquet for two and on the second night we couldn't resist the food at the Hawng Khrua Thai Restaurant in Owens Street Huskisson (02) 4441 8808.
Even though we could have taken our breakfast food and either cooked up bacon and eggs on the bbq or sat on the veranda eating our cereal while looking out for dolphins or whales we couldn't resist going to the local Hyams Beach Store and Cafe and having the poached and scrambled free ranged eggs on sourdough with oven roasted tomato, sautéed mushrooms, spinach, local thick cut smoked bacon and their tomato chili jam.
On one of our early morning walks before breakfast we spotted a pod of dolphins crusing the shoreline
One other place that I will always visit when down this way is the Lady Denman Museum at Huskisson. Now even though this is a great place to go and there are plenty of things to do I can't get enough at looking at the fish that are in the pond that is adjacent to the museum. If you have never been there you won't get over the size of the bream, luderick, salmon, tailor, snapper, flounder and flathead that have been put there by local anglers. Just remember there is NO fishing allowed here. You can only feed them.
The Lady Denham Museum is worth a visit when you are next down south