Shoalhaven is bordered by the mountains, coastal plains and 100 magnificent beaches, and includes 49 towns and villages.
From Sydney, it’s an easy two hours drive 160 kilometres south. And from Canberra, it’s a two and a half hour drive north of around 200 kilometres.
Water-lovers have so much choice with a wealth of lakes and inlets, great surf beaches, excellent tidal and beach fishing, boating and watersports. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy some excellent bushwalks with an abundance of native flora and fauna to discover. Rich in local culture, the Shoalhaven’s many annual food, wine and arts festivals and events have become popular reasons to getaway. A wander through our colourful weekend markets is also a popular pastime, often after a leisurely Sunday brunch.
Foodies love the range of fresh produce farmed and harvested locally including delectable seafood, market garden produce, wine, dairy, coffee and olive oil. And our many cafes, bistros, takeaways and restaurants ensure you’re never short of places to enjoy it all. For those that love a good drop, the region offers 20 vineyards, and 11 cellar doors, as well as wine tasting tours for weekenders.
The Shoalhaven’s temperate climate is comfortable all year round, with balmy sea breezes to cool in summer and clean crisp air for long country walks in winter.
Talk to a local
Our Visitor Services staff are local experts in everything Shoalhaven, and would love to help you plan your trip. Both our visitors centres offer locally made goodies for sale, including chocolates from the Treat Factory and other local produce, hand-made soaps and candles, souvenirs and lots more. They also both have a cafe inside the centre, so grab a coffee or some brunch on your way into town.
Shoalhaven Visitor Centre (Nowra)
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre
44 Bridge Rd, Nowra, NSW, 2541
(02) 4421 0778
Shoalhaven Visitor Centre (Ulladulla)
Civic Centre, Princes Highway, Ulladulla, NSW, 2539
Phone (02) 4444 8819
Additional centres available at
Booderee Visitors Centre
Booderee National Park, Village Road Jervis Bay NSW 2540
Phone (02) 4443 0977
Email Booderee Visitors Centre
Jervis Bay Maritime Museum
Woollamia Road, Huskisson NSW 2540
Phone (02) 4441 5675
Shoalhaven emergency services information