Kangaroo Valley, Tourism New South Wales

Population 30953

Nowra is the principal town in the Shoalhaven district and is popular with tourists for its attractive river and water activities. The racehorse Archer began his famous 550-mile (880-kilometre) walk from Terara, on the outskirts of Nowra, to compete in the Melbourne Cup. He was led and ridden by his jockey, Dave Power. The two went on to be the first winners of the Melbourne Cup in 1861 and returned for a second win in 1862.

Visitor Information

Shoalhaven Visitors Centre, cnr Princes Hwy and Pleasant Way; (02) 4421 0778 or 1300 662 808

Nearby national parks

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  • Murramarang National Park

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Nearby towns

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In Town

Meroogal Said to be the most intact 19th-century home in NSW, this 1885 property was passed down through 4 generations of women. Furniture, household objects, diaries, letters, scrapbooks, photographs and even clothes have been saved so visitors can see relics from each generation of its occupation. Open Sat afternoon and Sun; Cnr Worrigee and West sts; (02) 4421 8150.

Shoalhaven Historical Museum: old police station exhibiting the history of the town in records, photographs, household items and tools; Cnr Plunkett and Kinghorne sts; (02) 4421 8150.

Shoalhaven River: fishing, waterskiing, canoeing and sailing.

Shoalhaven River Cruises: departing from Nowra Wharf, Riverview Rd; bookings and times 0429 981 007.

Hanging Rock: 46 m above the river with scenic views; off Junction St.

Nowra Animal Park: native animals, reptiles and birds plus pony rides and opportunities to pat a koala; Rockhill Rd.

Scenic walks: include Bens Walk along the river and Bomaderry Creek Walk from Bomaderry; leaflets from visitor centre.


Kangaroo Valley This town of historic buildings has the National Trust–classified Friendly Inn, a Pioneer Settlement Reserve (a reconstruction of an 1880s dairy farm) and the Hampden Bridge, built in 1898 and is the oldest suspension bridge in Australia. The scenic route leading from the highlands to the coast (from Moss Vale to Nowra) takes in the 80 m high Fitzroy Falls, crosses the suspension bridge, and passes through the historic township. Kangaroo Valley Fruit World is a working fruit farm open to visitors. Canoeing and kayaking safaris to Kangaroo River and Shoalhaven Gorge can be booked at the visitor centre. There is also beautiful rural scenery along Nowra Rd. 23 km NW.

Fleet Air Arm Museum Australia's largest aviation museum with displays and planes over 6000 sq m. The Wings Over Water exhibition tells the story of Australian naval aviation and the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet Air Arm; (02) 4424 1999; 8 km SW.

Shoalhaven Coast wine region The main wineries here are near Nowra. Read more.

Marayong Park Emu Farm: group tours include the emu incubation room, brooder area, chick-rearing shed and breeding pen. Chicks hatch Aug–Oct; bookings required (02) 4447 8505; 11 km S.

Cambewarra Lookout: spectacular views of the Shoalhaven River and Kangaroo Valley; 12 km NW.

Greenwell Point: fresh fish and oyster sales; 14 km E.

Bundanon: National Estate–listed homestead donated to the nation by artist Arthur Boyd and his wife Yvonne. The Bundanon collection and Boyd's studio are open Sun; (02) 4423 5999; 21 km W.

Culburra: nearby Lake Wollumboola and coastal beaches are good for surfing, swimming, prawning and fishing. Culburra also holds the Open Fishing Carnival each Jan; 21 km SE.

Morton National Park: the Nowra section features the Tallowa Dam water-catchment area, a popular spot for picnics; via Kangaroo Valley; 38 km NW. For the Ulladulla section of the park see Ulladulla.

Beaches: many beautiful beaches in the vicinity for swimming and surfing; maps at visitor centre. 

Eco-friendly activities around town

Whale- and dolphin-watching around Huskisson 19 km

Many seaside towns on the South Coast have rightfully decided to champion the passing parade of marine mammals. From May to November there are more two-to-three-hour, whale- and dolphin-watching cruises than you can wave... Find out more

Sailing around Jervis Bay 29 km

Imagine. No engines. Just the flapping of a sail and the splash of the waves. The South Coast’s tranquil lakes and inlets are ideal for sailing. Jervis Bay Sailing Charters is one of several operators who will take... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Boatshed by the Bridge

The owners of the River Deli have done it again, opening a cafe/kiosk sibling to their hugely successful deli-cafe. The cafe is new but the location is an old weatherboard boatshed that has been painstakingly renovated... Find out more

Campsites around town

Grassy Gully camping area (bush camping) 18 km

You can reach this campsite via Grassy Gully Rd, which turns off Burrier Rd. It’s basic bush camping here – bring your own everything, including water and a portable toilet. There are no wood BBQs, so also... Find out more

