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Murrays Beach Sea Cave, Jervis BayCREDIT: Jordan Robins

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Murrays Beach Sea Cave, Jervis Bay CREDIT: Jordan Robins

Man enjoying the sun from a sea cave near Murrays Beach, Jervis Bay in Booderee National Park.

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With sweeping ocean on one side and soaring mountains on the other, the Shoalhaven region of the New South Wales South Coast offers scenic road-tripping at its finest. Famed for its pristine beaches and national parks, the Shoalhaven is also building a name for itself as a flourishing wine destination. Add charming villages, lauded restaurants and luxe accommodation and this region is a must-do destination for foodies. Here’s how to have the ultimate gourmet getaway in the Shoalhaven. 

Where to drink 

The Shoalhaven is the only coastal wine region in NSW, making a truly idyllic setting to hop from vineyard to vineyard. Start your vino journey in Gerringong at the family-run Crooked River Wines. Nestled in a valley with spectacular mountain and ocean views, you can enjoy a wine tasting at its cellar door or dine at its in-house restaurant overlooking the vineyard. Outside of Berry town, visit the cellar door at Silos Estate, where wine tastings are paired with a platter of local cheese, olives, relish and crackers.  

At Shoalhaven Heads, visit the historic Coolangatta Estate, built in 1822 by convicts on the foothills of Mount Coolangatta, and Two Figs Winery, which boasts panoramic views of the Shoalhaven River. In Ulladulla, drop by the award-winning Cupitt’s Estate, which houses a cellar door, brewery and fromagerie onsite. Here you can join a wine and cheese tasting experience, sit down to a languid lunch or soak up live music sessions each Sunday.  

Where to eat  

Shoalhaven is part of Australia’s Oyster Coast, where some of the world’s best oysters can be plucked straight from the crystal-clear sea. In Shoalhaven Heads, visit Jim Wild’s Oyster Service to eat Sydney rock oysters and Pacific oysters sucked while you wait. In Mollymook, dine on celebrity chef Rick Stein’s signature seafood dishes at his eponymous restaurant at Bannisters by the Sea. The menu changes daily, depending on the day’s catch. Inland, visit the heritage streets of Milton for upscale lunch at Small Town; thoughtful, vegetarian fare at Pilgrims; and paddock-to-plate dining at Milk Haus in nearby Woodstock. Closer to Sydney, Berry has a range of modern eats — try French bistro classics with a coastal twist at Queen St Eatery and organic sourdough breads and pastries at Milkwood Bakery

Wine Regions of NSW - Shoalhaven Social Media Selects CREDIT: Destination NSW

Shoalhaven region social media vignette as told by Rupert Sakora, General Manager of Bannisters by the Sea and Rosie Cupitt, founder and winemaker at Cupitt's Estate.

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Wine Regions of NSW - Shoalhaven Social Media Selects CREDIT: Destination NSW

Shoalhaven region social media vignette as told by Rupert Sakora, General Manager of Bannisters by the Sea and Rosie Cupitt, founder and winemaker at Cupitt's Estate.

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Cupitt's Winery, Ulladulla CREDIT: Destination NSW

Women enjoying food and drink with scenic views across Cupitt's Winery in Ulladulla.

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Cupitt's Winery, Ulladulla CREDIT: Destination NSW

Women enjoying food and drink with scenic views across Cupitt's Winery in Ulladulla.

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Where to play 

Shoalhaven boasts more than 100 idyllic beaches, making it a true aquatic playground. Swim, surf or paddleboard along the coast, or try kayaking in the region’s quieter inlets and estuaries. Jervis Bay is famed not only for its glittering white sands, but also for the friendly marine life that live in the fringing azure waters. Cruise the coast with Jervis Bay Wild to spot humpback whales during their annual migration (May to November), or head underwater with Dive Jervis Bay and explore more than 65 dive sites in the area. Visit Booderee Botanic Gardens to learn about bush tucker and the medicinal uses of plants or follow the 90-minute White Sands Walk as it winds its way through the coastal forest of Jervis Bay National Park. 

Where to stay  

The Shoalhaven has every kind of stay from bushland glamping to boutique hotels. Cuddle up in the deluxe glamping tents at Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay; find a beachside retreat at Bangalay Luxury Villas at Shoalhaven Heads; or take in clifftop views at Bannisters by the Sea in Mollymook. You can also camp or book a cabin in one of the national parks and wake with the kangaroos surrounded by nature. 

Dive Jervis Bay, Jervis Bay CREDIT: Jordan Robins

Seals playfully swimming in Jervis Bay.

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Dive Jervis Bay, Jervis Bay CREDIT: Jordan Robins

Seals playfully swimming in Jervis Bay.

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Paperbark Camp, Woollamia CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a romantic glamping getaway at Paperbark Camp, Woollamia.

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Paperbark Camp, Woollamia CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a romantic glamping getaway at Paperbark Camp, Woollamia.

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