Culburra Beach


Relax and swim at beautiful beaches, enjoy fishing and kayaking on sparkling waterways, and taste succulent oysters from the Crookhaven and Shoalhaven estuaries in Culburra Beach, a small seaside town on the NSW South Coast. The iconic Sunbaker photograph was taken at Culburra Beach.

  • Tilbury Cove, Culburra
  • Culburra Beach, South Coast

About Culburra

Discover seaside delights in Culburra Beach, where famous Australian photographer Max Dupain snapped the iconic Sunbaker picture in 1937. In the beautiful Shoalhaven region on the NSW South Coast, Culburra will enchant you with fine beaches, sparkling waterways and superb fishing.

Warrain Beach is Culburra’s surf beach and a major attraction where surfing, swimming, fishing and relaxing on fine white sands are popular activities. The Nowra Culburra Surf Lifesaving Club patrols the beach, south of Penguin Head. Culburra Beach Surf School offers surfing lessons and board hire.

Culburra Beach

Just north of Culburra are Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse and Crookhaven and Shoalhaven rivers, part of Australia’s Oyster Coast. You can taste succulent local oysters from Jim Wild’s Oyster Service at Greenwell Point, a charming village on the Crookhaven estuary and a short drive from Culburra.

Explore the waterway in a boat or kayak from Anglers Rest Boat and Kayak Hire at Greenwell Point, where the Riverside Markets is held on the third Sunday of the month. Just west of Greenwell Point is picturesque Pyree, where Pyree Village Art and Handmade Market is held on the fourth Sunday.

While in Pyree, browse the gift shops at the historic Jindyandy Mill. There are more shopping opportunities in Culburra, such as Swinging Swaggy Pottery and Ocean Mirrors Gifts. To the south of Culburra is Lake Woolumboola - a popular waterway for sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing - and Currarong and Jervis Bay.

Crookhaven Heads

Getting to Culburra is easy, with the drive from Sydney or Canberra less than three hours. From Nowra, the Shoalhaven’s main town, the drive is 20 minutes. Accommodation options include holiday houses, a motel and a holiday park with cabins and caravan and camping sites.

  1. Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse

    The original Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse was constructed of timber in 1882 and located as part of the Shoalhaven Signal Station on the beach 200 metres to the west of the current lighthouse. The new brick lighthouse...

  2. Culburra Surf Beach

    Warrain Beach is the surfing beach for the settlement of Culburra. It begins on the south side of Penguin Head and runs to the south for 3.7 kilometres past the usually blocked mouth of Wollumboola Lake to the low...

  3. Greenwell Point Markets

    The Greenwell Point Markets stalls include fishing gear, jewellery, homemade soft goods of all sorts, plants, natural timber products, homemade soaps, pegs and sauces, seashell wind chimes, and many more products...

  4. Jindyandy Mill

    The historic Jindyandy Mill is one of the most popular one stop shopping destinations on the South Coast, just five minutes off the highway from Nowra.The Mill itself was built in 1830 and was the first convict...

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