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Fun & Games
Bomaderry Aquatic Centre.
Bomaderry Aquatic Centre is open all year round, offering a variety of programs for all ages and abilities from squad training, learn to swim, aqua aerobics and adult fit swim programs, as well as party bookings.
There is a 25 metre heated indoor pool, 50 metre heated outdoor pool, heated toddlers pool, outdoor seating area as well as a kiosk and sport retail shop, that offers a wide range of swimwear and accessories available for sale.
Club Husky 18 Hole Mini Golf.
Club Husky is based between the magnificent crystal waters of Jervis Bay and the untouched beauty of the natural bush land.
Some of the features at the course include: picnic area located between the gumtrees and the course, bowling club with ATM, Chinese takeaway and toilet facilities.
Open during all weather, fun for all, and great for social and work outings.
Bay & Basin Leisure Centre.
Bay and Basin Leisure Centre has something for everyone. There are four heated pools including a relaxing spa, 25 metre lap pool and an exciting 40 metre water slide. There is a fully equipped gym to keep you in shape with classes, equipment and personal training. There is the Whale Tail cafe/kiosk serving great coffee, some hot food and snacks and selling Speedo swimwear and accessories.
Facilities include: 25 metre indoor heated pool, heated leisure pool with beach entry, heated toddler pool, spa, 40 metre water slide, fitness gymnasium, Les Mills Classes, RPM/Spin room, cafe, crèche and sports shop.
Please call the centre for more details.
Flip Out Nowra.
Flip Out is Australia’s first and largest Australian owned trampoline arena. Flip Out is the new way to be active, become fit and much more fun than traditional exercise!
Flip Out is an attraction for kids, teens and adults alike. It provides a fun place out of harms way. Everyone can learn and show off.
HopDog Beer Works Brewery – Nowra.
HopDog brews hop-centric beers and artisinal ales, with a focus on quality ingredients and an attention to detail.
HopDog is a 200L independent nano brewery located on the South Coast of NSW. HopDog is an Ale only brewery. Head brewer Tim Thomas brings 13 years of professional brewing experience, having brewed previously for Lord Nelson and Five Islands Brewing Company, and has seen the emergence and rise of the Australian craft beer industry.
The craft brewing industry brings with it food matching and opening a flood of food preparations using beers – cuisine de la biere – and brewing with ingredients normally used for cooking. Oak barrels, gingerbreads, coffee and seasonal fruits all have a place in the HopDog larder.
With 14 years’ experience as a chef, Tess’s experience and knowledge of flavours and food matching helps refine the final product and sort the brewery into a well-oiled machine.
Huskisson Pictures is located in the seaside town of Huskisson, on the shores of Jervis Bay
The building was originally constructed in 1913 by the Dent family (local ship builders) as a community hall for their employees and has been used as a variety of venues since.
Movies have been screened there since the early 1950s to present, with major renovations in 1990 seeing the building constructed into a permanent cinema, with the exterior being left as original as possible, adding to the charm of the cinema.
Nowra Croquet Club.
Let’s play croquet – the thought sport. A game requiring skill and strategy.
Suitable for all – male and female, young and old, low cost involved.
Croquet is played on a court which measures 35 yards by 28 yards. The lawns used are normally level and flat but not to the same standard as a bowling green. Six hoops are laid out on the court and each player uses a mallet to strike a ball with the aim of running each hoop in a specified order and direction.
Each game is played with either two players (singles) or four players (doubles) and four coloured balls are in play at all times.
Competitive or social – there is room for both. Participation in sport can be for a variety of reasons, including – exercise, mental stimulation, companionship, competition. Croquet provides an opportunity to travel for tournaments and meet new friends.
Nowra Raceway is a modern and well-designed racing complex which holds regular races and meetings.
It is known as Archer Raceway and was named after Archer, the local winner of the first two Melbourne Cup Races. Shoalhaven City Turf Club is a dynamic flexible venue that not only hosts a number of exciting Feature race meets, but also manages a number of special events.
