Not so long ago I was an unhappy and overworked Sydneysider, having lived in Western Sydney much of my life, trips to the coast are few and far between. A few years back I decided to take the plunge into the unknown and left my old hustle and bustle life behind to settle down on the beautiful south coast of NSW. I certainly feel blessed as I now have easy access to The Jervis Bay beaches, arguably the most beautiful beaches in Australia, as they are basically on my doorstep. Whenever the weather permits, I take a picnic lunch, my two kids, and sometimes my dog (dog friendly beaches are abundant here on the south coast) and we set out to explore new places. Some destinations are gorgeous enough to be played on repeat though, Huskisson is one of those places. Not only does it exude a lovely Australian coastal charm it is often abuzz through the day and night, which is not something many South Coast NSW towns can boast (yes, we live a fairly quiet life down here so if partying and nightclubbing are what you’re looking for then this probably isn’t for you!). Huskisson has certainly become one of my family’s favourite haunts and it is my pleasure to share with you the draw-cards of this quaint little town that could potentially be missed from your itinerary if you haven’t had the opportunity to really explore it for yourself.
Where is Huskisson?
Huskisson, is situated approximately two and a half hours south of Sydney, though that trip should soon be much quicker thanks to the Prince’s highway upgrade currently underway. It is a small treasure sitting abreast the glistening white sands of Jervis Bay and there are many reasons the locals love it and want to share it with visitors. Driving in from Princes highway the road is lined with bush, and it takes around twenty minutes of single lane road to get to the township. Driving up the main road in a 40km per hour zone allows one the time to enjoy the sights. The town itself is usually lined with visitors thonging their way down the main drag in a relaxed and casual manner, young and old covered head to toe in salt, water and sand, rosy cheeked from a daily dose of vitamin D.
Cruising through town…
The commercial centre has everything one would want from a coastal destination, Ice creameries, a lolly Shoppe and you are certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a cozy little nook to settle down for a coffee and cake. Gorgeous little one-of-a kind eco boutiques and quirky fashion and décor stores line the street, visitors ambling through keen to take home a husky treasure as a keepsake of their trip. There are also a number of decent restaurants along the street, Thai, stone grill and Chinese to name a few, though it is generally around dinner time that these become more noticeable.
Entertainment and leisure
If you want to get out on the water of the bay, dolphin and eco cruises depart from the wharf several times a day in Summer. Through the cooler months beginning in mid may is the time to board one of the whale watching tours and witness the worlds largest mammals in their annual migration through the bay. At the top of the main street there is a bike track which runs a number of kilometres down through neighbouring Vincentia all the way to St Georges Basin. Your kids will love – as mine do, bringing their scooters or pushbikes and stopping along the way at the many playgrounds which line the path. Moona Moona Creek is about 1km down from the main street and can be reached via the bike track, there you will find a gorgeous little lagoon fit for canoeing and swimming. Information for visitors looking for bicycle routes can be found on the Shoalhaven City Council’s website. You can get lost for hours in this place, once the kids or adults have tired of riding bikes you can walk for miles right along the famous Jervis Bay Beaches collecting shells or searching for living creatures amongst the rockpools. I love to admire the patterns and textures created by sand and erosion through the rock banks. It is easy to see where the Aboriginal inhabitants of this area get their inspiration from in their beautiful dot art when there are so many intricate patterns created by nature here to be inspired by. The parklands of Huskisson boast ample BBQ’s, picnic areas and children’s playgrounds to keep the family entertained and fed on a budget. Another bonus is there is a toddler’s pool near the docks which is open during summer and is free to use. For the bigger kids, there is a 50-metre saltwater ocean pool for with a fantastic view out to the clear aqua waters of Jervis bay. Keep your eyes peeled, you may be lucky enough to spot a pod of dolphins swimming and playing in the shallow waters. During summer, the Huskisson Carnival provides holiday makers with a fun evening out and is held generally from Boxing Day through to Australia Day and starts each from 6pm. This is a perfect end to a day in the sun and due to daylight savings here in NSW it won’t get dark till at least 8:30pm which makes for the perfect excuse to enjoy a leisurely stroll back to your caravan park or unit if you are staying close by.
Where to Stay…
Visitors are spoiled for accommodation choices which range from upmarket B & B’s to getting close to nature in state of the art camping facilities in any of the caravan parks lining the waterfront . The van parks are neat and clean and have cabins for rent and places to park your caravan if you have one. Huskisson is the kind of place which has something for everyone and makes it the place to be anytime of the year. Come check it out for yourself and discover why it a is place to return to time and time again.