local government area in New South Wales, Australia

The Shoalhaven is a large rural region in the state of New South Wales south of the Illawarra.

Cities edit

  • 1 Berry - Quaint town, very popular with tourists.
  • 2 Currarong – on the Beecroft Peninsula, home to a rather interesting "tunnel".
  • 3 Jervis Bay including the towns of Huskisson and Vincentia
  • 4 Milton  
  • 5 Nowra and Bomaderry – twin-towns and the regional centre of Shoalhaven
  • 6 Ulladulla - including the beachside community of Mollymook

Other destinations edit

Understand edit

The Shoalhaven is, after Greater Sydney, the most popular tourist destination in New South Wales.

The most well-known part of the Shoalhaven is the Jervis Bay area. The area is approximately 160km along the coastline, including 109 beaches, which allegedly possesses the whitest sand in the world, as well as pristine natural Australian bushland. The Shoalhaven area is home to numerous species of native Australian flora and fauna.

Get in edit

Access to Nowra, the gateway of the Shoalhaven, is via the Princes Highway or via the train (note that this is the end of the line and there are NO train lines south of Bomaderry until you are well inside Victoria).

The local bus connects you from the train station in Bomaderry to Stewart Place in Nowra. If the bus isn't around it is only a 10 minute walk across the bridge veering right at the Information Centre. For those who require the Nowra Information Centre is just over the bridge on the southern side on the left. Open 7 days.

Get around edit

There is a public transport network available within the Shoalhaven area and you can find bus timetables at the train station and at Stewart Place. Stewart Place is also the stop for interstate buses travelling up and down the coast. The most well known of these is Premier Motor Service

Rent a Cars at $48 per day are available to explore the adjacent coast through the Riverhaven Motel on the south side of the bridge. An indication of public transport costs in the area it is $9 one way for a bus ride to Huskinsson.

See edit

Shoalhaven has some of the whitest beaches anywhere in the world and is often compared with the Whitsundays Islands, Jervis Bay and Currarong. It may not compare with Cape Le Grand National Park in WA, but it's still very white.

For those that are interested in planes and military aviation, the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra may be of great interest displaying numerous aircrafts and helicopters such as the GAF Jindivik, which is a pilotless target aircraft.

Do edit

  • Visit one of the many beaches
  • Explore some of the tiny rural townships
  • Water sports on the Shoalhaven River

Eat edit

There is a large variety of food you'll find in larger towns such as Nowra, but outside of Nowra, variety is almost non-existent. As most towns in the region are coastal or near-coastal, most towns will have at least one good fish and chips shop, usually near the town's most popular beach.

Drink edit

This region travel guide to Shoalhaven is a usable article. It gives a good overview of the region, its sights, and how to get in, as well as links to the main destinations, whose articles are similarly well developed. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.