City of Shoalhaven

City of Shoalhaven
City of Shoalhaven
New South Wales
Shoalhaven LGA NSW.png
Location in NSW
Population: 95,000(2009)[1]
Area: 4568 km² (1,763.7 sq mi)
Mayor: Paul Green
Council Seat: Nowra (Bridge Road)[2]
Region: Illawarra - South Coast
State District: South Coast, Kiama
Federal Division: Gilmore
LGAs around City of Shoalhaven:
Goulburn Mulwaree Wingecarribee Kiama
Goulburn Mulwaree City of Shoalhaven Pacific Ocean
Palerang Eurobodalla Pacific Ocean
"Shoalhaven" redirects here. For the river of the same name, see Shoalhaven River.

The City of Shoalhaven is a Local Government Area (population 88,405)[3] in south-eastern New South Wales (NSW), Australia, two hours south of Sydney. It is more or less conterminous with an area referred to as The Shoalhaven. It is on the Pacific Ocean and the Princes Highway and is the terminus of the South Coast line. Services are administered by the Shoalhaven City Council.[4]



The Shoalhaven region in New South Wales is the southern part of the traditional homelands of the Tharawal people.[5]

George Bass explored the area in 1797, following Seven Mile Beach. He crossed the shoals at the entrance to the river, calling it 'Shoals Haven' due to the shallowness of the river mouth. This river is now known as the Crookhaven,[6] but the name was adopted for the Shoalhaven area and the Shoalhaven River.


The city actually consists of a number of distinct towns that share the one government. These towns include:

A large part of Shoalhaven can be seen from the Drawing Room Rocks area in Barren Grounds Nature Reserve. Mount Coolangatta is in the centre, with Jervis Bay in background and Berry in the right front


Currarong is a small coastal fishing–tourist village in the City of Shoalhaven with a population of less than 250. The village is a haven for fishermen, with several underwater rises where fish are abundant. Currarong has a small general store, a newsagents and a cafe.

To the north of Shoalhaven is located the coastal Illawarra region and in the south on the South Coast (which are geographic, rather than administrative regions).

Culburra Beach

Culburra Beach, with a population of 3,500 is the regional centre for the coastal villages east of Nowra. Originally designed by Walter Burley Griffin, the architect who designed Canberra, its shops and businesses provide a range of services and places to eat for residents and visitors to the region.

The town also boasts the two closest surf beaches to Nowra and is home to the Culburra Beach and Nowra Surf Club whose clubhouse is located at the northern end of Warrain Beach. The beaches are patrolled during the summer holiday period, and being located on either side of Penguin Head face in different directions, providing a variety of surf conditions for board riders, swimmers, body surfers and families with young children. A wide variety of fish species are caught on these beaches and from the rocky headlands adjacent to them.


The Shoalhaven can be reached from Sydney by car via the Princes Highway and by rail via CityRail's South Coast Line which terminates just north of Nowra in Bomaderry. The most well-known part of the Shoalhaven is the Jervis Bay area. The area is approximately 160 kilometres long along the coastline, including 109 beaches, which allegedly possesses the whitest sand in the world, as well as pristine natural Australian bushland. The Shoalhaven area is home to numerous species of native Australian flora and fauna.


The area is well-known for its strong commitment to the arts and music, featuring the See Change and See Celebrations festivals in the Jervis Bay and St Georges Basin areas, as well as the EscapeArtfest festival and Blessing of the Fleet in the Ulladulla area.


Shoalhaven City Council has a directly elected Mayor and 12 elected councillors representing three wards[7]:

Paul Green
Ward 1                               Ward 2                               Ward 3                              
Andrew Guile David Bennett Amanda Findley
Gary Kearney Bohdan Brumerskyj Robert Miller
Nigel Soames John Fergusson Bob Proudfoot
Gareth Ward (Deputy Mayor) Greg Watson Josi Young

The Deputy Mayor is elected from among the 12 elected councillors

See also


Coordinates: 35°07′S 150°30′E / 35.117°S 150.5°E / -35.117; 150.5

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