I only started paying attention to Hyams Beach recently after seeing it splashed across a billboard at a train station in Sydney.
In front of me was this pristine looking beach with incredibly clear water, powdery white sand and a beautiful natural backdrop jumping out at me.
I said to Caz “We have to visit that beach!”
Then as we started asking our blog readers for tips on places to go on the south coast of NSW for our road trip, often they would say “You can’t miss the Jervis Bay region, the beaches are amazing!”
We haven’t explored the south coast of NSW previously, choosing always to head north of Sydney. But after visiting Hyams, and other spectacular beaches in the Jervis Bay region we’ll be sharing with you in other posts soon, this part of Oz has made a HUGE impression!
I can’t show you what that billboard looked like, but this is what it looked like on our visit the other day:
So it turns out that Hyams Beach is also famous. The Guinness Book of Records reports that Hyams has the whitest sand in the world.
I didn’t know you could get whiter than at Whitehaven Beach in Queensland, but the sand at Hyams is definitely fine, soft and pretty damn white.
We were one of the first to arrive on the beach. Being the Sunday of a long weekend, and knowing how popular Aussie beaches get, we wanted to get their early to secure a parking spot and to beat the midday heat.
But what we’ve discovered, and now love about the south coast beaches, is that they aren’t heavily populated like Sydney and north coast beaches, and they aren’t surrounded by over development.
Hyams Beach is a quiet beachside town (population of just 290) with no monstrous apartment blocks shading the beach by midday like at Surfers Paradise. And, you can easily find a spot on the sand to lay your towel, unlike Bondi.
Hyams Beach is a family beach
Another plus for us is that it’s such a family beach. The water being clear and gentle makes for great swimming (although a little chilly at this time of year) and the sand soft and clean makes for easy playtime.
Kalyra and Savannah absolutely loved it.
I’m happy to say that impression the billboard in Sydney made on me became a reality. I’m blown away by how stunning Hyams is. Why have I not been here before? Why have we ignored the Jervis Bay region for so long?
I know one thing, this part of the south coast is definitely underrated and under appreciated, and maybe they need a few more of those billboards around the place.
Then again, maybe we should keep it quiet as that’s part of the appeal of Hyams and Jervis Bay.
Definitely, add it to your must-visit list of places when you visit the south coast of NSW.
Hopefully, we have done our part to inspire you to spend a day on Hyams. Need more convincing? Check these out:
Don’t miss Hyams Beach cafe
Whether you visit Hyams for just an hour in the morning, or spend half a day there taking it all in, finish off your time by heading to the nearby cafe for breakfast, lunch, or simply a great coffee and cake!
Hyams Beach is located in the Jervis Bay region just 180km south of Sydney (about 2.5 hours drive).
Places to stay
The nearby town of Huskisson offers ample accommodation options for all budgets, plus lots of nice cafes. We stayed in a cabin at Jervis Bay Caravan Park overlooking the river.