Parks & reserves - Shoalhaven City Council

Highlighted parks & reserves

Council aims to provide the community with a diverse range of high quality parks and reserves. For further information on Shoalhaven Parks, or for a copy of our current brochure, please contact Council on (02) 4429 3111.

Use the links below to find out a little more about these parks and reserves.

 Area Name  Playground  Picnic/BBQ facilities 
 Bay & Basin  The Basin Walking Track  yes yes
 Currarong  Abraham's Bosom Reserve   yes
 Bendalong  Washerwomans Beach yes yes
 Apex Park yes yes
 Mark Radium Park yes yes
 Bomaderry  Bomaderry Creek Bushland    
 Burrill Lake  Ulladulla Milton Lions Park yes yes
 Burrill Lake Foreshore Reserves   yes
 Crookhaven  Crookhaven Headland Reserve    
 Cunjarong Point  Bowerbird Walk    
 Greenwell Point  Greenwell Point Foreshore  yes yes
 Huskisson  White Sands yes  
 Lady Denman Heritage Complex Wetland Walk    
 Moona Moona Creek yes yes
 Hyams Beach  Hyams Beach yes yes
 Kioloa  Kioloa / Bawley Point Foreshore yes yes
 Lake Conjola  Lake Conjola Foreshore     
 Milton  Mick Ryan Reserve yes yes
 North Nowra
 Bangalee Reserve   yes
 The Grotto   yes


 Ben's Walk   yes
 Harry Sawkins Park yes yes
 Marriott Park yes yes
 Sanctuary Point    Paradise Beach yes yes
 South Nowra  Rotary Park   yes
 Sussex Inlet  Foreshore Reserves yes yes
 Swan Lake  Swan Lake Foreshore yes yes
 Ulladulla    Rotary Park  yes yes
 Skateboard Park    
 Warden Head & North Head   yes
 Vincentia  Plantation Point yes yes

The Basin Walking Track

This tranquil walk along the foreshore of St Georges Basin (Paradise Beach to Palm Beach) is a popular short walk. The walk takes about 40 minutes each way, though there are plenty of places on the way to divert your attention for an hour or two.

The beaches along the Basin Walk are popular spots for swimming and fishing, or if you're lucky enough to have a boat, there is access for sailing and water skiing.

There are three track heads for the Basin Walk. Greville Avenue leads to access points at Palm Beach Reserve and at Macleans Point, whilst Walmer Avenue provides access to Paradise Beach Reserve. Both reserves have carparking, picnic and toilet facilities.

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Abraham's Bosom Reserve

With easy access to the beach and a natural rock pool, this reserve is a haven for anyone wishing to take a break from the everyday, and is only about 40 minutes from Nowra. Access to the track is from Beecroft Parade and a car park and picnic area is located at the reserve's entrance.
From the picnic area, walk out to the wreck of the S.S. Merimbula, a steamship built in 1909 and wrecked in 1928 when it ran aground on the rock shelf off Beecroft Headland. This walk is approximately 2.5km.

If you are feeling more energetic, try Coomies Walk, a 9km track around the reserve, incorporating both the wreck and the Merimbula Trig Station. From here you can enjoy the panoramic view and if you're lucky, indulge in some dolphin or whale watching.

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Washerwomans Beach - Bendalong

Located in the idyllic village of Bendalong.  Walk from Bendalong throught the National Park to Monument Beach or simply relax and enjoy quiet isolated coastline north of Manyana.  A perfect spot for the whole family to enjoy.

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Apex Park - Berry

Located on the northern entrance to Berry, Apex Park offers beautiful gardens and surrounds within easy walking distance to the town centre and is a popular destination for bus tours and day trippers. Picnic facilities and gazebo are available for families to enjoy the break from the road. Play equipment located on the western end of the reserve offers an area for the kids to have a pleasant break.

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Mark Radium Park - Berry

Situated on the southern entrance to town with views to the mountains, Mark Radium Park is a lovely park to stop and cook a BBQ or let the kids have a run around or play on the swings. Picnic facilities by the lake allow you to enjoy a break from the road.

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Bomaderry Creek Bushland

Just a few minutes from the centre of Nowra is an area of land, known as the Bomaderry Creek Bushland, the site of Bomaderry Creek Walk. Access to Bomaderry Creek Walk is via Narang Road, Bomaderry. Directional signage has been erected on the Princes Highway, just before the Narang Road turnoff.

Two walks have been established along the creek (one 5.5km, the other 1.4km), the tracks are of an easy standard and incorporate seating and some signage.

For people requiring wheelchair access, a bitumen track along the ridgeline has been developed. Views across the bushland can be enjoyed from lookouts along this track. At present, this walk is the only one in the Shoalhaven which meets the Australian Standards for disabled access.

