Adventure

Highlights

Enjoy the beautiful waterways of the Shoalhaven, from the gorgeous Shoalhaven River to the beaches and inlets of Jervis Bay Marine Park. Explore on a kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard, or spend a day boating or fishing around amazing coastline and quiet lakes. You can also take in amazing views from a different perspective as you climb dramatic rock formations.

  • Kayaking, Kangaroo Valley
  • Kayaking, Huskisson

Adventure in the Shoalhaven

Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven are made up of beautiful expanses of natural bushland, dramatic rock formations, and beautiful beaches and waterways. The waters of Jervis Bay are particularly special. This is where the warm and cold waters of the ocean meet, promoting some of the most diverse species of aquatic life in Australia. 

The Shoalhaven River and the Jervis Bay Marine Park are ideal locations to begin your stand up paddleboarding adventure. Jervis Bay’s Marine Park status ensures that stand up paddleboarders can enjoy unspoilt scenery and encounter an array of sea life such as dolphins, penguins and seals, as well as hundreds of species of birds and fish. There are also stand up paddleboarding tours available.

Stand up paddleboardning, Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven

With kilometres of beautiful coastline, the region is also ideal for kayaking. Dolphins often play in these waters, and from May to November you may also spot a whale as you paddle. Sea Kayak Jervis Bay offers day trips, overnight tours and short kayaking trips throughout the Jervis Bay Marine Park

You can also hire a kayak in the picturesque Kangaroo Valley. Meander down the Kangaroo River to Bendeela with Kangaroo Valley Kayaks, a gentle cruise that takes just a few hours. Paddle along Shoalhaven Gorge, where you can overnight camp upstream from Tallowa Dam. The area is known for its dramatic sandstone cliffs and tumbling waterfalls, and is only accessible by kayak.

Kayaking, Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven

Another great spot for kayaking is St Georges Basin, where you can spot black swans, pelicans and sea eagles. This is also a great place for fishing. Lake Wollumboola in Culburra, part of the Jervis Bay Marine Reserve, is also a great place to relax. At times the lake has been home for up to 12,000 black swans. 

The Shoalhaven region is abundant with National Parks, making it the ideal destination for bushwalkers. With beautiful walks at Pigeon House Mountain, you can experience spectacular views from Morton National Park. Don’t miss the Pretty Beach to Durras Mountain walking track, where you’re sure to spot one of the area's resident ‘surfing kangaroos’.

This is also a great place to spot migrating whales. Whales often play in Jervis Bay during their migration south between May and November, with whale calfs resting and playing in the calm waters. 

Rock climbing, Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven

The Shoalhaven is a popular rock climbing destination, featuring quality rock surfaces, diverse climbing routes and stunning scenery. The region is rich in clean, hard sandstone, an ideal surface for all skill levels. Thompsons Point, near the Shoalhaven River in Nowra, is a popular rock climbing spot.  Join a tour with Climb NowraVincentia, situated on the western shores of Jervis Bay, is also favoured by bouldering enthusiasts.

Novice climbers can build their confidence and skills at Hospital Rocks in Nowra, while more experienced climbers will enjoy the challenge of Point Perpendicular’s almost-vertical cliff face, as well as the breathtaking views which await.

Check out Tree Adventures Nowra, a high ropes course right next door to Shoalhaven Zoo where you can leap, swing and fly through the forest above the Shoalhaven River. There are flying foxes, rope bridges and obstacles to challenge you. It’s great fun for kids and adventurous adults alike.

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