Welcome to Nowra Wildlife Park
We are the largest native animal park on the NSW South Coast and bring together over 100 species of mammals 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. Nowra Wildlife Park is the largest native animal park on the NSW 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The winery was established in 1976 when 12 acres of vines were planted in the rich volcanic soil of Jaspers Brush. The complex consists of a modern, airy wine tasting and retail sales building. The vine covered verandah overlooks the beautiful valley for a very relaxed and informal experience. Seating is provided on the verandah for dining or there is a log fire inside for a more cosy atmosphere. Picnic and barbecue facilities also provided for visitors.
The Berry Historic Museum is a great place for those interested in local history and a visit to the museum will prove very rewarding. Housed in the old E.S. and A Bank, there are records of early settlement in the Berry district. The Berry Museum has an extensive collection of items, memorabilia, photographs and records donated by the local community. These relate to the area's agricultural, dairying and timber past. Lots of photographs of people, places and activities are on display. Guided and self completing tours are available and a "please do touch room" for children. Bookings required for guided tours.
The historical Muir House Gallery is located in the township of Berry. Muir House has a wide range of local arts and crafts on display and for sale. Every fourth Sunday of the month Muir House has an Art and Craft Open Day where artist from around the area gather and demonstrating their painting techniques, local writers also attend, and general arts and crafts on display. Gallery art space available for hire.
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.
Two Figs is a boutique winery and vineyard located 12 kilometres from Berry. Its spectacular position offers panoramic 360 degree views from the beaches of Shoalhaven Heads along the expanse of the Shoalhaven River and beyond. Two Figs vineyard was planted in 2003. The winery is now producing wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chambourcin and Verdelho. The climate is temperate with maritime influences and produces soft, approachable wines. Winemaker Shayne Bricker now offers these premium wines for tasting on the cellar door with himself or Leah amidst the equipment and barrels of a working winery. Come and buy a bottle of wine and a gourmet local plate and enjoy the scenery.
Purveyors of a fine selection of hand-blended teas and an eclectic range of tea wares from around the world. Come and browse this cute little store or take time out to enjoy one of their beautiful teas with a slice of cake or freshly baked scones with raspberry jam and double cream. A must visit for tea lovers.
Experience the nostalgia of travelling on a steam railway through a rural property at Penwood Miniature Railway. All engines are working replicas of the original trains. A fun day out for big and little kids! Penwood Miniature Railway is open to the public on the first Sunday of each month. Entry to the property is 250 metres north of Croziers Road, on the Eastern side. Look for the red letterbox and Penwood Miniature Railway sign. Please wear covered footwear.
Located in the beautiful town of Berry, Jetz Cafe is a healthy oasis. This cafe offers not only an all day breakfast serving quality fresh food but also lunch and afternoon tea with extensive menu selections. You have the wonderful opportunity of either eating indoors or dining outside in the courtyard. Come along and enjoy a meal at Berry Jetz Cafe.
What is Shoalhaven Life? A few words and a bit of fine art photography lumped together to highlight what a wonderful and unique area of Australia the Shoalhaven region is. A website to showcase the places, the characters, the people and the artisans wherever they may be in their natural environment. Dean's images capture the unique beauty and character of the Australian landscape and its people. His work has been highly commended in many National and International photography competitions and several of his images have been published in National and International magazines. Dean's photographs are available at the Shoalhaven Visitors Centre, or the monthly Artisans market.
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.
The Shoalhaven City Arts Centre is a regional art gallery located in Nowra NSW. Its facilities include four exhibition galleries, a gallery shop, meeting room/community gallery, an elegant courtyard and a catering area for functions.
The exhibition program features incoming touring exhibitions, curated exhibitions by leading Australian and Shoalhaven artists, as well as community based organisations and works from the Shoalhaven City Collection
The Arts Centre presents art, cultural and community events on a regular basis and also encourages arts-focused activities and events aimed at development, access and education for the use and enjoyment of the entire community.
Exhibitions are changed approximately every four weeks in the East, Access and Foyer Galleries and in the Main Gallery every eight weeks.
The Berry Courthouse is now open to the public. It was abolished on 30 July 1988 as it was no longer needed as a local courthouse. Visitors can enjoy the Victorian Gardens and the elegant Classical courthouse, it is sure to remind you of the Grecian beginnings of the justice system. The building was designed by James Barnet in the Greek Revival style and built in 1890 and 1891 at a cost of 1,658 pounds 10 shillings and 7 pence. The Berry Court House appears to have been completed in September 1891. The Berry Courthouse operated as a courthouse from 1891 to 1988 and, as such, reflects the early history of governance and law and order in the region and New South Wales. As an example of a small scale rural courthouse designed in the Classical Academic style, its fine, elegant design embodies late 19th century concepts of courthouse architecture.
