The commercial and administrative hub of the Shoalhaven region, Nowra is located on the southern shores of the Shoalhaven River. The town of Bomaderry is on the river's northern shores.
With neighbouring Bomaderry, Nowra had an estimated population of more than 35,000, the median age is 42 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 3% of the population.
Nowra is located 170 km south of Sydney (2 hr 20 min drive) and only 80 km (60 min drive) from Wollongong.
Close to Nowra is Bundanon, a 1100 hectares property on the Shoalhaven River, a gift from the Australian artist Arthur Boyd. Bundanon is a popular location to experience a range of arts from music to the visual and performance arts.
The closest airport to Nowra is Sydney airport (2 hours by road).
Regular City Rail train services are available departing Sydney from Central Station and heading south through Wollongong to Bomaderry where the South Coast line ends.
There are a number of bus and coach services available throughout the Shoalhaven.
The major sources of employment in Nowra are:
- Health care and social assistance
- Retail trade
- Public administration and safety
- Accommodation and food services
Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital is a busy acute care facility which provides emergency care, medical, surgical and orthopaedic services. The hospital has an intensive care unit that incorporates high dependency and coronary care beds. As well as these clinical services, the hospital has a busy obstetric unit and children’s ward.
Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital is affiliated with the University of Wollongong and the University of NSW. This hospital is fully accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS).
Nowra is supported by an ambulance service.
Junction Street Family Practice
Meroo Street Family Practice
Moss Street Medical Practice
North Nowra Medical Practice
South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation
Waminda South Coast Women's Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corporation
Worrigee Street Medical Centre
Worrigee Medical Centre
There are numerous pre-schools, day care and child care centres in the Nowra-Bomaderry area.
Nowra is home to a number of supermarkets including Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and IGA and major retail outlets including Bunnings, Target, Kmart, Cotton On, Spotlight, Officeworks and Barbeques Galore. The Stockland Shopping Centre houses many well-known stores and brands.
There are a number of places of worship in Nowra including Catholic, Anglican, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Baptist and Uniting churches. The nearest Buddhist temple (Nan Tien) is in Berkeley (1 hour from Nowra) and the closest mosque (Omar Mosque) is in Gwynneville (1 hour from Nowra).
Nowra-Bomaderry Rugby League Football Club
Nowra AFL Club
Walking Group Nowra
Shoalhaven District Tennis Association
Nowra Cricket Club
Shoalhaven Basketball Association
Shoalhaven Netball Association
Nowra Golf and Recreation Club
Nowra Aquatic Park
Points of Interest
The local area grows bountiful produce, with commercial vegetable gardens adjoining the city and hard-to-beat local seafood available in town. The Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre hosts visiting and local entertainers and shows. The Shoalhaven City Arts Centre houses an ever changing array of excellent works by local artists. Nowra has a strong sports focus with plenty of facilities and local teams.
The Shoalhaven has a reputation for well established and colourful weekend markets. Nowra is no exception, offering monthly artisan markets at the City Art Gallery and the increasingly popular Twilight Markets on the grass outside the Entertainment Centre during summer.