Further information on these walking trails can be obtained from a booklet entitled "Shoalhaven Bushwalks", available at Council's Nowra and Ulladulla Visitor Information Centres.

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Ulladulla Milton Lions Park

The first major park when entering the Shoalhaven from the south and located on the banks of Burrill Lake. This park features all the amenities a traveller needs. Picnic shelters capable of holding larger groups, formal pathways and challenging play equipment make this park ideal for revitalising your energy after time spent on the road.

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Burrill Lake Foreshore Reserves

There are a number of unique reserves waiting to be discovered along the foreshores of Burrill Lake. A large area of parkland has been developed adjacent to the Princes Highway, which provides a scenic rest stop for long distance travellers. From here access is available to Burrill Beach or to the lake itself. Picnic facilities and amenities are provided on site.

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Crookhaven Headland Reserve

Located at the mouth of the Crookhaven River and accessed through Crookhaven Headland Reserve, the Currarong Lighthouse is a point of much historical interest in the Shoalhaven. Currarong Lighthouse was built in the federation style, in 1872 and whilst it is no longer operating in the traditional manner, a fixed red light is maintained in the lighthouse. For reasons of historical and scientific interest, the lighthouse is considered as being regionally significant.

Crookhaven Headland Reserve offers the visitor much more than just this interesting glimpse of European heritage. For example, the area has a rich Aboriginal history, with many shell middens and mythological sites known to be located around the headland.

For the comfort and enjoyment of visitors, timber steps to the rock platforms and beach, timber lookouts and various interpretive signs/structures have been developed. Vehicular access to the reserve is via the sealed Prince Edward Avenue. Inside the reserve, a short portion of unsealed road provides access to a parking area.

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Bowerbird Walk

Just off Ottawa Street at Cunjurong Point is an area of Crown Reserve which forms the track head of Bowerbird Walk.

Take the track at the right of the reserve entrance for a five minute stroll to an elevated lookout. From here, you can see across the rock shelf to Green Island. The crystal clear water where Conjola Lake meets the ocean is a popular playground for dolphins - so keep a close watch on the water. To gain access to the popular surfing beach, head back to the reserve and follow the boardwalk for a few hundred metres.

Parking and toilet facilities are available at the reserve.

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Greenwell Point Foreshore Reserves

At the waters edge at Greenwell Point is a colourful new playground designed around a marine theme. The playground is popular with residents and tourists. The playground here is just one aspect of a centralised community recreation area. Right next to the playground you will find the Greenwell Point pool, boat ramp and fishing wharf.

The parkland is a popular spot for picnickers enjoying the beautiful views, the company of the local pelicans and the famous Greenwell Point fish and chips.

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White Sands Park - Huskisson

This park is one of the foremost recreation venues in the Shoalhaven and one of the most popular reserves in the Bay and Basin area. Modern play equipment for 2 to 14 year olds has been provided on the reserve at Hawke Street near to the toilets and car parking facilities. Wander down the hill into Voyager Park for a swim in one of the most idyllically located public pools you will ever see, or take a stroll around the public wharf to enjoy the sites of Jervis Bay.

On any day of the week you are likely to catch sight of dolphins at play, but for a closer look, investigate one of the many tours which depart from the wharf.

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Lady Denman Heritage Complex Wetland Walk - Huskisson

On Dent Street in Huskisson you will find the Lady Denman Heritage Complex and Maritime Museum.

Along with all the maritime treasures you will find in the museum, there is also the gentle Wetland Walk. Take half an hour to experience the sites and sounds presented to you as you stroll down the elevated boardwalk towards Currambene Creek. This wheelchair accessible walk meanders through native mangroves (the essential breeding ground for the fish and shellfish of Jervis Bay) to an open viewing platform.

Interpretive signage along the way provides information about the flora and fauna of the creek and its surrounds.

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Moona Moona Reserve - Huskisson 

On the northern bank of the tranquil Moona Moona Creek at Huskisson, is Moona Moona Reserve. The reserve is accessed via Jervis Street and a short road leads from the street to the car park.
Enjoy the wonderful views of Point Perpendicular and Jervis Bay National Park from one of the many picnic areas, or wander down to the beach for a quiet dip in the brilliantly coloured water of Jervis Bay.
For the convenience of visitors, toilets, outdoor showers, BBQ's and a shelter shed are provided. A wheelchair and pram accessible path follows the foreshore for a short distance to ensure everyone has the opportunity to visit this spectacular location.

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Hyams Beach

The village of Hyams Beach is nestled in an area of spectacular natural beauty.