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.
Close to beautiful Shoalhaven beaches, this golf range facility has grass or mat tees, along with an entertaining 18-hole Mini Golf/Putt Putt course, discount golf shop and refreshments. It offers full family fun with a barbecue and playground area. The Nowra Golf Range and Putt Putt has coaching, lessons, clinics, repair and hire services with an AAA rated PGA Golf Professional.
Bottlerocket Bar and Cafe is the Shoalhaven's first boutique style cocktail bar. The mood at Bottlerocket is friendly and relaxed and feels more like a home away from home. Choose from a large selection of cocktails from around the world whilst listening to a great mix of classic rock and feel good tunes. Bottlerocket is an over 21's bar and cafe making it a perfect location for a business meeting, or quiet catch up with friends. Tuesday night is Trivia night, so come join in the fun. Bottlerocket hosts touring and local artists on Thursdays playing original music from 7pm.
The Village Forge is known for unique customised pieces. By melding the tradition of Blacksmithing with contemporary Metal Fabrication techniques, inspired designs of classic decoration, sculpture, architecture and personal motifs are used to create unlimited design variations. Glass, timber, stone, mosaics and other mediums can be incorporated, as well as taking advantage of the best protective coatings available on today's market. Gates are a speciality and can be fitted with a large range of security and power options available. The Village Forge invites you to discuss any size project and welcomes the opportunity to translate your ideas into a truly unique medium. The Village Forge invites Architects and Designers to contact him to discuss custom plans. The Village Forge is the place for individual handmade pieces such as balustrade and garden designs, as well as demonstrations and classes.
The Berry Sourdough Bakery and Cafe isn't your average bakery. They have an Alan Scott oven, a mixer, a crew of talented bakers on the bench and all loaves are hand crafted with no moulding machinery used. The bakery makes the most of the location, maintaining a relationship with other local organic food producers. Doughs are mixed slowly, rested for three hours, shaped and set to rise in willow baskets. When ready they are loaded onto a peel and slashed on their way into the wood fired oven. The range includes whole wheat, rye, multi grain, spelt levain blanc, olive, brioche, baguette and fruit. A shop is connected to the bakehouse, selling seasonal organic vegetables, organic dips and dry goods. The cafe menu is packed full of interesting food, using as much local produce as possible.
Werninck Craft Cottage is a settler's cottage that was built in the 1900s. Local handcrafts are sold at the cottage with all profits going to local charities in the area. The Cottage is situated in central Nowra close to the main central business district and offers an insight into the local arts and crafts as well as an opportunity to provide much needed funds to local charitable organisations.
The Goldfish Toy Shop, Berry, is an iconic retail experience that transports parents and children into a world of colourful, wooden toys and speciality gift items. With most of their products being designed by the head honcho - Elisa Doro - here in Australia and ethically handmade in Bali you can be assured you are purchasing sustainable, environmentally sound, community supportive and ethical products. Can't get into Berry? Their dreamy products are also available to purchase online! Experience toy shopping the way it should be experienced and visit Goldfish Toy Shop, Berry, for a shopping trip you will never forget!
Meroogal, in the South Coast town of Nowra, was built in 1885-1886. This delightful timber house, with its 'gothic' trimmings, is a charming testament to early days and early ways. Meroogal is a house that was greatly cherished by its owners. It was passed through the hands of four generations of women from the same family. The women led busy and fulfilled lives and their daily routines encompassed domestic chores and the pursuit of their own genteel interests and talents. Furniture, household objects, diaries, letters, scrapbooks, photographs and clothes allow a very personal insight into a more private world of the family. It is unusual for a house to be occupied by the same family for such a length of time, even in rural areas. Meroogal has survived to make its contribution to the study of our social history.
The Nowra Museum and Shoalhaven Historical Society aims to promote and encourage the study of Australian 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.
Broughton Antiques, established in 1985, is situated in one of Berry's heritage buildings. They offer an extensive range of antiques, furniture and collectables. Specialising in quality Victorian and Edwardian furniture, much of which is privately sourced together with a selective range of porcelain, silver and fine estate jewellery. If you are considering selling they can help discuss the pre-sale estimate of your item or collection. You can email images for comment. They can provide a verbal valuation / appraisal just by visiting Broughton Antiques in Berry. To contact a valuer, or to submit images, please email Broughton Antiques.
