Top things to do

Top Choice Modern Australian in Nowra

Wharf Rd

Right on the river, this restaurant is in Nowra's nicest corner, especially when the jacarandas are blooming alongside. Despite the roar of traffic, the dining room is a romantic venue for quality, cosmopolitan cuis…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Nowra

Hop Dog Beerworks

In an industrial estate 4km south of central Nowra, Hop Dog's beautifully balanced hoppy brews have iconic status with beerhounds across the country. There's always something new on offer, and, despite the unromanti…
Winery in Nowra

Coolangatta Estate

On the north side of the estuary, 13km east of Bomaderry and just before Shoalhaven Heads, is this atmospheric and historic winery on an estate first established in 1822. There's cellar door tasting of its praisewor…
Historic Building in Nowra


Arthur Boyd, perhaps Australia's greatest painter, found inspiration in this remote homestead up the Shoalhaven River. You can visit on a Sunday, heading west around 25km from Nowra to this sizeable house which pres…
Cafe in Nowra

Tea Club

Nowra’s bohemian set hangs out at this comfortable little cafe with art on the walls and a surprising back garden courtyard that's a great place to hang out. It has occasional live music and it's generally the place…
Museum in Nowra


Intriguingly, this historic 1885 house contains the artefacts accumulated by four generations of women who have lived there. Entrance is by guided tour, which leaves on the hour (last tour 3pm). It's a lovely buildi…
Cafe in Nowra

Deli on Kinghorne

The best coffee in town, hearty breakfasts and lunches, and lots of sunny outdoor seating: this is a top spot. Unwind with a creamy flat white on the terrace and watch the unhurried Nowra life pass by.
Zoo in Nowra

Shoalhaven Zoo

Meet native animals and ever-popular monkeys and lions at this 6.5-hectare park on the north bank of the Shoalhaven River, 5km west of the Nowra bridge. It also has a weekday-only tent camp site. Within the zoo is a…
Museum in Nowra

Nowra Museum

In the former police station, this small museum has local archives and photograph-based exhibits on local history. It's a good place for a chat with one of the volunteers about local life and times.