Delicious food & wine experiences in Jervis Bay

Whether fresh seafood, beach picnics, fine-dining restaurants or wineries, the Jervis Bay region on the South Coast of NSW is a must-visit for foodies.

Destination NSW

Destination NSW

Dec 2023 -
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Top regional restaurants 

Rick Stein at Bannisters Mollymook 

English celebrity chef Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant sits inside boutique hotel Bannisters by the Sea in Mollymook. The food is simply prepared, but of the highest quality – think Goan-style mussels from Jervis Bay, grilled scallops from Shark Bay – and is perhaps only outshone by sweeping ocean views from the breezy, light-filled dining room.  

Dishes created with local seafood on the menu at Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach

Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach

Bangalay Dining 

Bangalay Luxury Villas in Shoalhaven Heads has an applauded restaurant known for its use of native Australian ingredients, including lemon myrtle and bunya nut. Try the multicourse tasting menu, packed with delicious bites like South Coast oysters with fingerlime, Aquana Murray cod with wattle seed oil, and pork neck with elderflower. If you can’t tear yourself away, check in to one of the self-contained villas. 

Chef Brett Strong showcasing the local and native ingredients featured on the Bangalay Dining, Shoalhaven Heads

Bangalay Dining, Shoalhaven Heads

The Gunyah at Paperbark Camp 

Check in to Paperbark Camp to sleep in elevated safari-style glamping tents, set amid eucalypts and replete with wraparound decks, hardwood flooring, tubs overlooking the native forest and private ensuites. Your meals are served at the retreat’s applauded The Gunyah restaurant, where dishes might feature barbequed cuttlefish with black lentils, or slow-cooked lamb flavoured with saltbush. The good news is that you don’t have to be staying here to enjoy the restaurant – although once you glimpse the accommodation, you’ll want to.   

Outdoor dining at the Gunyah treetop dining room at Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay

The Gunyah at Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay - Credit: Dick Sweeney

Milk Haus 

This character-filled garden-to-plate eatery on the outskirts of historic Milton is located in a 19th-century converted cheese factory – on site there’s also an expansive kitchen garden, accommodation, a retail pop-up showcasing Motion Ceramics and a cooking school. The menu is seasonal, and is loaded with fresh fruit and veggies plucked by the chefs just moments before you dine. 

Rustic dining room at Milk Haus, Woodstock

Milk Haus, Woodstock - Credit: Milk Haus

Local seafood & produce 

Jim Wild's Oysters 

Shuckers don’t get any more experienced than those at Jim Wild’s, occupying a shack at Greenwell Point. The estuary of the Crookhaven and Shoalhaven rivers is the breeding ground for Jim’s distinctive Sydney rock and Pacific oysters – the only other thing on the menu is fresh prawns. The motto here is, ‘nothing fancy, just fresh’. 

Couple enjoying freshly opened oysters with Jim Wild of Jim Wild's Oysters in Greenwell Point, Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven

Jim Wild's Oysters, Greenwell Point

Nowra Fresh Fish & Meat Market 

As its name states, Nowra Fresh prides itself on serving up just-caught, local seafood. Weekly specials are chalked up, and might include black tiger prawns, squid, lobsters, crab, mussels… and so much more. You can also grab delicious fish and chips to take away – there are plenty of waterfront spaces nearby to enjoy your meal.   

Selection of seafood at Nowra Fresh Fish and Meat Markets, Nowra

Nowra Fresh Fish and Meat Markets, Nowra - Credit: Nowra Fresh Fish and Meat Markets

Clyde River Berry Farm 

Open seasonally over the summer month, this immense berry farm grows everything from blueberries and blackberries to strawberries. You can pick your own, or purchase farm-made jams, wild bush honey and ice-cream loaded with the farm’s fruits. 

Berries at Clyde River Berry Farm, Mogood

Clyde River Berry Farm, Mogood - Credit: Shoalhaven Tourism


Cupitt’s Estate 

There are more than a dozen cellar doors to choose from along the Shoalhaven Coast, known for producing a diverse range of varietals, from chardonnay to shiraz. Set between Ulladulla and Milton you’ll find Cupitt’s Estate, which not only bottles standout wines but also has an on-site craft brewery and cheesemaking operation.  

