Off to Jervis Bay!

Last weekend we were invited on a trip to Jervis Bay – an area 3 hours South of Sydney known for its gorgeous beaches and smal town charm. We were a bit nervous about the thought of driving on the opposite side of the road than either of us our used to, but regardless – we set off in the Hertz rent-a-car Corolla and were on our way! Note – most people outside of the US know how to drive stick-shift so don’t assume that the car you’ve reserved will be automatic (learnt that the hard way!)…
Picture

We set off from Sydney at about 9AM to beat the Mardis Gras celebration crowd. Our first stop on the way was a visit to the Kiama Blowhole.  It looked pretty awesome when we researched it online. And perhaps it was the lousy weather and on-and-off rain showers that made me feel this way. But the Blowhole was a bit of a let down…more of a meh-hole to be honest, but alas – always a good thing to support the regional treasures! And the town surrounding the blowhole is quite charming. McKay ruined my only photo of the blowhole and of course the minute after this was taken the blowhole decided it was done being picturesque…FAIL. 
Picture

Off to Jervis Bay where our first stop was Hyams Beach – known for having the whitest sand in the world. It really was amazing – needed your sunglasses (sunnies as they’re called here) to see a foot in front of you! It was a shame the weather wasn’t the best because this beach was amazing. 
Picture

Picture

Picture

The weather was actually not-so-great the rest of the weekend, but we made the most of it (Read: drank several bottles of wine and played charades for six hours straight). The highlight of the trip you ask?! KANGAROO SPOTTING! Yup – and photos to prove it of course. 

Sunday was spent visiting a few beaches in Booderee National Park in Jervis Bay. The aptly named Cave Beach – gorgeous beach with strong waves, warm water and of course – caves. Followed by Wreck Beach – just past an aboriginal community – the most beautiful turquoise water. A bit cooler temperatures from the other beaches, but stunning. 

And finally – a must do on your drive back up…we stopped in the adorable town of Berry. We had a delicious lunch at Berry Woodfired Sourdough Bakery and then had freshly baked doughnut’s (as recommended by @Adriana_Z ) from The Famous Berry Doughnut Van. Delicious way to end a trip and hold us over for the 2 hour + drive back to Sydney! Fabulous weekend…