Play, eat and stay in Shoalhaven
The Shoalhaven region is one destination with so many experiences to love. It’s home to an extraordinary 100 beaches, iconic eateries, incredible wildlife and unique accommodation. Read on to find all the fun things to do, tasty things to eat and stylish places to stay in Shoalhaven.
If you want to explore the great outdoors and get active, Outdoor Raw offers bespoke rock climbing experiences in some of the most breathtaking locations in the Shoalhaven. You can also take on the 100 Beach Challenge to find your favourite strip of sand. Then learn to surf on magical Mollymook Beach or Bendalong Beach with workshops run by former world champion, Pam Burridge.
Explore the beautiful coastline around Jervis Bay on the White Sands Walk and Scribbly Gum Track. Stop off at Greenfield Beach to look for dolphins frolicking offshore. To get even closer to these playful marine mammals, take a tour with Jervis Bay Wild or Dolphin Watch Cruises. Tours run every day and the dolphins will often race to jump in the wake of the boats.
Master the art of stand-up paddle boarding while gliding over the gleaming waterways with a 90-minute lesson at Jervis Bay Stand Up Paddle. You can also hire a kayak to explore the beautiful coastline and find a secluded beach for a private picnic.
Jump into the underwater world of the Jervis Bay Marine Park on a snorkelling or scuba diving adventure with Dive Jervis Bay. The calm waters of the bay make it ideal for beginners and all weather conditions, with 65 sites to choose from. You’ll get to swim with playful seals, Port Jackson sharks, sea horses, hundreds of fish and, in winter, you might even encounter humpback whales in the water.
Eat and Drink
Hungry? There are plenty of great restaurants in the region serving up the best local produce. Try South on Albany in Berry, The Butter Factory in Pyree, and Tallwood Eatery or Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant in Mollymook. For exceptional fresh oysters, drop in to the farm gate at Jim Wild’s Oysters on the foreshore of the Crookhaven River.
Shoalhaven is one of the state’s top wine regions. Visit Cupitt's Winery located in the countryside on a grassy slope overlooking Burrill Lake and Pigeon House Mountain. There’s a microbrewery, fromagerie and a family-run boutique winery. Other top wineries in the region include Coolangatta Estate, Silos Estate and Cambewarra Estate, all of which have excellent restaurants on site. Make a day of it and visit them all with Wine Knot Tours.
With three private cabins on a 160-acre property nestled at the base of an escarpment in the lush Kangaroo Valley, Heavens Mountain Escape is the perfect place to get away from city life. For luxe-loving romantics, stay at clifftop hideaway Bannisters by the Sea or the nearby Bannisters Pavilion with rooftop pool and bar. One of the region’s newest properties, Bangalay Luxury Villas has 16 chic, light-filled villas just metres from Seven Mile Beach. Paperbark Camp offers all the joys of camping without sacrificing any creature comforts.
Families will love the holiday parks that line the shores of the beautiful Lake Conjola – check out Ingenia Holidays, Holiday Haven or Lake Conjola Waterfront Holiday Park. You’ll find other great holiday parks in Ulladulla, Shoalhaven Heads, Lake Tabourie and Bendalong. These large parks have excellent facilities like swimming pools, water parks, playgrounds and tennis courts.
18 April – White Sands Festival
30 May-8 June – SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival
26 July – Nowra Chilli and Chocolate Festival
26-27 September – Culburra Beach Surf Bash
26 October – Shoalhaven River Festival
6-8 November – The Bay Games