Inland Touring in Shoalhaven
On scenic drives in the beautiful Shoalhaven hinterland discover charming towns with antique stores, delicious places to eat and enticing markets. There are wineries with cellar doors, and you can visit the heritage-listed home of a great Australian artist and explore the enchanting Kangaroo Valley.
Begin your touring in Berry, a delightful town with heritage buildings and pretty surrounds. Near the southern end of the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive touring route, you’ll find a tempting range of experiences, including acclaimed restaurants, antiques and homewares, as well as gourmet treats.
A popular stop for a bite to eat when touring is the Famous Berry Donut Van, a scrumptious institution on Queen Street. For bargain-priced antiques, handmade goods, garden plants and bush honey, the Berry Country Fair is held on the first Sunday of the month at Berry Showground.
From Berry, enjoy a winding drive through escarpment rainforest to Kangaroo Valley. The drive is about 25 minutes. You’ll discover one of Australia’s most beautiful valleys. There are luxury spa retreats, campgrounds and outdoor adventures, such as kayaking on the tranquil Kangaroo River.
Dating back to 1870, the main street retains a country charm that extends to its tea rooms and the Friendly Inn Hotel, a pub. The famous Kangaroo Valley Pie Shop is in a heritage shop. For wine lovers, the Yarrawa Estate makes elegant wines. The cellar door is open on weekends or by appointment.
The scenic drive from Kangaroo Valley to Nowra is about 30 minutes. On the banks of the pretty Shoalhaven River, Nowra is the Shoalhaven’s major town. Up the river is Bundanon, the home of the great artist Arthur Boyd who donated it to the public. You can visit his home and studio on Sundays.
The river estuary is part of Australia’s Oyster Coast. You can taste the region’s plump oysters and other fresh seafood at Wharf Rd, an acclaimed restaurant and bar. In the rugged escarpment southwest of Nowra is the Jerrawangala National Park, a popular destination for 4WD touring.
About 45 minutes’ drive south of Nowra are the rolling green hills of Milton, a lovely historic town that will delight antique hunters and your tastebuds. The food and wine experiences suit a range of tastes and budgets, from award-winning restaurants to a winery, microbrewery, cafes and markets.