Nowra is the biggest city on the NSW coast south of Wollongong. It is an ugly place with the town centre cut in half by a multi-lane highway, but it does have the best shopping on the south coast and some travellers stop in Nowra to stock up on supplies before exploring the surrounding region, which includes the glistening white sand beaches at nearby Jervis Bay as well as the pretty towns of Berry and Kangaroo Valley.
Corner Pleasant Way & Princes Highway, Nowra
Tel (02) 4421 0778 or 1800 024 261
Open 9am-4.30pm daily
Level 1, Nowra Mall, Junction Court, Nowra
Tel (02) 4423 7771
Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm daily
Bomaderry is just north of Nowra’s centre and is the southern terminus for the CityRail network with frequent trains to Kiama, Wollongong and Sydney. The station is on Railway Street in Bomaderry.
Premier Motor Service coaches stop at Stewart Place in the centre of Nowra.
The south coast’s largest wildlife park, on the banks of the Shoalhaven River north of Nowra, features a variety of Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and wombats.
Rockhill Road, North Nowra
Tel (02) 4421 3949
Open 9am-5pm daily
The sandstone cliffs around Nowra offer very good rock climbing with some challenging climbs for more advanced climbers, however there isn’t so much here for beginners.