Dip your toes into the squeaky, brilliant white sand of Hyams Beach, renowned as having the whitest sand in the world – according to the Guinness Book of Records.
Set in the pristine sheltered waters of Jervis Bay – the second most popular dive spot in Australia after the Great Barrier Reef – popular Hyams Beach offers an excellent all-round honeymoon destination.
Benefits include safe swimming, a variety of water- and land-based activities and great natural attractions close by.
Relax on this gorgeous 2km-long crescent of white sand, snorkel the rocky platform at the northern end of the beach and swim, sail or jet ski in the sparkling clean waters of Jervis Bay.
Explore by foot or kayak several neighbouring beaches nestled in a series of coves, separated by rocky outcrops and fringed with blackbutt, tea tree and mahogany forests.
Follow bushwalks through the heaths, wetlands, cliffs and forests of nearby Booderee National Park, located south of the beach on the southern end of the bay.
Spot kangaroos hopping along the beach in the morning, cruise the bay on the lookout for bottlenose dolphins and watch the resident colony of penguins on Bowen Island.
Or scuba dive among marine life including gropers, wrass, sharks, cuttlefish and sea dragons in an underwater wonderland of arches, caves and rock stacks.
Jervis Bay is home to two magnificent coastal parks – Booderee National Park and Jervis Bay National Park – that together offer a rich array of flora and fauna, including 206 species of birds, 27 species of mammals and 180 different species of fish.
With its rugged wave-lashed cliffs, dazzling white-sand beaches and wide range of activities including hiking, surfing, fishing, sailing, snorkelling and diving, Booderee (above photo) offers a magnificent 6000ha natural environment to enjoy.
Booderee – an Aboriginal word from the Dhurga language meaning ‘bay of plenty’ or ‘plenty of fish’ – is one of only three national parks in Australia owned by Aboriginal people – the others are Uluru and Kakadu in the Northern Territory.
Follow a network of well-signposted trails through a variety of diverse wildlife habitats including coastal cliffs and heaths, dazzling white-sand beaches, rock platforms, mangroves, swamps, lakes and forests.
See wallabies or grey kangaroos grazing alongside trails and look out for honeyeaters, rainbow lorikeets, crimson rosellas, eastern bristlebirds and white-bellied sea eagles soaring overhead.
Try the Telegraph Creek Nature Trail, a circular 2.4km walk that takes you through magnificent scenery, or head to Steamers Beach, a beautiful and isolated beach fringed by high cliffs and backed by steep sand dunes.
Snorkel and dive off rock platforms at Scottish Rocks and Murrays Beach, go swimming in calm and clear water at Green Patch and Murrays Beach and enjoy the surf breaks at Cave, Bherwerre and Steamers beaches.
Spot humpback and southern right whales from early June to the first week in July from the historic Cape St George Lighthouse at the end of Stoney Creek Road.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of this great national park from one of the many designated picnic areas located throughout the park and botanic gardens.
Explore a choice of bushwalking trails that wind through the forests, beaches and wetlands of this 4211ha coastal park that is rich in Aboriginal heritage.
Stroll the White Sands Walk from Greenfield Beach along the coast to Hyams Beach and return by the Scribbly Gum track.
Along the way, go swimming, snorkelling and bird watching and simply enjoy the tranquillity of this peaceful area. NSW Jervis Bay National Park sits adjacent to Booderee National Park.
Unfortunately, Hyams Beach doesn't offer any hotels; instead, check out well-appointed holiday rentals and the highly-recommended Hyams Beach Bed & Breakfast.
The nearby town of Huskisson in Jervis Bay offers several holiday accommodation options plus a range of shops, bars and restaurants.
Anytime: Hyams Beach is a year-round holiday destination.
For hot-weather activities the best time to visit Hyams Beach is from mid-January to mid-February. However, anytime from mid-December to late-March is good for general outdoor activities.
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Note: This is one beach on which you definitely need to wear sunblock; even on cloudy days the reflection off the brilliant white sand can cause sunburn in just minutes.
Hyams Beach is a seaside village that sits on the shores of Jervis Bay in New South Wales (NSW), Australia.
The village is bordered by Chinaman's Beach to the north and Seaman's Beach (or Sailors Beach) to the south, with Hyams Beach sitting in the centre.
The beaches face east, out across Jervis Bay and Point Perpendicular to the Pacific Ocean.
Hyams Beach village is located about 180km (112mi) south of Sydney – a 3-hour drive from Sydney and can be accessed via Princes Motorway from the Sydney CBD or Hume Motorway from Greater Western Sydney.
The most convenient route to Hyams Beach, from overseas or interstate, is by air to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD), known locally as Mascot Airport, Kingsford Smith Airport or Sydney Airport, located about 14km (8mi) south of Sydney city centre.
Hyams Beach village is bordered by Jervis Bay National Park to the north and Booderee National Park and Botanic Gardens to the south, which gives Hyams Beach a 'natural bush' feel with an abundance of native plants, animals and birdlife. Other nearby attractions include Jervis Bay Marine Park.
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Latest update: Hyams Beach & Jervis Bay: 24 May, 2022