Jervis Bay & Shoalhaven


Abundance of natural beauty

Discover breath-taking coastal walks, pet-friendly beaches, idyllic surf, rock climbing adventures and beachside camping. Or head inland to tour the charming villages and rolling green hills. Complemented by fantastic local food and wine, the entire region presents an ideal getaway.

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Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven Area

Covering the majestic coastline between Shoalhaven Heads and Bawley Point, this wonderful region is bordered by mountains, green hinterland and a plethora of magnificent beaches. It is a popular holiday destination for families, beachgoers, and those who enjoy bushwalking and nature.

Relax on the beautiful beaches of the Shoalhaven area around Jervis Bay. Just north of Shoalhaven heads, the idyllic, untouched expanse of Seven Mile Beach spreads out north to Gerroa, bordered by national park complete with BBQ facilities and a picnic area. Jervis Bay has an abundance of pristine white sand beaches, including Pebbly Beach where you can mingle with the local troupes of friendly kangaroos.

Boat moored in Bittangabee Bay, Ben Boyd National Park. Image credit: John Spencer, National Parks

Whale and dolphin watching are popular activities for visitors to the Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay area. Whale watching season runs from May to November, when you can find a spot on a headland overlooking the ocean or hop on a tour boat to see humpback and southern right whales up close. Dolphin watch cruises are a great day out the year round, and you may also spot seals in their natural habitat.

The Shoalhaven River, Jervis Bay, Huskisson and Callala Bay are all popular areas for watersports and adventure activities such as kayaking, rock climbing, stand up paddleboarding and canoeing. Explore the many great inlets lakes, surf beaches, excellent tidal and beach fishing, boating and watersports such as kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding. There are also some very good fishing spots in the area if you feel like throwing a line in.

Farmed and locally harvested produce provides top quality seafood, great cheeses and a variety of popular NSW South Coast wines. This particular region features 20 vineyards and 11 cellar doors.

Explore the hinterland favourites of Milton, Berry and Kangaroo Valley and discover charming local shops, cute cafes and indulgent day spas.

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Local areas

  • Bawley Point Bawley Point is popular with surfers looking for the best waves along the coast.
  • Berry Berry is a rustic and sophisticated village surrounded by rich dairy country below the coastal escarpment.
  • Callala Bay Sitting at the northern end of Jervis Bay, best known for its stunning beaches, safe bay swimming and resident dolphins.
  • Culburra Beach You'll discover your own piece of beachside heaven at Culburra. Surf, swim, fish or wander along long sandy stretches.
  • Currarong Currarong’s spectacular coastal setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean makes it a popular holiday spot at any time of the year.
  • Huskisson Wrapped around the vast blue playground of Jervis Bay Marine Park, Huskisson offers pristine beaches and great swimming, fishing, diving, snorkelling and sailing.
  • Hyams Beach A popular holiday spot on the South Coast that has the whitest sand in the world.
  • Jervis Bay Jervis Bay offers a pristine coastal wilderness and is a great location for whale watching, camping, fishing and boating.
  • Kangaroo Valley A National Trust-listed village that's nestled between mountains.
  • Lake Conjola A deep coastal lake regularly open to the sea which provides a wonderful playground for fishing and boating enthusiasts.
  • Milton Milton is a historic agricultural town close to magnificent beaches.
  • Mollymook This quiet, leisurely town is set on hills rising from the coast into pastureland. Mollymook Beach is one of the South Coast's most popular beaches.
  • Nowra Nowra is an historic city and the commercial heart of the Shoalhaven. It’s on the Shoalhaven River close to beaches and national parks.
  • Shoalhaven Heads A tranquil beach resort town in an idyllic location where the Shoalhaven River flows into the ocean.
  • St Georges Basin St Georges Basin is a large, shallow lagoon with outstanding boating and fishing.
  • Sussex Inlet A quiet but spirited holiday town with excellent water sports facilities.
  • Ulladulla A great base for exploring local natural attractions such as Morton National Park, Lake Conjola and Lake Burrill.
  • Vincentia Vincentia is home to many of Jervis Bay's most beautiful and accessible beaches.