A day trip through the scenic town of Kangaroo Valley is highly recommended during your stay at Bangalay Luxury Villas. Half an hour from Shoalhaven Heads, the winding road to Kangaroo Valley offers sweeping views of the countryside. The most northern hinterland...
A trip to Shoalhaven Heads wouldn’t be complete without a ride up Coolangatta Mountain on the huge yellow custom-built tractor called Bigfoot! Hold on and take in the view as you steadily make your way to 1000ft elevation on the summit of Coolangatta Mountain. Enjoy the incredible view of the coastline before travelling back down and through the historic village of Coolangatta Estate. Be sure to make time to visit the cellar door after your adventure and enjoy a delicious meal at the Estate’s restaurant, Alexander’s Grill.
Have you always watched on enviously as surfers took to the waters and glided back to the shore on a wave? Michael Chapple at Shoalhaven Heads Surf School is a patient and skilled teacher, ensuring you know all the basics before attempting your first run and he has an amazing success rate at teaching people to surf. With the beach only a few hundred metres away from Bangalay, book in a lesson with Michael and you’ll be up and hanging ten in no time!
If you’re a keen angler, you’ll know that fisherman come from far and wide to the South Coast to experience the thrilling fishing available in the area. St Georges Basin, near Huskisson, is a great place to catch dusky flathead and big bream in the calm waters. If you’re after a marlin or dolphin fish, you can go out to the cliffs off Currarong where the swell is huge but the rewards are bigger!
The Shoalhaven is the start of Australia’s Oyster Coast, so you know you’ll be spoilt with the delicious morsels who have grown up in the pristine Shoalhaven waters. A drive out to Greenwell Point will have you at the oyster growers location, where you can chat with the oyster growers themselves, have the oysters shucked and take home a few dozen to share (or not!)
One of the best ways to get out and experience the local waterways is by kayak, where you can just sit back and listen to the birdlife calling, the fish jumping and the insects humming. It really is a beautiful natural orchestra! Explore little rivers and creeks or take your kayak out into the Bay or ocean, depending on your skill level.
There is nothing more thrilling than seeing these beautiful creatures up close and swimming alongside the boat as you watch on. The Bay is home to lots of pods of bottlenose dolphins, who love the calm waters of the Bay, raising their little ones and playing host to the migrating whales on their way up and down the coast during migration.
The Shoalhaven Zoo, nestled between the cliff and the Shoalhaven River in North Nowra is a delight for all ages. Take a wander around and the exhibits and get up close and personal during the zoo’s daily shows. Our favourites are the lions and the marmoset monkeys. Relax with a bite to eat on the verandah of the café looking over the river after all of those animal antics!
Regal Horseriding School is based just on the outskirts of Shoalhaven Heads and is a great way to see Seven Mile Beach from a different perspective – on horseback! Monique is a lovely host and will take you from the Horseriding School, along the fringe of Seven Mile Beach National Park and onto the beach and back, all the while making you feel at ease and ensuring you have a great and safe time on your horsey adventure.
If you’re up for some fun and don’t mind swinging around the trees like a monkey, then a visit to the Trees Adventure in Nowra is a must do! Located at the rear of the Shoalhaven Zoo, the trees adventure is an obstacle course set high up in the treetops and is designed to put you through your paces whilst taking in the beautiful cliff top and zoo views – who knows, you might even get the chance to high five a giraffe!
If you are looking for a bushwalk that will knock your socks off, this one is it! As part of the larger Abraham’s Bosom Walking Track in Currarong, Gosang’s Tunnel requires you to leave the main track (look for the signs) and crawl on your hands and knees through a tunnel for about 15 metres, where you will emerge out onto the edge of the Currarong sea cliffs. It is an incredible feeling standing on the rocky outcrop and looking down to the vast ocean below. Be warned, this area isn’t fenced so it is not recommended for young kids.
Both walks feature stunning rainforest vegetation, abundant birdlife and scenic little falls as you criss-cross the creek. There are spots to sit and have a rest or just enjoy the sounds of nature, and there is a café on site if you are feeling a little peckish after your big adventure.
The Kiama Coast Walk from Werri Lagoon to Kiama is a scenic coastal walk over the pasturelands, beaches and pathways of Gerringong to Kiama. Most people walk from Gerringong to Kiama and catch the train back as it is a lengthy walk (about 6km or 2 hours). Enjoy watching whales (in season) and the glorious blue ocean sparkle while getting in some exercise with friends.
Featuring lots of bush tucker, along with a vast array of vegetation types, the walk features the sandstone cliffs of Bomaderry Creek gorge, cool forest and stunning wildflowers in Spring.
This is one of the most insta-worthy locations in the local area and is a favourite with adventure seekers wanting a picture sitting on the rock formations high above the ground. The walk is relatively short but steep and you need to be mindful of the cliff edges (don’t get too close to the edge!). Follow the signage from Woodhill Mountain Road and take care on the roads. Parking is also limited and please be mindful of the neighbours.