Nowra

On the banks of beautiful Shoalhaven River, Nowra is a delightful town on the NSW South Coast with intriguing museums, fascinating galleries and enchanting river cruises. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine experiences and the Shoalhaven region’s main town is close to gorgeous beaches, too.

Rich soils support farmlands and vineyards, and the river estuary is part of Australia’s Oyster Coast. Taste fresh regional produce at quality restaurants, such as award-winning Wharf Road, which overlooks the river. Visit cellar doors at Lyrebird Ridge Organic Winery and Cambewarra Estate Winery.

Nowra Bridge - Shoalhaven

For breathtaking panoramas of the river and beyond, stroll along Bens Walk and stop at Hanging Rock. The wide river is popular for fishing, boating, kayaking and river cruises. Join Shoalhaven River Cruise aboard its Shoalhaven Explorer for delightful tours up and down the tranquil waterway.

Up the river is the heritage-listed Bundanon, home of the great artist Arthur Boyd who donated it to the public in 1993. The homestead and land includes the adjoining property of another great artist, Sidney Nolan. The historic homestead and Boyd’s studio are open on Sundays from 10.30am to 4pm.

Nowra School of arts - Nowra

Some of Boyd’s works are at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre. There also are special events and plenty of places to stay in Nowra, which is 2h 30 min drive south of Sydney. Among the other things to do and see, explore vintage warplanes at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. Meroogal is a colonial timber house worth visiting, too.

The young and young at heart will be enthralled with a trip to Shoalhaven Zoo and Adventure World, home to hundreds of exotic and native animals. You can also soar on flying foxes through treetops at the Trees Adventure Nowra Park. Rock climbers will be thrilled with Climb Nowra’s adventure tours.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Meroogal Women's Art Prize

    Tuesday 18 December 2018 to Saturday 30 March 2019 , Nowra

    The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize celebrates the creativity and achievements of female artists across NSW, and pays tribute to the four generations of women who lived at Meroogal in Nowra for almost 100 years. The work of 35 artists is…

    18 Dec - 30 Mar
  2. Guy Warren, 'River, Rainforest, Rock'

    Tuesday 18 December 2018 to Saturday 09 February 2019 , Nowra

    For Guy Warren personal experience and memory are vitally important, intertwining with subject matter across his works. Certain events and places had such strong impact that they appear constantly throughout the paintings, prints and…

    18 Dec - 09 Feb
  3. Circus Rio | Nowra

    Sunday 23 December 2018 to Thursday 03 January 2019 , Nowra

    Be amazed as the incredible performers of Circus Rio take the whole family on a journey around the world, beginning at the famous Carnival of Rio de Janeiro! You’ll be left speechless by FMX Motorbikes as they dazzle the crowd with their…

    23 Dec - 03 Jan