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Spectacular Shoalhaven

Greenfield Beach, VincentiaCREDIT: Destination NSW

Pristine white sands of Greenfield Beach, Vincentia in the state's South Coast.

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Spectacular
Shoalhaven

Greenfield Beach, Vincentia CREDIT: Destination NSW

Pristine white sands of Greenfield Beach, Vincentia in the state's South Coast.

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With its postcard-perfect beaches, stunning bushwalks, relaxed villages, delicious local produce and fantastic wineries, the Shoalhaven region on the New South Wales South Coast makes for an idyllic coastal getaway. At just two-and-a-half hours’ drive south from Sydney and two hours from Canberra, it’s also an easy weekend escape. Here are some highlights to add to your itinerary.  

Where to eat and drink  

Fans of great seafood won’t want to miss a meal at Rick Stein at Bannisters by the Sea hotel. The international chef, restaurateur and TV presenter’s restaurant at the luxe Mollymook hotel offers superb fresh local seafood in a light-filled seaside setting.

Also in Mollymook, Gwylo is a fun, Asian fusion restaurant specialising in punchy street food share plates. 

Just west of Mollymook, Milk Haus is a wholefoods café situated in a former cheese factory that aims to deliver fresh, honest, simple fare free of toxins, preservatives, and anything artificial. 

In the heritage town of Milton, the folks behind neighbourhood bistro Small Town Food & Wine believe that memorable food has deliciousness and simplicity at its heart.  

Shoalhaven’s oysters are world renowned, and Jim Wild’s Oysters at Greenwell Point, a one-hour drive (71km) north of Milton, is a top spot to taste them. Jim is a champion oyster opener and here, at his family’s oyster farm, you can pick up fresh Greenwell Point rock oysters and Pacific oysters, or stay and eat them beside the Crookhaven River. While in Greenwell Point, make sure to stop by for fish and chips at the award-winning Pelican Rocks Cafe

In Shoalhaven Heads, top chefs Simon Evans and Tom Chiumento, formerly of Wollongong restaurant Caveau, became joint executive chefs at Bangalay Dining, part of the luxurious Bangalay Villas complex, in late 2020. 

The Shoalhaven region is home to many great wineries. Silos Estate near Berry, Cambewarra Estate near Nowra, Coolangatta Estate and Mountain Ridge Wines at Shoalhaven Heads, Two Figs Winery just west of Shoalhaven Heads, and Bawley Vale Estate near Bawley Point, are just a few wineries that have cellar doors where you can sample the fruits of the Shoalhaven Coast wine region. 

Comprising a family-operated boutique winery, cellar door, restaurant, bar, microbrewery and fromagerie in a beautiful coastal countryside setting, Cupitt’s Estate offers the ultimate South Coast food and wine experience. Located between Ulladulla and Milton, Cupitt’s famous restaurant overlooks the vineyard and serves fresh local produce. 

Cupitt's Winery, Ulladulla CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a visit to Cupitt's Winery, Ulladulla

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Cupitt's Winery, Ulladulla CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a visit to Cupitt's Winery, Ulladulla

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Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Seafood at Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach.

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Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Seafood at Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach.

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Must-do activities  

A visit to the Shoalhaven isn’t complete without whale watching or dolphin spotting, and the friendly and skilful crew at Jervis Bay Wild, based in Huskisson, can make it happen.  

For a family outing with a difference, head to Glenbungle Farm in Woollamia 10 minutes’ drive west of Huskisson for one of their Alpaca Afternoon Teas; meet alpacas, chickens and ducks before tucking into scones with jam and cream. A forty-five minute drive (40km) north, get wet and wild with Kangaroo Valley Kayaks, which offers self-guided trips down the spectacular Kangaroo River, where you might be lucky enough to spot a platypus. Return transport is included.  

If you have to choose one walk in the Shoalhaven region, make it the White Sands Walk. Winding through the coastal forest of Jervis Bay National Park and past some of the purest sands in the world, the 90-minute return walk begins at Greenfield Beach picnic area in Vincentia and passes Chinamans Beach, before arriving at Hyams Beach. You can also start at Plantation Point for a longer walk that includes Blenheim Beach. 

Where to sleep 

Just steps from Seven Mile Beach at Shoalhaven Heads, Bangalay Luxury Villas has 16 stylish private fully self-contained one- and two-bedroom villas (and two four-bedroom holiday houses), with golf course or garden views.  

At Mollymook, Bannisters by the Sea is another luxurious seaside option, with 34 stylish rooms and a clifftop day spa. Just down the road, sister hotel Bannisters Pavilion’s beach-chic rooms and suites are just a short wander from Mollymook Beach. 

Nestled in a peaceful bush setting just minutes from the coastal village of Huskisson, Paperbark Camp lets you get back to nature in style in its gorgeous safari tents with elevated decks and private en suites.  

Dive Jervis Bay, Jervis Bay CREDIT: Jordan Robins

Man swimming with a seal during a snorkelling tour with Dive Jervis Bay.

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Dive Jervis Bay, Jervis Bay CREDIT: Jordan Robins

Man swimming with a seal during a snorkelling tour with Dive Jervis Bay.

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Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

A romantic getaway at Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach.

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Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

A romantic getaway at Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach.

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