The Shoalhaven region is between the Illawarra and Eurobodalla shires and is a quick two hour drive from Sydney. It’s decorated with some of the most amazing coastline, with beautiful beaches, turquoise water, and a few cafes and wineries.
Jervis Bay is surrounded by the Shoalhaven region and is said to have the whitest sand in the world. The southern headland of Jervis Bay is reserved as a special territory called Jervis Bay Territory, which was surrendered by NSW in 1915 to provide a seaport for the new inland capital, Canberra. It’s home to a few small settlement towns and the Australian Naval base, HMAS Creswell.
This tiny little town was named after Alexander Berry, a Scottish explorer who pioneered the European settlement of the Shoalhaven area in 1822. While the town is small, it’s famous for donuts. We spotted the Famous Berry Donut Van on our cruise through town and stopped. You can only get cinnamon donuts but they were cooked fresh. Perhaps the best cinnamon donuts we’ve ever had, but at the same time, they’re still just donuts.
We also visited Silo Estate winery. We tasted a few wines and perused their range of alpaca wool products before settling on the modest purchase of some alpaca ham. We were tempted to buy an actual alpaca, but the Troopy’s only a two seater…
We only made one stop in Nowra – Hanging Rock Lookout for lunch. There’s a great view of the Shoalhaven River and a few bench seats for a picnic. We sampled the alpaca ham in our sandwiches – really flavoursome and salty.
We’d been busting to get to Milton to see our friends from Darwin, Joe and Kate. They moved down to the Shoalhaven Coast for a sea change and took over a cute little cafe on the main street. We stayed with them for a week while we checked out the coast and frequented at their cafe because it was so delicious.