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Nature's masterpiece and a favourite Australia-wide 

Imagine crystal clear water and white sand beaches, set amongst pristine national parks and a backdrop of the escarpment, welcome to the Shoalhaven!

The very names of the dozens of towns and localities of the Shoalhaven conjure up images of great vacations ranging from placid relaxation at beaches or national parks to some of Australia's best fishing, to wineries and restaurants. Think places like Kangaroo Valley, Berry, Shoalhaven Heads, Coolangatta, Greenwell Point, Huskisson, Culburra, St Georges Basin, Bendalong, Manyana, Lake Conjola, Mollymook, Ulladulla, Burrill Lake, Dolphin Point, Durras - all holiday favourites. 

Accommodation ranges from various styles of camping or cabins, to Australia's first 'glamping' resort, to luxury stays with dinner like Rick Stein's Bannisters. 

Experience lush natural activities like rafting in Kangaroo Valley and explore the quaint village and winery at Cambewarra. Float in the clear waters of Jervis Bay, taste the local produce in Milton or catch a wave at Mollymook Beach, there are experiences for everyone in the Shoalhaven. 

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Jervis Bay

Get amongst the marine life in picture perfect Jervis Bay

From humpback and southern right whales to dolphins and endless marine species, you'll meet them at Jervis Bay. On land there are abundant marsupials including kangaroos and wallabies and the widest range of birds. There are varied places to stay from luxury to campgrounds and plenty of walking tracks. Visitors come from far and wide to see the famous Jervis Bay’s white sands and crystal clear water. 

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It's the town so many people fall in love with! 

It could be its beautiful restored mainstreet buildings, emporiums and other classic architecture. Or perhaps it's the shops famous for fashion finds, antiques and décor, the two very different pubs, the bakeries…better go and check for yourself why people love Berry so. It's also on the doorstep of other famously loved places like Kangaroo Valley, Foxground, Gerroa, Shoalhaven Heads and Seven Mile Beach.

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Wildlife Tours

So much nature!

Jervis Bay is renowned for its beauty and wildlife, such as dolphins, seals, sea birds, fairy penguins and migrating whales. It's also famous for its diving and exceptionally clear water. A great way to experience the marine life is with an expert at Jervis Bay Wild. They operate year-round dolphin tours, whale watching (May to mid-Nov), Summer Eco-Tours, Seal Colony Tours, Boom Netting, Twilight Tours, Kayak Tours and many more. Private tours can be arranged for groups.  

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Australia's Oyster Coast

Best Shucking trail on the Coast 

The Shoalhaven is well known for its seafood and oysters are one of the specialties. Australia's Oyster Coast produces three oyster species - Sydney Rock, Angasi Oysters and Pacific Oysters. They maintain that in a similar way to how wine exhibits its distinctive terroir, oysters have a flavour reflecting their origin and the mix of nutrients in their habitat. To allow you to discover this, Australia's Oyster Coast has compiled a special self-guided oyster trail. Don’t miss Jim Wild’s Oyster Service at Greenwell Point for a farm gate experience that will delight your taste buds. 

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Wine and dine with a view 

At various spots around the Shoalhaven, nestled amongst lush green rolling hills are some of the best kept secrets of food and wine. Just ten minutes from Berry, a stop at Coolangatta Estate is more than just a break for lunch. This one time bustling colonial village dates back to 1822, the beginning of European settlement on the South Coast. Since the 70s, this hamlet has been painstakingly restored and you can explore, and stay in, its rich historical patina. Coolangatta is now a much-awarded winery and its restaurant serves hearty local food along with oysters and share plates known as the grape pickers board or blacksmiths board. In good weather lunch or dinner is served in the wine garden with the view.

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Shoalhaven Accommodation

From luxury for two, to family space with a view

The Shoalhaven region along the Grand Pacific Drive offers accommodation to suit every taste, budget and stage in life. Whether it's luxury accommodation complete with all the bells and whistles, or a wealth of space for kids to run and swim free, you'll find the perfect place to rest your head after a day of adventure and exploring.

A good choice in the Shoalhaven region, especially for family convenience, are the Jervis Bay Holiday Cabins. Located in Sussex Inlet just 10 kilometres away from Jervis Bay Village, you'll find cabins that can sleep up to six people over two to three bedrooms. View some of the available Shoalhaven properties at the top of this page or visit the Shoalhaven website

If camping and tourist parks are more your style, take a look at our "Places to Stay" spotlight in the Travel Tips section. 

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