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Jervis Bay
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• Jervis Bay Territory, ACT
• Jervis Bay BG, ACT
• Booderee National Park
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Jervis Bay - Cities, Towns and Localities
The inlet Jervis Bay is located about 170 km from Sydney. With the Booderee National Park to the south, it also includes Currarong, Callala Beach, Callala Bay, Myola, Vincentia and Hyams Beach. The Bay itself is about 15 km long and 10 km wide, with a natural harbour sheltered by headlands of forest and heathland which jut out leaving the relatively narrow entrance, and with a depth of 27 metres it is thought to be the deepest sheltered harbour in Australia.

There is an Aboriginal community that still lives in a protected area near Wreck Bay on the southern peninsula and the Jerringa people who live in an unprotected area on the northern peninsula.

After Federation in 1901, plans were set in motion to create a city (Canberra) within an independent territory (of the ACT) where the new Federal Government would sit. The Seat of Government Act (1908) declared that access to the sea was imperative, thus 7,400 hectares of land at the southern end of Jervis Bay were handed over from the NSW to the Commonwealth Government.

Jervis Bay - courtesy Tourism New South WalesThe Wreck Bay area to the south of Jervis Bay was designated a reserve in 1928. By the time it was gazetted in 1952 the reserve had shrunk considerably. 1971 two-thirds of the Territory (4,470 hectares) was declared a natural reserve. Then five years later the whole was classified by the National Trust of Australia in recognition of its conservation, scientific, historical, scenic and recreational value. Cape St George Lighthouse, Bowen Island and HMAS Creswell have been included on the Register of the National Estate.

In December 1995 it was handed over to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal community as part of the reconciliation process. Under the agreement the land was leased back to the Federal Government for 99 years in return for a share of the income the park generates and a majority presence on the management board. Many of the sites are of great significance to the local Aboriginal community, such as the Reserve Cemetery, fishing spots at Summercloud Bay and Mary Bay. As part of the process the name of the reserve has been changed from Jervis Bay National Park to Booderee National Park.

Check out our listed range of Jervis Bay accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Jervis Bay Visitor Information Centre
Booderee National Park
Ph: 02 4443 0977
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Jervis Bay Attractions

• Turn off Wreck Bay Road to Summercloud Bay and keep a lookout for Manta Rays that linger around the boat ramp for scraps from the fishing boats. Enjoy some of the Dolphin Watch cruises. For an ideal spot for seasonal whale watching turn off Wreck Bay Road to a dirt track that takes you to Steamers Beach car park, Moes Rock and Cape St George. Here you will find same great platforms for whale watching.
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Jervis Bay Tours

NSW Tours • Outback • Eco • Adventure • National Tours
Dolphin Explorer Cruises
• Includes dolphin and whale watching.
Jervis Bay Kayak Company
• Shop 1/13 Hawke St, HUSKISSON NSW 2540 • Ph: +61 2 4441 7157 • Email
• Located at Huskisson - the Gateway to Jervis Bay, you will find one of the Largest range of kayaks in Australia and a selection of premium quality accessories to compliment your paddling needs. You'll also have access to range of Paddle Sport activities as varied as the local environment. Offering guided tours, rentals, courses, tuition and sales in Jervis Bay and the surrounding areas of the New South Wales South coast.
Jervis Bay & Sussex Inlet Surf School
• 59 River Rd, SUSSEX INLET NSW 2540 • Ph: 02 4443 2004 • Mobile: 0499 266 994 • Email
• Surfing Lessons and Surf Awareness. Group or private lessons available. Hens and Bucks parties. Qualified Level 2 Surf Instructors. Softboards and rash-vests provided. Visiting Caves Beach, Jervis Bay and Berrara Beach, Sussex Inlet.
Jervis Bay & Whale Explorer Cruises
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