Roughly a three hour drive south of Sydney there lies a pristine national park, and according to the Guinness Book of Records, a beach with the world’s whitest sand.
Having traveled to said beach and squeaked barefoot on many of Australia’s finest beaches (which are indeed the world’s best!), I can attest to this beach’s divine qualities. Like your ultimate beach fantasy mirage, Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay blinds you with its dazzling white sand and caresses your feet with grains so fine and soft it should surely win an additional ‘world’s softest sand’ award. Not to be outdone, the clear aquamarine waters within this natural inlet are perfect for swimming and are the favorite splash pad of the local dolphin population.
Snuggled between Jervis Bay National Park in the north and Booderee National Park in the south on the New South Wales south coast, Hyams Beach is just one of a series of beaches that hug the fringes of rich and diverse natural bushland.
Teeming with birdlife, native plants and animals, the national parks are popular with walkers, surfers and campers who all come seeking their own private patch of paradise.
Besides walking, snorkelling and blissing out on the beach you can go diving, sailing, whale or dolphin spotting, chart a fishing boat, spot local wildlife (even the kangaroos like to venture to the beach sometimes!) and explore the local township and surrounding wineries.
If camping in the bush is not your style, it is possible to stay just outside the park in accommodations that range from a simple seaside cottage to a ritzy resort.