Where is Jervis Bay? The Jervis Bay region is just 180km south of Sydney (about 2.5 hours drive) on the NSW South Coast.
You start the White Sands Walk at the Greenfield Beach picnic area, walk to Hyams beach, and return.
What is the distance of the White Sands Walk?: 2km from Greenfields Beach to Hyams Beach
How long does the walk take? It takes between 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on how many breaks you take.
Where to stay?: The nearby town of Huskisson offers ample accommodation options for all budgets, plus lots of nice cafes. We stayed in a cabin at Jervis Bay Caravan Park overlooking the river.
How to Do the White Sands Walk and Scribbly Gum track
White Sands Walk and Scribbly Gum are one of the best short walks in Jervis Bay. The two tracks are interconnected, but it’s essentially the White Sands Walk on the way and Scribbly Gum on the way back.
The walk is a scenic loop around Jervis Bay taking you from Greenfield Beach to Hyams Beach Town and back.
The start of the trail is at the Greenfield Beach picnic area, or you can start from Plantation Point and walk past Blenheim Beach and Nelson Beach, if you want to do a longer walk from the picnic area to do the walk. You may find some wallabies, possums and other native wildlife roaming here.
It’s also the only point on the trail with toilet facilities so last chance to go before you hike!
You will see a signpost directing the way from Greenfield Beach picnic area past the picnic tables, and you simply follow the trail from there. It’s a well maintained trail with natural terrain, but it’s pretty flat most of the way.
The trail winds south along Jervis Bay, where you will get a glimpse of the pristine white sands of Chinamans Beach, the first beach on the walk. You can stop here and go for a quick dip, paddle in the waves, or simply enjoy the views.
From Chinamans Beach, you will see the signposts directing you along Cyrus Street, which takes you to Hyams Beach Town.
You can spend some time wandering around the town, dipping into cafes for refreshments or lunch, before heading to the gorgeous Hyams Beach, the most famous beach in Jervis Bay.
Once you have enjoyed Hyams to your hearts content, you are ready to walk back. The return walk takes you through a tall, gum forest and woodland, with views of the coastline peaking through the trees every so often.
I love taking the kids on a walk, particularly coastal walks such as this one that combine incredible beaches, rock pools, and wooded areas with some bush tracks sprinkled in.
Beginning at Greenfield Beach picnic area, just south of Vincentia, the White Sands Walk is aptly named as it meanders through a chain of pristine white sand beaches in the Jervis Bay region – Chinamans, Greenfield, Hyams and other inlets – which all have that beautiful white powdery sand.
With little Savannah riding in the hiking pack, we set off for the easy hour-long loop walk to Hyams Beach and back.
Jervis Bay offers a stunning back drop as you make your way along the bush track, stopping momentarily to take in the views, play on the rock formations and the pristine beaches.
You may even if you’re lucky (we weren’t) spot some dolphins, seals, penguins, kangaroos and native birds sharing the moment with you.
Before you go, here are some of our top tips for doing the White Sands Walk and Scribbly track:
- Start early in the day. We had perfect weather, but if you are visiting in the summer, make sure you start early in the day to beat any afternoon winds, and if you get up earlier than us you’d probably see a nice sunrise!
- Don’t forget your swimmers! if it is a nice day, be sure to bring your swimmers and a towel for a at any of the beaches along the way.
- Bring something to warm you up after a swim. The only downside is the water temperature is a little fresh, 15 degrees Celsius at the time, but you can’t visit Jervis Bay and not jump in, it’s too inviting and a lovely way to freshen up!
- it. So slow down, it’s not a race, and make the most of what’s on offer.