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Greenfield Beach: Make This Your Jervis Bay Beach Of Choice

Greenfield Beach: Make This Your Jervis Bay Beach Of Choice

If you’re looking for dreamy beaches on the South Coast of NSW, then heading to Jervis Bay is a must. Most visitors will make a beeline for the uber-famous Hyams Beach, and rightly so. The powdery white sand and turquoise water are certainly drool-worthy. But, Hyams Beach isn’t the only spectacular patch of white sand here. Although, it’s certainly the busiest. So, if you’re looking for a quieter patch of tranquillity in Jervis Bay, then we think Greenfield Beach is an unsung hero in this Shoalhaven area.

In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about visiting the beach, including how to get there and where to park, as well as using the White Sands Walk to beach hop this beautiful coastline.

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Greenfield Beach, Shoalhaven

Located just south of Vincentia in the Shoalhaven region, Greenfield Beach is a small and sheltered beach in Jervis Bay. The pure white sand feels like powder underfoot. Certainly, walking along the beach feels far removed from civilisation, as you enjoy the crystal clear waters of Jervis Bay to one side and the beautiful coastal forests, towering above you, to the other.

Greenfield Beach is part of Jervis Bay National Park, managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. The location remains unspoiled and natural, with very little in the way of built-up areas surrounding it. In fact, aside from the incredible beaches in Booderee National Park, to the south of Jervis Bay, Greenfield Beach is one of the most remote beaches in Jervis Bay.

Although of course, you’re never that far from useful amenities, with the likes of Vincentia and Husiksson just a stone’s throw away, which helps make these beaches extremely popular for families.

View through the trees of Greenfield Beach, Shoalhaven

Greenfield Beach Features

Shoalhaven’s Greenfield Beach might be less popular than Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay, but it still has plenty to offer. Below, we’ll list a selection of the key features to expect when you visit. These include the following facilities.

  • Picnic area
  • BBQs
  • Recreational ground
  • Toilets
  • Accessible toilet
  • Beach showers
  • Accessible access to the beach
  • White Sands Walk and Scribbly Gum Walk
  • Swimming and snorkelling
  • Parking

Also, please note, that Greenfield Beach is an unpatrolled beach in Jervis Bay.

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Things to Do at Greenfield Beach, Jervis Bay

Well look, we’re not here to tell you how to spend your time at the beach. After all, that’s entirely up to you, this is your beach day. But, just to help out, we’ll touch on some of the things Greenfield Beach is known for, as well as facilities and short enjoyable walks to do from and around the beach.

Swimming and Snorkelling

With its semi-sheltered location in Jervis Bay, Greenfield Beach is a wonderful spot for some relaxed and family-friendly swimming. The water is crystal clear and more than a little inviting. You’ll find gentle waves and mostly calm conditions. Bear in mind though, that the beach isn’t patrolled, so you’ll need to supervise children and be a fairly confident open-water swimmer. Of course, a spot of wave jumping or shoreline paddling can be just as fun.

At either end of Greenfield Beach the enclosed rock walls that extend into the sea offer great opportunities for some gentle snorkelling. In addition, the coastal forest surrounding the beach invites a little exploration.

Beck goes for a swim at Greenfield Beach
Walking along Greenfield Beach in Jervis Bay

Greenfield Beach Picnic Area

If you’re not a fan of a beach picnic, then there’s the option to crack open the packed lunch at the Greenfield Beach Picnic Area. Heading back through the coastal bushland, you can find a sheltered spot at the grassy recreation area.

At the Greenfield Beach Picnic Area, you’ll find gas BBQs and covered seating. Certainly, with such proximity to the beach, you’ll still feel like you’re there, just minus the sandy sangas. Aside from eating, this is generally a great place to relax. You’ll also find public toilets and beach showers here.

Sunrise at Greenfield Beach

Greenfield Beach faces east across Jervis Bay, making it a wonderful place to enjoy sunrise in the Shoalhaven region. Arrive early to enjoy delicate pinks and oranges as they dance across the sky. Dawn, and dusk for that matter, are also great times of the day to spot wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled for dolphins in the bay, as well as a wealth of birdlife in the coastal bushland.

White Sands Walk & Scribbly Gum Track

If you’re anything like Dan and I, then you’ll get pretty restless, pretty quickly at the beach. For a change of scenery, you should consider joining the White Sands Walk or the Scribbly Gum Track.

The White Sands Walk is a wonderful coastal walk that stretches between Plantation Point and Hyams Beach. Greenfield Beach sort of falls in the middle and it’s possible to pick up the track and do the walk in either direction or certainly small parts of it. However, we recommend beginning at one end and walking the whole thing to enjoy the trail to its fullest. You’ll pass by other exceptional beaches such as Nelsons Beach, Blenheim Beach and Chinamans Beach.

Also, you’ll find a small circular walk known as the Scribbly Gum Track beginning at Greenfield Beach. This short and picturesque walk meanders through the coastal forest where you’ll spot plenty of interesting eucalyptus trees. This specific type attracts moth larva that then produces ‘scribbles’ as they burrow through the bark, hence the name Scribbly Gum.

