Forget about work, life and all things stressful- just load the car, pack the kids, dogs or just yourself and hit the road for one of the most spectacular road trips in Sydney and New South Wales. Follow spectacular coastlines to the Jewel of the South Coast in New South Wales: Jervis Bay.
Explore one of the worlds whitest sand beaches at Hymans Beach...
Just three hours drive from Sydney CBD you will arrive in a world of paradise and all things beautiful! Jervis Bay is home to the world's whitest sands, friendly dolphins, breathtaking views, clearest waters and surrounding bushland that will mesmerise you.
There are many breathtaking views on the way to Jervis Bay...
For me, it is not the destination that makes the whole place, but the journey and this is certainly one journey that makes the destination much more spectacular. Pitt-stops to lookouts and beaches on the way are a must do and it is also the perfect way to stretch those legs, before hitting the road again.
Kiama makes a lovely stop with its marina scenery...
As you travel south on the Princes Highway, be sure to take time to witness the dramatic views of the Great Dividing range to the right and the stunning Pacific Ocean to the left as you pass through lush green fields of dairy cattle, passing through small coastal and quaint villages offering stunning views of ocean beaches.
Lookouts on the way are a "must do" too, with Mt Bulli Lookout and Sublime Lookout both offering spectacular views that overlook the Illawarra escarpment and over the Wollongong coastline with its renowned beaches.
Be sure to stop at the many lookouts on the road trip to Jervis Bay...
Mt Pleasant and Flagstaff Point at Wollongong make another great detour rest stop; both offering breathtaking views and a short walk to the only two lighthouses located within close proximal to each other in Australia. Flagstaff Point in Wollongong is a great way to explore the seaside with a quick food break of fish and chips!
There are many birdwatching opportunities for enthusiasts...
A detour off the Princes Highway leading to the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge is well worth it. Here you can take a rest and walk across the Bridge and be in awe with the most dramatic coastal views of the Pacific Ocean.
A stop at Point Perpendicular, near Currarong is truly magical. Here you will be taken away by the spectacular views, snorkelling and relaxing beaches as well as getting in touch with nature with the short and day-long bushwalks. Be sure to call first as this is a restricted public area and is generally not opened during weekdays or some weekends. Contact the Australian Maritime Safety Authority for all details.
Explore the ruins at Cape St George Historic Lighthouse...
Once you have arrived at Jervis Bay, you will be welcomed to a landscape of beauty, unspoilt coast, bushland that is wild and full of nature as well as plenty of activities for all interests to enjoy, explore and experience.
A dolphin watching cruise is a must do at Jervis Bay, as there is an abundance of these world's most friendliest creatures here! Dolphin Watch Cruises offer cruises to witness these amazing creatures as well as whale watching during the migration season. The cruises depart from Huskisson, Jervis Bay.
Ensure you visit the beaches, especially Hyams Beach, where you will be welcomed to the whitest sands in the world with tranquil calm waters, making it perfect for snorkelling, next door Chinaman's Beach holds the secrets of the ocean with spectacular rock formations and a short bush walk through the rainforest.
Booderoo National Park ($12 two day / per vehicle fee) is a must visit, with endless beaches, camping sites, breathtaking views as well as the haunted lighthouses in Australia- which are packed with cursed history.
So what are you waiting for? Hit the road and enjoy this breathtaking coastal scenic road trip to Jervis Bay!
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