Jervis Bay, Shoalhaven

Shoalhaven Region:
Spot a Whale at Jervis Bay

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Pebbly Beach, Shoalhaven

Shoalhaven Region:
Unspoiled Pebbly Beach

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Kangaroo Valley, Shoalhaven

Shoalhaven Region:
Historic Bridge, Kangaroo Valley

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Shoalhaven is flanked by 100 magnificent beaches and mountain ranges. It is truly a haven for adventure seekers, nature lovers and foodies. The region is just two hours from Sydney and only slightly further from Canberra.


The Shoalhaven region includes the towns of Mollymook, Ulladalla, Sussex Inlet, Huskisson, Milton, Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Jervis Bay and Nowra on the New South Wales southern coast.

Dolphins, whales and seals

Turquoise waters adorn glorious beaches. Find yourself sharing the surf with dolphins, whales, and seals. Away from the beach, the myriad lakes and inlets provide the perfect outlet for swimming, boating, stand up paddle boards, fishing plus a multitude of other water sports.

Walking trails and rock climbing

Those looking for land-based adventures can head for the national parks and vast escarpment, where you can spend your days rock climbing, following the many walking trails which range from easy family hikes to challenging 3-day mountain hikes or simply soaking up the natural beauty of the landscape.

Food and wine trail

An extensive food trail showcases the unique culinary experiences right across the Shoalhaven region. There are nine outstanding vineyards, all with cellar doors. Sample local vintages and enjoy enchanting views. The combination of farming heritage, dedication and imagination of local chefs has put Shoalhaven on the foodie map.

Cultural pursuits

Combine all of this with a rich and immersive Aboriginal culture, lively music, and art festivals, thriving farmers markets and a comfortable, temperate climate with balmy summer days and crisp winter sunshine and you have everything you need for the perfect visit.

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Shoalhaven Region

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Be Inspired:

  • Head out on a dolphin watch cruise from Jervis Bay – between mid-May and mid-November you might spot humpback, southern right and minke whales on their migration journey.
  • Delight the culinary tastebuds with lunch at Bannisters in Mollymook, one of Rick Stein’s Australian outposts.
  • Detox the senses and hit the trails for a hike through pristine, native bushland.
  • Join a winery tour and taste the famed drops of the region at nine cellar doors.
  • Learn to surf with a pioneer in female professional surfing.
  • Connect to Country with a cultural tour about the rich indigenous culture of the Shoalhaven.
  • Admire local art at one of the many art galleries and studios dotted throughout the region.

Visit Towns of the Shoalhaven Region

Create your experience in the Shoalhaven Region

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Bangalay Luxury Villas & Restaurant

Bangalay Luxury Villas & Restaurant is set amongst the pristine backdrop of coastal national park and Shoalhaven Heads golf course. Stay in architecturally designed luxury just two hours south of…

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Bay and Bush Jervis Bay

Bay and Bush offers holiday accommodation and all-inclusive lifestyle retreats. Situated on 27 acres of unspoiled Australian bush only minutes from Huskisson and just two hours drive from Sydney or…

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Kiama Coast Holiday Parks

Indulge and rejuvenate seaside with Kiama Coast Holiday Parks. Situated along the spectacular Kiama Coast, just 1.5 hours south of Sydney and 2.5 hours from Canberra, we’ve got five parks…

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Paperbark Camp

Combining premium tented accommodation with wonderful food & warm hospitality, Paperbark Camp is a peaceful bush retreat in beautiful Jervis Bay – think camping for grownups! Nestled in a peaceful bush setting on…

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Shoalhaven Information Centre – Nowra

Shoalhaven Visitor Information Centre Nowra offers a complete range of information, including an online accommodation and tour booking service. Souvenirs, local produce, crafts, and other merchandise are available for purchase…

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Shoalhaven Visitor Information Centre – Ulladulla

Call or visit the Shoalhaven Visitor Centre at Ulladulla for personalised, friendly local advice. The centre has a cafe, a wide range of information and planning tools and an online…

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20 Facts About the Shoalhaven Region


Part of the: Coastal Discovery Drive route

Plan your trip in the Shoalhaven Region

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What Locals Love About the Shoalhaven Region

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‘With such a diversity of landscapes, from rugged escarpments with untouched wilderness to pristine, uncrowded and tranquil white sand beaches, you can immerse yourself in nature’s beauty, and only a few hours from Sydney. It’s the perfect antidote to a hectic modern life.’

Camilla Hamilford, Paperbark Camp

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