The White Sands Walk treks across some of the most pristine and famous beaches of Jervis Bay National Park on the NSW South Coast. For the best chance of having the place to yourself, tackle this walk during winter.


We acknowledge that this adventure is located on Yuin Nation, the traditional land of the Yuin people of the Dharawal-Dhurga language group who have occupied and cared for this land for thousands of years. We pay our respects to them as the Traditional Custodians and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.


  • Pristine white sand beaches
  • Beautiful coastal forest
  • Amazing wildlife and native flora

Immerse Yourself in Aboriginal Heritage

We all know that Jervis Bay National Park and its white sandy beaches are not the hidden treasures of yesteryear. The White Sands Walk is a tremendously beautiful coastal walk that can, unfortunately, be a tad busy during summer.

So make sure you plan your visit during winter – we guarantee that the White Sands Walk is just as glorious this time of year, and you may even have the trail to yourself!


Hyams Beach


On the White Sands Walk, you’ll explore five pristine white sand beaches in Jervis Bay National Park. The interconnected walking tracks show off the very best of Jervis Bay beaches and coastal forests. The mouthwatering coastal walk sits within the lands of the Yuin Aboriginal people of the Dharawal-Dhurga language group.

It’s great to see NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services work closely with the Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council to manage the area, which has many significant Aboriginal sites. So expect a brilliant coastal walk with dreamy beaches and immaculate bush trails that are steeped with rich Indigenous history.

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Nelsons Beach

Starting from Plantation Point in Vincentia, you’ll quickly come across Nelsons Beach – the first stop along the White Sands Walk.

There’s a wonderful stretch of orange rock that contrasts remarkably with the powdery white sand and turquoise ocean waters. This beach is our favourite – the White Sands Walk certainly delivers right from the get-go!


Nelsons Beach

More White Sand Beaches

Blenheim Beach, Greenfield Beach, and Chinamans Beach are the next white sand beaches that you’ll explore. These beaches are the smallest on the White Sands Walk but they’re filled to the brim with beauty.

Surrounded by dense coastal forest, you’ll feel completely immersed in nature, as the soothing sound of waves gently crash beside you. There’s a charming feel to these lesser-known white sand beaches in Jervis Bay National Park, so soak in the serenity and sense of remoteness.

Greenfield Beach picnic area is also a perfect spot to lay out the picnic blanket and enjoy a packed lunch by the gentle waves, before heading to the beach access path for a swim.


Blenheim Beach

The Famous Hyams Beach

Last but not least you’ll arrive at the most famous beach in Jervis Bay – Hyams Beach. Visiting in winter is an absolute masterstroke to avoid the crowds, and helps you really appreciate this sensational stretch of coastline.

Even in winter, we’d expect that you’ll, at least, go for a quick dip, particularly with the pods of dolphins frolicking in Jervis Bay’s shallow waters. Or you can just enjoy the dolphins from the vast expanse of ridiculously white sand.

Personally speaking, despite stormy skies and a spot of rain, the White Sands Walk 100% delivered.

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Hyams Beach

Scribbly Gum Track

At around 8km return, the White Sands Walk isn’t too long or strenuous. So, if you’re keen for a slightly longer walk on the return journey, you can add the 2.5 km Scribbly Gum Track. This phenomenal coastal forest loop is nestled in between Chinamans Beach and Greenfield Beach.

The Scribbly Gum Track takes you along a beautiful eucalypt forest. The type of eucalyptus trees found along the trail attracts moth larvae that produce the ‘scribbles’ as they burrow through the bark. There’s no doubt that this trail is an awesome add-on to your White Sands Walk experience in Jervis Bay National Park.


Scribbly Gums!

Essential Gear

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunnies
  • Hat
  • Day backpack
  • Camera
  • Cossies
  • Towel
  • Snacks
  • Drinking water
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket

How To Get There

Drive to the car park at Plantation Point in Vincentia where the White Sands Walk starts.

If you don’t have your own set of wheels, thankfully, you can access the trailhead easily using public transport. From Sydney, you’ll hop on a South Coast Line train to Bomaderry station via Kiama station.

From Bomadarry, jump on the 102 bus down to Vincentia and jump off at the Elizabeth Dr stop – badda bing badda boom!


Skill Level


Distance Covered / Elevation Gain / Duration

8km (or approx. 10.5km with adding on the Scribbly Gum Track) / minimal / 2.5–3.5 hours