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Located on the northern shore of Jervis Bay, Callala Bay is a small coastal town offering an abundance of things to do.

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Location

Located on the northern shore of Jervis Bay, Callala Bay is only 21 km (20 min drive) from Nowra and 190 km (2.5 hr drive) from Sydney.

Jervis Bay’s famous white-sand beaches and clear turquoise waters make the area perfect for sailing, fishing, swimming and snorkelling.

How to get there

There are no public airports in the Jervis Bay region, Sydney or Canberra airports are the closest major airports.

There are regular City Rail services from Central Sydney that head south passing through Wollongong and terminate in the northern Shoalhaven.

Premier Transport offers coach services between Sydney and Eden, stopping in Nowra.

Population

The population of Callala Bay is more than 3000 people, the median age is 50 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 5% of the population.

Callala Bay is located within the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, this Population Health Profile provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

The Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital provides acute medical and surgical services as well as orthopaedic services, an emergency department and obstetric unit. The hospital’s intensive care unit incorporates high dependency and coronary care beds.

There are NSW Ambulance Service stations in nearby Culburra Beach (13 km from Callala Bay) and Nowra (21 km from Callala Bay).

Accredited GP practices

  • Callala Surgery

  • Industry

The main industries people from Callala Bay are employed in are: defence, supermarket and grocery stores, aged care residential services, primary education and hospitals.
  • Education

There is one primary school in Callala Bay – Callala Public School. The nearest public high schools are in Nowra. Private primary and high schools are also located in Nowra.
  • Childcare

There is one preschool located in Callala Bay, there are additional options in Nowra and nearby towns.
  • Shopping

In Callala Bay, the main shopping opportunities, including an IGA supermarket, are in Bayview Plaza. There is also a Woolworths supermarket in nearby Culburra Beach. Nowra has a range of large retail stores such as Woolworths, Aldi, Bunnings, Kmart and Target, as well as smaller specialty stores
  • Places of worship

There is an Anglican church in Callala Bay. Nearby Nowra has a range of places of worship including Catholic, Assemblies of God, Jehovah's Witnesses and Uniting churches. The nearest Buddhist temple (Nan Tien) is in Berkeley (80 min drive) and the closest mosque (Omar Mosque) is in Gwynneville (85 min drive).
  • Points of interest

Jervis Bay is a tourist mecca with its famous white-sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and beautiful national parks, it is popular for swimming, kayaking, fishing, boating and bushwalking. Whale and dolphin watching are popular tourist activities on Jervis Bay. There are also many restaurants and cafes in the area to enjoy a meal out.
  • Sporting activities

Within the broader Nowra/Culburra Beach/Callala Bay area there are many sporting teams and associations including rugby league, tennis, basketball, netball, AFL, cricket golf and swimming. Many teams have their own websites or social media pages.
  • Community groups and activities

Shoalhaven City Council provides a community directory with contact details for arts groups, community services organisations, environment and conservation groups, and sporting and recreational groups.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in the area. A good place to start are the Facebook pages: Callala Bay, Callala Beach, Callala Bay Community Association, Shoalhaven City Council, South Coast Register.