Shoalhaven Heads is located adjacent to Seven Mile Beach and the Shoalhaven River, making it ideally placed for a range of water based activities.
The population of Shoalhaven Heads is more than 3,000 people, the median age is 52 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 3% of the population.
Shoalhaven Heads is located 18 km (23 min drive) from Nowra and 156 km (2 hr 25 min drive) hours from Sydney. It is only 11 km (13 min drive) from the popular weekend destination of Berry.
As the name suggests Shoalhaven Heads is located at the point where the Shoalhaven River enters the ocean, it is a popular coastal holiday spot.
The closest airport is Sydney airport 140 km (2 hr drive), it is serviced by a range of airlines offering domestic and international destinations.
There are regular City Rail services from Central Sydney that head south passing through Wollongong and arriving in northern Shoalhaven.
Premier Transport and Murrays Coaches both offer several coach services between Sydney and Canberra to the south coast arriving in Nowra.
The main industries people from Shoalhaven Heads work in are:
- Health care and social assistance
- Accommodation and food services
- Retail trade
- Public administration and safety
Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital in Nowra 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 an obstetric unit and children’s ward.
The hospital is affiliated with the University of Wollongong and the University of NSW.
Bomaderry is the closest ambulance service (18 min drive).
There is a public primary school in Shoalhaven Heads: Shoalhaven Heads Public School. Additional schooling options are available in nearby Nowra.
There is one option for child care in Shoalhaven Heads, however there are numerous options available in Berry (13 min drive) and Nowra (23 min drive).
Nearby 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.
Berry is less than 15 min drive away and offers numerous boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
There are a number of places of worship in nearby Berry and Nowra including Catholic, Anglican, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Baptist and Uniting churches. The nearest Buddhist temple (Nan Tien) is in Berkeley (55 min drive) and the closest mosque (Omar Mosque) is in Gwynneville (55 min drive).
Within easy reach of Shoalhaven Heads are the oyster racks of the Shoalhaven River estuary, which is part of Australia’s Oyster Coast. Swimming, surfing and fishing are popular local past times, as is spotting whales migrating along the coast from May to November.
Nearby is the historic, Coolangatta village was built by convict labour. There are other award-winning restaurants, wineries and cellar doors in close proximity.
Shoalhaven District Tennis Association
Shoalhaven Basketball Association
Shoalhaven Netball Association
Nowra-Bomaderry Rugby League Football Club
Nowra AFL Club
Walking Group Nowra
Nowra Cricket Club
Nowra Golf and Recreation Club
Nowra Aquatic Park