The Shoalhaven's stunning national parks and waterways are the perfect places to stay 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 on horseback! A luxury experience that includes high tea on the escarpment and a visit to Lyrebird Ridge Organic Winery is Eqwine Escapes at Kangaroo Valley. You can even BYO horse! Their Prosecco Scones are legendary and you can plan a multiday trip with luxury accommodation or just ride for the day. At Jervis Bay, you can explore the forests and shores of Currambene Creek with Valhalla Horse Riding or stay at the farm for a profession lesson to improve your riding. There's even a cottage to stay overnight, canoes and archery. Wherever you saddle up, your instructors will provide you with proper guidance before your journey, ensuring that you feel comfortable interacting with your horse.
Our pristine waters are the perfect location to dip your paddle. It's an adventure you can enjoy all year round, and the region has a wonderfully diverse offering of fresh and saltwater routes, with guides and hire in almost every town and village. From paddling under the Hampden Bridge at Kangaroo Valley, spotting dolphins at Jervis Bay, or paddling among mangroves on water so clear you'll feel like you are floating at Narrawallee - there is a place for you. Going with a guide has the benefits of sharing local knowledge, improving your technique and using great gear but you can also call into our Visitor Information Centre for local information too, some of our team are passionate kayakers. Start planning your trip today, and visit our Kayaking and Canoeing page to download our guide.
Watersports - Above and below
Diving and snorkelling? We can show you! Prefer to kitesurf? We know just the spot! Life in the Shoalhaven is filled with Vitamin Sea and there are plenty of guides to show you around, offer equipment and teach you about their favourite spots. You don't even have to get wet if you jump onboard a luxury yacht for the day. The beautiful, protected lakes of the Shoalhaven are perfect conditions for water skiers and wakeboarders, while our surf guides know which beach is going to perform best for you on the day. Our snorkel and dive guides can even introduce you to the whales and dolphins at the right time of year. Find out more at our watersports page.
If you want to make the most of the seaside swell, why not take a surfing lesson with a local? A surf weekend in the Shoalhaven can include a cosy beachside stay or a luxury retreat, exploring nearby towns and villages and eating delicious local food. There are surf schools right along the Shoalhaven coast, from Seven Mile Beach to Mollymook in the south. You can book a group session for all your mates or the whole family, join a class or book a one on one session to work on some individual technique. Head over to our surf page to hear from local legends Pam Burridge, Brett Burcher and Tyler Wright.
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.