Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay is one of only 6 Marine Parks in NSW and is an area of unique, natural beauty. Only 2.5 hours south of Sydney and 3 hours from Canberra, it spans over 100kms of coastline and adjacent ocean.

It is home to a unique mix of tropical and temperate species including the weedy sea-dragon, eastern blue devil fish, whale, bottlenose dolphin, little penguin, fur seal and the endangered grey nurse shark.

Indigenous people have had strong ties to the Jervis Bay area over thousands of years and there are many sites of cultural significance to them within the Marine Park. The Booderee National Park borders the southern side of the Bay with the indigenous community now fully responsible for maintenance and upkeep following the handback to the traditional owners by the State and Federal governments.

The Park caters for a broad range of recreational and a small, select range of commercial activities such as whale and dolphin watching and diving. Only those operators committed to conserving marine biodiversity, are approved to utilise the Bay.

The Australian Navy lays claim to a part of Jervis Bay with HMAS Creswell situated on the southern side of the Bay since 1911 when it was originally established as a college for the Navy.

Jervis Bay is also famous for it’s white sandy beaches, claimed to be the ‘whitest in the world’ by the Guiness Book of Records!

"I really respect that the whale was more important than us"

Arrived just in time from our overnight stay in Canberra to go on the cruise. We got to see two whales swimming and breaching. Was a spectacular sight. The operators stayed what I though was a decent distance from the whales and when they had gone into the bay and another operator went in further than we did our guy decided that we would move away to give the whales space to get out of the bay. I really respect that the whale was more important that us . Well done