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White Sands Walk (long version)

South Coast NSW

Jervis Bay National Park


Distance (kms):

4.3 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 2-4 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

37 m

Max. elevation (m):

28 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Moderate (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A stunning walk through coastal forest to a series of beautifully idyllic white sand beaches with amazing views across Jervis Bay.

This moderately trafficked walk starts from Plantation Point Reserve in Vincentia, in Jervis Bay. 

From the reserve, head down the steps to Barfleur Beach, a rocky outcrop brimming with small rock pools and sea life.

You can then either head back up into the reserve and continue south to Nelsons Beach, or walk around the headland, taking in the views from Plantation Point. 

There is then an option to walk along the white sands of Nelsons Beach, or head up to the track that runs through the forest adjacent to the beach, with excellent views down to the beach and out to the ocean.

If walking along the beach, there is a set of steps at the southern end that takes you back to the main track.

The main track consists of a series of boardwalks, bridges and well-maintained graded paths.

Continue south through the forest to the beautiful Blenheim Beach, an idyllic little bay with white sands that is wonderful for swimming and snorkelling.

From there, head south again through the forest to Greenfield Beach, another picturesque bay with white sands and swimming and snorkelling opportunities.

The main track then heads south, immediately crossing Greenfield Gully and leading you to the white sands and turquoise waters of Chinamans Beach, crossing Duck Gully on the way.

There are more incredible ocean views at various lookout points along the track, with ample opportunities for bird watching and spotting dolphins.

At the southern end of Chinamans Beach, the track exits onto the footpath adjacent to the local streets (Cyrus Street), before entering the park that runs down to Little Hyams Beach.

From there, head down to the beach and walk along the white sands, across the rocky outcrop and onto Hyams Beach, where swimming and snorkelling is popular.

From all of the beaches, admire the views across Jervis Bay to Point Perpendicular and the prominent lighthouse perched atop the cliffs.

It is well worth packing your swimsuit and having a dip at each of the beaches – all of which are beautiful.

This walk can either be completed as a one-way (with a two car shuffle), or you can retrace your steps back to the starting point. 

On the return leg, there is the option to add the interconnected Scribbly Gum loop track (side track on the left when heading north), just after Chinamans Beach.

The Scribbly Gum track leads you away from the ocean, deeper into Jervis Bay National Park, finishing back at the western side of the Greenfield Beach picnic area. 

The White Sands Walk is easy and relatively flat, and while the Scribbly Gum track is also easy, it is somewhat steeper, with more steps.

Note that there is also a shorter version of this walk, starting from the Greenfield Beach picnic area to Hyams Beach. 

This is a great walk to add to a day-trip of the area, including southern activities like Cave Beach, Hole-in-the-Wall, Murrays Beach and Boat Ramp, the Cape St George Lighthouse and White Sands Walk, or northern activities like Point Perpendicular Lighthouse, Honeymoon Bay and Currarong Rock Pools.

Track: The trail mostly involves graded, well-maintained paths, wooden boardwalks and concrete footpaths, as well as some stretches along the beach. It is relatively flat, with only a few steps, with the Scribbly Gum track having more steps. The track is well-signed and easy to follow. 

Difficulty: The track is well-maintained and relatively flat, making it easy and suitable for all fitness levels. 

Direction: This is an out-and-back track which returns the way you came, with an option to add a loop track on that is best completed in a clockwise direction.

getting there

The walk begins from Plantation Point Reserve, along Plantation Point Road in Vincentia, 3 hours drive south of Sydney. 

The car park is relatively large, however can become extremely busy in peak times.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round. 

Completing the walk in the early morning or afternoon is particularly beautiful.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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