Chinamans Beach, Jervis Bay: The Perfect Alternative to Hyams Beach!
You’ve probably heard of Hyams Beach by now (especially if you read this blog – I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago) and how it’s apparently the beach with the whitest sand in the world (read my post if you want to see if that’s true or not). Jervis Bay is a big place and Hyams Beach isn’t the only place worth visiting. There are heaps of beaches in Jervis Bay, and in my opinion Chinamans Beach is the best. Keep reading to find out more about this awesome beach!
There are lots of beaches huddled together close to Hyams Beach. Chinamans Beach is the next beach over (only around 5 minutes’ walk) and is a bit quieter than its famous neighbour. Chinamans Beach has that same bright white sand and clear turquoise water but when we visited it was a little quieter than bustling Hyams Beach.
You can get a nice view of Chinamans Beach from the road / path above (when coming from Hyams Beach) but it’s down at ground level where it really shines. The colour of the sand and water, along with green backdrop, gives this place a tropical feel and it’s just as good (possibly even better) than any beach I’ve seen in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. We visited Chinamans Beach early in the morning and it was completely deserted. It did get busier as the day wore on, but it was still easy to find a slice to ourselves.
Why is it a good alternative to Hyams Beach?
Chinamans Beach is far quieter than Hyams Beach (when we visited anyway) and it’s a lot shorter, meaning you can see the whole thing far easier than Hyams Beach (where very few people actually traverse the length of the beach). There are also some great views of the beach from above, which is always a bonus. It’s not the only alternative though – there are so many great beaches in this area, including Nelson Beach, Huskisson Beach and the undeveloped beaches of Booderee National Park. It’s the idea beach destination as there is so much to explore (or you can just relax all day at any of the beautiful beaches).
The White Sands Walk
Starting at the far end of Chinamans Beach, the White Sands Walk takes you along the coast towards Plantation Point. You’ll pass by quite a few nice beaches along the way, including Greenfields Beach and Nelsons Beach. There are also some stunning views of the beaches and the wider Jervis Bay area from some parts of the track. It’s an easy track and you could do the whole thing in around 30 minutes (one way) if you had to. It’s best to spend a few hours and stop off at some (or all) of the beaches along the way though.
Planning a trip to Jervis Bay
Chances are if you’ve reading this post you’re planning a trip to Jervis Bay – luckily, I can help you with that! I’d recommend staying in Huskisson if you can (we didn’t – it was a busy time and most places were full) as there are a couple of top-quality beaches right in town and there are plenty of places to eat and drink. Hyams Beach is a far smaller community with only one café and Sanctuary Point is a little far from the action. We stayed at Sanctuary Point (around 10 minutes’ drive from the beaches) and it was fine for us, but you might want to be closer to a beach. Public transport isn’t ideal in these parts, so you really need a car – if you have one (or rent one) it’s a very easy to place to explore.
Are you planning a visit to Jervis Bay? What do you think of Chinamans Beach? Let me know in the comments below!