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Guide to Nowra, New South Wales

On the South Coast region in New South Wales, near the Shoalhaven River, lies the predominantly rustic community of Nowra. Due to its proximity to the districts around Shoalhaven, the town has become the region's administrative seat and commercial centre. The etymology of the city's name comes from the Aboriginal term for "black cockatoo" or "camping place" (Europeans originally wrote it as "nou-woo-roo", while the Aborigines enunciate it as "Nowa Nowa").

Aside from the vibrant communities in its villages and suburbs, Nowra features a thriving tourism industry. From natural attractions and museums, to adventure tours and cultural events, Nowra has something for everyone.

Nowra Main Attractions

Shoalhaven River

The town's most prominent natural feature should always be at the top of every tourist's must-see list. The quaint and picturesque river plays a very important part in the rich history of Nowra. From the Nowra Bridge (which was originally built in 1881 out of iron and steel, then replaced with concrete on its centennial year in 1981), the salt water river flows down to the ocean on the man-made canal at the junction of Crookhaven River and Shoalhaven.

Here, people can find numerous opportunities for river cruises and boating trips. Shoalhaven River is also known as a fertile fishing ground. Other popular activities in the area include canoeing and scuba diving.


The Bundanon estate is owned by the late Arthur Boyd, considered by many as one of Australia's leading painters. Boyd envisioned the property as a haven of sorts for artists and writers; the house stands on the same landscape that inspired the great artist himself. It was donated by Boyd (along with some of his art collection) to the Australian nation in 1993.

Under the administration of the Bundanon Trust, the property now houses an educational centre, a writer's cottage, and several artists' studios. It is open to the public every Sunday from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Fleet Air Arm Museum

The Fleet Air Arm Museum traces the history of the aviation arm of the Royal Australian Navy with its huge collection of aircraft exhibits, memorabilia, historical records and other aviation-related artefacts. It is currently the second largest naval aviation museum in the world. Except for major holidays, the museum is open daily.

Additional Info

1. Nowra is approximately 160 kilometres (by road) from Sydney.

2. Ex-convict Mary Reibey was the first person to stake a claim on the land in 1824; township was recognised later on in 1852.

3. The town enjoyed an economic boom in the 1800's due to improved transportation routes (such as having a railway in nearby Shellharbour) which helped hasten the growth of its timber and dairy industries.

4. Recently, Nowra has turned into a highly favoured rest and leisure area for retirees.

5. Temperatures can go from a low of 8.5 degrees Celsius up to a high of 25.2 degrees Celsius. Average annual rainfall is at 1256.3mm.

6. The Shoalhaven River once hosted the Australian National wakeboarding championship games.

7. Nowra is located near Kangaroo Valley, Jervis Bay, Berry, Culburra, Shoalhaven Heads, and Greenwell Point.

8. Four major codes of football are played in Nowra.

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Termite Solutions - Nowra

Phone: (02) 4441 8826 | Location: 30 Quinns Lane, Nowra, NSW
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Bliss Conveyancing

Phone: 1300 659 231 | Location: Suite 3 15 Moss Street, Nowra, NSW
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Phone: (02) 8203 7836 | Location: 29 Carrington Park, Nowra, NSW
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Phone: (02) 4423 1994 | Location: 52B Worrigee St, Nowra, NSW
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