Back when I was still in Belgium and only dreaming of far-away countries such as Australia, my friend, Tinne, was already wandering this magnificent world. Well to be honest, we weren’t friends yet, but that was about to change. While being ‘at work’, my eye often wandered to her travel blog (which is amazing) and this post about Jervis Bay caught my attention. I always thought I had to visit this beach and now, two years later, I finally had my chance.
Jervis Bay National Park is conveniently located close to Sydney and is so far one of my favorite beaches on the South Coast. We didn’t have the best weather on the day itself and didn’t even go in the water, but I’m still happy I took the time for this detour. You will pay a small fee per car, as in most national parks, but it will still be cheaper than spending your weekend in the city. The national park has several beaches that are worthwhile and trails that will keep you busy all weekend. We, however, were driving through and only spent an afternoon wandering around. Green Patches was our lunch spot for the day. This beach is known for its winged terrorists who will try to steal your food from every angle possible. To great joy of most tourists and myself, of course. We tried to evade the birds thieving attempts as feeding wildlife is not something you would like to do. Although we did fail once or twice and kind of checked how far they wanted to go to get a potato chip (mihihi). I, of course, spent most of my time taking photos of these great little creatures, that had never been this close to me, and their antics. Although it is very tempting to stay with these scoundrels (they will forget about you in a second when you run out of food), make sure to visit the beach as well. The beach at Green Patches is definitely great fun and very family and backpacker friendly with a campsite and showers right next to it.
The beach most people visit Jervis Bay National Park for (and also the one on Tinne’s photos) is Murrays Beach. Perfect white sand and a beautiful bay that isn’t too crowded. See, Jervis Bay is not on most people’s to-do list which means that you won’t get run over by other people. We were almost the only people on the beach which made it the perfect pit-stop in a long roadtrip.
PS. If you are reading this blog post today, on the 3rd of February, make sure to tune into Radio 2 at 10.15h for my interview with De Madammen on the ins- and outs of solo travel (only in Dutch).