Updated: Mar 16
So you've only got a few days to tick everything off your Aussie bucket list? We've got you covered, all in one road trip! Read on to get the local must-see tips on your trip to Jervis Bay from Sydney.
1. Wildlife Must-See: Symbio Wildlife Park
Your first stop should definitely involve cuddly koalas and cute kangaroos right?!
Symbio Wildlife Park is a family owned and operated zoo which is located on the Southern outskirts of Sydney in the the suburb of Helensburgh. Conveniently positioned on the top of the Illawarra escarpment, we are just minutes away from Stanwell Park Beach, the world renowned Royal National Park, Sea Cliff Bridge and also Bald Hill Lookout where you can take in majestic 180 degree views of the pacific ocean.
Symbio started in 1975 as a small wildlife park and has now grown to become a multi-award winning and internationally publicised zoo, famous for getting our visitors closer than ever before to amazing animals.
Visitors to Symbio can get up close and personal to all the Australian animal favourites, such as cuddle up to koala for that once in a lifetime iconic Aussie selfie, roll around on the grass as you feed, pat and interact with our large mob of kangaroos and if that is still not enough and you want to get even closer, you can choose to go one step further and have one of our exclusive behind the scenes experiences with either the Australian or exotic animals.
2. Must-See Instagram Spot: The Seacliff Bridge
The 665 metre long Sea Cliff Bridge is a highlight along the Grand Pacific Drive – A drive which takes in 140 kilometres worth of coastal scenery from the Royal National Park, Loftus down to Jervis Bay and beyond.
The bridge has become an iconic part of the Sydney to Jervis Bay trip.
Opened in December 2005, the Sea Cliff Bridge offers visitors the chance to get out of the car and stretch their legs. It is also a great viewing platform for migrating whales heading north/south during migrating season.
3. Must-See Stay: Paperbark Camp
Want eco accomodation with a difference? Paperbark camp is an unforgettable place to lay your head, nestled in the Paperbark Tree forest on the shored of Jervis Bay.
Paperbark Camp officially opened in 1999 after years of dreaming and planning by the owners, Jeremy & Irena Hutchings. With the help of their family and a dedicated team of staff, the camp remains a family operated business and continues to be at the forefront of ecotourism and luxury camping in Australia.
Just 2 ½ hrs drive south of Sydney, near the pristine clear waters and white sand beaches of Jervis Bay, the camp offers a unique blend of fine food and wine, cosy canvas accommodation and a peaceful bush setting, the perfect base from which to explore this nature lover's paradise.
4. Must-taste dining: Jervis Bay Brewing Co.
Yes this is a brewery not a restaurant, but it makes the list for a reason! The local favourite, with a rotating roster of food-trucks and international award-winning beer, no trip to Jervis Bay is complete without an Aussie beer with the locals!
Sustainably brewed, community focussed, and just a darn good time every time you visit, with live music, trivia, comedy and delicious local food, it doesn't get much better than this!