Sitting as the commercial hub of the Shoalhaven is the riverside centre of Nowra with pretty landscaped gardens and parks and a good selection of restaurants and cafes.
With its twin-town of Bomaderry, Nowra had an estimated population of 35,383 and is comprised of approximately 52.1% females and 47.9% males. Nowra has a population of 937 (2.6%) indigenous people and a median age of 42.
Nowra is located in the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network (SENSWPHN). This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the SENSWPHN.
Nowra is a town in the South Coast region of New South Wales. It is located 125 kilometres south-southwest of Sydney (about 160 kilometres by road) and only 25 minutes from beautiful Jervis Bay.
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 and down to the northern end of the Shoalhaven. Trains stop at the delightful town of Berry and continue on 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 which provides emergency care, medical, surgical and orthopaedic services to around 22,000 patients each year. 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.
Nowra has eight General Practice facilities.
No accommodation available.
There are 21 pre-schools, day care and child care centres in the Nowra region.
Nowra is home to a number of supermarkets including Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and IGA and major retail outlets including 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. The nearest Buddhist Temple (Nan Tien) is in Berkeley (1 hour from Nowra) and the closest Muslim 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 Shoalhaven has a reputation for well established and colourful weekend markets. Nowra is no exception, offering monthly Artisans markets at the City Art Gallery and the increasingly popular Twilight Markets on the grass outside the Entertainment Centre during summer.
The local area grows bountiful produce, with commercial vegetable gardens adjoining the city and hard-to-beat local seafood available in town. The Shoalhaven City Arts Centre houses an ever changing array of excellent works by local artists and Nowra has a strong sports orientation so there’s plenty to do whatever your interest. Surprising to many is Nowra’s growing list of local wineries, now winning awards nationally and producing excellent vintages.