Abundant in unspoilt beauty, the Shoalhaven is home to many natural environments that will be sure to inspire your next Instagram shoot. Grab your friends and go explore the unique settings that will give your Instagram feed the ultimate edge. We’ve collected our top seven locations, including some of lesser-known local favourites.
1. Termeil Point Beach
Situated in Meroo National Park, Termeil Point Beach is number 75 on our 100 Beach Challenge list. This completely private beach is surrounded by lush coastal forest and stretches for 1.7 kilometres. Termeil Point Beach has an ancient cove rock face and a nearby campground so you can have a few days rest whilst you're there. Keep a lookout for some playful dolphins and pack a set of binoculars for spotting whales. On your way there, step back in time by dropping by Tabourie Lake Museum which holds a collection of over 12,000 artifacts including rocks, minerals, shells, fossils, Aboriginal relics and more!
2. Pebbly Beach
100 Beach Challenge number 97 and renowned for its abundant kangaroo population, Pebbly Beach is home to the mythical surfing kangaroo. Venture into Murramarang National Park to find this popular surfing location and camp ground, or simply stop for a picnic and admire the wildlife. If you’re more on the adventurous side you can take the walking track to Durras Mountain for a hike. Please remember to be a champion of responsible wildlife interactions and do not feed or interfere with the animals - they are after all wild!
3. Three Views Walking Track
With spectacular views of the Shoalhaven River, Tallowa Dam and Lake Yarrunga, the Three Views Walking Track offers expansive views of Morton National Park. The level track is a 9.5 kilometres long, including return but has three short options, and incorporates cliff-edge viewing point, providing unspoilt views of the landscape. Before heading off, drop by Kangaroo Valley's village and make sure you have a tasty lunch at Southern Pies or a sugar-hit at Kangaroo Valley Fudge House and Ice Creamery. Its also advised that you have a restroom break at the public toilets in Kangaroo Valley as there are none available on the track.
4. Pigeon House Mountain (Didthul)
Looking to take your Instagram shots to the next level? Why don’t you try the iconic Pigeon House Mountain Didthul Walking Track near Ulladulla. This epic walk has sweeping views of the Shoalhaven, but the mountain itself is an icon and you can get a great shot from many places miles around, such as Rusden Head or Florence Head walking tracks. Pigeon House is rated as a difficult walk. You can take a guided approach with Region X who can pick you up from your hotel and give you the grand tour of the track plus a cool dip in Clyde River. Want to experience the track beforehand? Take a virtual tour of Pigeon House Mountain Didthul walking track with Google Street View Trekker.
5. Gosang’s Tunnel
Hidden amongst the lush rainforest of Point Perpendicular, Gosang’s Tunnel is a secret location that can only be found by crawling through a 20-metre rock tunnel. So how do you find this adventurous location? Head to the walking track at Abrahams Bosom Reserve in Currarong and follow the track to Mermaids Inlet. The view is out of this world, plus you’ll fall in love with the small Currarong township which has a tasty cafe and restaurant and incredible accommodation retreats including Beachbreak Currarong, Currarong Waterfront Retreat and Atlantis Seafarers Cottage plus many more!
6. Mermaid Pools
Not only are Mermaid Pools near Berrara, 100 Beach Challenge number 44, it's the perfect place to cool off with a swim, but they make for awe-inspiring images for your Instagram feed! These natural rock pools are surrounded by beach and bushland and are the definition of #unspoilt in the Shoalhaven. Swing by Cudmirrah Nature Reserve Beach (also known as Berrara South) and head to the southern end of the beach to find the magical mermaid pools. (photo credit: @aleeceelliott via Instagram)
7. Lobster Bay
It's not a bad rule of thumb to assume that the best Insta-worthy locations are a little bit off the beaten track. The excellent photo ops at Lobster Bay are only accessible by foot, an hour and a half's walk from Abrahams Bosom Reserve. Trust us, the views are worth it! This north facing beach is often secluded and there are plenty of places to grab a beautiful holiday snap around Mermaids Inlet. Head here for a visit, have a swim and tick off beach number 9 of our 100 Beach Challenge.
8. The Famous Berry Donut Van!
Okay, so we know that it's not really a natural attraction. But the totally delicious Berry Donut Van is a Shoalhaven institution that is so very Instagrammable. It's been operating for over 55 years along the bustling main street of Berry and serves up the freshest cinnamon donuts, made to order! Its vintage-inspired setup is the perfect backdrop for a little retro-feel photoshoot in this cute village. (Photo credit: @suzannee via Instagram)