- For other uses of the term Jervis Bay, please refer to: Jervis Bay (disambiguation).
Jervis Bay is a large bay between the state of New South Wales and the Jervis Bay Territory. HMAS Creswell is located in between Jervis Bay Village and Greenpatch in the Jervis Bay Territory.
Jervis Bay is named after the British Admiral John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent
; it was named in 1791 by Richard Bowen. George Bass also entered the Bay when he surveyed the South East coast of Australia in 1797. Jervis was believed by some to have pronounced his name "Jarvis," but many residents of Jervis Bay (including his descendants) incorrectly pronounce it with an 'er' sound. Jervis Bay has been officially recorded as having the whitest sand in the world.
In the late 1960s Australia's first and only nuclear power plant was proposed for the area, and a site was prepared, however the project did not proceed.
Jervis Bay has to the south Greenpatch
; Hyams Beach
, and Bowen Island (Australia)
in the Jervis Bay Territory
. In New South Wales
, it has Vincentia
to the west; Callala Bay
and Hare Bay
to the north, and the Beecroft Peninsula
with bays like Perpendicular Bay
. To the south of the peninsula
is Point Perpendicular
which is a bombing range for the Royal Australian Navy
Jervis Bay is a well known recreational fishing and scuba diving
destination, with tour operators departing from Huskisson and amateurs using boat ramps at bayside towns and camp sites. Popular diving sites include: The Labyrinths, Gorgonian Wall, Point Perpendicular, a Fairey Firefly
beds, Middle Ground, Ten Fathom Reef, and Bowen Island.
Jervis Bay is also know for Whale Watching, placed such that the migration, both north and south can be observed as they pass the entrance to the Bay, frequently entering the bay to rest. The majority of whales sighted at Jervis Bay are the Humpback whales, which migrate along the east coast from June to November, however other species on occasions such as Southern Right Whales, False Killer Whales, Orcas, Minke whales and on one occasion the Blue Whale are seen.
Tourism in Jervis Bay is one of the most important avenues of income for many of the local residents, with many businesses orienting themselves toward tourism in and around Jervis Bay. Tourist information for Jervis Bay is provided by two local not-for-profit community-based volunteer association Tourism Jervis Bay & Jervis Bay Tourism Inc.
The local Council managed Visitors Information Centres are located at Nowra & Ulladulla.
The Huskisson Trading Post is the location of the only tourism information centre at Jervis Bay. It contains a wealth of knowledge for any visitor to the area.
Bordering towns (north to south)
New South Wales
Jervis Bay Territory
- Scuba Divers Guide to Jervis Bay, Tom Byron
- Barker, A. 1996. What Happened When. Allen and Unwin. ISBN 1-86373-986-6