Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven

From the sublime coastline to the emerald hinterland, the Shoalhaven region of NSW is a lovely holiday destination. Enjoy magnificent beaches, spectacular national parks and memorable animal encounters, from kangaroos on the beach to dolphins and whales in the crystal-blue of Jervis Bay.

You can relax on incredible white sands in Jervis Bay, home to bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, little penguins and sea dragons. There are great surfing spots along the coast, too. And the bushwalking is wonderful, with breathtaking vistas on walking trails along the coastline and in the escarpment.

Family enjoying a day of exploring at Caves Beach in Jervis Bay

You’ll find many more extraordinary things to do and see, including scenic drives to enchanting attractions such as wineries, waterfalls, antique stores and a famous donut shop. For coastal adventure, join tours for dolphin and whale watching, kayaking and fishing, and diving and surfing.

From Shoalhaven Heads in the north to Bawley Point in the south, this marvellous region of the South Coast is within easy reach from Sydney and Canberra. The White Sands Walk in Jervis Bay is across some of the whitest sand in the world. Meet wild kangaroos at Pebbly Beach, near Bawley Point.

The Shoalhaven River, which flows through Nowra, and the Kangaroo River in Kangaroo Valley are popular areas for kayaking and other adventure activities. Water sports are popular at Callala Bay, Huskisson and Vincentia in Jervis Bay, as well as St Georges Basin, Sussex Inlet and Lake Conjola.

people kayaking at Murrays Beach in Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay

The food and wine experiences are delicious. Taste freshly shucked oysters from Australia’s Oyster Coast. You can savour locally caught seafood at fine restaurants. You’ll be delighted with the locally made cheeses and gourmet treats, and the Shoalhaven Coast wine region’s vineyards and cellar doors, including:

The hinterland is inspiring, with charming towns, shops and cafes, and rejuvenating day spas. Explore the inland favourites of Berry, Kangaroo Valley and Milton, a great base for climbing nearby Pigeon House Mountain. Milton is also close to the enchanting seaside towns of Mollymook and Ulladulla.

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  1. Finesse

    Sunday 24 June 2018 to Saturday 04 August 2018 , Nowra

    Finesse sets up a dialogue between two artists, Lee Bethel and Nicole Ison, exploring the shared nuances of the mediums paper and porcelain. Lee Bethel is an artist working with paper. Drawing on a love of the material, she cuts, weaves an…

    24 Jun - 04 Aug
  2. Pyree Village Art and Handmade Market

    Sunday 24 June 2018 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Culburra Beach

    The Pyree Village Art and Handmade Market is run on the fourth Sunday of each month January to November, 9am through 1.30pm, and on the third Sunday in December at 9am through 1.30pm. It is held at the Shoalhaven Potters Workshop adjacent t…

    24 Jun - 24 Feb
  3. Moonmilk, Chris Fulham

    Sunday 24 June 2018 to Saturday 04 August 2018 , Nowra

    The Audio Cave presents Moonmilk, an immersive sound environment that grows in response to exploration. Moonmilk is an exercise in experiential art, focusing on immersion and experience for multiple engagers. The artworks design has been dr…

    24 Jun - 04 Aug
  4. Berry Produce Market

    Sunday 24 June 2018 to Sunday 23 June 2019 , Berry

    Berry Produce Market is held twice a month on the second Saturday and fourth Sunday from 8am to 2pm. It is a boutique-style market nestled among the Berry shops in the park behind the newsagent in Queen Street. Fresh fruit, vegetables, …

    24 Jun - 23 Jun
  5. Jamberoo Mountain Road Artists Residency

    Sunday 24 June 2018 to Saturday 04 August 2018 , Nowra

    Riste Andrievski, Gina Bruce, Ann Cape, Michelle Cawthorn, Steve Lopes, Euan Macleod, Robert Malherbe, Max Miller, Paul Ryan, Luke Sciberras, Peter Sharp, Ann Thomson, and Guy Warren. In the 1970s, painter Guy Warren and sculptor Bert Flug…

    24 Jun - 04 Aug