The Shoalhaven is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful areas of Australia. We fell in the love with the place years ago and ended up purchasing a holiday house in the gorgeous little seaside town of Huskisson (Huski) located right on the shores of the incomparable Jervis Bay. The pure white silicon sand of the beaches and the pure aquamarine waters of Jervis Bay are so clean and pristine because Jervis Bay is surrounded on all sides by the massive, unspoilt beauty of Jervis Bay National Park and Booderee National Park (so efficiently managed by the Koori aboriginal caretakers there). Booderee NP has some of the most gorgeous unspoilt beaches on the east coast where, often, the only footprints on the sand will be yours, eg isolated Steamers Beach and Whiting Beach (you need to hike in). Jervis Bay has resident pods of friendly dolphins and many whales often enter the Bay with their young calves during the months from mid-May to September/Oc tober. Huskisson and Vincentia are spoilt for choice with great cafes, restaurants and clubs. One of my favourite restaurants in the area is the Butter Factory located at Pyree (not far from Nowra) – it is an exquisite little restaurant with a fabulous menu and really lovely, friendly staff. A day trip to Perpendicular Point is a must-see (one must access via an entry gate managed by the Department of Defense) where one of the sweetest little beaches (favoured by weekend campers) is located, called Honeymoon Bay (a heart shaped little beach perfect for little pre-school children). If you are coming from Sydney, my advice is to drive down the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive via the famous Sea Cliff Bridge – don’t forget to stop for a drink or lunch at the Scarborough Pub. When you are returning to Sydney, drive the alternate and absolutely gorgeous drive through verdant rainforest climbing the hinterland via the Cambewarra Lookout and Kangaroo Valley. In my honest opinion, I don’t think there is a coastline in the world that can compare to the green, green beauty of the Shoalhaven.
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This article appeared in Issue 46 of Australian Traveller.
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