Australia’s Magic: See Bioluminescence Light Up Jervis Bay!

By Josh •  Updated: 09/05/23 •  10 min read

You might have heard of the many daytime activities at Jervis Bay. But what can you expect roaming the streets of Jervis bay at night? As it turns out there’s a lot to the Jervis Bay nightlife.

The cultural and natural spectacles Jarvis Bay offers at night are for many the reason to visit the place, so when can you see bioluminescence in Jervis Bay?  

The best time to see bioluminescence in Jervis Bay has varied but the event has been repeated the last few years between May and August. There are many reasons that Scientists believe Noctiluca flashes, to startle attackers, to summon larger predators, by releasing glowing chemicals into the water.

Jervis Bay features events and markets that run until late at night for providing a thrill to the tourists.

The Bioluminescent blue tides at night are something magical to witness and many travels to this place only to see the glowing waves. There is also the bliss of night cruises.

However, night-time cruises and bioluminescence are just parts of the overall experience. In this article, I will tell you about the best parts of the Jarvis bay nightlife and what you can expect to experience during that time.

So, stick with me till the end to have a complete picture.

The blue Bioluminescence produced by the water at Jervis Bay during the night between May and August
Photo Courtesy of Adam Foster From Flickr

How is the Nightlife in the Jervis Bay?

The number of daytime activities and events Jervis Bay offers makes it seem like it is not possible to enjoy Jervis Bay at night. But, hold on, Jervis Bay at night is as exciting as daytime. 

Bioluminescent waves, drinking places, night markets, friendly competition, live music, and evening cruises have added beauty and excitement to the nightlife of Jervis Bay.

If you are a party animal you would love the local night pubs and spots along the beautiful shores of Jervis Bay.

The night parties with seafood and live music are worthwhile attending to enjoy the coastal nightlife in Jervis Bay. 

What are the Night-time Activities in Jervis Bay?

Witnessing bioluminescence is the most known night-time activity in Jervis Bay. But below here are some of the night-time festivals and activities that can make you fall in love with the nightlife there-

Experiencing Bioluminescence 

If you want to experience the most phenomenal natural beauty then visit Jervis Bay at night. Because the arrival of blue glowing tides at Jervis Bay makes you feel alive more than ever. 

The bioluminescence at Jervis Bay after the daytime is something not to be missed out on. 

Jervis Bay is famous for being one of the few places in Australia where you can be awestruck by the incredible natural phenomena known as bioluminescence.

Special algae that glow at night create waves of blue glowing night which make the waters seem like they are glowing. This is called bioluminescence and many visit the place only to experience this.

You must be wondering, does Jervis Bay glow every night? Well, the answer is no it doesn’t. You should visit Jervis Bay at night between May and August to witness this serene bioluminescence activity.

Husky Duathlon

If you are an active and fitness-oriented soul then you would love to participate in the husky duathlon in Huskisson. This event is not limited to daytime only.

If you love cycling and running then participating in a husky duathlon would be worth it. You can choose your own distances- standard or sprint to race in the duathlon.

Bring your family or friends to cheer you from the crowd and ignite your thrill. Or you can be the spectator to watch the thrilling event. This event runs even after the evening.

White Sands Festival

This event has been hosted by Jervis Bay for over 20 years now. It takes place around April. This event runs till late at night. This event offers a range of activities to explore.

If you would like to listen to some live Scottish or local music while exploring the vintage exhibition then this event at Jervis Bay is your ideal kind of event.

The exhibition displays mostly vintage cars, equipment, machinery, and bikes. This large market event even features more than 100 stalls filled with entertaining activities for you to explore.

The Bay Games

Usually, this event runs for 3 days and nights around November. This event is filled with exciting friendly competitions for outdoor activities lovers. The activities take place in the sand or in the sea.

Whether you are an athlete or not you should participate in the games if you know how to paddle a canoe or surfboard. You can compete individually or with a group as well.

Take part in the exciting activities and you might win the “boss of the bay” title. You can contact the bay games website to know on which beaches they will be organizing the games.

Half Running Festival

Running with a team of two or your family by the panoramic shores of Jervis Bay is an activity you shouldn’t miss out on. Especially if you want to explore the beauty of Jervis Bay shores at night too.

This event or festival is organized around September but the event continues even after the evening concludes. You can choose your own distance to continue running.

The view while running is so beautiful that you would wish for the race to be longer. 

