Top 10 Things to Do in Nowra 2019
Located in the south of beautiful New South Wales, Nowra is a lively town surrounded by scenic countryside views. The region is famed for some of the most unspoiled destinations you will find south of Sydney. Nowra is the gateway to fantastic areas like Jervis Bay, Booderee National Park and the amazing Southern Highlands to name a few. Whether you're looking for a day out or a relaxing escape from the city life, here’s our can’t-miss checklist of stuff to see and do in the Nowra region.
To top it off, Nightcap at Archer Hotel is only minutes away from local attractions and activities so you can make the most out of your holiday adventure.
1. The Fleet Air Arm Museum
Image Source: The Fleet Air Arm Museum
For something truly unique, visit The Fleet Air Arm Museum, located just a ten-minute drive from Nightcap at Archer Hotel. A treasure trove for aircraft aficionados, the Fleet Air Arm Museum features over 34 aircraft that tell the story of Australia's naval history.
There are enough artefacts, helicopters, and aircraft here to amaze you for hours. You’ll even see the incredible Hawker Sea Fury, which is actually the last propeller operated fighter aircraft to be used in the Royal Navy!
Located at 489A Albatross Rd, Nowra Hill
Open daily from 10 am to 4pm
2. Seven Mile Beach National Park
Just a 20-minute drive from the Nightcap at Archer Hotel, this incredible park was at one time an important resource for the Aboriginal people of the area. Learn about the cultural and ceremonial sites in the park and enjoy the ocean breeze! Seven Mile beach is the perfect place for a picnic and a swim, so be sure to pack some of your favourite nibbles for a fun day out in the sun.
Located at Gerroa Rd, Gerroa NSW
3. Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven Whalewatching
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Whale watching season runs from May to November each year and the Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay regions are blessed with multiple vantage points to witness this spectacular event. Nab yourself an excellent vantage point from the shore or head up to the Point Pendicular lighthouse for some of the most breathtaking scenic views the region has on offer. For the full experience, hop on one of the many cruises and tours such as Jervis Bay Wild.
Additionally, Shoalhaven is home to two fur seal colonies, found at either headland of the Jervis Bay Marine Park so be sure to keep an eye out.
4. Grub on some Fresh Seafood
An absolute must-try when visiting Nowra is its delectable fresh seafood offerings. And you need not look further than Archer Hotel’s in house Bistro! Dishing up delicious feeds on the daily, this well-loved local spot offers scrumptious meals and friendly service, all without going out of your hotel. The Atlantic Salmon with creamy mash is an absolute must-try.
Another crowd favourite is the Perfect Catch Seafood & Takeaway are delicious (try the barramundi!), fairly priced, and can be eaten on their porch outside on the days that you feel like soaking up the sun!
5. Seaplane Flight on the Shoalhaven River
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If the Fleet Air Arm Museum gave you a taste for airplanes, enjoy an unforgettable seaplane excursion over the serene Shoalhaven River. With prices starting at $99, adventure-oriented tourists can contact South Coast Seaplanes to book their flight! They leave from the Wharf Road Restaurant and Bar beside the Princes Highway Bridge, just a seven-minute drive from Nightcap.
Located at Bruce Cameron Dr, Moruya NSW
6. Meroogal Historic House
Meroogal is a historic house at 35 West Street, constructed in 1885 and currently managed by the Historic Houses Trust. Four generations of women from the Thorburn and Macgregor families that lived in this house have collected numerous fascinating artefacts over the decades. That being said, considering it's only a seven-minute drive from Nightcap, it's worth going just for the gothic-style house itself! Make sure to time your visit correctly, as Meroogal is only open Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm!
Located at 35 West St, Nowra NSW
7. Hanging Rock Lookout
Looking for an adrenaline-pumping activity to add to your itinerary? Hanging Rock by the Baltzer Lookout, just a seven-minute drive from the hotel, is ideal. This picturesque four-hour hike isn't for the faint of heart, but if you complete the challenge, you'll be rewarded with some of the best views in Australia. Make sure you arrive prepared with water and good shoes for a long trek! Check out Bushwalking NSW to make sure you have all the information you need before you safely begin your hike!
Located at Scenic Dr, Nowra
8. Grotto Walk
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If you're interested in a hike, but maybe not a Hanging Rock-level hike, then you'll enjoy the well-loved Grotto Walk. Located in North Nowra, only a 10-minute drive from the hotel, the Grotto Walk is a two-kilometre loop that takes you past a farm, an orchard, and multiple cliff lookouts. Make sure you bring proper footwear though, as the hike also features steep zig-zagging entrances to reach the Shoalhaven banks!
9. Day trip to Bomaderry
Nowra's sister city Bomaderry is a quaint little town filled to the brim with old-world charm. Located on the northern side of the Shoalhaven River, Bomaderry is home to multiple bushwalks and the Bomaderry Creek Walk! Be sure to check out Bomaderry's own Cupitt's Winery and the incredible Abrahams Bosom Reserve, only across the bridge and 10-minutes drive from the hotel.
10. Shoalhaven Zoo
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For something truly unique, head to Shoalhaven Zoo, one of the most serene zoos in the country, built around incredible rock formations and bushland. Located just 15 minutes drive from the hotel in North Nowra, the Shoalhaven Zoo is home to everything from lions, turtles, and animals native only to Australia!
Located at 23 Rock Hill Rd, North Nowra
Where to stay in Nowra - NightCap at Archer Hotel
Looking for accommodation that’s close to the action? NightCap at Archer Hotel is the perfect base for your holiday in Nowra. Perfectly situated in the Shoalhaven region and only a stone's throw from beautiful towns and hamlets such as Kiama, Berry, Mollymook, Huskisson and Kangaroo Valley, there is always something to see and do near the hotel.
Archer Hotel offers guests a quality pub-style dining experience, well-furnished rooms, and everything you need to rest up, relax, and make the most out of your holiday.
Book your Nowra accommodation at NightCap today for the best price guarantee!