Many beaches, one destination: World number one surfing star Tyler Wright launches “Surfing Shoalhaven”, an insider’s guide to the best waves
With an abundance of isolated coastlines and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, it’s no coincidence that the unspoilt Shoalhaven is one of Australia’s best travel destinations to recharge and relax. The beaches, hideaways and adventures on offer are all contributing factors that have rightfully put the Shoalhaven on the national – and international – holiday surfing map.
Australian professional surfer Tyler Wright learned to surf at the unspoiled beaches dotted along the Shoalhaven coastline, growing up. As a passionate surfer and advocate for the adventures on offer in her home region, she is now launching Shoalhaven Tourism’s “Surfing Shoalhaven” guide, collating the best beaches and waves, road trips and activities on offer in the region.
Tyler says, “In all my years of travel and all the places I’ve seen and experienced, there’s truly no place I enjoy coming back to more than the Shoalhaven region. The surfs great, and I’d highly recommend everyone to at least have a go at catching a wave, but the food and variety of activities available is awesome – it’s not just a small regional town.”
Sometimes, you just need to breathe in fresh air, eat wholesome food and be active, in which case the Shoalhaven is the ideal location. Just two hours from Sydney and Canberra, it boasts unspoilt beaches and delicious eateries to satisfy all tastes. If you’re keen for a surf, the unspoilt Shoalhaven offers endless options to suit all calibres of surfer. There’s also loads of friendly surf schools and stand-up paddle board hires to help you, including one of our first female surfing World Champ’s, Pam Burridge at Mollymook. You can even enjoy a sight-seeing bike ride around Jervis Bay or a tree top adventure where you navigate your way through obstacles and flying foxes over 100m long!
The “Surfing Shoalhaven” guide is available to download, or copies can be found at the Nowra and Ulladulla visitor’s centres, detailing the best surf breaks, conditions and maps, local suppliers and stories of the champions. It also has road trip recommendations, a variety of accommodation, tips from locals, plus the best spots to rest and refuel.
Tyler adds: “Some of the fondest memories I have are of daily surfing sessions with my brothers and sister in the Shoalhaven. So if you’re visiting the area, even if you’re not a surfer, you can be rest assured you’ll find exactly what you need to relax, be active and play.”
The unspoiled Shoalhaven is the ideal activity to surf the day away while being surrounded by playful dolphins, pristine beaches and untouched national park. If you’re up for adventure and exploration, you’re bound to be rewarded.
Whether you’re after a rejuvenating, refreshing break, an activity-packed family holiday or a quiet, romantic escape, our region offers it all. The Shoalhaven is bordered by the mountains, coastal plains and 109 magnificent beaches, and includes 49 towns and villages. From Sydney, it’s an easy two hours’ drive 160 kilometres south. And from Canberra, it’s a two and a half hour’s drive north of around 200km.