The venue caters for gallopers as well as greyhounds and is home to the Shoalhaven City Turf Club and Shoalhaven Greyhound Racing Club. The Nowra Speedway is also located on the grounds.
There are covered areas for picnics and barbecues with tables and toilet facilities. There is plenty of car parking with room for coaches.
Shoalhaven City Lanes – Nowra.
Shoalhaven City Lanes is the local ten pin bowling attraction including fun filled special events and cosmic bowling every Friday and Saturday evening from 8pm. 16 lanes of excitement.
Come along to experience some great family time, hang out with friends or throw a party. There’s fun to be had by all.
Shoalhaven Zoo & Adventure World – Nowra.
Shoalhaven Zoo is the largest native animal park on the New South Wales South Coast and brings together over 100 species of native Australian animals, birds and reptiles. Set in 16 acres of native bushland and resting on the banks of the beautiful Shoalhaven River, you’ll find plenty to see and do during your visit.
After spending time exploring the zoo you can relax with a picnic by the river, cook up a barbecue or eat in the delightful Zoo Haven Cafe while taking in the wonderful views.
And before you leave, don’t forget to browse through the gift shop where you will find a great selection of souvenirs to remind you of your visit.
The Wakeboarding School – Nowra.
The Wakeboarding School, based on the Shoalhaven River, NSW was founded in 1999 by pro wakeboarder, Josh Sanders.
With his extensive experience within the sport of wakeboarding as a professional, he offers a level of coaching not found anywhere else in Australia.
In 2005 Josh took home the most prestigious titles in Wakeboarding, King of Wake and US Pro Tour Champion and draws on all his abilities as a rider to coach his students, whether they may be beginner or advanced.
With Josh at the realm of the Wakeboard School, as well as other top-rated wakeboarders, this guarantees a professional and fun experience.
The Wakeboard School provides packages for all wakeboarding needs, everything from one hour sets to five day packages, which run throughout the summer.
The Wakeboard School also caters for corporate day wakeboarding lessons, daily group bookings and parties, with gift vouchers also available for purchase.
Jervis Bay Wild
Jervis Bay Wild offers a range of breathtaking Whale Watching & Dolphin cruise options for you, your family and your friends to enjoy all year-round. Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching with us in beautiful Jervis Bay is a fantastic way to experience the excitement of pure nature like never before.
Escape to Nature.
Abrahams Bosom Reserve.
Features of the scenic reserve include the beach, a natural rock pool, creek, scenic walking tracks and picnic facilities.
The Abrahams Bosom Reserve has two interesting walks:
The first is The Wreck Walk – a 2.5km return walk that takes a leisurely one hour, on an easy gradient and takes in the site of the wreck of the S.S. Merimbula which ran aground at 1am on 27 March, 1928.
The second is The Trig Walk – which includes the Wreck Walk, is a hillier walk of 9km and takes approximately three hours return. The feature of this walk is the panoramic view from the Trig Station.
Both walks feature coastal seascape scenery of beaches, estuaries, ocean, rock formations, massive sandstone cliffs and headlands.
Access to the Beecroft Peninsula is prohibited when Defence Forces training is in progress. Contact Shoalhaven Visitors Centre for closure dates before visiting.
Bens Walk – Nowra.
Bens Walk commences at the Showground. Enjoy superb views of the river and the golf course. Views of the mountains can be seen from vantage points along the way. The area surrounding Bens Walk provides a habitat for a variety of birds.
The complete track provides a leisurely return walk of about 5.5km taking around two hours. A short return walk from the footbridge to the Showground and Hanging Rock takes around 10 minutes.
A suspension bridge has been constructed to provide a loop walk on both sides of the creek and to give access to Depot Farm Reserve and its picnic area.
Bomaderry Creek Regional Park.
The centrepiece of this park, tucked away behind the Princes Highway at Bomaderry, is the lovely Bomaderry Creek Gorge. Here you’ll discover a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of life. A short walk brings you to cool forest, soaring sandstone faces, scattered boulders, the sound of running water and the joyous sight of wildflowers in spring.
