The world’s whitest beach: Hyams In Jervis Bay

February 26, 2007

Jervis Bay holds a Guinness Book world record – for having the whitest beach in the world. I must admit, I was a tad sceptical. How could a small coastal beach have whiter sands than deserted tropical islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? I had to see this for myself.

Our walk along the beachesSo we decided to take a walk to Hyams Beach, of the snow white sand. It was a bit of a trek – but a very attractive one at that – through the beaches, over rocks, in the forests and finally reached the tarmac of the exclusive Hyams Beach resort town. It took us a good couple of hours to get to our destination and by the time we actually arrived, the weather was somewhat miserable and the colour of the beach sand had lost its glimmer.

The white sands in Hyams BeachI expected some sort of plague at least advertising this accolade but there was nothing like that. We did find a gorgeous deserted beach with sand as soft as satin and yes, it was very white. I can’t say whether it’s the whitest in the world, but I reckon it’s the softest and whitest I’ve ever seen.

We were starving by now, so we ambled to Hyams Beach Store – the one and only cafe (well at least what we could gather). The food looked delicious but we settled on yummy milkshakes.

We resisted hitchhiking back to Vincentia and rather walked back – finally reaching our self-catering oasis. We delved into the kitchen for cheese and tomato ‘sangers’ (sandwiches).

Our pasta dinnerIn the afternoon, we headed into Huskisson where we caught a movie at the Husky Cinema and then returned to Vicentia for a night of dvd’s and home-made pasta.


The Sunshine Coast Beaches – Day Two

December 6, 2006

The Mooloolaba BeachThis morning, we set out pretty early to explore some of the beaches. We went to visit the lighthouse at Point Cartwright in Mooloolaba. The beach here is really magnificent – white and long with calm, azure blue seas.

The delicious SizzlerWe then took a drive along the coast and stopped off a Marichydore (interesting names – they have Aboriginal orgins). Here, we went for lunch at Sizzler. This was a delicious trip down memory lane as Uncle Jules took my family there when we first visited Sydney in 1994. It made a great impression. The restaurant is centred around an extensive buffet, which costs $11 for a never-ending plate. There are soups, salads, pasta and the yummiest potato skins. I ate my fill and then finished it off with a self-made ice-cream sundae complete with smarties, marshies and oreo cookie crumbles – yum!!!!

We then walked off our lunch at the Sunshine Beach Plaza – which is a pretty big mall with all the main Ozzie chain stores.

Our last stop for the day was a game of cave putt-putt – it was a very tricky course but we had good fun. I guess I shouldn’t really admit this, but Jeff beat me…not by much though.