Man I loved this walk.
It’s one of those walks I could have just kept on walking (even with a 2 year old strapped on my back).
I’m putting the White Sands Walk up there with one of my favourite Australian short walks so far, and it turned out to be the perfect way to take in the natural beauty of Jervis Bay, with scenes such as this:
I love taking the kids on a walk, particularly coastal walks such as this one that combine incredible beaches, rock pools to explore, and wooded areas with some bush tracks sprinkled in.
Beginning at Greenfield Beach picnic area, just south of Vincentia, the White Sands Walk is aptly named as it meanders through a chain of pristine beaches in the Jervis Bay region – Chinamans, Greenfield, Hyams and other inlets – which all have that beautiful white powdery sand.
With little Savannah riding in the hiking pack, we set off for the easy hour-long loop walk to Hyams Beach and back.
Jervis Bay Marine Park offers a stunning back drop as you make your way along the bush track, stopping momentarily to take in the views, play on the rock formations and stroll the pristine beaches.
You may even if you’re lucky (we weren’t) spot some dolphins, kangaroos and native birds sharing the moment with you.
We had perfect weather, and make sure you start early in the day to beat any afternoon winds, and if you get up earlier than us you’d probably see a nice sunrise!
And if it is a nice day, be sure to bring your swimmers and a towel for a dip at any of the beaches along the way. The only downside is the water temperature is a little fresh, 15 degrees Celsius at the time, but you can’t visit Jervis Bay and not jump in, it’s too inviting and a lovely way to freshen up!
So slow down, it’s not a race, and make the most of what’s on offer.
By the way, your feet will love walking barefoot through the soft white powdery sand, and the whiteness provided a great contrast against the turquoise water lapping at our toes.
The walk takes you to little havens and lookout points with stunning bay views, and considering we were doing it over a public holiday weekend, there were very few people (love that about the south coast).
In comparison, the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk in Sydney can get overcrowded. It’s a great walk also, we have done it several times and is one of the best free things to do in Sydney, but there is a lot more development and people.
On the White Sands Walk, I could count on one hand the amount of people we passed on the track. Maybe we should keep it this way and not tell you all?! Shhh…
And the reward for reaching Hyams? You get to feel the world’s whitest sand between your toes. And grab a bite to eat and a good coffee at the equally awesome Hyams Beach Cafe, a locals favourite.
The White Sands Walk is not challenging at all, suitable for all levels and age groups, and it didn’t leave the kids exhausted and me carrying one on my back and the other on my shoulders – which happened on our Mount Kosciusko walk!
After coffee and cake, we did the return leg to Greenfields to hang out for a few hours and play. And if the following four photos aren’t motivation enough to complete the return loop, I don’t know what is:
The Jervis Bay region is just 180km south of Sydney (about 2.5 hours drive). You start the White Sands Walk at the Greenfield Beach picnic area, walk to Hyams beach, and return.
Greenfields Beach to Hyams Beach is 2km
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.