Nature-lovers and keen walkers can enjoy the trails, picnic area and lookouts year-round – the shade and water make spending time here pleasant, even in high summer. You’ll love the variety of landscapes, from the cliff-lined gorge and huge sandstone slabs, to the plateau above. You can also look out for the threatened glossy black cockatoo feeding on the casuarinas. The Aboriginal rainbow serpent mural in the picnic area is great for the kids, and because it’s a regional park.
Booderee National Park Botanic Gardens.
Booderee Botanic Gardens are owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and are the only Aboriginal owned botanic gardens in Australia.
The gardens showcase local Aboriginal (Koori) use of plants and the coastal flora of south-eastern Australia. Visitors can learn about bush tucker and medicinal uses of plants, the long association that Koori people have had with the area and the plants of south eastern Australia. There are a range of facilities and services available to help visitors appreciate and explore the gardens, including formed paths, self-guided and guided walks, interpretive displays and picnic areas.
The gardens, as part of Booderee National Park, are jointly managed between the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community council and the Australian Government’s Director of National Parks. The gardens received National Heritage status in 1994.
Green Patch & Telegraph Creek Walking Tracks.
Green Patch is a beautiful picnic area within Booderee National Park, with interesting bushwalks, wildflowers in spring and safe swimming in clear blue water. Many native birds and kangaroos can be seen in the early morning and late afternoon. Green Patch also offers a sheltered beach with beautiful white sand, toilets, showers, wood barbecues and picnic tables.
Telegraph Creek Nature Trail is a circular walk with signs describing interesting aspects of the vegetation along the way. The trail begins at the northern end of the Green Patch car park or where it is signposted along Jervis Bay Road near the Green Patch turn-off. The walk is 2.4 kilometres long and takes roughly one hour to complete. Grade is easy.
Booderee is owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community. Enjoy your visit to beautiful Booderee and please care for the land and waters as this is a very special place.
Munyunga Waraga Dhugan Walking Trail – Jervis Bay.
The Munyunga Waraga Dhugan loop walk is located in beautiful Booderee National Park. Booderee is owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and is a very significant place for Koori people.
The Munyunga Waraga Dhugan loop walk welcomes Booderee’s visitors to the country of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal people. ‘Munyunga Waraga Dhugan’ means ‘white bellied Sea Eagles home camp’ in the Aboriginal Dhurga language. Please care for the land and waters as this is a very special place.
The walk is a self-guided tour of the park’s natural and cultural heritage and history. It features eight places which have been given names by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community. The trail has spectacular panoramic views and is close to pristine Murrays Beach. Munyunga Waraga Dhugan starts at Murrays Beach carpark.
5.4 kilometres or 2.5 hours. Moderate grade.
Corramy Regional Park.
Created in 2010, Corramy Regional Park offers visitors a natural playground in a tidy package of 292ha. Not far from suburbia, it protects several species of threatened trees and plays host to endangered birds like the glossy black cockatoo. There’s scenic swamp oak forest and a variety of eucalypts, spilling shade over attractive clearings tailor-made for picnicking.
Indeed, Corramy manages to protect our natural diversity while offering compelling reasons to bring the whole family. Pack a lunch and visit for a lazy afternoon, or bring the kayak and make a day of it. Proving size isn’t everything, this small park packs some big opportunities, whether your preference is fishing, walking, or watersports. Along with stunning bushland, there’s Wandandian Creek and the quiet shoreline of St Georges Basin.
Curtis Park Arboretum – Shoalhaven.
View an amazing variety of over one hundred species of native plants from sunrise to sunset. The extensive range of pants has been collected from far north Queensland all the way to Tasmania.
Visitors to the area are encourage to enjoy a self-guided tour with interpretive signage around the botanic and bush tucker gardens.
Take some time to enjoy this peaceful coastal garden.
