Shoalhaven Heads

On the doorstep of a gorgeous river, enormous beach and celebrated wineries, Shoalhaven Heads on the NSW South Coast is the perfect base for a relaxing beach holiday. This beautiful seaside village is perched at the mouth of the Shoalhaven River, a short drive southeast of Berry.

Seven Mile Beach is a stunning natural attraction, where 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.

Couple enjoying a day of fishing on the Shoalhaven River near Nowra

Enjoy swimming, surfing, fishing, relaxing and picnics at this gorgeous beach. Bushwalking in the national park is also rewarding. You can spot whales migrating along the South Coast from May to November. The Shoalhaven River estuary is part of Australia’s Oyster Coast, so be sure to sample some fresh from the water.

Adventure seekers will want to make a beeline for Shoalhaven Wakeboard School, which offers wakeboarding, waterskiing and tubing. For gentler activities, you can play a round of golf on the scenic 18-hole course at the Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club, an 18-hole links course by the sea.

Sun setting over the scenic grounds of Coolangatta Estate, Shoalhaven Heads

Explore the historic Coolangatta Estate winery in the foothills of Mount Coolangatta. Built in 1822 by convict labour, the estate is the site of the first European settlement in the Shoalhaven region. You can stay in convict-built cottages, taste estate-grown wines in the cellar door or enjoy lunch at Alexander’s Grill.

Other cellar doors in this tranquil area of the Shoalhaven Coast wine region include Two Figs Winery and Mountain Ridge Wines, which also has a restaurant and live music once a month. The Shoalhaven Heads Native Botanic Garden is a peaceful spot for a picnic lunch, housing a collection of 200 native plants and trees.

Shoalhaven Heads is a 2h 15min drive from Sydney along the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive. There are places to stay in the region to suit all budgets including resorts, luxury villas, motels, beach houses, holiday parks and campsites.