NOWRA AND THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH COAST

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A Guide to Nowra and the South Coast

Situated on the banks of the Shoalhaven River, Nowra is a charming town that makes a great base for those wishing to explore the many attractions and beautiful scenery of the South Coast. Nowra itself offers a wide range of things to see and do, while Jervis Bay, Boodoree National Park, the Kangaroo Valley and the picturesque villages of Berry and Greenwell Point are all just a short distance away.

Introducing Nowra

The town of Nowra enjoys a stunning location on the banks of the beautiful Shoalhaven River and has many museums and galleries to explore, plus a great range of shops and eateries.

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Be sure to take a river cruise, where you can sit back and enjoy a relaxing ride along this picturesque stretch of water – or for the best panoramic views over Nowra and the Shoalhaven, head off on foot along Bens Walk and finish up at Hanging Rock, which is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the area.

Visit the Tree Adventure at Nowra Park

 The ever-popular Tree Adventure at Nowra Park offers great fun for all the family, with a wide range of exciting and challenging treetop obstacle courses that will have you climbing, swinging and gliding through the forest!


 Visit Shoalhaven Zoo

 Shoalhaven Zoo is the largest zoo on the South Coast and is home to a wide variety of native and exotic animals, including mammals, birds and reptiles.

Take a Trip to Kangaroo Valley

Immerse yourself in nature by visiting Kangaroo Valley, where lush green pastures, clear rivers and sparkling creeks are just waiting to be explored.

Jervis Bay

Located just a short distance away from Nowra, the Jervis Bay National Park is a breathtakingly beautiful area where you’ll find paradise beaches and clear turquoise waters, plus many great walks and some of the best whale watching vantage points in the whole of Australia.

Head to Hyams Beach

Head to Hyams Beach, which it is claimed has the whitest sand in the whole world! It’s a great place to relax, read a book and go swimming – or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not go snorkelling, paddle-boarding or even kayaking?

Go Whale Watching

Whether from the shore or by boat, Jervis Bay is one of the best places in Australia to see humpbacks and southern right whales. Find a great vantage point at Greenwell Point or Cape St George Lighthouse in Booderee National Park – or why not head off on a whale-watching boat tour and experience the beauty of these magnificent creatures up close and personal?

Explore Booderee National Park

Bodoree National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty that’s home to secluded beaches, inviting bays and an array of beautiful walks. Cave Beach is a great place to go surfing, or head to Green Patch Beach and experience swimming amongst the fish. It’s also a popular place to go camping and has three popular campsites to choose from: Green Patch, Bristol Point and Cave Beach.
Article by Dan Flower.

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THE SYDNEY TO HOBART YACHT RACE

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Sailing: The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is a 628 nautical mile yacht race that takes place in December each year, with a flotilla of yachts making the gruelling journey between Sydney, New South Wales and Hobart in Tasmania. Widely considered to be one of the most prestigious and challenging ocean races in the world, the event has become an iconic part of the Australian summer and is something that’s not to be missed.

 Watch the start of the race in Sydney

On Boxing Day (26th December) the boats leave Sydney Harbour and begin their long and difficult journey to Hobart. As the race begins, Sydney Harbour is transformed into a sea of colour and noise, with thousands lining the harbour sides to watch the boats depart and set sail out to sea.

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To get a great view of the action, head to one of the many great vantage points located in and around Sydney. On the south side is Watsons Bay, which is a fantastic spot to enjoy a picnic and watch the boats go by – or if you’re looking to wine and dine in style, head to Doyles on the Beach, a popular a la carte seafood restaurant that offers stunning harbour views.

Other popular viewing locations include Middle Head lookout in Sydney Harbour National Park, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre and Georges Heights Lookout at Headland Park. Wherever you go, just be sure to get there early if you want to grab a good viewing spot!

If you’re looking to get up close and personal with the action, head out to sea and book one of the many harbour cruises that offer you an unbeatable vantage point of the starting line as the excitement unfolds. There is also the Manly Ferry, which leaves regularly from Circular Quay and Manly and offers great views of the yachts as they jostle for a good early position.

Cheer the competitors home in Hobart

Cheer on the competitors as they return to dry land in Hobart and soak up the atmosphere as the race reaches a thrilling conclusion at the Hobart Race Village in Constitution Dock.

The festival is free and begins in the days leading up to the race finish, with the dock coming alive as thousands of excited fans descend on the city to cheer on the competitors as they race cross the finishing line and complete their epic journey. In the village, you’ll find a wide array of quality food and drinks, plus live entertainment and many family-friendly games and activities.

To get a view of the yachts as they race across Storm Bay and make their final approach to the finish, head to Long Beach in Sandy Bay or take a 15-minute drive out to Taroona Beach in the suburbs and enjoy a great vantage point in this picturesque spot.

Whether you choose to view the race from the sea or the land, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is an annual event that’s not to be missed!
Article by Dan Flower.

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