Jervis Bay is a 102-square-kilometre (39 sq mi) oceanic bay and village on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. It is said to possess the whitest sand in the world. I was doing a road trip with my friend Sofia Max (@i_play_sofiamax) in New South Wales (NSW). We had spent 5 days driving through the central and the North coast of NSW stopping over at Blue Mountains, Mudgee, Quirindi and Charlestown. After taking a few days break in Sydney, we headed to the South Coast. The South Coast has many national parks, beaches, lagoons and rainforest, and is popular for outdoor activities, camping and wildlife. From May to November, migrating whales are visible from land, or on boat trips from places such as Eden and Jervis Bay.
My friend had booked a camping site at the Jervis Bay Cabins & Hidden Creek Caravan Park located on 5 beautiful acres of bushland next to the pristine waters of Currambene Creek.
Currambene Creek is more like a river and now forms a part of the Jervis Bay Marine Park. We drove from Sydney via Wollongong and arrived at the camping site at 6 p.m. just before the front office was about to close. If you have time, take the Grand Pacific Drive detour via the Sea Cliff Bridge; it's a great drive.
As soon as we parked our SUV, we saw a mob of kangaroos in the distance. It was my first time seeing the Australian mammal jumping on its hind legs. Even though kangaroos are afraid of humans, it is better for your own safety not to approach them and exercise caution. You can however enjoy them from a distance and take pictures which is exactly what I did!
After checking-in we were able to bring our car right upto our camping site. It was a wonderful bushland setting next to the river. I have to confess that it was my first time camping and I didn't know what to expect. My friend on the other hand is an experienced camper and had brought with her all the camping material and supplies including the tent, sleeping mats, cooking stove and utensils. After setting up the tent, I walked across to the restrooms and was genuinely impressed with the facilities: toilets were clean and modern with hot showers and laundry facilities, all located only a short walk from our bush campsite.
We spent a lovely evening meditating in the quiet listening to the sound of the possums jumping in the river. In the middle of the night I was awakened from my sleep by a kangaroo who had almost accidentally crashed on our tent. As soon as I got up, he hopped away! I am not sure how safe I felt at that moment but it was definitely an experience worth living!
The next morning my friend cooked breakfast for us and I took some pictures of the campsite before we checked out. The same day we were meeting a friend in Vincentia, a small town on the shores of Jervis Bay, about 10 minutes from Chinamans Beach. On our way out, we stopped and took some pictures at the Hyams Beach that claims to have the whitest sand in the world!