We have an assortment of stunning national parks and waterways that are the perfect places to get active all year round. Have a go at kayaking in warmer months or head towards the bushlands in winter, when the wildlife is abundant and spectacular. Spice up your everyday workout with an active adventure getaway in this luscious landscape.
Get that adrenaline pumping in our national parks with some rock climbing, a fantastic way to immerse yourself in nature. Ease into the process by starting with the indoor climbing wall at The Gym in North Nowra. Once you're ready to try rock climbing in the great outdoors, Climb Nowra offers group and private sessions and cater to everyone - from beginners to experienced climbers who are looking to push their limits. Whilst Outdoor Raw has a special "cliffnic" experience where you can dine on amazing local produce whilst hanging off the edge of a cliff that overlooks the Shoalhaven River. Outdoor rock climbing is an ideal activity to try in winter and really is an incredible experience to tick off the list, you never know, you might get hooked!
A picturesque way to get active in the Shoalhaven is by going on a mountain trail ride with Kangaroo Valley Horse Riding. Roam through the rainforest at Mt Moollootoo and look out onto views of Morton National Park and the Kangaroo River. Your instructors will provide you with proper guidance before your journey, ensuring that you feel comfortable interacting with your horse. The average ride time is about 2 hours, where the tracks lead up the side of the mountain and you are rewarded with fantastic panoramic views of the valley below.
Our pristine waters are the perfect location for activities such as diving, kayaking, wakeboarding, water skiing and tubing. All year round the Shoalhaven plays host to tonnes of locals and visitors, all getting active off land. Kayaking is particularly popular, with many operators throughout the region. Booking a tour with Kangaroo Valley Safaris or Kangaroo Valley Adventure Co is one of the best ways to escape civilisation and have a refreshing water experience. Opt for a kayak and venture where cars can't go, travelling through 80kms of river around Kangaroo Valley, starting near the famous Hampden Bridge. Your hosts know the rivers and waterways like the back of their hand and will take you to spots where you will feel as though you are in a whole other world.
Water Sports and Activities
Walking on Water provides lessons, tours and equipment hire for boat sports such as water skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing, tubing and even boogie sliding! They also provide stand up paddle boarding and diving tours, as well as surf safaris. Your expert guides will take you to where the surf is best for that particular day. The beautiful, protected lakes of the Shoalhaven are filled with calm waters - perfect conditions for water skiiers and wakeboarders. Whether you are an absolute beginner who is just learning to stand up, or a seasoned expert making smooth and swift turns, this is a fun and active way to spend an afternoon. Some favourite local spots include Lake Conjola and Kings Point.
If you want to make the most of the seaside swell, why not take a surfing lesson with Pam Burridge Surf School? Pam is a former world champion surfer and has been teaching surfing in the Shoalhaven since she settled in the area with her family. She teaches all abilities and will take you to the best beach depending on the swell and wind direction. Pam also offers a surf retreat, where you can stay in a cosy beach cottage and spend a long weekend out on the water and exploring nearby towns.
Ever wondered what all of our wonderful marine life get up to out in the great blue sea? There's no better way to find out than getting up close and personal with Dive Jervis Bay. They offer courses in diving and snorkelling as well as boat tours around pristine, crystal clear waters. You're likely to see all kinds of colourful fish and sea life during this incredible experience.
This adventure filled region is jam-packed with lots of things to do for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you prefer the land or the sea, there's a variety of ways to get outside and stay active while you're down in the Shoalhaven.