With its superb natural setting and abundance of native wildlife protected by a marine park and two national parks, Jervis Bay in Australia offers one of the most scenic locations for a camping holiday on the south coast of NSW.
Whether you prefer to camp with a full range of facilities at your disposal or at a wild location that requires you to take a more creative approach to cooking and showering, there’s a campground in the region to suit your needs. So pack your camping gear, stock up on marshmallows, and prepare to pitch your tent in one of these top spots.
Advance reservations are recommended for this scenic lagoon-side campground just south of Jervis Bay Village in Booderee National Park, with sites tending to book out a month in advance on weekends from October to May. Surrounded by the Aussie bush and just 200m from Iluka Beach, Green Patch campground has hot showers and electric and wood barbecues. If you miss out on a spot, try Bristol Point, just 400m to the east.
A small sheltered bay on the Beecroft Peninsula, 10km south of Currarong, Honeymoon Bay lives up to its name as one of the region’s most romantic camping spots. While fully booked during the summer holiday period via a ballot system held every August, campsites tend to be available on most weekends at other times during the year on a first come, first served basis (the site is closed on weekdays). A composting toilet is the only amenity here, so you’ll need to bring everything else, including water.
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Experience one of Australia’s top glamping experiences right in Jervis Bay at Paperbark Camp. Located in a tranquil bush setting alongside Currambene Creek, just 4km inland from the coastal hub of Huskisson, Paperbark combines premium tented accommodation with gourmet food at its treehouse-style onsite restaurant The Gunyah. Mountain bikes are available to hire, and you can even paddle a canoe down the creek to Huskisson.
Also in Booderee National Park, Cave Beach is one of Jervis Bay’s most secluded campsites. Set amongst coastal tea trees just back from the beach, this grassy camping area is located 300m from the car park, so it’s for tent campers only. Cold showers and gas and wood barbecues are available, and the campsite is also popular with kangaroos, so remember to keep your food well secured. Head to the beach at low tide to discover the network of sea caves that gave it its name.
Located on the northern edge of the Jervis Bay Marine park in the sleepy town of Currarong, this family-friendly holiday park offers all the facilities a camper could ever want for (round of mini-golf, anyone?) along with direct access to both Currarong Beach and Currarong Creek. It’s a great base for exploring the Beecroft Peninsula, with plenty of walking tracks to tackle on the nearby headland.
Also located on crystal-clear Currambene Creek, 2km from Huskisson and the beach, Jervis Bay Holiday Park is a privately owned holiday park with its own private boat ramp and floating jetty, perfect for launching your boat, canoe, SUP or kayak. Accommodations range from spa villas to waterfront camping sites, with facilities including a swimming pool.
These recommendations were updated on July 10, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.