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Nowra is the largest coastal town in the Shoalhaven region. It’s just over an hour’s drive south of Wollongong, and just under an hour north of Ulladulla. Sitting right on the Shoalhaven River, Nowra is close to beaches, wineries and bush walks. It’s also a central place where you can easily access other parts of the Shoalhaven including Berry, Shoalhaven Heads, Greenwell Point, Jervis Bay and Huskisson.

Things to do:

  • Shoalhaven Regional Gallery

  • Shoalhaven Zoo

  • Djiriba Aaagura cultural tours – group or intimate tours showcasing Aboriginal history in the Shoalhaven.

Best places to eat

  • Tea Club

  • Elephant Thai

  • Penzo’s Pizza & Gelato Bar

  • Hyper Hyper coffee

Berry Donut Van

Coolangatta Winery

Pelican Rocks Cafe

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Just a 20 minute drive north of Nowra, the town of Berry is where you can enjoy top restaurants, heritage buildings and elegant places to stay, on the doorstep of welcoming wineries, wonderful walks and scenic drives. The main street is filled with cafes, bakeries and quaint little shops. Check out IV Coffee for the perfect brew as you wander through.

Shoalhaven Heads

Shoalhaven Heads has a range of attractions including Two Figs, Coolangatta and Mountain Ridge wineries.

Greenwell Point

Greenwell Point is located on the coast east of Nowra and is one of the leading seafood ports in the Shoalhaven. Enjoy some hot chips and fresh local seafood by the water after a play at the park. The local Pelican Rocks Fish & Chips won the award for best Fish and Chips in NSW in 2017. The local oyster farms here provide an indulgent oyster feast – shucked while you wait or freshly packed and chilled.

Huskisson and Vincentia

Booderee National Park has crystal-clear waters, beautiful white sand beaches and high cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Visit the National Park for the wildlife expansive botanic gardens.

Visit the Jervis Bay Brewing Co. Sit back and relax in the taproom or beer garden with a craft brewed beer. Check out their website for food truck availability.

We hope this guide is helpful when deciding what to see and do during your trip to and around Nowra. Be sure to check out the other NSW South Coast towns featured in our blog. Support the local business and community by visiting these coastal towns this year.

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