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Friday, September 20, 2013

The natural beauty of the Jervis Bay region.


Here you will find photographs of the Jervis Bay and surrounding region. It’s natural beauty is world renowned and enjoyed by everyone that is fortunate enough to visit the region.
Maps and descriptions of the area are available for free from the
Information Centre located inside the Lady Denman.
Wikipedia Information  about Jervis Bay
Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community.
This area will be added to as we develop the blog
contributions are welcome.


The natural beauty of the Jervis Bay region and it's surrounds can be astonishing, here are two pictures that look at the same area from opposite directions.
The distant southern headland in the beach scene is where the first photo was taken from.
Located in Booderie National Park Jervis Bay.
Steamer Beach


This is an area inside the northern headland of Jervis Bay known as the Docks, it has two arches that lead into a high cave where the roof has collapsed and allowing the sun to enter making it into a beautiful natural cathedral, the coloured sponges and rocks inside the cave are beautifully highlighted by the natural light streaming into the cave.
The Docks Dive information.
Underwater photographs of the Docks


The rugged and what must have seemed to the first sailors, daunting cliffs that guard the north and south entrance to Jervis Bay.
Taken from a position just north of the historic Cape St George Lighthouse.


The ruins of the historic Cape St George Lighthouse sit atop rugged and eroded cliffs
the view from here looking north is spectacular and well worth the small effort.
This location is a popular whale spotting location and from May through to October many whales will be seen travelling along the coast.


The spectacular 300ft high cliffs that guard the northern side of Jervis Bay.
To see these cliffs lit by the last rays of the setting sun against a dark foreboding sky is a grand experience.


The southern side of Jervis bay is flanked by Booderie National Park
this is a panorama of Caves Beach looking South taken after a bushfire had cleared away a lot of the undergrowth opening up a few photographic opportunities that aren’t
usually available .


The water is crystal clear and after rain small waterfalls cascade from the cliffs
into the sea for days.


Jump in one of the Fast Jervis Bay tour boats and take a trip north of the bay, where you will come across the amazing sight of Drum and Drumsticks.
This beautiful part of the coast is only accessible by water or intrepid bushwalkers.
Many years ago the navy used these pinnacles for bombing practice fortunately that was stopped before they disappeared forever.
They are now home to a colony of fur seals, one of only a few colony's recorded that have started recently.
On the northern side are the remains of the historic shipwreck the T.S.S Wandra
Swamped by heavy seas on a voyage from Moruya to Sydney on 15 December 1915
One of many shipwrecks in the region


All along the sentinel cliffs north and south of the bay you will see spectacular sea caves eroded by wind and water.


One of the iconic symbols of the region has to be the Sea Eagle.
Can be seen most days effortlessly drifting across the local beaches and headlands.


Jump on a paddle board to explore the river at Huskisson and you might have company.
The local dolphin population regularly enter the river and are often seen right at the base of the local wharf.


Take a trip into the Booderie National Park and explore the remains of the
Cape St George Lighthouse.
The panorama from the lookout platform and cliff is breathtaking.
Marvel at the fine hand crafted stone masonry done so many years ago on site with local stone.


Get up early for an early morning stroll along one of the many beautiful beaches that rim the bay.
Watch the drama as the sun rises above the distant headlands that surround and protect the bay.


Take your lucky pooch on one of the pet friendly beaches.


300ft high Point Perpendicular rises above the sea, take one of the bay tours and have a close encounter with this amazing part of the Jervis Bay environment.


While strolling along the beach you may have a close encounter with some of our local celebrities


Early mornings are the time you will hear another iconic character of the Australian Landscape.
Their laughing call is unique and always bring a smile to everyone that hears their friendly happy call, some are so friendly they have been known to pinch a sausage off your B,B,Q.

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The bird watchers won’t be disappointed, the area is famous for it’s variety of birdlife
from the common gull trying to pinch your chips to the exotic sound mimicker the Lyrebird


Another sometimes over friendly local, but who can complain when you look this cute.


The area is famous for it’s rock fishing platforms, Marlin,Tuna, Kingfish and more can be caught off some of the recognized platforms.
Rock fishing is regarded as one of the most dangerous sports in the world and a word of caution, there have been tragedies in this region, so all care must be taken and only fish off approved platforms.
A visit to the local Marine Parks Authority  located in Huskisson to get your fishing license and zone maps is advised.


Currumbeen Creek winds it’s way from Huskisson right back to the Princess Highway.
It has many environmental zones and all manner of wildlife can be seen along it’s banks, The vivid blue of the small and elusive Kingfisher, Herons, Eagles and Hawks are just some of the birds you will encounter.
Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wombats and large Monitor Lizards have been observed
The fishing is good and Flathead, Black Fish and Bream are the favourite catch.
Hire a small boat or if you want to explore in more comfort you can hire a larger boat that will get you not only along the creek but across the Bay and outside, but if your after a quieter alternative hire a kayak and do the paddle, you won’t be disappointed.

courtesy of Sandholme Guesthouse .com
Google Aerial Map

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The surf
The region is also a favourite destination for surfers, The convoluted nature of the coast provides many, many beaches and reef breaks right throughout the Shoalhaven South Coast region.
So be friendly take you time and stop frothing.
If you always wanted to surf of at least have a try
there are facilities to fulfill your dream.



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White Sands Carnival.
Every year in April the community celebrates with a carnival and street parade through picturesque Huskisson.
Old classic cars, hot rods, Trikes and bikes, boats, pipe bands, clowns and dance demonstrations, stalls and markets all the things you need to have a great day near the bay.


The carnival usually ends with an impressive fireworks held on the spit opposite Huskisson at the entrance to Currambeen Creek.


A pair of Silver Eyes feeding on a Grass Tree.
Photographed in Booderie National Park.
Some 158 square kilometres (61 sq mi) of the land on both sides of the bay has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because the coastal heathland supports the largest sub-population of the endangered Eastern Bristlebird, isolated from other sub-populations.[13] The Jervis Bay natural environment is protected in the Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay National Park and the Jervis Bay Marine Park.

Pelicans are common around the rivers and bays along the  East Coast of Australia.
Sometimes seen high above the landscape soaring in the updrafts.

One of many secluded inlets around the Jervis Bay region.

Morning Drama.
If you visit this area you just have to make the effort to get up and watch the sunrise
it will put a smile on your dial that will last all day.
Another perfect day on one of our local beaches.
Late in the afternoon as the sun sets low in the west, you may get to see one of the colourful south coast rainbows that appear when there is moisture and some broken cloud drifting across the bay.
This one was rather unusual and very special and I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

Why not hire a boat from one of our local hire companies and do some drift fishing for Flathead and Squid.
Details can be found at the information Centre at the Lady Denman Museum.