Jervis Bay National Park is just a few kilometres away, and there is very little development in the surrounding areas. This is a perfect place to contemplate the wonders of nature, in a truly idyllic setting. Legend has it that Hyams Beach has the whitest sands in the world - why not take a visit and see for yourself. The coast between Huskisson and Hyams Beach is dotted with picture postcard beaches and rocky seashelves. A little exploration will uncover great natural beauty in pristine settings.

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Kioloa / Bawley Point Foreshore Reserves

Towards the southern end of the Shoalhaven are Kioloa and Bawley Point, two very popular holiday destinations.

The foreshore here is dotted with rocky outcrops, and the sand is a rich yellow compared to the stark whiteness of the sand of the Jervis Bay beaches. The coast between these two villages makes a great place to explore - from the beaches, to the rock pools, maintained parks and walking tracks - there is something for everyone.

The Kioloa Coastal Patrol is located in a particularly pretty foreshore park at the end of Scerri Drive in Kioloa. 

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Lake Conjola Foreshore Reserves 

Lake Conjola is one of the Shoalhaven's most popular recreation areas. The foreshore reserves are located strategically around the lake from Cunjurong in the north, Fisherman's Paradise to the west and the village of Lake Conjola to the south. From these reserves, gentle walks meander through native bushland and re-connect with developed parks where you can picnic or enjoy the scenery from one of many vantage points.

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Mick Ryan Reserve - Milton

At the top end of Milton on the western side of the Highway look for the giant Port Jackson Fig that features in this Park. Mick Ryan reserve has all the amenities including picnic facilities, BBQ’s, and play equipment. Stop and enjoy wonderful views over the escarpment to the west and let the kids play in this unique park.

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Bangalee Reserve - North Nowra

Situated approximately 12km west of Nowra, on Koloona Drive (off Illaroo Road) is the area known as Bangalee Reserve.

Carparking spaces are provided at a central location, and a short track leads to the reserve. There are wonderful views of the majestic Shoalhaven River from this bushland retreat. This is a place to just sit and enjoy the silence. Alternatively, if you feel like an invigorating walk, there are three trails to choose from. To get to the trails, turn left once you reach the open grassy area from the access point. Not far from the trackheads you will see the jetty, which makes the reserve easily accessible from the river.

Picnic facilities, toilets and shelters are provided for the convenience and comfort of users.

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The Grotto - North Nowra

On the banks of the Shoalhaven River in North Nowra (access from Yurunga Drive) is The Grotto.

Whilst access to The Grotto is steep in parts, the walk is short and the ambience of the reserve more than makes up for any effort expended. Take a picnic and spend some time watching the beautiful Shoalhaven River, from a superb vantage point.

Currently the site of bush regeneration and track improvement work by volunteer groups, The Grotto is the subject of one of Council's many community development initiatives. If you would like to know more about getting involved in this, or any other bushcare project, call Council on (02) 4429 3111 or check out the  Bushcare pages.

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Ben's Walk - Nowra

Ben's Walk is a walking track of approximately 5.5 kilometres in length. The track meanders along the banks of the Shoalhaven River through native bushland, which is the home of birds such as Lewins Honeyeater, the Little Pied Cormorant and the Golden Whistler.

There are two main track heads for Ben's Walk. The southern access point is at Nowra Showground, where parking and picnic facilities are available. Take some time here to enjoy the spectacular views to the west from Hanging Rock and to explore the Showground, before joining the track. On the northern side of the river, the track is accessible through Depot Farm Reserve (Depot Road). Car parking and picnic facilities are also provided here.

For those just wishing to take a short walk, start from the Showground and Hanging Rock and walk down to the footbridge, returning to the Showground via the lower track.

Further information on these walking trails can be obtained from a booklet entitled "Shoalhaven Bushwalks', available at Council's Nowra and Ulladulla Visitor Information Centres.

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Harry Sawkins Park - Nowra

When travelling through Nowra take to time to visit Harry Sawkins Park. The park is west of the Princes Highway just south of the Shoalhaven River and is adjacent to Shoalhaven City Council's Administration Centre. Within walking distance to the CBD and featuring play equipment and picnic facilities Harry Sawkins Park is a great place to stop and revive. Adjacent to the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Harry Sawkins Park was named after a former Shoalhaven Mayor. Known for its abundance of ducks and geese which live on the central island in the lake (and are always waiting to be fed!), the park is popular with young and old for its many recreational opportunities.

A large playground network is centrally located within the park providing structured play opportunities for children in the 4 to 14 age group. Some equipment is also provided for younger children with parental supervision. The play equipment is complemented by grassy open spaces which can be used for unstructured play.

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Marriott Park - Nowra

Located adjacent to the Princes Highway in the centre of Nowra, Marriott Park has gazebos BBQ facilities, play equipment and extensive gardens.  

