Adventure in Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven

Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven are made up of beautiful expanses of natural bushland, dramatic rock formations, and beautiful beaches and waterways. The waterways of Jervis Bay are particularly special. This is where the warm and cold waters of the ocean meet, promoting some of the most diverse species of aquatic life in Australia. 

The Shoalhaven is a popular rock climbing destination, featuring quality rock surfaces, diverse climbing routes and stunning scenery. The region is rich in clean, hard sandstone, an ideal surface for all skill levels. Thompsons Point, near the Shoalhaven River in Nowra, is a popular rock climbing spot. 

Man rock climbing in Nowra, NSW South Coast

Vincentia, situated on the western shores of Jervis Bay, is also favoured by bouldering enthusiasts. Join a tour with Climb Nowra. Novice climbers can build their confidence and skills at Hospital Rocks, while more experienced climbers will enjoy the challenge of Point Perpendicular’s almost-vertical cliff face.

With kilometres of beautiful coastline, the region is ideal for kayaking. Dolphins often play in these waters, and from May to November you may also spot a whale as you paddle. Sea Kayak Jervis Bay offers day trips, overnight tours and short kayaking trips throughout the Jervis Bay Marine Park.

You can also hire a kayak in the picturesque Kangaroo Valley. Meander down the Kangaroo River to Bendeela with Kangaroo Valley Kayaks, a gentle cruise that takes just a few hours. Paddle along Shoalhaven Gorge, where you can overnight camp upstream from Tallowa Dam. The area is known for its dramatic sandstone cliffs and tumbling waterfalls, and is only accessible by kayak.

Couple kayaking on the Shoalhaven River in Shoalhaven.

Another great spot for kayaking is St Georges Basin, where you can spot black swans, pelicans and sea eagles. This is also a great place for fishing. Lake Wollumboola in Culburra, part of the Jervis Bay Marine Reserve, is also a great place to relax. At times the lake has been home for up to 12,000 black swans. 

The Shoalhaven region is abundant with National Parks, making it the ideal destination for bushwalkers. With beautiful walks at Pigeon House Mountain, you can experience spectacular views from Morton National Park. Don’t miss the Pretty Beach to Durras Mountain walking track, where you’re sure to spot one of the area's resident ‘surfing kangaroos’.

Check out Tree Adventures Nowra, a high ropes course right next door to Shoalhaven Zoo where you can leap, swing and fly through the forest above the Shoalhaven River. There are flying foxes, rope bridges and obstacles to challenge you. It’s great fun for kids and adventurous adults alike.

Great adventure experiences in Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven

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