General Information

This page contains an overview of the Shoalhaven Region including information on Geography, Climate, Environment, Population, Industry and Commerce, Health, Education and much more. In brief…

o No. 1 Tourist Destination in the State of New South Wales.
o Coastal temperate climate – just like Sydney.
o Clean, safe, pollution free rural environment.
o 300,000 hectares / 741,000 acres of National Park.
o Topography – Mountains / coastal plains with many bays, lakes and rivers – 109 Beaches.
o For more information, select a topic of interest from the following list…


4660 square kilometres (stretching from Broughton – just north of Berry, southwards to North Durras – just north of Batemans Bay) and comprising 49 towns and villages. An estimated 1,000km of coastline when all bays and inlets are considered.


Average Temperature:
Summer – 16.1?C / 61?F (min) – 25.8?C / 78.4?F (max)
Winter – 6.2?C / 43.2?F (min) – 15.8?C / 62.4?F (max)
Average Annual Rainfall: 1,143.1mm
Total rainfall (days) – 130.4

Economic Development

Council has an active policy of encouraging industrial development. It has industrial land available and offers financial assistance. If you are interested in establishing your business or decentralising to the Shoalhaven please contact the Economic Development Office …

Economic Indicators

o Agriculture (1997)
Gross Value of Production – $41.25M (source ABS)

o Manufacturing – (1994)
Turnover – $432.48M (Source ABS)

o Manufacturing – (1997)
Turnover – $432.48M (Source ABS)

o Building Activity (Approvals – 2003)
Commercial – 123 – $37.8M
Industrial – 33 – $5.7M
Residential (New) – 957 – $154.1M (source SCC)

o Retail (last retail census – 1992)
Turnover: $400.94M (source ABS)

o Tourism
Gross Worth – $660M (June 2003). The Shoalhaven still records more occupied hotel/motel room nights plus occupied caravan park nights than any other Local Government area in NSW. This makes Shoalhaven the number one tourist destination in the State for commercial accommodation and second only to Sydney for all visitations.


Primary Schools (23):
At Berry, Bomaderry, Callala, Cambewarra, Culburra, Falls Creek, Greenwell Point, Huskisson, Jervis Bay, Kangaroo Valley, Milton, North Nowra, Nowra, Nowra Hill, St Georges Basin, Sanctuary Point, Shoalhaven Heads, Sussex Inlet, Terara, Tomerong, Ulladulla, Vincentia.

Secondary Schools (5):
At Bomaderry, Nowra, Shoalhaven, Ulladulla, Vincentia. In addition rail and coach transport is available to Shoalhaven students attending either Wollongong or Southern Highlands private secondary schools.

Non Government:
Anglican College, Nowra
Shoalhaven Anglican School (primary & secondary), Milton
Nowra Christian Community School (primary & secondary)
Jervis Bay Christian Community School (K-6), Vincentia
St John the Evangelist High School (secondary), Nowra
St Michael’s (K-6), Nowra
St Mary’s School (primary & secondary), Milton
Nowra Anglican College (primary & secondary) – Bomaderry

Illawarra Institute of Technology – Nowra and Milton
Combined TAFE and University of Wollongong campus – Mundamia (West Nowra)

Employment Base (Wages & Salaries)

Building & Construction ($50M)
Community Services ($51M)
Defence ($67M)
Education ($48M)
Manufacturing ($80M)
Retail ($54M)
Tourism ($43M)
Source: Shoalhaven City Council (Econodev)


Major areas of Shoalhaven are NSW Forests, National Parks or NSW Crown Lands (3,000+ sq km) representing 64% of the total Shoalhaven area. Jervis Bay is a major natural resource and tourist attraction.

The Shoalhaven River is a major natural supply resource to Shoalhaven Water and the Sydney Water Board.

Flora / Fauna

Native Australian Eucalypt Forest
Kangaroo, Wallaby, Echidnas, several parrot and other birds and native species

Health Services

Three Hospitals – Nowra (2), Milton (1)
Seven nursing homes exist, with three more proposed

Labour Force (September 2003)

Employed: 34,260
Unemployed: 3,164 = 9.2%


Industrial Land:
Industrial Estates exist in Berry, Bomaderry, North Nowra, Culburra, Huskisson, Sussex Inlet, Milton and Ulladulla.
Lots range in size from 1,000m? to several hectares. Prices range upwards from $40 per square metre for a fully serviced lot.

Commercial Land:
Within the central business districts of Nowra and Ulladulla- office space $150 – $250/m2 pa and retail $500/m2 pa.

Residential Land:
Vacant Lots vary considerably throughout the City and range from a minimum of $160,000 upwards depending on size and location.

Main Industries / Commercial Activities

Dairy Farming / Processing.
Paper Production and Light Industry.

Major Centres

Berry, Nowra/Bomaderry, Culburra, Huskisson/Vincentia, Milton/Ulladulla, St Georges Basin, Sussex Inlet.

Major Manufacturers

Australian Paper – paper mill
Gates Rubber – automotive hosing –
Tyco – flow control valves
Manildra Group – starch/gluten/
Dairy Farmers – milk processing
Sydney Yachts – fibreglass
Fosroc Chemfix – mining chemicals
Ocean & Earth – surfwear
Hanlon Windows – windows and doors
BAE Systems – Aviation / Avionics
Kaman Aerospace Int. – Aviation / Avionics

Other Manufactured / Processed Products

Agricultural machinery
Building frames/trusses
Plastic injected products
Sporting goods
Steel fabricated goods


91,300 – Dec 2002

Population Growth

1996 – 2001 – 2.2% or 1,803 per annum

Transport Linkages

Rail – Illawarra line terminates at Bomaderry from Sydney/ Wollongong with 14 passenger services to Sydney daily.

Road – Princes Highway runs north-south through Shoalhaven. Links with the west run via Kangaroo Valley, Wollongong or Batemans Bay.

Air – HMAS Albatross, a military airfield, is open to civil traffic, however, no regular commuter services operate.

Coach – Daily interstate services operate through Nowra to Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. There are 8 private bus and coach operators within the City.

Distances (From Nowra):
o Wollongong 80 km 1 hour by car
o Sydney 163 km 2.25 hours by car
o Canberra 225 km 2.5 hours by car
o Melbourne 810 km 10 hours by car
o Batemans Bay 120 km 2 hours by car

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