Grotto Walk – Nowra.
On the banks of the Shoalhaven River in North Nowra (access from Yurunga Drive) is The Grotto. Whilst access to The Grotto is steep in parts, the walk is short and the ambience of the reserve more than makes up for any effort expended. Take a picnic and spend some time watching the beautiful Shoalhaven River, from a superb vantage point.
A large overhanging rock called the Grotto has given its name to this walk. This is a beautiful walk with steep entrances that zigzag down 45 metres from the cliff-tops to the banks of the Shoalhaven River. The walk is a two kilometre loop track taking between one to two hours depending on whether you visit all of the four lookouts at the top of the cliffs.
The walk passes through an old farm and orchard which belonged to John Hanson in the 1920s.
Hyams Beach Trail.
Keen to meet Jervis Bay’s birdlife? Follow the lead of the local birdwatchers who designed this delightful and easy walk, which is also known as Bird Spotter’s walk. They’ve even added signs to explain the birds you’ll see and hear along the way.
Keep an eye out for some of the birds the Jervis Bay area is known for, like new holland honey-eaters, eastern spinebills, eastern rosellas, and crimson rosellas.
Start at Lister Crescent at the southern end of Hyams Beach village. Walk about one kilometre, then turn left at the intersection and continue a short distance to the beautiful Seamans Beach.
You can head back along the trail for more bird watching, or take an easy walk along the white sand of Hyams Beach.
Jervis Bay Marine Park.
Jervis Bay Marine Park is home to seals, penguins, seabirds, dolphins and many other animals. Migrating whales drop by during their annual journey along the coast.
Scuba diving, swimming, surfing and fishing are popular activities at the marine park however there are areas in which recreational activities like fishing and spear fishing are prohibited.
There are various walking trails available in the surrounding Jervis Bay National Park.
NSW Jervis Bay National Park.
NSW Jervis Bay National Park lies on 4,854 hectares. Sections of the park fringe Jervis Bay, St George Basin and ocean beaches. The area is rich in Aboriginal heritage, including important wetlands and preserves a flourishing diversity of plants and animals. The park lies next to the Commonwealth-managed Jervis Bay National Park which is now called Booderee National Park.
The forests, bays and beaches are great for swimming, bushwalking, birdwatching or enjoying the tranquillity.
Greenfield Beach has visitor facilities including wheelchair access to the beach. From here you can follow the information signs on the White Sands Walk along the coast to Hyams Beach and return by the Scribbly Gum Track.
On the northern side of the bay, Hammerhead Point and Red Point have picnic areas.
Camping is not permitted in the park.
Trees Adventure Shoalhaven – Nowra.
Trees Adventure is an eco-adventure experience. The park features exciting and challenging courses high in the tree canopy, that will have you swinging, leaping, climbing and flying through the forest.
The course lets you experience Australia’s unique landscape, allowing thrill seekers and nature enthusiasts to experience the trees like never before.
Flying foxes zip between the trees at exhilarating speeds, while cargo nets, rope bridges and wooden obstacles offer physical challenges high above the ground. There’s even an airborne skateboard!
The courses become increasingly difficult as you climb higher into the canopy, which means that you can find the right level to suit you.
Suits ages from four years up to adult, and yes, there are even extreme “black” courses for the really adventurous!
Bookings available via the website.
White Sands Walk – Vincentia.
White Sands Walk starts at a boardwalk on Greenfields Beach, just south of Vincentia, crosses a creek and winds south along the bay. Interpretive signs along the track point out significant features of the bay.
The walk ends at the small village of Hyams Beach. At the end of the walk, you can either return the same way or make this into a circuit walk by taking the Scribbly Gum Track back to Greenfields Beach.
Picnic Areas, Lookouts & Lighthouses.
Bomaderry Creek Picnic Area.
For a lovely spot to have lunch or laze about under the trees, Bomaderry Creek picnic area is perfect. Surrounded by bushland and yet well-equipped and very easy to get to from the Princes Highway, this former quarry is a lovely place to unroll a picnic blanket and relax, and the starting point for a number of easy gorge walks.
