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Distance & Driving times from major cities
Sydney to Huskisson
179kms - 2:35 hours
Canberra to Huskisson
240kms - 3:05 hours
Melbourne to Huskisson
835Kms - 10:20 hours
Closest Capital City:
Sydney 179kms
National Parks and Reserves:Booderee National Park and Botanic Gardens, Jervis Bay National Park, Jervis Bay marine Park
Activities: Bush tucker tours, whale watching, dolphin watching, fishing, swimming, sailing, surfing, bush walking, sea kayaking, horse riding
 
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About Huskisson

Located 20 minutes from Nowra and just two and a half hours from Sydney. Huskisson is often referred to as the gateway to Jervis Bay. Sitting on the shores of the famous Jervis Bay Huskisson is an ideal family holiday destination offering activities year round. The historic town also serves as a convenient base for exploring Jervis Bay and areas around the Shoalhaven area. Huskisson offers magnificent national parks, creeks and inlets, natural, unspoilt secluded bays, clear blue water and incredible white sandy beaches. In contrast there is a hinterland offering magnificent views, mountains, waterfalls, creeks and great bushwalking tracks. The waters of Jervis Bay and areas around Huskisson offer some superb fishing spots with fishing and tourism being the main industries.

Huskisson had a major boat building industry which was established by George Dent in 1864. The industry thrived in the 1880’s and continued to 1966 due to the availability of high quality local timber. One well known boat built in Huskisson was the Lady Denman ferry which operated in Sydney Harbour and was eventually towed back to Huskisson in 1981 to serve as a maritime museum.

Huskisson also offers some unique shopping opportunities including an aboriginal arts and crafts centre, several antique and second hand shops.

Outdoor activities include bush walking along one of the many tracks, or relax on one of the clean white sandy beaches.

Facilities include:

  • Boat hire and boat ramps
  • Bowls club
  • Cinema
  • Golf course
  • Tennis courts

Jervis Bay claims to have the whitest sand in the world on its beaches. To celebrate this unique feature the White Sands Carnival is held every year around Easter. There is a parade with floats, music, stalls and a fireworks display.

Places to Visit

Aboriginal Art and Craft Centre
The Aboriginal Art and Craft Centre sells articles made on the site by local Aboriginal crafts people. You can also see didgeridoos played, learn how a boomerang is thrown and experience Australian bush tucker.

Huskisson Markets
The Huskisson markets are held monthly on the 2nd Sunday at sports ground. There is also a local fresh Produce Market held in the grounds of the Lady Denman on the morning of the 1st Saturday each month.

Lady Denman Museum
The Lady Denman Museum displays the history of wooden ship building at Huskisson. The Lady Denman served as a ferry on Sydney Harbour for about 60 years. Both the maritime museum and the museum of Jervis Bay Science and the Sea are located at the Lady Denman complex. The Science Museum has a broad collection of maritime items on display.

National Parks

Booderee National Park and Botanic Gardens
Booderee is an Aboriginal word meaning 'bay of plenty' or 'plenty of fish'. Booderee National Park is home to the White-bellied Sea Eagle. The large white and grey eagle is believed to be the guardian of the Aboriginal people of Wreck Bay.

The botanical gardens located in the national park are included in the Register of the National Estate.

Jervis Bay National Park
Sections of this park fringe Jervis Bay as well as St Georges Basin and the Pacific Ocean. The park includes wetlands such as Lake Wollumboola and has a wide diversity of native flora and fauna.

The forests, bays and beaches offer great opportunities for bush walking , bird watching and swimming. There are BBQ's toilets and wheel chair access is available to the beach.

Jervis Bay Marine Park
Jervis Bay Marine Park covers approximately 22,000 hectares and spans over 100km of coastline. The marine park aims to conserve marine biological diversity and marine habitats, while catering for a broad range of recreational and commercial activities. Recreational fishing is permitted in many areas of the Jervis Bay Marine Park.

Climate

The climate is mediterranean. Typical summer and winter temperatures are:
Summer - 16.1°C to 25.8°C
Winter - 6.2°C to 15.8°C
Average Annual Rainfall: 1,143.1mm
Total rainfall (days) - 130.4

Getting there

By Car
Huskisson is located on the Pacific Ocean just off Princes Highway 2.5 hours from Sydney 3 hours and Canberra

  • From Sydney take the Princes highway and follow the road along the picturesque coastline.
  • From Canberra travel via Queanbeyan along the Kings Highway.

By Bus/Coach
Interstate bus services operate daily.

By Train
City Rail offers regular services to Bomderry and Nowra. See www.cityrail.com.au for timetables.

Accommodation

Huskisson offers a wide variety of accommodation including bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, self contained cottages, holiday units and beachfront caravan parks.

More Information

Huskisson chamber of commerce - www.huskisson.asn.au/

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