South Coast Food and Wine Festival

This festival has a special Friday night Oktoberfest theme to make your nightlife in Jervis Bay memorable. This night party offers exclusive dishes, drinks, and live music to enjoy with a beachfront view.

Also, this festival offers masterclass activities for you to learn some chefs’ signature dish recipes. The seafood, drinks, music, and new friends at this night festival will not disappoint you.

Roaming at Twilight Market 

You can roam around the Twilight Market which is held on the first Saturday of each month. This market closes after 7 pm. So you can stroll around this market in the evening also.

The entry is free here. Besides the market, there is this Jervis Bay Maritime Museum pond view that adds to your refreshment in the evening.

Also, this market features live music as well. If you are interested in local arts and crafts then this market is an ideal place to roam around in the evening.

Booderee Botanic Gardens 

There are plenty of things in this garden to explore. This garden remains open till 7 pm. You can enjoy your evening here by exploring the flora and fauna of the garden.

Also, this garden is best for those who love knowing the history of indigenous people. The garden makes you acquainted with indigenous Koori people and their medical uses of the plants.

The walking trails here are also suitable for wheelchair use. Your evening will not go in vain if you visit this garden.

Evening Cruises 

Husky Ferry always arranges evening cruises so that you can enjoy Jervis Bay at night. Book a Sunset River cruise if you want to witness the marine diversity of Jervis Bay at night.

This cruise departs at 6 PM on the summer and spring days. It takes you on a 2 hours serene tour to Currambene creek.

Jervis Bay Twilight cruise departs at 6 PM in the evening as well. If you want to witness Dolphins up close and personal then book a ticket to this cruise.

Also, if you are lucky enough then you might get to witness the bioluminescence of Jervis Bay. 

Sometimes such cruises feature boom netting activity which gives off a similar vibe to snorkeling

You would be thrilled in the boom netting activity with a group of people when the turquoise water will be splashing all over your body.

Where to Go to Experience the Night-Time Activities?

There are some well-known places in Jervis Bay that offer night-time activities throughout the year.

To experience the night-time activities and their thrill you should go to these places:

  • Jervis Bay Maritime Museum
  • Huskisson
  • Jervis Bay Village 
  • Jervis Bay Beaches

Jervis Bay Maritime Museum 

Twilight night market is held on the premise of this museum. This museum is located in Huskisson.

This museum gets closed in the daytime but for the Twilight Night market, its ground remains open till 7 in the evening.

So, to explore stalls of crafts and roam around at night in the Twilight market you should go to the ground of Jervis Bay Maritime Museum. 


All the festivals, games, and events are mostly held in Huskisson. Also, most evening cruises depart from Huskisson.

Most of the breweries and restaurants are at Huskisson. To enjoy the nightlife with family you can go to the Huskisson Jervis Bay Brewing Co.

No, do not worry, this place is kids-friendly with playgrounds and drinks for the kids. For your night BBQ party, any restaurant at Huskisson is an ideal choice.

Jervis Bay Village 

In this village, the Booderee Botanic Gardens is situated. You should come to this village if you are a nature-oriented soul and want to know the local history.

To explore the Jervis Bay flora and fauna until 7 in the evening you need to come to this village.

The walking trails in this village are also ideal for an evening stroll with a group. 

Jervis Bay Beaches

The stunning sand and water at Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay, New South Wales
Absolutely stunning Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay, NSW

The most beautiful activity in Jervis Bay is playing along with the bioluminescent plankton. But in every Jervis Bay beach bioluminescence does not occur.

You should visit Blenheim beach, Hyams beach, and Barfluer beach to witness this phenomenon.

However, most local Jervis Bay beaches should glow in bioluminescence under certain conditions. 

You are suggested to contact Jervis Bay Visitor Information Centre before heading towards any location to enjoy your night-time.

Because they can help you find the right location for you with events and activities of your preferences.

Final Verdict: Jervis Bay at Night

There’s a lot to do and things to see at Jervis Bay at night. You just need to know which Jervis Bay areas are featuring night-time games, events, or markets.

The bioluminescence is something that can’t be experienced in many places around the world and alone would warrant a trip out to experience as a vacationer.

I personally think that witnessing bioluminescence and marine diversity at night are two of the beautiful activities to make your stay at Jervis Bay memorable.

Thank you for reading till the end. I wish you all the very best in life.


Josh is a loving dad and husband, writer, business owner, and someone who loves to explore the world. He last travelled to Australia to visit Sydney, Brisbane, and Cairns and am looking to head back soon to see more! He is a huge fan of hiking, drawing, and so much more!

Keep Reading