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Jervis Bay & Surrounds

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It always gives us a thrill when we see the faces of those new to Jervis Bay when on a perfect sunny morning we emerge from the bush track onto Murray's Beach…. perhaps something between awe and disbelief!

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How come they have never heard of it before? Where is everyone? And how can something so pristine and untouched be found within such a short distance from a city the size of Sydney!?

Of course Australia is full of spectacular natural beauty, and no doubt many people could name their own favourite place that also has that awe-inspiring effect. But there is something very special about Jervis Bay (pronounced Jer-vis in Australia, not Jar-vis as some still like to do!). The amazingly clear water, soft white sand and protected coastal bushland that lines the beaches, and the abundance of native wildlife to be found in its various national parks, both on land and under the sea make it a nature enthusiasts paradise.

The bay itself is 6 times bigger than Sydney Harbour, and its natural environment is protected through the creation of three national parks, the Booderee, Jervis Bay National Park and Jervis Bay Marine Park.

It has great significance to Koori people, Booderee in the local Dhurga language means bay of plenty, and it is easy to see why it was named so with its abundance of flora & fauna. Booderee is owned by the local Wreck Bay Community and is jointly managed with Parks Australia. Together they welcome visitors, passing on their knowledge of the bay and surrounds and ensuring it will be well looked after and enjoyed for many future generations.

In 2010 the Wreck Bay community made Australian history, taking out an international award in the Virgin Responsible Tourism Awards 2010.

For further information on the Booderee go to:
http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/national-parks/booderee-national-pa...

Jervis Bay is serviced by the main towns of Huskisson and Vincentia, as well as the smaller townships of Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay village and Callala. Despite the increasing popularity of the area, these towns retain their sleepy coastal feel, (except perhaps in the peak periods of Christmas and Easter when the population swells), and though the Husky pub has had a makeover in the last few years, and you can now get a good coffee in any number of local cafes, there is still only one supermarket, one petrol station, one chemist and importantly one very special cinema house!

It is understandably hard to drag yourself away from the bay, but for those with a little more time, or when the weather is not so favorable, there are some wonderful towns and experiences to be had in the surrounding areas, including visiting the local Shoalhaven vineyards (www.shoalhavencoastwine) , discovering the picturesque towns of Kangaroo Valley  (

http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/south-coast/jervis-bay-and-shoalhav...

and Berry  (  http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/south-coast/jervis-bay-and-shoalhav... )  or heading a little further south to the pretty town of Milton ( http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/south-coast/jervis-bay-and-shoalhav... ) for a mooch around its antique and collectors shops or perhaps a more vigorous climb up the spectacular Pigeonhouse Mountain.

For those heading south towards Melbourne on the Princes Hwy, it’s worth a little detour off the highway to see the famous beach kangaroos at Pebbly Beach ( http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/south-coast/jervis-bay-and-shoalhav... ).