The whole family will find plenty to do here. Your little ones will love the game of stepping stones and the open space to run around. A rainbow serpent mural and clay footprints tell the story of this place’s importance to the local Aboriginal people. Abundant birdlife flies overhead while you enjoy this special place too.
Once you’ve enjoyed a barbecue in the eucalypt trees, stretch your legs along She-Oak crossing walk and explore the Bomaderry Creek Gorge, or head out across.
Cape St George Lighthouse – Huskisson.
The ruined Cape St George Lighthouse is perched on the edge of spectacular cliffs between Booderee National Park and the sea.
The lighthouse look-out offers stunning sea and cliff views and is a fantastic place to watch whale migrations (June-July and September-November). The ruin is heritage-listed and is the most significant European historic site in Booderee National Park.
In the 19th century, shipwrecks were numerous along the Wreck Bay coast. Unfortunately, the Cape St George Lighthouse did not halt the shipping toll. It was replaced by Point Perpendicular lighthouse in 1898 and destroyed in the early 20th century.
Booderee National Park is owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community. Enjoy your stay in beautiful Booderee and please care for the land and waters as this is a very special place.
Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse.
The original Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse was constructed of timber in 1882 and located as part of the Shoalhaven Signal Station on the beach 200 metres to the west of the current lighthouse. The new brick lighthouse to the south of the mouth of the Shoalhaven River was commissioned in 1904 and the old wooden lighthouse was immediately demolished.
Aside from the Keepers Cottages at South Solitary Island, this is probably the most endangered lighthouse in New South Wales and should be of great concern to lighthouse enthusiasts and the community at large.
The lighthouse is located on the south side of the entrance to the Shoalhaven River just east of Nowra.
Greenfield Beach Picnic Area – Vincentia.
Tucked away behind Greenfield Beach, this picnic area is known for its family-friendly atmosphere. It’s named after Colin Greenfield who lived in the area from 1942 until the 1970s.
Set up a picnic table, sprawl out on the grass or take a seat in the shelter shed – with its informative panels it doubles as an outdoor classroom. You’ll also find free barbecues to cook your alfresco feast.
Try a spot of bird watching, work off your lunch on the White Sands walk and Scribbly Gum track, or head to the beach, just steps away. There are showers to wash salt from your skin after a swim or sandcastle session.
Hanging Rock Lookout – Nowra.
Hanging Rock Lookout has been a prominent landmark of Nowra since the town was established. It is 46.25 metres above the river and offers spectacular views of the Shoalhaven and the town of Nowra. The precariously positioned overhanging rock formation with views across the Shoalhaven River can best be seen from the Bens Walk walking track.
Site facilities include a car park and toilets.
Nowra Hill Lookout.
The Nowra Hill Lookout offers panoramic views of the Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay areas. It is a pleasant stroll along the Commodore’s Walk to the the Lookout. Seats are placed along the walk and at the lookout. The runway at HMAS Albatross may also be viewed from the lookout.
There are some good local bushwalks within the Nowra district, notably Bens Walk which is an easy, shady and well-graded riverbank walk winding beside the Shoalhaven River, affording excellent views of the local district. On the bank of the Shoalhaven River in North Nowra is the Wildlife Park which offers over 100 species of Australian wildlife.
Point perpendicular Lighthouse & Lookout – Currarong.
Drive through natural scrub and beautiful spring wildflowers to Point Perpendicular Lighthouse and the spectacular escarpment at Jervis Bay. There is no access to the inside of the Lighthouse. The view from the grounds of the Lighthouse makes this drive worthwhile.
The light station was a major coastal light in a network of navigational aids operated and maintained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. It has now been replaced by a new lighthouse, but the building remains and is of historic significance.
The gravel road to the lighthouse may deteriorate during bad weather and at times the road is closed because of Naval gunnery training exercises.
Galleries, Markets, etc.
