A day on Jervis Bay

March 17, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I must admit, I've never been a massive fan of recreational boating... they're expensive, you've got to keep them somewhere, and it's such a hassle getting them in and out of the water! But maybe I just haven't had enough good boating experiences to make all that stuff fade into the background... I definitely had a fantastic experience the other day out on Jervis Bay with Kate, her Dad (Harry) and his wife (Vanessa) and our little pup Tilly.

Skipper Kate! Skipper Kate! Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography

Skipper Kate!

It probably helps that I absolutely adore Jervis Bay, and Booderee National Park along the southern edge of the bay. I've spent a fair bit of time at Booderee, both working - taking tourism, landscape and nature photography - and playing :) I was very lucky to go on a pretty cool boat ride with the rangers there (see some photos I took for Parks Australia here). And really, how could you fault the amazing white sands and turquoise waters - if it wasn't for the typical South Coast bushland beyond the beach, you'd think you were in the Whitsundays!

Iluka Beach - not a soul in sight Iluka Beach - not a soul in sight Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography

Iluka Beach - not a soul in sight

Naturally we spotted some great wildlife typical to the Jervis Bay area. Dolphins, including some little ones, cruised along next to the boat for a while. Of course there were pelicans hanging around the Huskisson boat ramp too, waiting for the fisherman to throw them the scraps... but what we didn't expect at the boat ramp were the stingrays! They were massive, and would glide right into the shallows to suck at the drainage pipe coming from the fish cleaning station. Very stately.

Dolphin plus baby! Dolphin plus baby! Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography Cheeky pelicans waiting for a feed Cheeky pelicans waiting for a feed Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's one big stingray!!! That's one big stingray!!! Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography

That's one big stingray!!!

Approaching some of the notable areas in Booderee National Park by sea give you a different perspective.

This is Hole in the Wall from the boatThis is Hole in the Wall from the boat Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography

This is Hole in the Wall from the boat

Hole in the Wall sunset Hole in the Wall sunset Hole in the Wall is a distinctive natural feature of Booderee National Park on the NSW South Coast in Australia. Booderee is a jointly managed National Park - the Indigenous Traditional Owners and the Commonwealth Government work together to conserve and protect this stunning landscape. Through this work places like Hole in the Wall, along with the cultural heritage and natural biodiversity within Booderee, will be available for future generations.<br/>See more at www.jonharris.phootgraphy

Hole in the Wall sunset - I took this last year

Murray's Beach Murray's Beach Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography

Murray's Beach

Murray's Beach is also a very popular spot, with snorkelers and beach goers just soaking up the sun.

Heading north past Point Perpendicular Heading north past Point Perpendicular Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography

Heading north past Point Perpendicular

After touring the edge of Booderee, we turned north, up past Point Perpendicular (a great whale watching location in the right season) to a nice sheltered beach on the Beecroft Peninsula. We had a nice picnic lunch while admiring a classy looking catamaran. Might just see if I can find some spare change down the back of the couch to pick one of these up, they look nice ;)

Catamaran on Jervis Bay Catamaran on Jervis Bay Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography

Gotta get me one of these catamarans...

The water was perfect for swimming, and given Tilly had done so well on her first boat ride so far, we decided it was a good opportunity to give her a bit of a swimming lesson! She did very well, although judging by the scratches I received, it wasn't thoroughly enjoyable!!! I think she was a little bit dirty at me afterwards... (Thanks Vanessa for the shot of me with Tilly!)

Tilly's first boat ride! Tilly's first boat ride! Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography

 

Tilly has a swim Tilly has a swim Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography

Tilly's not too happy with me... Tilly's not too happy with me... Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tilly before, during and after her first swim!

 

There's just so much to do on Jervis Bay! SUPs (stand up paddle boards) are very popular on the calm waters of the bay, and great exercise! Or you can stick with more traditional kayaks if you prefer.

Kayaking on the bay Kayaking on the bay Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography

SUP - stand up paddle boarding SUP - stand up paddle boarding Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or if you want to stay land-based, try popping into the gorgeous little towns dotted along the bay, such as Vincentia, Huskisson, or Calalla. And of course I will always recommend a visit to Booderee National Park :)


Kate, Harry and Vanessa on the boat! Kate, Harry and Vanessa on the boat! Day on the boat - Jervis Bay <br/>See more at www.jonharris.photography

Kate, Harry and Vanessa on the boat!

 

Now if you'll excuse me, I think I'll just jump onto eBay and see how much those catamarans are going for!

 

Want to see more photos from my adventures around the South Coast? Check out some images here!

 


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