Abundant in unspoilt beauty, the Shoalhaven is home to many natural environments that make for the perfect photo backdrop. Explore these unique settings and give your Instagram feed the ultimate edge.
Here, we’ve collected our top eight picturesque locations in the Shoalhaven.
1. Termeil Point Beach
Situated in Meroo National Park, Termeil Point Beach is number 75 on our 100 Beach Challenge list. This private beach stretches for 1.7 kilometres and is the perfect spot to watch playful dolphins and whales in the distance. An ancient cove rock face towers above the beach, and the nearby campground is ideal for relaxing. On your way there, step back in time by dropping by Tabourie Lake Museum which holds a collection of over 12,000 artefacts including rocks, minerals, shells, fossils, Aboriginal relics and more!
2. Pebbly Beach
Pebbly Beach is number 97 on the 100 Beach Challenge and is renowned for its abundant kangaroo population. Venture into Murramarang National Park to find this popular surf beach and campground, or stop for a picnic and admire the wildlife. If you’re more adventurous, you can hike the walking track to Durras Mountain. Remember, do not feed or interfere with the wild animals.
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 9.5 kilometres long, including return. There are three short options that incorporate a cliff-edge viewing point, providing unspoilt views of the landscape. Before heading off, drop by Kangaroo Valley‘s village and have a tasty lunch at Southern Pies or a sugar-hit at Kangaroo Valley Fudge House and Ice Creamery.
4. Pigeon House Mountain (Didthul)
Take your Instagram shots to the next level with the 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.
5. Gosang’s Tunnel
Hidden amongst the lush rainforest of Point Perpendicular, Gosang’s Tunnel is a secret location found by crawling through a 20-metre rock tunnel. To explore this adventurous location, head to the walking track at Abrahams Bosom Reserve in Currarong and follow the trail to Mermaids Inlet. The view is out of this world, plus you’ll fall in love with the small Currarong township that has a tasty cafe and restaurant and incredible accommodation retreats, including Beachbreak Currarong, Avalon and Atlantis at Currarong Beachfront and many more!
6. Mermaid Pools
Not only are Mermaid Pools near Berrara, 100 Beach Challenge number 44, but they make for awe-inspiring images! Surrounded by beach and bushland, these natural rock pools are a prime example of the #unspoilt landscapes in the Shoalhaven. Access the Mermaid Pools at the southern end of Cudmirrah Nature Reserve Beach. (photo credit: @aleeceelliott via Instagram)
7. Lobster Bay
The best Insta-worthy locations are 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. The views are worth it! This north-facing beach is often secluded, and there are plenty of places to grab a beautiful holiday snap. Head here for a visit, a swim and tick off beach number 9 of our 100 Beach Challenge.
8. The Famous Berry Donut Van!
The Berry Donut Van is not a natural attraction but it 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 doughnuts, 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)