With so much on offer, it makes sense that the coastline of the Shoalhaven is home to a huge range of holiday park options. We've collected some of our favourites for you here.
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The Shoalhaven area is one of Australia's most diverse holiday regions. Bordered by mountains and stretches of coast, the Shoalhaven encompasses 49 towns and villages and no less than 109 outstanding beaches. Festivals celebrating local food, wine, arts and culture dot the holiday calendar, and the natural mix of beach and bush make this a destination for everyone.
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The Shoalhaven stretches along Australia's east coast from Berry in the north to Durras in the south. The quaint township of Berry, just two hours south of Sydney, boasts antique stores and cafes, with Seven Mile Beach National Park just a short drive away. Further south, Nowra is a cultural hub for holidaymakers, and the Nowra Entertainment Centre plays host to local and international acts. Further along the Shoalhaven, the historic village of Kangaroo Valley is within proximity to more than 20 walking trails, while Hyams Beach, on the southern shores of Jervis Bay, is one of the east coast's most idyllic coastal destinations.
These are just a few of the highlights found along the traveller's oasis that is the Shoalhaven.
As well as natural scenery and coastal getaways, the Shoalhaven plays host to scores of festivals and events. The Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival takes place in cellar doors and wineries throughout the region each June, and offers a chance to taste local produce and experience some of the Shoalhaven's most spectacular scenery. In Berry alone, you can attend a Celtic Festival, Quilting Retreat or Gardens Festival, depending on the time of year. Also watch out for Escape ARTfest in Milton, New Years Eve celebrations in Huskisson, and the Blessing of the Fleet Festival in Ulladulla every Easter.
The most obvious Shoalhaven activity for the visitor on a budget is a swim at one of the beautiful beaches that dot the coastline. Jervis Bay is home to a marine park that is a favourite for divers: visibility in these clear waters is generally at 10-20m, allowing visitors to swim with dolphins, wobbegong sharks, weedy sea dragons and blue gropers. Hanging Rock Lookout at Nowra is another free activity, towering 45m above the river and offering spectacular views of the Shoalhaven. The Munyunga Waraga Dhugan Walking Trail in Booderee National Park is a highlight for Aboriginal cultural heritage, and nearby Cape St George Lighthouse is perched beside dramatic cliffs overlooking the sea.
Like most coastal destinations, summer provides the best beach-going weather with temperatures up to 26 degrees in the warmer months. During winter, the maximum temperatures drop around 10 degrees, but the region moves into whale watching season, during which lucky onlookers may catch a glimpse of migrating whale populations. Bushwalks are also ideal on clear, crisp mornings during the cooler months.