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Shoalhaven produce

Check out the many local weekend markets for fresh local produce. Shoalhaven products are also available at a wide range of outlets throughout the region. Visit South Coast Providores in Berry for delicious jams, conserves, pickles, biscotti and puddings from mostly local ingredients. Nowra Fresh specialises in seafood and a wide range of meat.

Must Do

Oysters

The Shoalhaven is the gateway to Australia's Oyster Coast. This encompasses eight major oyster-producing estuaries located between the Shoalhaven and Crookhaven Rivers. Greenwell Point is home to many of Shoalhaven's oyster farms 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. The local specialty is the Sydney Rock oyster, one of the few indigenous oysters still being farmed anywhere in the world. Though smaller, the Sydney Rock oyster is prized for its more intense and tangy flavor.

Oysters in Shoalhaven.

Wineries

Alexander Berry planted the first vines at Coolangatta Estate on the slopes of Mt Coolangatta. The modern wine industry was established in the 1980s and today there are 20 vineyards and 11 cellar doors in the Shoalhaven wine region. Wineries around Berry and Shoalhaven Heads are likely to combine vines and rolling green countryside with ocean or rivers views where you can relax and enjoy the unspoilt natural beauty of the region. Visit Coolangatta Estate Winery, Morellis Wines, Two Figs Winery, Silos Estate, Lyrebird Ridge Organic Winery and Mountain Ridge Wines. Further south, stop in at Cuppitt's Winery, located between the mountains and the sea, and Fern Gully Winery at Termeil, south of Ulladulla.

Silos Berry.

Restaurants

The Shoalhaven also has some excellent restaurants to tempt the palate. Quality local seafood is the highlight of the menu at Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook. At Hungry Duck in Berry, owner and chef, David Campbell, uses sustainable local seafood, pasture-fed local meat and herbs and vegetables from his own garden. At Coolangatta Estate you can enjoy a tasting plate made from local produce served with matching wines from the estate. Cupitt’s Vineyard Kitchen at Milton serves pan-fried snapper straight off the fishing boats in Ulladulla. Try the local fish of the day or the signature sourdough pizza of the day at the Berry Sourdough Bakery and Café.

Rick Stein at Bannisters
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