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.
Coolangatta is the home of early European settlement in the Shoalhaven, and many historic buildings remain. You can take a tour in ‘Bigfoot’, Coolangatta’s custom built big yellow tractors which journey though Coolangatta Village, scaling up Coolangatta Mountain to the summit for a lookout over the Coast and then back down again where you can visit the cellar door, tasting their multi-award winning wines and enjoy a meal at the restaurant afterwards.
The best way to experience the local wineries is through a winery tour- you don’t have to have a designated driver so you can all enjoy yourself and sample the area’s delicious drops! Kenny’s Escapes and Foodscape Tours are well regarded for their great tours, full of great banter and product knowledge.
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.
Step back in time with a tour at Meroogal, an historic house built in the 1800’s which is still in order from its final inhabitants. The story of Meroogal follows the lives of the women who lived in the house – four generations of women who kept the house in order without the modern conveniences of today and raised the following generation under the same roof – a fascinating insight into everyday life for the residents in Nowra in the 18th century.