There is a high quality playground, which offers children aged between 2 and 14 the chance to have fun and challenge their skills on equipment ranging from spring animals to a complex senior play unit. However, there are also plenty of large grassy areas for other activities such as ball games and free play. There is also a stylish old gazebo from which visitors can look over the central waterway. Feeding the parks' many ducks and geese is also a popular pastime.
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Rotary Park - South Nowra

Situated in central South Nowra on the intersection of Flinders Rd this park is the ideal place for the motor home and caravan to stop for a break on their way through town. The park is equipped with picnic facilities and amenities and is located close to the major take away food outlets on the south side of Nowra.

Paradise Beach Reserve - Sanctuary Point

Located on the foreshores of beautiful St Georges Basin.  Paradise Beach reserves provides bbqs, playground, shelters and toilet amentities suitable for community or family gatherings.

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Sussex Inlet foreshore reserves

With a cycleway running from Badgee through to Chris Creek, the foreshore provides amenities such as playgrounds, boatramps, bbqs, shelters and toilet amenities.  It has easy access from the end of Sussex Inlet main street (Jacob Street).

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Swan Lake foreshore reserves

Just south of Sussex Inlet, between Swan Haven and Cudmirrah, is the beautiful Swan Lake.

Cudmirrah National Park borders much of the lake, but there are also numerous Council managed reserves, which are easily accessible and provide a range of facilities for visitors. Council has developed playgrounds and picnic facilities at various locations, and toilets are also available in the more popular reserves.

Why not take the opportunity to hire a canoe (available during Summer only) or go sailing on the lake? Fishing and swimming are also popular activities - locals can probably advise you of the best spots.

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Rotary Park - Ulladulla

Located on the northern shore of Ulladulla Harbour off Cresent Street, Rotary Park features full amenities for the traveller to enjoy and affords spectacular views across the harbour and to the mountains in the west. Picnic facilities and BBQs capable of accommodating large gatherings are available at this park and is a short walk to the Ulladulla CBD.

Modern play equipment has been installed, which incorporates a variety of structures suitable for children in the 4 to 14 age group. Younger children will require direct supervision when using the playground. Open areas are also provided for free play.

For the comfort of visitors, the reserve incorporates a car park, BBQ's, picnic tables, and toilets. Council also maintains a boat ramp, from which access to the harbour can be gained.
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Skateboard Park - Ulladulla

West Ulladulla Sporting Complex, located on Camden Street is the site of the Shoalhaven's first regional skate facility.

Constructed in 1997, the facility has already become a part of the national skateboarding circuit and is used regularly by the youth of the area. The park offers opportunities for skaters of all levels and incorporates a range of state of the art challenges. Users of this facility should be suitably experienced and are advised to wear protective equipment, particularly helmets, knee and elbow pads.

Car parking and basic amenities are available on site.

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Warden Head & North Head - Ulladulla

Three easy grade tracks have been developed around Warden Head and North Head at Ulladulla. All the tracks have been developed in conjunction with the local Aboriginal community, and incorporate local art as an educational tool. Guided tours can be booked through Budamurra Aboriginal Corporation on (02) 4455 5883, who also manage a local gallery and Aboriginal dance troupe.

If you wish to walk without a guide, parking for the Coomee Nulunga Cultural Track is provided on the southern side of Deering Street, opposite Lighthouse Oval. Walk through the legs of the Corroboree Man and onto a track developed and maintained by the Aboriginal community. Follow the totems along the trail (which takes approximately one and a half hours) to gain an insight into the flora and fauna representative of the Ulladulla district. Beach access is available from the track.

Track two, "Snake Ground" is a much shorter track which has only recently been completed. This track follows the headland from a trackhead at the lighthouse and terminates in a BBQ and picnic area.

The North Head track will be a wheelchair accessible loop of approximately 1km, once completed. The track will incorporate viewing platforms and interpretive signage, as well as shelter sheds and seating.

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Plantation Point - Vincentia 

The magical Plantation Point at Vincentia is yet another of Jervis Bay's beautiful foreshore reserves.

Revegetation work along the dunes is under way to protect the natural values of the area and to improve the amenity of the picnic areas. Access to the beautiful beaches on either side of this reserve is conveniently simple via constructed walkways. Spend the day here having a picnic or BBQ. There is ample open space for children to play, or to find a quiet corner. Outdoor showers, toilets and BBQs are provided for the comfort of visitors. Vincentia Sailing Club is based at the reserve, and access to a sand ramp has been created to allow for boats to be launched into the Bay.

To get to Plantation Point, take Plantation Point Parade, off Elizabeth Drive, east of Vincentia shops. Car parking is provided within the reserve.
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