It’s a spectacular day when I pull the Subaru Forester into Jervis Bay, 200km south of Sydney. Based at the Huskisson White Sands Tourist Park, the view from the campsite is amazing and it doesn’t take long before I’m itching to get out and explore.
One of the best ways to familiarise yourself with this natural paradise is the White Sands Walk, an easy circuit that takes you through beautiful bushland and along white beaches, leading to Hyams Beach, famous for having the whitest sand in the world. When I arrive, I join happy other holidaymakers enjoying this incredible beach, that certainly lives up to its reputation in my eyes.
Being a protected marine reserve, Jervis Bay is famous for it’s resident dolphin population. With numbers clocking over 100, dolphins here can live up to 50 years of age thanks to the water quality, food sources, and protection that the marine park offers. Heading out with Dolphin Watch Cruises, it’s not long before the local bottlenoses come to say hello.
You don’t have to rely on them surfacing to spot them around here though. They simply swim along under the water beside the boat and thanks to the crystal clear waters, you can watch them the entire time. Today we spot around 15-20 of them, all happily playing and enjoying their beautiful ocean home, and obviously feeling very safe and secure in the presence of our boat. It’s a truly special experience.
Back on land, it’s time to explore the water under my own steam and Mel from Jervis Bay Stand Up Paddleboarding is my master for the day. After a quick tutorial, we head out onto water that looks like glass, to practice this unique sport.
As Mel says, stand up paddleboarding is actually easier than it looks, and before long, we’re both standing up on our long boards, paddling our way around the bay and exploring at our own pace, completely surrounded by pristine nature, with only the sounds of our own voices for company. It’s incredibly relaxing and peaceful and really allows you to take in the beauty of this area and appreciate the lifestyle that the locals enjoy. Back on land, its obvious we were working muscles I wasn’t aware I had, which Mel tells me means I was doing it properly, but whether this is the case or not, it was certainly a fantastic way of capping off my Jervis Bay experience!
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