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Recreation & Entertainment

There is plenty to do in the Shoalhaven. There are art galleries, libraries, wineries, places to eat and have fun and a full array of sporting clubs and facilities and social clubs catering for every interest. A $23.5 million Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre has opened in Nowra, providing a venue for plays, concerts and conferences.

What’s On

For a full listing of what’s on with venue and contact details go to Shoalhaven Holidays.


The Shoalhaven has a temperate climate and plenty of access to open space, national parks and state forests, sporting fields, waterways and other venues for sporting activities. The Shoalhaven River is renowned for waterskiing and boating as are the other inlets and lakes in the Shoalhaven. The Shoalhaven has produced national and international competitors in sports as diverse as equestrian to surfing.

Shoalhaven City Council has a Sports Board to ensure the strategic development of sports in the Shoalhaven. The Sports Board has a searchable list of sporting organisations in the Shoalhaven.

Shoalhaven Council also operates Aquatic and Leisure Centres and maintains sea pools

There are also a number of private gyms and sporting clubs in the region you can search in Yellow Pages or use Council's Community Directory for local sporting clubs.


With its spectacular scenery the golf clubs in the Shoalhaven are a must for enthusiasts to play.  With great locations situated through the Shoalhaven there are many great courses to play a round or two. Search Google Maps for the location of Shoalhaven Golf Clubs or see Shoalhaven City Council's comprehensive list of courses at the Shoalhaven Visitors Centre Directory.


If you enjoy bushwalking, camping, fishing, bird watching, water sports or just the beauty of the great outdoors, the Shoalhaven is one of the most natural regions in Australia. 68% of the Shoalhaven’s total 4,660 km2 is publically owned.

National Park comprises (34%) Crown Land (11%) and State Forest (23%), providing a significant and diverse habitat for flora and fauna. Go to Environment for a list of parks and facilities or Shoalhaven Council Parks


An established arts community exists within Shoalhaven delivering many forms of expression and involvement. Your interests are well catered for either as a participant or an enthusiastic viewer.

As the home of Bundanon Trust, a national arts institution and Australia’s largest artist in residence program, an active Shoalhaven Arts Centre and plenty of venues set in the Shoalhaven’s natural beauty, the Shoalhaven attracts internationally renowned artists, musicians and writers.

A thriving arts community is also centred around the Jervis Bay area with a popular annual SeaChange Arts Festival. Another area which has attracted creatives is Milton Ulladulla.

Shoalhaven City Council has an Arts Board, manages the Entertainment Centre, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre and the Lady Denman Museum at Huskisson. For a more information go to Shoalhaven Arts and Events or for a limited listing of galleries and events Shoalhaven City Council Arts and Culture 

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre

Newly constructed in June 2008, the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre is considered one of the most versatile venues in Australia. The Centre features a 914-seat auditorium, 192-seat studio and conference facilities. The auditorium has a capacity for 1000-1200 general floor admission and 200 reserved seating. The venue hosts dining occasions, expos, trade shows, live theatre and music events. For a list of upcoming events and online booking go to Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre

Cinema’s and live theatre venues

Nowra has a multi - cinema complex The Roxy and Huskisson has the Huskisson Pictures and Inlet Theatre – a quaint old fashioned venue which specializes in live theatre and art house cinema releases and holds an annual showing of the Sydney Film Festival’s offerings. Milton has historic Milton Theatre a live theatre venue and Ulladulla also has a cinema, the Arcadia Twin

For a list go to Shoalhaven Visitors Centre’s Directory or Yellow Pages.

As well, the Shoalhaven has an active Amateur Drama Scene with plenty of local productions from Berry to Ulladulla and beyond.


The Shoalhaven has Public Libraries at Nowra, Ulladulla, Milton and Sanctuary Point as well as a mobile service.



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Shoalhaven at a Glance
   99,370 (Dec 2015)
Labour Force:
   39,239 (Dec 2015)
Unemployment rate:
Gross Regional Product:
   $4.4 billion
(Dec 2015)
Gross disposable wages & salaries:
   $2.2 billion 
(Dec 2015)
Value added:
   Property Services $726m
   Health/Social Assist $388m
   Manufacturing $365m
efence $358m
   Retail $289m
   Accom/Food Services $188m

(Dec 2015)