Shoalhaven is flanked by 100 magnificent beaches, soaring mountain ranges and is a true haven for adventure seekers, nature lovers and foodies alike. Lying two hours from Sydney and just slightly further from Canberra, this is an easy region to access and to explore.
Glorious beaches are washed by sparkling turquoise water and more often than not you might 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 water sports.
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-lovers are well catered for with an extensive food trail showcasing the unique, culinary experiences right across the Shoalhaven region. Plus, there are nine outstanding vineyards, all with cellar doors so you can sample the local vintages, and enchanting views. It’s certainly true to say that the combination of farming heritage, dedication and indeed imagination of local chefs has really put Shoalhaven on the foodie map.
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.
- Head out on a dolphin watch cruise from Jervis Bay, between mid-May and mid-November you might also 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 aboriginal culture of the Shoalhaven.
- Admire local art at one of the many art galleries and studios dotted throughout the region.