• Distance 1.7km
  • Altitude max 81m
  • Altitude min 1m
  • Duration 1.1 hours
  • Trail type Loop
Three Stars

Three Stars

Worth Doing

The Australian Hiker Experience Rating is a measure of the overall quality of a walk. It is intended to help you decide whether to walk a trail, not to measure anything objective. Consider this our personal take on the walk.

Grade Two

Grade Two

No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.

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Scribbly Gum and White Sands Walking Track NSW (3.2km)

Jervis Bay National Park

Nearest Town

Huskisson, Jervis Bay, NSW

Best Time of the Year to Travel

Year round

Starting Location

Greenfield Beach Picnic area

Finish Location

Greenfield Beach Picnic area

Scribbly Gum and White Sands Walking Track Review

The Scribbly Gum and White Sands Walking Track is a designated walking track in the Jervis Bay National Park on the NSW South coast just south of Nowra. This track actually combines two shorter tracks, the 1.7km Scribbly Gum Track and the longer version when combined at 3.2km. This isn’t an overly long or difficult walking track. It combines the best of both worlds with a walk through native bushland combined with a  short beach walk. I have been coming to Jervis Bay for around 30 years and have always bypassed this area in favour of the adjacent Booderee National Park.

The start of this walk is the car park at the Greenfield Beach picnic area which is one of the best maintained trailheads I have seen in any national park. An excellent shaded car park, toilet facilities, a lovely grassed picnic area, beach access and undercover or open air picnic facilities.

Start this walk at the side of the undercover picnic area, the trailhead while not well marked is obvious. This first section takes you on the Scribbly Gum Walk as it undulates and winds its way up then downhill gradually before heading upwards to the highest point on this track which isn’t overly strenuous. From the highpoint you head downhill and once you arrive at the ‘T’ intersection turn left to return to the trailhead or turn right to continue on this walk.

This longer version travels along the coastline before coming to a turnoff point that travels through a narrow trail and onto an open rock platform that provides some excellent views. Once you spend some time taking in the views head back to the trail and continue on a short distance and you will arrive at Chinaman’s Beach. At this stage you need to look towards the bush and identify the sign that again takes you back into the bush which pops out on the edge of Hyams Beach. At this stage make a sharp left turn and you will head back onto Chinaman’s Beach. This walk provides a great opportunity for a swim or wade and if the weather is good, as it was on the day I did this walk, it would be so easy to spend time here as you walk along the sand back towards the other end of the beach that you entered. As you leave the beach up the short staircase you are back on the trail that you came out on.

From here head back towards the trail head passing the turnoff from the Scribbly Gum Track and continue to the trailhead. The advantage of doing the walk in this direction is that its an easier option to finish on and you can sit at a nice little lookout, taking in the views over towards Point Perpendicular on the opposite side of the Bay, before returning back to the trailhead.

This is a lovely little walk providing a chance to appreciate the large flowering plants on the Scribbly Gum Walk and beach access on the White Sands section. A win-win whatever your tastes.

Trailhead car park

Trailhead signage

No dogs, as usual

Undercover picnic and information kiosk

Trailhead picnic area

Trailhead toilets

Start this walk in an anticlockwise direction by walking past the covered picnic area

Trail example at the start

Trail example

Trail seating example

On-trail interpretation signage

Pittosporum in fruit

Banksia spinulosa

Banksia spinulosa up close

Trail example

Remnant Eucalyptus

Scribbly Gum

Trail directional signage, turn left

Lambertia (Mountain Devil) in flower

Dried Banksia cone

Trail example

Turn left to return top the trailhead, or turn right to continue this walk

Ocean view through the trees

Turn off to the rock platform

Rock platform view

Ocean view

Coming down the steps to the beach

Follow the rules

Beach crossing – stunning white sand

Head to the sign

Into the trees

Into Hyams Beach

Short road section

Short road section

Chinaman’s Beach

Beach walk

Mate mate mate

Back up the stairs

On trail again

Heading home

View of Point Perpendicular across the Bay

Ocean seats

Trailhead beach

Across the creek

Back to the start

Trail Videos

This short video contains photos and video from our walk to show you the walk from start to finish

Getting There

Google map from Nowra. The trip from Nowra is 36 km and will take around 35 minutes

On the way there 1

On the way there 2

On the way there 3

On the way there 4

On the way there 5

Trailhead car park

Trailhead car park. There is plenty of good quality car parking although I imagine on a hot day it would be busy in the middle of the day

Things to Know

  • Phone: There is good phone signal on this track (Telstra)
  • Water: You need to bring your own water although this walk is short enough not to carry to much
  • Toilets: There are toilets located in the picnic area at the trailhead
  • Trail: This trail consists of formed natural track and beach walking
  • Dogs: No dogs allowed
  • Camping: Not allowed
  • Other: 
    • This walk is done in a loop


This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker

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