Discover luxury and boutique hotels in the Shoalhaven

It may be savvy Sydneysiders’ favourite seaside bolthole, but between its powder-white beaches, rainforests and waterfall-studded mountains, the Shoalhaven warrants much more than an out-of-town weekend’s worth of exploration. There’s surfing, scuba-diving and calf-crunching hikes enough to keep the most ardent adventurer busy, but it’s not all wetsuits and walking boots. The farm-to-table movement is on top form here – farmers’ markets, vineyards and deli-dotted towns make it easy to enjoy the region’s natural riches in less strenuous style, too.

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When to go

November to February has the balmiest beach weather, but you’ll still have plenty of sun in quieter spring or autumn. If whale-spotting is topping your to-do list, aim for September to November.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Sydney Airport is the nearest major hub. Fly there direct from cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Hong Kong. Most flights from Europe and eastern US cities connect via Asian hubs such as Singapore and Abu Dhabi.
  • Automobiles

    It’s around a two-hour drive from both Sydney and Canberra. You’ll need some wheels if you’re planning any national-park hopping or winery touring, so hire a car at the airport if you’re not bringing your own.