Despite it being near freezing outside, Winter is still a great time to get away and experience some fresh coastal air, good food, quiet beaches and undiscovered places. If you are lucky to get a weekend of sunshine, even in the middle of July, it is possible to pretend its kind of, almost, nearly, sort of, Summer.
Over the weekend I headed up the coast, rather than down, which is quite rare for me because my families beach house is in Catalina so I spend 90% of my weekends away hanging out there. They say change is as good as a holiday and after this weekend, I can say that change + a holiday = serious double bonus goodness. I am no stranger to Jervis Bay - it has been the backdrop for many family holidays over the years growing up and more recently it was my go-to holiday destination when I lived in Sydney. Since moving back to Canberra, it has been quite a while since I have visited and it was even more beautiful than I remember. Whether you are heading up the coast or down the coast, this part of the coast is worth visiting!
Currorong is just north of Jervis Bay and is a very quiet, small coastal town. There is one corner store, a bowling club and not much else...except for what counts: gorgeous beaches, sparkling rock pools, walking tracks and sights worth seeing. I stayed in a gorgeous AirBnB backing onto the bushland and a 5 minute walk to the beach. There is the main beach and a small protected cove which is broken up by the rock pools and natural pool. It is absolutely beautiful, with the sand reflecting bright blue water off the rocky surrounds.
I went exploring some of the walking tracks on the headland which took me over a little bridge and then gave me the option of tracks towards Whale Point, Bosom Beach and The Wreck. The walk took about 20 minutes from where I was staying and it was so worth it. The landscape was rocky, sparse and felt worlds away from what I expected from this area. I sat and watched for whales but didn't have any luck this time!
The best, and nearest, place to eat is the Husky Pub and the food was well worth the drive, not to mention the view! If you have time, check out a cruise on the river or out across the bay, take a look at Callala Beach too which is protected and a great place for snorkeling.
The best part about this part of the coast is the relative quietness, especially over winter, but also the opportunity to explore. The uneven coast line and the size of Jervis Bay extends itself to flat, quiet bays, rivers, inlets and also, big surf at surrounding beaches if you get the right conditions.
I will definitely be back here soon! Sometimes it is nice to mix it up and explore new places, even if they are only a couple of hours from home. There are so many special places waiting right under our nose which we may have visited in childhood but long forgotten or which we take for granted after years of close proximity. This is one of those - close by yet it feels a million miles away.