Read more: White Sands Walk Jervis Bay

Where Is Greenfield Beach, Jervis Bay?

Greenfield Beach is located south of Vincentia in Jervis Bay, within the region of Shoalhaven. Feel free to click on the interactive Google Map to help plan your journey.

Google map showing the location of Greenfield Beach, Shoalhaven area.

How to Get to Greenfield Beach, Jervis Bay

Accessing Greenfield Beach requires a short walk through the coastal bush from the recreational area at the end of Elizabeth Drive and Sutton Street in Vincentia. Alternatively, you can access Greenfield Beach by doing the White Sands Walk.

Greenfield Beach Parking

Along Elizabeth Drive and Sutton Street, you’ll find parking bays along the road. There is no actual car park. Given the limited parking availability, we would recommend arriving early if you intend to visit on the weekends or public holidays.

For alternative parking, consider leaving the car at Blenheim Beach or Chinamans Beach, and using the White Sands Walking track to reach Greenfield Beach.

Greenfield Beach, Vincentia Directions

Getting to Greenfield Beach and Jervis Bay is certainly the simplest with your own set of wheels and is very popular as a day trip, weekend trip or extended holiday from Sydney.

Sydney to Jervis Bay is a very straightforward drive, taking just 2–3 hours. You’ll follow the M1 south down to Bomaderry, before picking up the A1 Jervis Bay Road. Continue onto Naval College Road, before heading left at Vincentia onto The Wool Road. Join Elizabeth Drive and follow directions through to Greenfield Beach.

If the drive feels long, or you simply want to break up the road trip with some other awesome locations on the south coast of New South Wales, then we recommend stopping at Killalea Regional Park, Kiama and Huskisson.

Also, we recommend hiring a vehicle if you don’t have one for your road trip to Jervis Bay.

Car Hire

If you don’t have your own car, you should hire one using Discover Cars. Personally, we use Discover Cars and highly recommend them for finding your ideal car hire at an affordable price. Booking online is super easy and the free cancellation policy is great.

To find out more about renting a car with Discover Cars, read our Discover Cars review and Discover Cars Insurance review.

Walking to the bay from the White Sands Walk

Public Transport

Of course, if you don’t have a vehicle and don’t want to hire one, then it’s possible to take public transport to Jervis Bay from Sydney. But, be warned, with a total journey time of just over five hours and a few changes, it’s not a quick trip. Still, this might work best for you.

So, you’ll first take the train from Sydney to Kiama. At Kiama, you’ll take the bus to Bomaderry. Then, from Bomaderry, take the #102 bus to Vincentia, and alight at this bus stop next to Nelsons Beach. Then, from Nelsons Beach, it makes sense to pick up the White Sands Walk to access Greenfield Beach.

You can check public transport options at Transport NSW.

Read more: How To Get From Sydney To Jervis Bay

Sitting on the sand at Greenfield Beach in Jervis Bay, Shoalhaven

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Below, we’ll answer a couple of the most frequently asked questions about visiting Greenfield Beach in Jervis Bay, Shoalhaven region.

Is Greenfield Beach Dog Friendly?

No. That’s because Greenfield Beach falls within the boundaries of Jervis Bay National Park. Nearby, Nelsons Beach allows dogs at certain times of the morning.

Can You Fish at Greenfield Beach?

As above, because the beach falls within the national park, the waters are protected and it is not permitted to fish.

Other Things to Do Nearby

There’s plenty to keep you entertained on a trip down to Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay, with a wealth of beautiful beaches just like Greenfield Beach. Below are some of our top picks.

  • Booderee National Park: explore one of the most beautiful coastal national parks along the south coast of NSW (although Booderee is technically ACT), full of more picturesque beaches and awesome coastal walks.
  • Honeymoon Bay: a well-known half-moon-shaped bay on the Beecroft Weapons Range.
  • Gosangs Tunnel & Mermaid Inlet: awesome tunnel and cave view out across the South Pacific Ocean.
  • Granite Falls: the perfect wet weather activity when visiting Jervis Bay.
  • Tianjara Falls: another incredible waterfall in Morton National Park and just outside of Jervis Bay.
  • Jervis Bay Beaches: explore more outstanding beaches in Jervis Bay with Blenheim Beach, Chinamans Beach, Hyams Beach and Huskisson Beach.
Drone shot of couple walking down Hyams Beach
Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay

Bonus Tips

  • When to visit: despite being much quieter than neighbouring Hyams Beach, Greenfield Beach can be quite busy during school and public holidays. Visit early to ensure a parking spot and to enjoy the beach in relative tranquility. In addition, we think any season of the year is good for visiting Jervis Bay, having experienced the beaches in both summer and winter. But, for optimal swimming conditions, you’ll want to visit in summer. Aim for a weekday if possible.
  • Accessibility: access to the beach is both wheelchair and pram accessible. In addition, there are a few accessible parking spots at the picnic reserve, as well as an accessible toilet.

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We acknowledge and respect the First Nations people as the Traditional Custodians of the land/water that we visited and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.

Beck Piggott

With an art and design based background, Beck uses photography and writing to help inspire readers to climb mountains, hike coastal trails and chase waterfalls around the globe.

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