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The ACT's South Coast
There's a place where the ACT meets
the sea. It's a stunning bay that
Captain Cook noted as he sailed past
in 1770. In 1791 Lieutenant Bowen of
the Atlantic named the same spot Jer vis
Bay, in honour of Admiral Sir John Jer vis
under whom he had served.
The Jer vis Bay Territory is where the
Royal Australian Navy College has its
naval training base, HMAS Creswell,
and the ACT-classified territory consists
of a mainland area of more than 6500
ha, about 800 ha of marine waters and
The azure-blue waters of Jer vis Bay
Marine Park are like a sun-kissed
sapphire and without a doubt the
crowning glory of the area. With their
abundance of wildlife, both above and
below the surface, the waters hold much
of the appeal for those wanting to make
the most of the beautiful natural treasure.
Due to the mix of temperate and
tropical habitats, the marine park and
surrounding waters are home to a variety
of fascinating creatures and, with a
reputation as the southern Great Barrier
Reef, needless to say it is a hugely popular
spot for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Residents of the watery realm that
divers and snorkellers might happen
across include the Indo-pacific Bottlenose
Dolphins, Australian and New Zealand
Fur Seals, the rare Weedy Sea-dragon, the
Eastern Blue Devil Fish and the shy and
endangered Grey Nurse Shark.
The bay is renowned for spectacularly
showcasing migrating whales, and as well
as regular dolphin sightings, Bowen Island,
which sits at the entrance to Jervis Bay, is
home to a large colony of Fairy Penguins.
Those keen to enjoy a more active
Don't be surprised if you visit Jervis Bay and decide you never want to leave again.
The activities on offer make the bay and surrounding area an oasis for thrill seekers,
beach lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. By Bron Vickers.
Photo by Christine Riggs
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