Winding your way through the magical Shoalhaven hinterland, you’ll find a scenic adventure for romantics, foodies and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Drive through towering rainforest, pop into elegant cellar doors and discover gourmet finds in charming country towns. There’s also markets, antique stores and artistic treasures.;
Discover the charms of Berry
Begin your touring in the sophisticated village of Berry, found at the southern end of the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive touring route. Against a backdrop of heritage buildings and picturesque surrounds, enjoy cafe-hopping down the vibrant main street, shopping for antiques and homewares, and picking up delicious treats.;
You can’t leave Berry without enjoying a fluffy cinnamon donut from the Berry Donut Van, a local institution on Queen Street. For bargain-priced antiques, handmade goods, garden plants and local produce, head to the Berry Markets, held on the first Sunday of the month at the Berry Showground.
Embrace the romance of Kangaroo Valley
From Berry, take a winding 25min drive through escarpment rainforest to Kangaroo Valley. Here you’ll discover one of Australia’s most beautiful valleys, home to luxury spa retreats, a historic bridge, campgrounds and outdoor adventures, such as kayaking on the tranquil Kangaroo River.
Dating back to 1870, the main street evokes a sense of country charm, with its tea rooms, pie shops and heritage listed pub, The Friendly Inn. Try old-fashioned sweets and gourmet ice creams at the Kangaroo Valley Fudge House. Then explore the region on horseback with Kangaroo Valley Horse Riding.
Experience the beauty of nature in Nowra
From Kangaroo Valley, make the scenic 30min drive south to Nowra, the Shoalhaven’s largest town. It’s located on the banks of the pretty Shoalhaven River, a great place for outdoor adventures. A little ways up the river is Bundanon, the home of the great artist Arthur Boyd who donated it to the public. You can tour his home and studio on Sundays.
The river estuary is part of Australia’s Oyster Coast. Buy plump oysters fresh from the water at Jim Wild’s Oyster Service in Greenwell Point, or stock up on local seafood at Nowra Fresh, the region’s biggest retailer of fresh local seafood. Uncover Nowra’s vibrant coffee scene at Hyper Hyper and Hit N Run.
Relax in stylish Milton
About 45min drive south of Nowra, you’ll find the historic town of Milton, full of heritage streetscapes, boutique shopping and trendy restaurants. Follow the Milton Historical Walk to see the town’s most significant buildings, then pick up wine, craft beer and specialty cheeses from Cupitt’s Estate.