Storm Over Berry

Berry
After some unsettled weather, things are slowly heating up again here in the south coast. This storm barrelled over us a couple of days ago, bringing a lot of lightning with it. There’s a bit of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz about this house in Berry, isn’t there.
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Berrys Beach

Berrys Beach
Good morning and a very happy Thor’s Day to you all. We’ve had some awesome summer thunderstorms rolling through here lately. Rather than grab the camera and chase those storms I have instead mainly sat on the back deck with a cold beer and enjoyed watching the incredible display. However I couldn’t resist the urge to try and get in front of this storm a couple of days ago and ended up at Berrys Beach (mid-Seven Mile). This was the moment at which the gust front hit and about 90 seconds after this everyone was sprinting to their cars to get out of the torrential downpour.
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Shoalhaven River

Shoalhaven Heads
Well then gang, here we are at the end of another year. We’ve got family over from the UK and are spending new years in Sydney, so this will be my last post of the year and for a few days. I’m not a big fan of new years celebrations, but it does serve to remind us that time is the most precious thing of all. I’ll take my leave for the year with a shot I took a couple of days ago in Shoalhaven Heads down at the Hay Avenue boat ramp. I look forward to sharing more of these fleeting moments in time with you during 2018. Should auld acquaintance be forgot …
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Shoalhaven Heads Beach

Shoalhaven Heads Beach
Bit of a slow burner sunrise on Xmas eve. There was a bit of early colour but a big block of cloud out over the ocean was blocking the sun. But I decided to stick around and it all came good in the end. Special shout-out to the bloke flying his Mavic Pro drone down there – how’s that ‘visual-line-of-sight’ thing working out for you ^_^a
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Shoalhaven Heads

Shoalhaven Heads
Awesome sunset a couple of evenings ago. This was how it looked down over the oyster fetches in Shoalhaven Heads. The person in the photograph is me, thinking big thoughts about mosquito repellent sprays.
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The Jervis Bay Glamour Beaches – Hyams, Greenfields and Blenheim

The Jervis Bay Glamour Beaches
Hyams, Greenfields and Blenheim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s hard for any one spot to stand out in a place as all-round stunning as Jervis Bay. It's larger than Sydney Harbour and is scattered with incredible inlets, cliffs, foreshores, reefs, sea-caves and beaches that are a joy to explore. Inevitably of course, for one reason or another, some locations become better known than others. On the Booderee side of the bay, the beaches of Greenpatch, Murrays and Hole in the Wall are the best known. On the northern side of the bay it's Honeymoon, Long Beach and Target.

The western side of the bay is much more built up than the other parts and so be definition they're often going to be buiser. However there is a trio of beaches on that side of the bay that  stand out amongst the other locations.  I call them the glamour beaches of Jervis Bay and I’d in this article I'd like to introduce you to them.

Hyams Beach in Summer
Greenfields Beach
Blenheim Beach

Hyams Beach

The first of the glamour beaches - and undoubtedly the most famous beach in the bay - is Hyams Beach. For many years it was put about that Hyams had the whitest sand in the world. However this was pure marketing puff - it has white sand for sure - but there are beaches with whiter sand. So ignore the hogwash about the Guinness Book of Records and just enjoy it for what it really is.

Hyams is a stunning beach, endowed with gorgeous sands, crystal clear waters and verdant bush-land all the way down to the dunes. At the northern end of the beach are some amazing homes - some of the priciest real-estate in the bay. It’s also one of the busiest beaches in Jervis Bay and on a hot day in the middle of the summer holiday it starts to look as busy as Bondi.

If you’re going to visit Hyams during any holiday season and you want to park within walking distance - arrive early. The beach car park has 20 bays and they’re usually gone shortly after sunrise. Also bring everything you’re likely to need (like lunch and refreshments) with you, because there’s only one shop in the township of Hyams Beach and it’s the (admittedly awesome) Hyams Beach cafe which has a couple of shelves of groceries for sale and that’s it.

Amazing Fact: The beach everyone calls Hyams is not actually Hyams Beach. Hyams is the tiny beach with the boat ramp just to the north. The beach everyone refers to as Hyams is actually called Seamans Beach.

Why you should visit : Amazing white sand that squeaks when you walk on it, but not the whitest sand in the world.

When you should visit: If you’re not a fan of crowds try visiting in the shoulder months - spring or autumn.

Greenfields Beach

Greenfields Beach
Mmmm – love the glamour beaches of Jervis Bay. This is Greenfields Beach a couple of days ago. I’ve never been one of those people that can just lie on a beach towel all day so rocky headlands like this area where you’ll always find me – having a poke around and seeing what’s around the next corner. 🙂
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Blenheim Beach

Blenheim Beach
Hey gang – it’s a toasty 42ºc here at the moment and I am sitting in my air-conditioned office contemplating going to the beach! This is how Blenheim Beach looked a couple of days ago. I was down in Vincentia filming the next episode of the Armchair Adventurer and had a very enjoyable swim here. Can you see yourself diving into those crystal clear waters?
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Hyams (Sailors) Beach

Hyams Beach
Happy Friday team and I trust everyone is enjoying the run-up to the festive season! As the summer holidays approach here, I’ve taken the opportunity to photograph some of the region’s signature beaches in summer light, before they’re invaded in a couple of week’s time. However, Sailors Beach (also referred to incorrectly as Hyams Beach) is busy all year round, not just for the six weeks of the summer holidays. I’ve been on this beach an hour before sunrise in the middle of winter, when it’s raining and windy, and still had to share the place with other keen people. On one occasion I arrived at the beach a full 90 minutes before sunrise for some star photography only to discover a full team of 12 people preparing a photo shoot for a line of swimwear. It’s just a popular spot. Anyway, here’s how it looked yesterday when the sun shone and it was 33ºc and the water was very refreshing.
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Shoalhaven Heads

Shoalhaven Heads
The start of summer here has seen some unsettled weather lately. We had a storm blow through town on Saturday afternoon and so I headed to Shoalhaven Heads to catch the sunrise over the river. There was just enough of a gap on the horizon to back-light the clouds. So I guess every cloud does have a silver lining. 🙂 Also if you missed it yesterday, my Christmas sale is now on – 10% off on all orders over $30 – use the code xmas2017 at the checkout.
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