Ackroyd Opals – Nowra.
Ackroyd Opals has one of Australia’s finest collections of opals at Australia’s best prices. Opals are cut and polished on site with experience which is second to none. Choose from opal rings, pendants, earrings, jewellery, unset stones, as well as jewellery repairs and valuations.
This den of glorious, colourful stones is the pride of the Ackroyd Family, who have been involved in the opal trade, from the ground up so to speak, for many years.
From the diggings at several mines in the great Outback, the Ackroyd family stock high quality stones for processing into jewellery grade items.
Since each opal region produces gems of different appearance, Dallas will take the time to explain to visitors how to select a stone for value and appearance as well as solid investments.
Chatham Gallery – Callala Bay.
At the Chatham Gallery you are welcome to drop in and browse our collection, choose a painting in the gallery or commission a painting or sculpture of your choice.
Join in the ongoing classes or book a holiday class and create your own works of art. Classes are for adults and children and they run for approximately three hours with all equipment supplied for your convenience.
Greenwell Point Riverside Markets.
Held at a waterfront setting, the Greenwell Point Riverside Market stalls include fishing gear, jewellery, homemade soft goods of all sorts, plants, natural timber products, homemade soaps, pegs and sauces, seashell wind chimes, products from Local Lavender Farm and many more.
This market is run by Marine Rescue Shoalhaven and is a fundraiser to assist them with offering their 24 hour daily service to the boating public of the Shoalhaven.
Huskisson Gallery & Picture Framing.
Huskisson Gallery and Picture Framing displays local artists and photographers work. Huskisson Gallery and Picture Framing also offers a framing service that compliments any art or photographic piece. Their experienced staff can help you turn your favourite photograph into a focal point in your home. If you are looking for advice on how to enhance the uniqueness of your picture, their passionate team can help you choose the most suitable framing, moulding and printing size.
A large range of locally produced Indigenous artwork, from the Dharawl people, as well as artefacts are available for sale.
Beautiful photographic cards of scenic Jervis Bay images, and hand-made jewellery from a local artisan are made exclusively for the gallery.
Jim Wilds Oyster Service – Culburra Beach.
Visit Australias champion oyster opener Jim Wild at his Oyster Development Site at Greenwell Point where you can purchase Greenwell Point rock oysters or Pacific oysters which are grown in the estuary of the Crookhaven and Shoalhaven Rivers. Also selling beautiful fresh Australian prawns.
Fresh oysters opened while you wait. And remember – if Jim Wilds name is not on the label of the oysters you are buying they are not Jim Wilds Oysters.
Tours are available providing prior arrangements have been made. Jim explains the life cycle of an oyster, from spawning to the table with examples of each stage and also included sampling of oysters.
Laddie Timbery Aboriginal Art & Crafts – Huskisson.
Members of the Timbery family regularly produce the artwork and artefacts sold in the shop. Paintings, both traditional and contemporary, are on offer as is Laddie’s artwork. Laddie’s specialty is burning-in – a technique for burning designs into wood. Other family members are highly regarded for their shell art. There are many other artefacts sold including boomerangs, didgeridoos and bullroarers; many are beautifully decorated and all are authentically sourced from Aboriginal artists in regional New South Wales and around Australia.
Laddie is in the shop most days and is always happy to demonstrate boomerang throwing or talk with you about the history of the artwork, what the artefacts are used for and of course, Aboriginal culture, and history and Dreamtime legend. On any day there is someone at the shop to “yarn” with on these topics.
Make Your Mark Art Supplies & Studio Gallery – Huskisson.
Make Your Mark Art Supplies and Studio Gallery specialise in quality art supplies such as paints, starter kits, brushes, canvases, mediums, folk art supplies, drawing, papers, pads and accessories. Specialising in moulding, casting resins and coatings. Realise your skills and talent today. Join their regular weekly art classes, holiday workshops or children’s classes.
There is a beautiful workshop and gallery space available. Enjoy the interesting works of art by local artists in this beautiful coastal area of Huskisson on the waters of Jervis Bay.
