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, and a local guide will be able to show you the best spots. Try the cliffs along the Shoalhaven River or Hospital Rocks in Nowra.
Vincentia, situated on the western shores of Jervis Bay, is also favoured by bouldering enthusiasts. Join a tour with Outdoor Raw or 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.
Another great spot for kayaking is, 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’s many national parks make it the ideal destination for bushwalkers. If you’re coming from Canberra, go via the Morton National Park for beautiful walks at Pigeon House Mountain and the spectacular Tianjara Falls. Don’t miss the Pretty Beach to Durras Mountain walking track , where you can spot one of the 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.