Bendeela Recreation Area 19 km

In picturesque Kangaroo Valley, 20 km north of Nowra and 8 km west of Kangaroo Valley village, Bendeela is a hidden gem in a treasure chest of natural beauty. Camp in a secluded, shady grove next to the Kangaroo Riverand... Find out more

Danjera Dam camping area 20 km

The dam’s waters cover an old gold-rush town called Yalwal; today, visitors come to the area for aquatic activities such as kayaking, swimming, fishing (the dam is stocked with rainbow trout and bass) and boating.... Find out more

Tallowa Dam Recreation Area 29 km

You’re surrounded by beauty in this camping ground, which is swaddled by Morton National Park and tucked into Kangaroo Valley. The camping ground itself is a broad, spacious grassed area along the Kangaroo River.... Find out more

Carrington Falls camping area 29 km

This small camping area can get crowded in peak periods, so think twice if you’ve got a campervan or trailer. You’ll find it on Carrington Falls Access Rd, off Jamberoo Mountain Rd, 8 km east of Robertson.... Find out more

Green Patch camping area 30 km

This spacious but discreet beachside camping ground can be accessed off Jervis Bay Rd. There are walk-in and vehicle-based campsites, which are allocated depending on your group size and requirements. The easy Telegraph... Find out more

Bristol Point camping area 30 km

Wizened banksia, towering gums and coastal scrub meet the tranquil beauty of Bristol Beach at this medium-sized campsite off Jervis Bay Rd east of Green Patch. All sites require a short walk from car to tent (up to 50... Find out more

Cave Beach camping area 32 km

It’s a 300 m walk from carpark to tent site at this grassy camping area at the end of Cave Beach Rd off Jervis Bay Rd. It’s a small and secluded spot suitable for the lightweight camper. Tents must be no... Find out more

Gambells Rest camping area 37 km

This is the only designated camping ground in the north of the park, and it’s a good springboard for 10 walking tracks. It’s less than 1 km south of Bundanoon via the Gullies Rd. No fires are allowed, so... Find out more

Killalea camping area 38 km

This is a well-equipped camping ground in prime position behind Mystics Beach. There are walking tracks, fishing spots and a golf course nearby; alternative accommodation is available in the form of a bunkhouse with 40... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Shoalhaven Caravan Village 2 km

This is a large, owner-operated riverfront park just 1 km east of Nowra and easily reached from the Princes Highway. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Mountain View Village 13 km

This is a large, quality park with great amenities and very good facilities, including tennis courts, mini golf course and a very popular 500-metre walking track with eight gym stations. Ask about the courtesy bus that... Find out more

Shoalhaven Heads Tourist Park 14 km

Holiday Haven caravan parks are great parks, owned and operated by the Shoalhaven Heads Council. This large, award-winning riverfront park has very good facilities. It is just a short walk through to the beach and a... Find out more

Crookhaven Heads Tourist Park 15 km

This is a large council holiday park located on the southern headland of the Crookhaven River, north of Culburra. It has ocean views, good facilities and is close to both deepwater and estuarine fishing spots. Bookings... Find out more

Huskisson White Sands Tourist Park 19 km

This park is just 1 km from the town centre, and well positioned on the beachfront overlooking Jervis Bay; you can often see dolphins playing in the bay. The park has good facilities. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Huskisson Beach Tourist Resort 19 km

Looking out over Jervis Bay and close to the centre of town, this park has great facilities. Austar TV is cabled to all ensuite sites. It is a very popular place and bookings are generally required, particularly in peak... Find out more

Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park 23 km

Swim at the beach or sit back, relax and watch TV at this large, fabulous beachside park. It has great facilities, including ensuite sites with full Austar TV hook-up. It also has excellent amenities and is in a... Find out more

Currarong Beachside Tourist Park 25 km

This is a large caravan park on the waterfront with clean, modern amenities, a fish-cleaning and boat-washing area, and two boat ramps. It is a popular holiday park for fishing enthusiasts. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Big4 Easts Beach Holiday Park 32 km

This is a fabulous, large and well laid out beachfront park with very good amenities and facilities, including TV cables to all ensuite sites. The East family is a prominent owner of several New South Wales caravan parks... Find out more

Swan Lake Tourist Village 35 km

This is a popular holiday park located across the road from Swan Lake and just a short distance to the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies over Christmas, Easter and long... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

The White House Heritage Guest House

The White House is Nowra’s only heritage-listed property (c. 1921), combining old-world charm, contemporary comfort and a relaxed ambience. There is a range of suites available, from single rooms to family rooms... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Bewang park area 23 km

38km N of Ulladulla (L) or 30km S of Nowra (R)

Adjacent to the highway and across the road from the roadhouse.

What's on around town

Market: Nowra Greyhound Track; 4th Sun each month.

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