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Nowra - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located 161 km south of Sydney via the Princes Highway, Nowra lies on the south bank of the Shoalhaven River. As the commercial hub of the Shoalhaven region, Nowra offers a great place for those travellers seeking a stop and revive, with plenty of places for a bite to eat, whether it is a fast food outlet or any one of the many cafes and restaurants. For those seeking to stay a while and explore the area, there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from.

Sunrise Jervis Bay - courtesy Tourism New South Wales

Nowra is an aboriginal word meaning either 'camping place' or 'black cockatoo' and is the main business and shopping centre for the Shoalhaven District on the South Coast.

Visit the picturesque land around Nowra, cross the eight-span steel bridge that links Nowra with its twin, Bomaderry. Bomaderry is the terminus of the south coast railway from Sydney. Make Nowra your stop from which to visit the outlying areas of the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands districts.

Check out our listing of Nowra accommodation and South Coast accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Shoalhaven Information Centre
Shoalhaven Tourism Board
Cnr Princes Highway & Pleasant Way
Ph: 02 4421 0778
Toll: 1300 662 808
Fax: 02 4423 2950
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Nowra Attractions

Australia’s Museum of Flight
• 489A Albatross Rd, NOWRA NSW 2541 • Ph: 02 4424 1920 • Fax: 02 4424 1999 • Email
• This world class museum is located just 8 km south west of Nowra, outside the main gates of the Royal Australian Naval Air Station, HMAS Albatross. There is a two storey exhibition centre, souvenir shop, snack bar, function centre, theatre and airfield viewing platform. The museum’s verandah overlooks the historic airfield at HMAS Albatross. There are fund raiser airshows organised by the museum (in conjunction with the Royal Australian Navy) each April and October.
• A town just 16  km north of Nowra with a number of National Trust buildings, a museum and its many galleries and craft shops.
• The house is located at the end of a private road that runs off Bundanon Rd
• situated on 1000 acres of land adjacent the Shoalhaven River, was the home and studio of Arthur Boyd for many years. Open on the first Sunday of each month, entry is by prior ticket purchase from the Shoalhaven Tourist Centre on the Princes Highway in Bomaderry (1800-024 261).
Hampden Suspension Bridge
• A sandstone bridge, built in the style of a castle crosses the Kangaroo River at the western end of town. Popular spot for swimming, fishing, canoeing and picnics.
HMAS Albatross
• A naval air base station providing training and support facilities for carrier air groups around the Australian coast. You can visit the Australian Naval Aviation Museum featuring vintage aircraft, aircraft engines, models, naval equipment, memorabilia and photographs.
• Cnr West & Worrigee Sts, NOWRA NSW 2541 • Ph: 02 4421 8150 • Fax: 02 4421 2747
• Located 150km south of Sydney, approximately a 2 1/2 hour scenic drive. Worrigee Street intersects the highway in the centre of Nowra. There is a daily train service from Central Station, Sydney to Bomaderry. Built in 1885-1886, this house was passed through the hands of four generations of women from the same family. Part of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
Nowra Wildlife Park
• Rockhill Rd, NORTH NOWRA NSW 2541 • Ph: 02 4421 3949
• The largest native animal park on the NSW South Coast. Set on 16 acres of native bushland on the banks of the Shoalhaven River, there are over 100 species of animals birds and reptiles.
Nowra Hill Lookout
• Panoramic views of the Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay areas and with just a short stroll along Commodore's Walk is the Harry Hawkins Memorial Lookout.

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Nowra Events

Nowra Airshow
• 489A Albatross Rd, NOWRA NSW 2541 • Ph: 02 4424 1920 • Email
• This twice annual fund raiser airshows are organised by the Australia’s Museum of Flight (in conjunction with the Royal Australian Navy) each April and October. Follow this link to see some images from the October 2004 Nowra Airshow...

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Nowra Distance

Distance to Nowra
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Nowra:
• Berry 17
• Bomaderry 3
• Culburra Beach 21
• Huskisson 25
• Jervis Bay 35
• Kiama 41
• Kangaroo Valley 22
• Shoalhaven Heads 17
• Sydney 156
• Vincentia 28
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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