Couple enjoying wine at Cupitt's Estate, Ulladulla

Cupitt's Estate, Ulladulla

Silos Estate  

Occupying historic buildings that were once a dairy farm, Silos Estate is as in demand for its wines as its wide-eyed alpacas and guest cottages, nestled amid the vines. Check in or visit the cellar door for outstanding views over rolling green hills, all the way to the Great Dividing Range. Take away a bottle of shiraz or sav blanc from the cellar door, or enjoy your tipple in the restaurant.   

Man walking around Silos Estate, Berry

Silos Estate, Berry

Two Figs Winery 

With views over the beaches of Shoalhaven Heads, Two Figs produces small-batch, hand-crafted wines produced using sustainable practices. Savour everything from chardonnay to shiraz at the cellar door, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Shoalhaven River. If you’ve got a pooch on board, grab a picnic table on the large swathe of grass and soak up the views. 

Coolangatta Estate 

Family-owned and operated since 1946, Coolangatta Estate offers a casual dining and wine-tasting experience overlooking the winery. Experiences range from wine flights in the cellar door to luxe, styled picnics and tours of the estate. If you can’t bear to leave, you can check in to one of the historic lodges on site.  

Sun setting over the scenic grounds of Coolangatta Estate, Shoalhaven Heads

Coolangatta Estate, Shoalhaven Heads

Mountain Ridge Wines 

Sustainability is the credo behind Mountain Ridge Wines, which has a cellar door, restaurant, market garden and accommodation on its site at the base of Cullunghutti Mountain. Sample wines at the cellar door on one of two tasting experiences (the Coast to Country Tasting or the Personalised Wine Flight), and enjoy mod-Australian cuisine in the dining room. 

Driving through the scenic vineyards of Mountain Ridge Wines, Coolangatta

Mountain Ridge Wines, Coolangatta

Small-batch breweries & distilleries 

Jervis Bay Brewing Co 

Located in coastal Huskisson, this brewery creates a range of intriguingly named drops that reference local history and landmarks. Like the Point Perp Pilsner, the Eggcellent St. Chocolate Milk Stout, and the Rainbird Dark Lager. There’s a relaxed beer garden to enjoy those beers (and non-alcoholic offerings, too), and a rotation of food trucks, serving up the likes of wood-fired pizza and gourmet burgers.

Flamin Galah Brewing Co 

There are plenty of places to perch at this brewery, whether at tables on the front lawn, inside at the bar or at the back beer garden. As well as more than a dozen beers on tap at any time, the brewery produces its own low-calorie fruity seltzers and vodka, and has an array of popular cocktails on offer. The Nest, an on-site food truck, dishes up flathead tacos, sliders, wings fries and more. 

People enjoying lunch in the brewery at Flamin Galah Brewing Co, Jervis Bay

Flamin Galah Brewing Co, Jervis Bay - Credit: Flamin Galah Brewing Co

Old Salt Distillery 

This small and charming distillery makes a range of artisanal gins, vodkas and fruit liqueurs that take home awards across the country – they also make small-batch beers, real fruit-based seltzers and non-alcoholic sodas, all of which are on tap. Enjoy a drink paired with snacks at the bar or a more substantial meal in the restaurant.   

Bottle of vodka from Old Salt Distillery, South Nowra

Old Salt Distillery, South Nowra - Credit: Old Salt Distillery

Tours & food events 

Kenny Escapes Food and Wine Tours 

If you want to take in the best of South Coast food and wine, but don’t want to drive, these are the tours for you. Trips include tastings around Shoalhaven’s cellar doors, but if you want to take things private, talk to the team to organise a bespoke itinerary.  

View of winery at Kenny Escapes Food and Wine Tours, Berry

Kenny Escapes Food and Wine Tours, Berry - Credit: Kenny Escapes Food and Wine Tours

Picnic’s Naturally Jervis Bay

Forget plastic cutlery and frayed rugs – this company takes their picnics seriously. Choose your location, whether it’s on the sand, in the bush, amid lush gardens… and then the Picnic’s Naturally team will set up a decadent spread, with gorgeous styling, grazing food and (most importantly) no dishes for you to do.  

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