It’s Wine and Whales time! With 100 beautiful beaches, the Shoalhaven is one of Australia’s leading coastal destinations. There’s a special kind of magic in a South Coast winter – wine and whales, wonderful food, and welcoming hospitality. Just two hours from Sydney and Canberra, from May to November, the whale migration kisses the coastline where the wine is flowing and fireplaces are crackling.
To round out your wine and whales stay, visit one of our many paddock-to-plate or fine dining restaurants. Bring your empty esky and visit our farm gates, providores and farmer’s markets. Unique accommodation is also key with boutique hotels, BnB’s with roaring fires or unique cabins. You’ll feel like you’re in a home away from home with our friendly locals in our coastal and hinterland hamlets. Enjoy laid-back luxury and nature in the Shoalhaven with a wine and whales stay this winter and spring.
The Shoalhaven Wine Coast is a treat for both wine connoisseurs and those looking for fresh country air and adventure. Award-winning varietals are paired with fun and foodie activities like High Tea or horseback rides through the vines, top-class restaurants, tours, art galleries and meet-the-maker experiences. When you visit a Shoalhaven winery or estate it’s about much more than just the wine. Enjoy a meal and cellar door tasting in a relaxed country environment all just a stones throw from the coast.
Our temperate climate and lush soil produces some of the world’s most highly acclaimed drops. Settle in and take a moment to relax and unwind at one of our many picturesque vineyards. All of the region’s cellar doors are located on the coast’s doorstep. Award-winning wine varietals include Semillon, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
When it comes to whale watching, our coastline is also unique. During the Humpback migration, you can board an eco-cruise from Huskisson in Jervis Bay and see whales up close without the choppy open sea experience. Jervis Bay is a huge marine park with 16 white sand beaches, penguins, resident dolphins, the northernmost fur seal colony in Australia plus the whales love it too, coming into the bay to rest and play. This makes for a great experience for visitors who can either view whales up close or even try a brand new experience – swimming with the whales!
You don’t even need to be that organised as you can view the whales from the land as well! A winter stay in Shoalhaven by the coast will surprise you with tail slapping on your morning walk on most of our beaches and headlands. Seeing a mum teach a baby whale how to breach and tail slap on their way back south, is really a special treat and all done whilst recharging and escaping the city.