Jervis Bay is a large bay on the South Coast of New South Wales 120km south of Sydney and 20km south of Nowra. Although located in NSW, most of the bay, particularly on the southern side, is a separate federal territory which was once part of the ACT (Australian Capital Territory). It is now called the Jervis Bay Territory and is subject to Federal laws.
One of the most beautiful parts of the South Coast and an extremely popular destination, so can get very busy in peak periods. Opportunities exist to scuba dive, fish and engage in many other water sports, beach activities, walking, and hiking as well as appreciate the diverse flora and fauna.
The area has significant cultural and historic interest to both the Commonwealth and Aboriginal people of Australia. In 1995 parts of the Jervis Bay National Park were granted to the Aboriginal peoples and this land was redesignated Booderee National Park and Booderee Botanic Gardens.
Booderee National Park and Booderee Botanic Gardens occupy 403 hectares of the southern headland which forms the bay. The botanic gardens are a relatively small area within the park and were formerly known as the Jervis Bay Botanical Gardens.
Jervis Bay National Park occupies 4,857 hectares in a number of distinct areas to the west of the shoreline, notably around Huskisson and the northern headland. Some include Jervis bay shoreline. The Park has visitor facilities, areas of access for the disabled and picnic grounds with gas BBQ sites but no accommodation and camping is not permitted.
Jervis Bay Marine Park covers 100km of coast and adjacent waters, from Kinghorn Point in the north to Sussex Inlet in the south which encompasses Jervis Bay, Crookhaven Bight to the north and Wreck Bay to the south. The waters in Jervis Bay from Captains Point to the northern tip of Bowen Island are part of Booderee National Park The bay waters are themselves a national park, protected because of its natural beauty. Dolphins are a regular sight in the bay, and it is also home to a colony of fairy penguins.