Jervis Bay was sighted by Captain Cook in 1770 and has traces of Aboriginal history dating back 20,000 years. From 1822 the Aboriginal people were gradually displaced by Alexander Berry’s takeover of land. As Berry and family members acquired more land the Aborigines free movement on their traditional land were severely restricted. By the 1830’s the Aboriginal population had been decimated by the combined effects of disease (Smallpox and syphilis) and the removal of land. Those that remained were relocated to reserves such as Roseby Park at Orient Point and Bilong at Myola. By 1914 small groups of Aboriginal fisherman had settled at Wreck Bay, south of Jervis Bay, and in 1952 the area was gazetted as an Aboriginal Reserve.
Along with Jervis Bay’s Navel base (HMAS Creswell), Jervis Bay is well known for recreational fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, scuba diving, dolphin and whale tours. It is also said to possess the whitest sand in the world.
Jervis Bay is a regular destination for me and provides excellent kayaking opportunities. I enjoy the enclosed confines of Currambene Creek. For the more adventurous Jervis Bay has some beautiful beaches to kayak around. The area to the North of Currambene Creek provides the better beaches to launch and put in as the surf created added difficulty on the Southern side of the Bay.
Jervis Bay Kayaks
Jervis Bay Holiday Park