The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Food and Wine
Check out the region’s many local markets including the weekly Shoalhaven Heads Seafood & Produce Fair and the Berry Produce Market held twice monthly. The Kangaroo Valley Village Markets and Tomerong Markets are held on the second and third Saturday of each month respectively. Cupitt’s Winery also hosts a local growers market on the last Saturday of every month.
Alexander Berry planted the first vines in the Shoalhaven at Coolangatta Estate on the slopes of Mt Coolangatta, and the area is now a thriving wine region with 16 cellar doors, many of which combine rolling green countryside with ocean or rivers views. Enjoy the unspoilt natural beauty of the region at leading wineries including Cambewarra Estate, Cuppitt's and Two Figs, and be sure to savour a glass or two of chambourcin, the region’s most distinctive grape. On the June long weekend each year, the region celebrates the harvest with music, food and of course wine at the Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival.
The Shoalhaven is also the gateway to Australia's Oyster Coast, encompassing eight major oyster-producing estuaries located between the Shoalhaven and Crookhaven Rivers. Greenwell Point is home to many of Shoalhaven's oyster farms, such as Jim Wild’s, where you can drop in and enjoy a fresh shucked oyster straight from the farm. The aim of the local growers is to ensure that the estuaries are among the most environmentally sustainable oyster-growing regions in the world.