The Shoalhaven River
The idyllic Shoalhaven River winds its way from the southern tablelands through Nowra from Kangaroo Valley and then out to sea. Crossing the river is the historic Nowra Bridge, which sits between Nowra and Bomaderry.
Set inland on the Shoalhaven River between Shoalhaven Heads, Berry and Ulladulla, the town of Nowra is one of the largest on the NSW South Coast. The surrounding area is known for farming, with the fertile fields of Kangaroo Valley just minutes’ drive from the north of Nowra. This makes for a town with access to great local produce which you’ll often find in Nowra’s restaurants, and great wineries nearby.
For panoramic views of the Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay region, climb to the top of the Nowra Hill Lookout. Or try nearby Bens Walk, a scenic bushwalk known for its river views. The broad Shoalhaven River is popular for fishing, boating and river cruises, and Nowra is also a base for local adventure tour operators. Options include four-wheel drive tours, scuba diving, canoe trips and cycling tours.
Nowra is home to a number of historic buildings and houses dating from the Victorian era. Perhaps the most significant of these is the landmark Bundanon homestead, home of Australian artist Arthur Boyd, which also includes a property artist Sidney Nolan once called home. Guided tours are available. Also worth exploring is Meroogal, an historic, timber, gothic-style house with one of the most authentic 19th century interiors in NSW. And be sure to check out the Fleet Air Arm Museum. The museum celebrates our proud links with the aviation industry with a wonderful display of military and civil aircraft.
There’s a good range of dining options in Nowra. The light-filled cottage of the award-winning Riverside Thai, just a short walk from the Shoalhaven River. Or try Trevi Fountain, a popular local Italian Trattoria known for its friendly atmosphere and rustic home cooking. For upmarket Modern Australian fare, check out Wharf restaurant on the banks of the Shoalhaven River.