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 Treat Factory is the largest gourmet food outlet on the South Coast of New South Wales. Established in the historic Old Central Creamery, the Treat Factory manufactures hundreds of flavours of jams and sauces from family recipes spanning over 60 years. On site, they handcraft a massive selection of Belgian Chocolate and gourmet confectionary - they have all your old favourites and new unique creations. At The Treat Factory you can smell the aroma of the jams bubbling away while you shop. During the week, most days you can watch chocolate or confectionary been manufactured. At The Treat Factory Warehouse you will find ingredients, bulk goods, kitchen ware, baking needs and more. They have treats and hard to find ingredients for the professional chef, cake decorator, food lover and home cook. The Treat Factory is an essential stop for the food lover visiting the south coast.
The golf course is located almost right on the beach. The Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club has a bistro which is open Friday and Saturday nights, plus Tuesday to Sunday for lunch. It is a family friendly club with plenty of variety on the menu. Fully licensed bar and special themed dinner nights. Call the club to find out what themes are coming up.
South Coast Providores prides itself on working with locally grown produce. All their products are made by hand and in small batches ensuring an artisan product. They work with some 18 local growers who supply them with a wide range of fruit and vegetables - all sustainably grown. They work with the seasons and their range includes plums, peaches, nectarines, all citrus fruits, tamarillos, feijoas, kiwi fruit, wild limes, rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries. South Coast Providores source local tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and more for their chutneys and relishes. They are passionate about their products and this shows in the end result.
Hedy's Restaurant is an award winning restaurant situated overlooking the picturesque Shoalhaven River, with views to Seven Mile Beach. Recently featured in the 2012 SMH Good Living Feature for some of 'the best fish and chips on the South Coast', and also the only One Schooner rated Hotel Restaurant on the South Coast in the 2011 SMH Good Pub Food Guide. Catering for functions and other events, with takeaway always available. Family Night is Tuesday to Thursday nights, where you can purchase a main meal and receive a free children's meal for a child under 12. With a large outdoor seating area taking advantage of the expansive views over the river and out to sea, this restaurant is very family friendly. There is also an indoor air-conditioned area and the hotel is fully licensed, with three bars, lounge area, courtyard, motel and kids area.
Aquatique surf shop is a family run business that has been operating three stores on the south coast of New South Wales since 1987. Excellent service and huge ranges of stock has firmly established Aquatique as a leading provider of surf wear and equipment on the South Coast. Come and check out the amazing Stockland store. Opened in 1991, the Stockland store has always been a busy store staffed by some fantastic people over the years. Always stocked with a huge range of the latest mens and ladies fashions by brands including Billabong, Hurley, Quiksilver, Roxy, Rip Curl, Rusty and many of the new up coming labels, you will always be able to find what you are looking for. They carry an amazing range of both mens and ladies surf accessories, watches, shoes, sunnies, backpacks and much more.
Mezzadella's serves traditional wood fired pizzas with a modern twist! Also on the menu: calzones, gluten free pizzas, salads, homemade gelato and blackboard specials. Gourmet pizzas include Inferno, with a herbed tomato base, hot calabrese salami, chorizo, fresh tomato, Spanish onion, chilli flakes, jalapenos, buffalo mozzarella topped with roquette and yoghurt, Cajun Mama, with Cajun spiced prawns on a herbed yoghurt and tomato base with roasted red capsicum and seared mango, Spanish onion, buffalo mozzarella, topped with roquette and green tomato and lime relish.
Set on 40 acres of bushland this vineyard and winery offers a rustic cellar door - for tastings and sales. Lyrebird Ridge Organic Winery offer self-contained accommodation with the grounds containing barbecue facilities, dams - with fish and yabbies, bush walks and farm animals for all to enjoy. Lyrebird Ridge Organic Winery offers visitors a chance to try high quality wine produced without the use of chemicals, herbicides and pesticides. The organic wines are grown and produced at the winery and are aged in underground cellars. The cellar door operates by appointment. If you are visiting the area and would like to come for a visit please phone ahead so they can organise a suitable time.
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.
View an amazing variety of over one hundred species of native plants from sunrise to sunset. The extensive range of plants has been collected from far north Queensland all the way to Tasmania. Visitors to the area are encouraged 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.
The Berry Community and Activity Centre have a wonderful display of handmade crafts in wood, wool and material all made locally. Organically grown vegetables for sale, jams, relishes and, pickles made from organically grown vegetables are also a feature. Berry is famous for its gardens, trees, arts and crafts, antiques and markets. Berry also boasts some fine early architecture with various buildings, some beautifully restored, protected by their National Trust Classification in recognition of their significance to the heritage of the region.