Where would you think that the whitest sand in the world is located? A Caribbean island possibly, somewhere in the Pacific, or maybe the Maldives? It’s actually located on the NSW South Coast at Hyams Beach,less than three hours south of Sydney. In search of this legendary white sand, we headed down for four days of road tripping, dolphin watching, and beach-hopping around the NSW South Coast, otherwise known as the Shoalhaven. If you’re thinking about heading south for the summer, here’s the very best of what you can expect…
We visited some beautiful beaches as we drove along the coast including Hyams Beach, Huskisson Beach, Currarong Beach, Honeymoon Bay, and Kiama Beach. The south coast boasts beaches with pure white sands and amazing turquoise water that you’ve only seen in generic computer desktop backgrounds. Pack a picnic, haul some canoes down if you can, and spend the day on some of Australia’s best beaches.
The Jervis Bay area is a prime whale and dolphin watching area. There are plenty of charter companies who can give you the best chance of spotting some of these majestic marine animals, but you can also try your luck along the coast line. We were lucky to see a pod of dolphins off Honeymoon Bay, and later spoke to some kayakers who were able to paddle no more than three metres away from them! There are also plenty of opportunities to spot some of Australia’s more iconic fauna, such as this gal and her joey we spotted moseying around on the sand.
Dreamy little towns
Every town we went into had such a coastal charm that we just wanted to stay forever. Huskisson was a standout, the endearing cinema selling $10 tickets to blockbuster movies on a gloomy afternoon proved a highlight. We also spent time perusing the 3 level vintage and craftwork markets, crushing on handmade dresses, seaside trinkets and 80’s style furniture. On the way home, lunchtime in Kiama was delicious seafood chowder in a eclectic and cosy little café that sat right in the middle of the harbour.
Things to know:
- The whole Jervis Bay/Shoalhaven area is about 3 hours south of Sydney. Trains run until Nowra, but many of the places described in this post are only accessible by car.
- Ticks are notorious on the South Coast, keep an eye out for any of these nasty little critters before they get under your skin.
- Part of Jervis Bay is actually ACT land, because of the naval training base located down there. While that’s not for public use, there are others areas such as Beechcroft Weapons Range that are used by both the military and civilians.