Shoalhaven City Arts Centre – Nowra.
Shoalhaven City Arts Centre is a regional art gallery with access to a broad range of national, regional and local arts, especially showcasing the artistic and cultural strength, diversity and activity of the arts community of the Shoalhaven area.
The centre offers exhibition spaces, workshop rooms, meeting and relaxation areas and a retail arts shopfront.
There is also a multi-media and entertainment centre with training available.
The centre is also home to 2UUU Community Radio.
Bundanon – Nowra.
Bundanon is the home of the late Arthur Boyd. It was donated to the people of Australia in 1993 by the artist, who believed “you cant own a landscape” and wanted to share the place that inspired him so much, with everyone.
The adjoining property which was owned by the artist Sidney Nolan was also donated. It also contains an educational centre and part of the property has been set up as a constantly evolving studio space for artists and writers. There are currently four studios with attached residences and a writer’s cottage which are offered meritoriously to a select group of talented individuals from all over the world.
Guided tours of the 1860s National Estate listed Bundanon homestead with works from the Bundanon Collection and Arthur Boyd’s studio. The upstairs gallery has a changing exhibition every 3 months. Enjoy bush and river walks and the grassed areas for picnics.
Fleet Air Arm Museum – Nowra.
The Royal Australian Navy invites you, your family and friends to visit the Fleet Air Arm Museum at HMAS Albatross Nowra. Explore and experience the story of naval aviation from its beginnings to the present day.
The current exhibition “Wings over Water” tells the story of naval aviation in Australia, with aircraft from the 20th Century, ranging from a World War One Sopwith Pup to an A4 Skyhawk jet fighter. The exhibition also includes examples of allied and foreign aircraft, like the MiG-17 fighter. Showcases and audio visual displays add to the stories of these aircraft and those who flew and fixed them.
Individual displays include the US 135th Assault Helicopter that incorporated the RAN Helicopter Flight-Vietnam and a special exhibit on Admiral Sir Victor Smith. The Museum’s flight simulator provides a ‘virtual experience’, for all ages, on what it is like in the pilot’s seat. Come and have fun.
Historic Jindyandy Mill – Culburra Beach.
The Historic Jindyandy Mill is located amongst lush rural settings, which is home to the original Jindyandy Mill built by convicts in 1830.
There is a range of stores to browse through that offer: lollies; homewares; gifts; toys; antiques; eco gifts; dolls houses; scrapbooking supplies; candles; miniatures and more.
Within the Village there is also a cafe that showcases local produce and a self-contained holiday cottage.
Lady Denman Maritime Museum & Gallery – Huskisson.
The Lady Denman Maritime Museum and Gallery is located on 10 hectares and houses a Museum with significant maritime history, Laddie Timbery’s Aboriginal Arts and Crafts, the Museum shop and a vast outdoor recreation space including a boardwalk, fish feeding harbour, and historic buildings.
The centrepiece is the Lady Denman – a wooden Inner Harbour Sydney ferry built in Huskisson in 1911 and retired in 1979. She was returned home in 1980, and now rests in a purpose built building to receive her many visitors.
Other museum exhibits include: Koori Coast – the story of the Shoalhaven Aboriginal people; Jervis Bay – the history of Jervis Bay from 1800 to 1939; The Vera Hatton Gallery which hosts travelling exhibitions from far and wide; shipbuilding, shipwrecks and lighthouses as well as the magnificent Halloran Collection housing rare and beautiful surveying/navigational instruments; weapons, artworks and historic maritime artefacts of world significance.
Nowra Museum & Shoalhaven Historical Society.
The Nowra Museum and Shoalhaven Historical Society aims to promote and encourage the study of Australia history and in particular, that of the Shoalhaven district. Founded in 1967 the Nowra Museum is located in the former police station and contains displays focusing on the Nowra district, using plenty of photographs held by the Society. The Society also has an extensive list of local history publications.