Much as I love Bondi – and love it I do with every inch of my being – like all cities, sometimes, one needs a weekend away to relax and recharge. And thus it was that I went on a mini staycation with my friends Lindsey and Joe for a bit of R&R. We toyed with both Byron Bay and Noosa – but given that I’m going to Byron Bay later this month for its annual Bluesfest, and taking into consideration our fairly tight time limit, we decided that Jervis Bay – given its somewhat closer proximity to Sydney – would be our best bet.
The easiest way to get there is to drive, but not wanting to cause undue alarm to other drivers in NSW, myself and Lindsey got the train – meeting Joe, who was driving from Canberra – at our rented beach. A fairly easy – if long – journey, we took the train to Kiama and then on to Bomaderry, before boarding a bus to where we were staying by Huskisson Beach. The beauty of Jervis Bay – and certainly the main draw for us – is the almost total lack of anything to do there, not to mention the almost deserted beaches. Short of the hotel overlooking the bay there’s little by way of nightlife or eaterie options, which certainly made a change from Bondi with its bountiful brunch spots and health-stores galore on offer.
We took full advantage of the near deserted beaches – going for sunrise beach walks and early morning swims; before exploring the nearby national park and spending a lazy few hours on Hyam Beach. A seaside village with a population of 290 on the shores of Jervis Bay, its renowned for having the ‘whitest sand in the world’ and with just a handful of other people enjoying the afternoon sun it certainly felt like a world away from the Eastern Suburbs beaches I’ve become so accustomed to.
The two days passed away in a flash, and my only regret was that we didn’t have longer. With its stretches of sand and silent sunrises, Jervis Bay is the perfect place to go to recharge and refresh and enjoy nature at its best.