Huskisson – Gateway to Jervis Bay – Day Trip and Weekender Guide
Huskisson is located on the southern side of the bay at the mouth of Currumbene Creek and is probably best known as the place that the dolphin and whale-watching boats leave from. It's a classy south coast holiday town, made up primarily of holiday accommodation, cafes, restaurants and gift shops.
Huskisson (or Husky as the locals call it) has a relaxed beach-side vibe that will have you kicking off your shoes in no time. It’s an awesome little town with a great collection of cafes, restaurants and shops, a large social club and a recently renovated pub overlooking lovely Currambene Creek. If you’re exploring Jervis Bay it’s the ideal place to base yourself.
There are plenty of places to eat in Huskisson and none of them are really terrible, and due to the fact that it can get extremely busy, quite often you'll simply grab a table at the only cafe that has some space. However if you have a choice, my picks would be the following:
One of the big reasons tourists flock to Husky is to check out Jervis Bay’s dolphins or (depending on the season) the passing whales. Several large tourist boats leave from Huskisson wharf every day and are a great way of getting out on the water. Visitors to the town are naturally drawn down to the public wharf where the large cruise boats operate. You can find Dolphin Watch Cruises and Jervis Bay Wild both operating daily cruises (depending on the weather) and you can buy tickets for either at their store-fronts on Owen Street.
Things to do in Huskisson
You can also rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board and paddle around the creek (keep an eye out for mammoth stingrays) or any of the calm beaches nearby. You’ll be able to enjoy the crystal clear water and beaches so idyllic you could be mistaken for thinking you were in the Whitsundays. If you don't want to paddle yourself and you don't fancy a long cruise out into the bay, then hop on the Husky Ferry which operates during the warmer months and most long weekends and will take you to Myola on the other side of the creek or just for a gentle cruise up the river and back again.
The town is home to the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum (previously known as the Lady Denman Museum) which is home to a collection of maritime artifacts including nautical equipment, models, photographs, paintings, drawings and objects relating to the history and heritage of the Jervis Bay area. There's also a really cool walk in the museum grounds on a boardwalk through the mangroves that gets you right out onto the edge of Currumbene Creek.
There are two beaches in Huskisson itself - Shark Net Beach (pictured on the left) and Huskisson Beach (next to the Holiday Haven Tourist Park). Both are lovely beaches, but Shark Net is my pick because, despite the name (which references an old shark net that was removed when they built the ocean pool) it's a perfect spot for swimming and snorkelling. If you hire a kayak from the nearby store, this is where they'll put you in the water. Shark Net has the feel of a city beach because all the amenities and cafes are nearby. The White Sands Park (behind the beach) also has an excellent large childrens play area with a massive climbing frame.
If the weather's not great or you just fancy a relaxing hour or two, then the cinema is a great choice. Huskisson Pictures was constructed in 1913 and heavily renovated in 1990. They open at weekends and every day during the holidays and show the latest releases, but also screen high quality arthouse movies that you won't ever see in a multiplex.
If the wind's picked up and the ocean's a bit choppy, then the ocean pool is the place to head. This has both a large 50m pool and a kiddie's pool, but is only filled with water during the warmer months - entry is free. You can find it at the headland in Voyager Park, a short walk along from the wharf. It has a large modern toilet block and is also home to the local Marine Rescue unit.
If you're into your fishing then there are some excellent places to throw a line in. The riverside on the Myola side of the creek is always extremely popular with fishermen and you can catch the Husky Ferry over there or drive in via the Currarong Road. Alternatively, head a short distance down Woolamia Road to the Regional Boat Ramp where you can find a boat ramp, fish gutting tables and a brand new pontoon.
For the duration of the summer holidays the town playing fields are taken over by the Huskisson Carnival. This is a large and well operated carnival with a good variety of rides including a big wheel, dodgems, the usual white knuckle attractions and a load of rides for the kiddies. On the same playing fields there's also a monthly seaside market that's well worth checking out on the second Sunday of each month.
In terms of accommodation there's a massive variety of options from single rooms in AirBnBs, to pitches for caravans, to luxury homes, all the way through to large hotels. Let TripAdvisor and Google be your advisor on this.