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Shoalhaven Heads
New South Wales
Shoalhaven River
Population 2,910 (2006 census)
Postcode(s) 2535
Elevation 10 m (33 ft)
Time zone AEST (UTC)
 • Summer (DST) AEST (UTC)
Location 163 km (101 mi) from Sydney
LGA(s) City of Shoalhaven
State electorate(s) Kiama
Federal Division(s) Gilmore
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21 °C
70 °F
17.6 °C
64 °F
1,261.5 mm
49.7 in

Shoalhaven Heads (34°50.9′S 150°44.5′E / 34.8483°S 150.7417°E / -34.8483; 150.7417) is a town in Shoalhaven, New South Wales, Australia. At the 2006 census, Shoalhaven Heads had a population of 2,910 people.

It has a fine surfing beach, access to the Shoalhaven River and is surrounded by wineries.


Shoalhaven Heads is a small rural holiday town. The town sits at the foot of Mount Coolangatta and is situated on both Seven Mile Beach and the mouth of the Shoalhaven River. It is served by the main Bolong Road, which runs from Gerroa to the north, to Bomaderry and Nowra to the south. It is bounded by national park to the north, the Shoalhaven River to the south and farm land to the west. The town comprises family homes, weekenders and retirement homes.


The town has a primary school, rural fire brigade, doctor's surgery and vets. In terms of shopping there are two grocery stores, a post office, a petrol station (which doubles as a video store and grocery shop), a newsagent, two hairdressers, a cafe, a butcher, a bakery, a pharmacy, a pizza shop, a burger shop and a Chinese takeaway. It has one large pub overlooking the river, a sizeable bowls and recreation club which has its own bistro and a golf club adjacent to Seven Mile Beach.

It has several very popular caravan parks (Mountain View Village, Holiday Haven, Coastal Palms Holiday Park and Tall Timbers) offering both static and mobile pitches. It has an outdoor swimming pool, skate ramp and sports field, along with several boat ramps, numerous play-areas and many excellent barbecue/picnic areas.

Nearby there is the historic Coolangatta Estate which was once the home of the pioneer Alexander Berry. Today Coolangatta Estate is a major tourist attraction. It offers accommodation, a golf course, wine tasting rooms, a restaurant and function rooms.

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