At the mouth of the beautiful Shoalhaven River, Shoalhaven Heads is perfect for a beach holiday and a great base for exploring colonial heritage and acclaimed wineries. A short drive southeast of Berry and two hours from Sydney, you’ll be delighted with the wonderful things to do, see and taste in this charming seaside town.
Seven Mile Beach is a stunning attraction. Fine white sands curve from the heads near the river entrance north through Seven Mile Beach National Park to Gerroa. The southern stretch, adjacent to the town, is patrolled by the Shoalhaven Heads Surf Life Saving Club during the warmer months.
You’ll find plenty of places to stay. Enjoy swimming, surfing, fishing and relaxing on the gorgeous beach. Bushwalking in the national park and picnics are popular, too. You can spot whales migrating along the NSW South Coast from May to November. The Shoalhaven River estuary is also part of Australia’s Oyster Coast.
In the foothills of Mount Coolangatta, the estate was established by Andrew Barry in 1822 and was the first European settlement in the Shoalhaven region. Convict labour built the village and you can stay in lovingly restored rooms and suites. Taste award-winning wines at the cellar door and at the restaurant Alexanders.
Other cellar doors in this verdant area of the Shoalhaven Coast wine region include Two Figs Winery and Mountain Ridge Wines, which is a restaurant and live music on the first Sunday of the month. For more delicious experiences, the fresh produce market on Saturdays in Shoalhaven Heads sells locally caught seafood.