Jervis Bay Kayak and Camping Weekend

The forecast was grim. Hot, hot, hot. I deal very poorly with heat, much less with the prospect of camping in record temperatures. Happily, by the time the weekend came upon us, the night time temperatures in Jervis Bay was predicted to dip to 23 degrees, much more palatable than the 30 degrees in Sydney.

So we packed our car full of our kayaks and camping gear and trekked down to Jervis Bay Caravan Park Friday evening to join up with a Meetup group for a weekend of paddling. Didn’t quite manage a night of restful sleep though, so we were only too glad to greet the sunrise the next morning.

Jervis Bay sunrise

Jervis Bay Sunrise

It was an awesome day to be out on the water, especially when we paddled down the Currambene Creek and out in the Huskisson Bay. We had blue sky overhead, the warm sun beating down on us, and gloriously cool and clear water lapping against our boats. Life was good (but might have been perfect had we spotted dolphins hehe).

(photo credit: Birute)
(photo credit: Birute)

Cooling off in Jervis Bay

Hyams Beach
Hyams Beach

 

(photo credit: Paul Barnes)
Our sunburnt but merry crew at dinner (photo credit: Paul Barnes)

The clouds rolled in by evening though, and the thunderstorm started at midnight. We woke up to flashes of lightning and claps of thunder, but, exhausted from the shenanigans of the day, summoned up just enough energy to pull down our rain fly before crashing back to sleep.

Explored the mangroves of Currambene Creek the next morning. After battling full-moon strength currents the day before, it was a treat to let the tides carry us up the Creek, through the mangrove forests, and then back down again.

Photo credit: Paul Barnes
Photo credit: Paul Barnes

 

Exploring the mangroves in Currambene Creek, Jervis Bay (photo credit: Paul Barnes)
Exploring the mangroves in Currambene Creek, Jervis Bay (photo credit: Paul Barnes)

 

Our kayaking meetup group (photo credit: Paul Barnes)
The happy bunch (photo credit: Paul Barnes)

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