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Welcome to the Shoalhaven


...the place to relax

Just a two hour drive south of Sydney, the Shoalhaven warmly welcomes you and your family to one of the jewells of New South Wales. You’ll find friendly people, bountiful fresh produce, a rich local culture combined with many natural and built tourist attractions for you to enjoy, during your stay. Get out and about and see for yourself why the Shoalhaven is the most visited region in NSW outside of the states capital, Sydney. Here are some suggestions...

The Shoalhaven boasts an incredibly unique and culturally captivating history and the Cultural Trail encapsulates its beauty and character. The city is blessed with art galleries, museums and organisations dedicated to showcasing visual and performing arts and enriching the sense of community.

Regional flavours draw visitors to the Shoalhaven to sample the delights of our restaurants and cafes, fresh produce and local wine. Boutique producers supply locally grown fruit and vegetables, dairy, coffee and olives from farm gates and stores.

The friendly, historic town of Berry is known as the town of trees. Nestled beneath rolling hills, the township has a character, warmth and charm retained from its early days. The market day on the first Sunday of the month brings people from near and far.

No visit to the city is complete without a trip to the unspoiled Jervis Bay and the township of Huskisson, surrounded by spectacular beaches, the bay has many unforgettable stretches of sparkling, white sand including magnificent Hyams Beach. Cruise boats operate out of Huskisson which venture out on the bay  whale watching, on their northern and southern migrations, and viewing pods of bottle-nosed dolphins, seals and penguins all through the year.

For detailed things to do information and to plan your trip, Go to Shoalhaven

Getting Here

By Air
There are no public airports in the Shoalhaven with the best options for Air travel being via Sydney or Melbourne and connecting via road (Sydney:180km 2.5hrs, Melbourne :830km 8.5hrs(car) ) or rail (Sydney: 4.5hrs, rail/bus).
There are domestic carriers between all capital cities and Sydney.

By Rail
Regular City Rail train services are available departing Sydney from Central Station and heading south to Bomaderry. From Bomaderry Nowra Coaches operate a bus service to Huskisson. Catch the 732 bus to Huskisson. It is possible to catch a taxi from the railway station to Event Venue. (Approximate cost Aus$100.00)

By Road
From Sydney, Huskisson is an easy two and a half hours drive, or 180 kilometres south.
Directions From Sydney to Huskisson

  • Take the Princess highway past Wollongong to Nowra.
  • 14.5 km south of the Nowra Bridge, take the Jervis Bay turnoff on your left onto Jervis bay Rd.
  • Drive for 7.5km and take the Huskisson turnoff on your left onto Huskisson Rd.
  • Continue onto Tomerong Street
  • Slight right onto Sydney Street
  • Take the 2nd left onto Owen Street

Car Hire
The Shoalhaven region provides an abundance of opportunities for self drive trips within an hour of the event. These spectacular drives reveal the dramatic and magical scenery of the South Coast. Available options are listed on this link. http://shoalhavenholidays.com.au/visitors-info/car-hire/

Shuttle Service
Jervis Bay Airport Express Ph: +61 2 4443 8888 and Shoalhaven Shuttle Ph: +61 2 4422 5006 offer transport from Sydney to Huskisson and return. The price varies with the number of people traveling in the group and start at Aus$75.00 per person for a one way trip (Aus$150.00 return) with Jervis Bay Airport Express and Aus$85.00 per person for a one way trip (Aus$170.00 return) with Shoalhaven Shuttle.


Just twenty minutes south east of Nowra and resting on the white sandy, shores of magnificent Jervis Bay, you’ll discover the historic township of Huskisson.

This town is a great destination to base yourself for exploring Jervis Bay and the other incredible areas of the beautiful Shoalhaven.  "Husky" as locals call their town,  takes the utmost advantage of the sun, surf and sea, bathing in the relaxed atmosphere of the fantastic bay and basin environment and vistas.

Huskisson had a major boat building industry at the turn of the century and you can gain an insight into this pioneering industry by visiting the Lady Denman Heritage Complex. This popular attraction houses a maritime museum, as well as other exhibits including an aboriginal display and is also the site of the Lady Denman Ferry.  The complex often features travelling displays and exhibitions and has a large pond area stocked with large and plentiful local fish species that can be easily viewed and fed.

Huskisson also offers some interesting shopping with an aboriginal art and crafts and some excellent boutique shops.

Modern licensed clubs in the Huskisson Bowling Club and the waterfront Husky RSL, the famous Husky Pub which has been recently remodelled and modernised and is now known as The Huskisson, a comprehensive shopping centre and a wide range of services ensure you’ll enjoy your visit.  Husky has become a restaurant haven for the Shoalhaven with locals and tourists travelling to sample the Asian delights of Wildginger, The Taj Indian restaurant, a taste of Thailand at the Hwang Khrua, cook on a hot stone at the unique Stonegrill, enjoy the smells and tastes of Italy at the Faro Bianco Wood Fired Pazza and Restuarant or the new contemporary menu of Waterhouse or a little out of town surrounded by paperbark trees is the extroadinary Gunya restaurant where you can taste delights such as kangaroo. Sprinkled around the streets are coffee shops such as Supply and The Kiosk and list list goes on and on.

Activities you can enjoy include fishing, diving, sailing and surfing as well as hire and charter boats. And you can’t miss dolphin and whale watching on the cruise boats that depart from the centrally located and visually spectactular Husky wharf. The unique Huskisson Pictures at the end of the main street shows the latest releases in a uniquely restored building. You can enjoy a game of lawn bowls or have a hit of tennis.

There are many beautiful bushwalks around the area and a stroll along the miles of white, clean beaches is a definite for your diary.

There are good services for the holiday-maker and lots of accommodation covering the full gamut from top-of-the-range resort-style, to motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, holiday cottages and eco-camping.

Huskisson is the home of Hobie Cat Australasia.

For detailed things to do information and to plan your trip, go to Huskisson

Jervis Bay

The star attractions of Jervis Bay are the humpback whales, their acrobatic antics an awe-inspiring thrill to watch. They make their passage up the east coast to mate in the warm tropical waters of Queensland, and Jervis Bay is a regular haunt on their journey especially for mothers who take a day or two to rest their weary, new born calves. Whale-watching tours are offered to see these great mammals during June and July and again in the September to November season.

The history of the area revolves around the bay and its ship-building activities, the local timber industry supporting the building of sailing vessels and steamers. The Lady Denman Heritage Complex in Huskisson has a variety of permanent and travelling exhibitions, with the ferry Lady Denman housed in the museum being the showcase and pride of the complex. The museum concentrates on the history of Jervis Bay and district, including early exploration, the timber industry, Aboriginal history, early settlement, lighthouse history, shipwrecks, coastal shipping, whaling history and Naval base history.

With sheltered coves providing safe mooring and great fishing opportunities, the Jervis Bay area is a favourite for avid sailors. All of the townships in the area are positioned on the coast, taking great advantage of the fantastic coastal and basin views, sun, surf and sea atmosphere.

There are good holiday services for the holiday maker and lots of accommodation from top-of-the-range guesthouses and bed and breakfasts to motels, tourist parks, holiday cottages and eco-camping.

For detailed things to do information and to plan your trip, go to Huskisson

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