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Often described as the jewel of the South Coast, Jervis Bay is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours drive south of Sydney. The area is renowned for its secluded bays, white sand beaches, clear blue waters and abundant marine and birdlife.

The contrast between the turquoise sea and the brilliant white powdery sand makes a dramatic first impression when first you see the bay. Sunlight sparkles across the water and the beauty of the view is magnified by the towering cliffs of Point Perpendicular, the bay's main geographic formation. There's a relaxed vibe here; it's a perfect spot for a holiday revolving around relaxation and playing in the calm, clear waters.

Think of a water sport and you can probably do it in Jervis Bay. Spend a day surfing at Cave and Bherwerre beaches in the south, or Target and Currarong beaches in the north. Or make a splash at the popular swimming beaches at Nelsons, Hyams and Greenfield beaches. You'll also find beautiful and more remote beaches at Steamers and Honeymoon Bay.

If you've always wanted to scuba dive, Jervis Bay is a great place to learn. You'll find lots of dive facilities in the town of Huskisson. Experienced divers should visit Beecroft and Bherwerre Peninsulas, which boast stunning deep-water rock formations, swim-throughs and caves. Some of the great shore dive sites include Honeymoon Bay, Hyams Beach, Murrays Beach and Summer Cloud Bay, and local tour operators can also arrange boat dives in Jervis Bay Marine Park.

Snorkellers will also find plenty to see around the shallow reefs and along the shoreline, including many varieties of fish as well as sea urchins, stingrays and soft corals.

The blue waters surrounding Jervis Bay are home to numerous dolphins too, so take advantage of the many local cruises to see these beautiful creatures in their native playground. Jervis Bay provides some of the best whale watching along the east coast of Australia from May to November. During the southern migration, mothers and their calves need to take time out to rest on the journey, and Jervis Bay has proven to be a favourite pit stop.

If you're a keen angler or just love boating, pick up tackle and bait from a local store and take to the water. You'll find great anchorages off Long Beach and Hole-in-the-Wall. There is a public wharf at Huskisson and courtesy moorings at Huskisson and Vincentia.

There are plenty of dining options along this stretch of the coast, so make the most of the views at the many alfresco dining restaurants, cafes and pubs.

To experience nature at its best, allow plenty of time to explore Booderee National Park and Botanic Gardens. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and rugged cliffs, the area is jointly managed by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council and the Commonwealth Government and you'll pay a nominal daily entry fee to visit.

The National Park includes Green Patch Beach and other notable beauty spots such as Hole-in-the-Wall, Bristol Point and Scottish Rocks. There are lots of walking tracks to explore as well as picnic grounds and campsites, so you can make the most of this magnificent setting.

You'll find a wide range of habitats in the area including coastal cliffs and heaths, sandy beaches, mangroves, swamps, lakes and forests. The diverse terrain is home to more than 200 species of birds. On your walks in Booderee National Park, keep an eye out for crimson rosellas, king parrots, kookaburras, satin bowerbirds, pied currawongs, magpies, wattlebirds, cockatoos, honeyeaters, spinebills, and gulls.

Spend some time surrounded by such natural beauty, and you'll soon appreciate Jervis Bay's reputation as a jewel along this part of the coast, and how every minute you spend here is precious.