The Jervis Bay Glamour Beach – Hyams
It’s hard for any one spot to stand out in a place as all-round stunning as Jervis Bay. It’s larger than Sydney Harbour and is scattered with incredible inlets, cliffs, foreshores, reefs, sea-caves and beaches that are a joy to explore. Inevitably of course, for one reason or another, some locations become better known than others. On the Booderee side of the bay, the beaches of Greenpatch, Murrays and Hole in the Wall are the best known. On the northern side of the bay it’s Honeymoon, Long Beach and Target.
The western side of the bay is much more built up than the other parts and so be definition they’re often going to be buiser. However there is a trio of beaches on that side of the bay that stand out amongst the other locations. I call them the glamour beaches of Jervis Bay and I’d in this article I’d like to introduce you to them.
The first of the glamour beaches – and undoubtedly the most famous beach in the bay – is Hyams Beach. For many years it was put about that Hyams had the whitest sand in the world. However this was pure marketing puff – it has white sand for sure – but there are beaches with whiter sand. So ignore the hogwash about the Guinness Book of Records and just enjoy it for what it really is.
Hyams is a stunning beach, endowed with gorgeous sands, crystal clear waters and verdant bush-land all the way down to the dunes. At the northern end of the beach are some amazing homes – some of the priciest real-estate in the bay. It’s also one of the busiest beaches in Jervis Bay and on a hot day in the middle of the summer holiday it starts to look as busy as Bondi.
If you’re going to visit Hyams during any holiday season and you want to park within walking distance – arrive early. The beach car park has 20 bays and they’re usually gone shortly after sunrise. Also bring everything you’re likely to need (like lunch and refreshments) with you, because there’s only one shop in the township of Hyams Beach and it’s the (admittedly awesome) Hyams Beach cafe which has a couple of shelves of groceries for sale and that’s it.
- Amazing Fact: The beach everyone calls Hyams is not actually Hyams Beach. Hyams is the tiny beach with the boat ramp just to the north. The beach everyone refers to as Hyams is actually called Seamans Beach.
- Why you should visit : Amazing white sand that squeaks when you walk on it, but not the whitest sand in the world.
- When you should visit: If you’re not a fan of crowds try visiting in the shoulder months – spring or autumn.