Jervis Bay is part of two Australian National Parks, the Booderee National Park (which is a Commonwealth protected area run by the Aboriginal community and managed by Parks Australia) and Jervis Bay National Park (which is owned and managed by the state government of New South Wales).
Both National Parks have a variety of short, easy walking circuits across gentle terrain, which are not only suitable for young children but also have spectacular views of the coastline.
All the paths are well maintained and signposted, and within easy reach of parking and toilet facilties. There are also plenty of shady picnic areas to stop and have a rest.
One of best walks we did was the Scribbly Gum and White Sands Walk in the Jervis Bay National Park. There was so much to see on this walk, that J was happy to sit in his baby carrier the whole way, just looking with wide-eyes at everything around him.
The walk starts at the Greenfields Beach picnic area and goes across a series of beautiful white sandy beaches (including Hyams Beach, which has the whitest sand in the world!) before winding through a scribbly gum woodland. This particular area is home to a number of brightly coloured native birds, including the eastern and crimson rosellas, and new holland honey-eaters, and it was a joy to watch them flitting amongst the trees.
Of course, the highlight of our walks in the Jervis Bay and Booderee National Parks was when we spotted the migratory whales that had come to rest in the sheltered bays with their young.
The best place to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures is from the ruined Cape St George Lighthouse in the Booderee National Park. It was there that we saw a mother humpback whale and her two young calves frolicking in the waters, rolling and splashing their tails at each other. Even if you don’t get a chance to see any whales, the lookout point from the lighthouse affords absolutely stunning views of the sea and cliffs and is a good place to have a picnic!