Jervis Bay & Shoalhaven

A haven for all

There’s an awful lot to love about the Shoalhaven – like the 100 beaches, 49 towns and villages, nine cellar doors and the countless marine creatures (dolphins, seals, visiting whales) that call the region’s pure waters home. Whether you’re a surfer, a bushwalker, a kayaker, a rock climber, or just an inveterate foodie/wine lover, you’re sure to find your own special pocket in this gorgeous region.

Beaches & water sports

Relax on pristine beaches in Jervis Bay, home to bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, little penguins and sea dragons. Follow the White Sands Walk along the coastline and stop for a picnic at secluded Blenheim Beach.

Seal pups in Jervis Bay - Credit: Jordan Robins

Seal pups in Jervis Bay - Credit: Jordan Robins

Shoalhaven is known for its fun and relaxed surf culture, and you can catch a wave all-year round at beaches like Mollymook and Culburra or explore the calm waters at sunset on a stand-up paddleboard adventure.

Aerial overlooking Blenheim Beach in Vincentia, Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven

Blenheim Beach, Vincentia
 

The Shoalhaven River, which flows through Nowra, and the Kangaroo River in Kangaroo Valley are popular areas for kayaking and other adventure activities. Water sports are popular at Callala Bay, Huskisson and Vincentia in Jervis Bay, as well as St Georges Basin, Sussex Inlet and Lake Conjola.

 

Things to do

The bushwalking is wonderful, with breathtaking vistas on walking trails along the coastline. Admire the scenery from a rock climbing adventure. The Shoalhaven is a popular rock climbing destination, featuring quality rock surfaces and diverse climbing routes. Outdoor Raw and Climb Nowra offer great climbing experiences.

Rock Climbing at Point Perpendicular

Rock Climbing at Point Perpendicular - Credit: Suika Media

You’ll find many more extraordinary things to do and see, including scenic drives through hinterland villages, dotted with wineries, cafes, antique stores and a famous donut shop. For coastal adventure, join tours for dolphin and whale watching, kayaking and fishing, and diving and surfing.

Dolphin Watch Explorer, Jervis Bay - Credit: Dee Kramer

Dolphin Watch Explorer, Jervis Bay - Credit: Dee Kramer

The hinterland is inspiring, with charming towns, shops and cafes, and rejuvenating day spas. Explore the inland favourites of Berry, Kangaroo Valley and Milton, a great base for climbing nearby Pigeon House Mountain. Milton is also close to the enchanting seaside towns of Mollymook and Ulladulla.

Picnic on Blenheim Beach, Jervis Bay

Picnic on Blenheim Beach, Jervis Bay

The Shoalhaven area is one of the country’s leading pet-friendly destinations. With beaches, parks, rivers and trails to choose from, there are plenty of opportunities to run, play and relax in the company of your dog.

 

Eat & drink

The food and wine experiences are delicious. Taste freshly shucked oysters from Australia’s Oyster Coast. Savour locally caught seafood at fine restaurants. Be delighted with the locally made cheeses and gourmet treats.

Cupitts Winery and Brewery - Credit: Elise Hassey

Cupitts Winery and Brewery - Credit: Elise Hassey

The Shoalhaven Coast is a fantastic wine region, with a number of vineyards and cellar doors, including Two Figs and Silos Estate, near Berry; Mountain Ridge Wines in Coolangatta; Coolangatta Estate and Mountain Ridge, near Shoalhaven Heads; Camberwarra Estate, near Nowra; Cupitt’s, between Milton and Ulladulla; and Bawley Vale Estate, near Bawley Point.

 

Getting there

The Shoalhaven region is around 2hr 45min drive from Sydney and 2hr 30min from Canberra. Places to stay include waterfront holidays parks and campgrounds, hotels, holiday houses, cottages and luxurious retreats like Bannisters at Mollymook and Paperbark Camp.

 

Plan your trip

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