The NSW South Coast boasts a number of beautiful beaches but none more magnificent than those in the Jervis Bay area, making them the perfect choice for your beach wedding ceremony.
There are two types of beaches in Jervis Bay, Council run beaches and beaches run by the National Parks and Wildlife Services. Choosing the perfect beach for your wedding ceremony can be confusing as each beach has different guest number capacities and rules and some require a permit while others don't.
We've written this article to make it easier for you to plan your perfect South Coast Beach Wedding in Jervis Bay.
Shoalhaven Council Run Beaches
Council run beaches are broken into three categories. Small, medium and large function areas. Different rules apply to each however all beaches allow only biodegradable confetti, bubbles or loose rose petals and the service of any alcohol (where permitted – noting that some reserves in the Shoalhaven are declared as Alcohol Free Zones) will be carried out by a person(s) with a valid RSA accreditation. Police must also be notified of any function serving alcohol.
Small Function Areas
No Council booking, permit or fee is required.
Maximum number of people (including children) at the private function is 50.
Maximum duration of the function is 3 hour (incl. set up/ pack up).
Infrastructure is limited to a personal/ ‘pop up’ marquee (maximum 3m x 3m), one wedding arbour, one table and 10 chairs (that can be carried in and out of the public reserve).
Public Address (PA) systems are not permitted.
Read full list of conditions HERE.
Our recommend Council beaches in Jervis Bay that fall under the small function category are Blenheim Beach and Hyams Beach.
Blenheim Beach is located in Vincentia. It is a smaller secluded beach less poplular with the tourists therefore making it ideal for a wedding ceremony. Featuring beautiful white sand, crystal clear water and surrounded by gorgeous bushland, this beach is perfect for wedding photos. The beach is located down some stairs so it may not be suitable if you have guests with mobility issues. There is parking and toilet facilities.
Photos by Nora Devai Photography
Located in the Village of Hyams Beach this beach features a long stretch of white sand, and aqua crystal clear water. This beach is very popular especially in the summer months but if you are prepared to walk a little further south you should still be able to find a quiet spot for your beach wedding ceremony. There is parking and toilet facilities. Please note that during peak holiday seasons and school holidays, Hyams Beach gets very busy and often car access will be limited into the village once the parking areas become full. It is best to choose a different beach if you're planning on getting married at that time.