Nowra is one of the major commercial centres of the South Coast, New South Wales. With a relaxing laidback atmosphere, the bustling town, also services the Naval base at Jervis Bay. Nowra was originally spelt Nou-woo-ro with the Aboriginal meaning of 'camping place' or 'black cockatoo'.
Nowra is located on Southern banks of the beautiful Shoalhaven River with the adjoining town of Bomaderry located on the northern banks of the Shoalhaven River. Bomaderry is the southernmost coastal area from where you can join the New South Wales train services. It is also the main dairy centre of Nowra, producing a range of dairy products. Other major industries within the Nowra region include flour, paper, timber, tourism and vegetables.
There are a wide range of attractions and places of interest located in and around Nowra. For the adventurous traveller many companies offer adventure holidays and activities within the Nowra region, including canoeing, scuba diving, white-water rafting, parachuting, cycling and skydiving.
Around Nowra you will find several historic buildings and museums, which are worth visiting. The Shoalhaven Historical Museum (1900) is located within the old police premises and is open in the afternoon on weekends and public holidays. You should also visit 'Meroogal' (1885), a gothic-style house situated on the corner of West and Worrigee Streets, also open on weekends and bank holidays.
Nowra is also host to a number of festivals and events at various times throughout the year.
There is also a full range of accommodation in and around Nowra including hostels, farmstays, hotels and apartments.