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Nowra Historic Walk

Explore the historic landmarks of Nowra on the South Coast NSW. The historic walk guide includes:  Marriott Park,  Werninck Craft Cottage,  Nowra Museum,  Nowra Court House, Marriott Oliver, All Saints’ Anglican Church,  Meroogal, Nowra Showground, Hanging Rock Lookout, the Grandstand and much more

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Meroogal is a must whilst visiting Nowra. Built in 1885, this fascinating timber house was home to four generations of women from the Thorburn family. Meroogal’s rich collection of personal objects provides an insight into the private lives and daily world of this family for nearly a century.

Cnr Worrigee & West Streets, Nowra 2541
Ph: 02 4421 8150
Guided tour take place on the hour
Open Sat. 1-5pm and Sunday 10-5pm.
Booked groups by arrangement
www.hht.net.au

Whale hot spots for New South Wales

The whale-watching season starts in late May as these gentle creatures undertake their annual migration along the coast of New South Wales. The two most commonly seen large whales are the humpback (migrating north in June and July) and the southern right whale (returning south during winter). Some popular spots to see whales from shore are:

  • Cape Byron Conservation Area, Byron Bay
  • Crowdy Bay National Park, north of Taree
  • Tomaree National Park, Port Stephens
  • Jervis Bay National Park and Marine Park and the waters of Huskisson
  • Mollymook and Narrawallee Beach and coastal waters off Ulladulla
  • Ben Boyd National Park, near Eden

Alternatively, join a whale-watching cruise from any number of locations along the coast, such as:
Solitary Islands Marine Park, off the coast at Coffs Harbour – the islands provide shelter for the whales, close to the shore.

Port Stephens – one of the most popular spots in the state for whale-watching.

Jervis Bay – Watch whales,  dolphins and other marine park wildlife in their natural environment from a comfortable and stable catamaran with three level all round indoor and outdoor panoramic viewing areas.

Take a cruise on the largest Whale Watching vessel on the South Coast of NSW, offering 5 viewing decks from our 17 metre tripple deck Catamaran. More Details

Jervis Bay provides some of the best whale watching opportunities along the east coast of Australia.

Booderee National Park – Jervis Bay

Booderee National Park has been named one of the nation’s 10 most outstanding protected areas with The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) -Australia Top 10 awards.

Booderee National Park lies 170 kilometres south of Sydney in Jervis Bay. Booderee is an Aboriginal word from the Dhurga language meaning ‘bay of plenty’ or ‘plenty of fish.’ The Park covers more than 6000 hectares on land and sea and is leased by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council to the Director of National Parks.

Local rangers and traditional owners work together in protecting and opening up Jervis Bay to visitors from throughout Australia with outstanding achievements in biodiversity heritage and environment conservation.

The reserves are selected for their exceptional contributions to Australia’s National Reserve System and their national significance in protecting key components of biodiversity, including rare or threatened species and ecosystems, and places of outstanding species richness.

Booderee makes an outstanding contribution to Australia’s National Reserve System, a continent–wide network of protected areas, protecting Australia’s unique landscapes, plants and animals for future generations.

Booderee National Park, was handed back to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community in 1995. It is one of only three National Parks in Australia owned by Aboriginal people – the others are Uluru and Kakadu in the Northern Territory. The 6,000-hectare park offers walking trails to several beaches, a well-established botanic garden of native plants and ferns and abundant bird life and fauna.

 Booderee Walking Trails

Step back in time at the historic Village of Milton South Coast NSW

The first white settler of the Milton region was Rev Thomas Kendall in 1828, he started the cedar cutting industry in the district with the use on convict labour.

Many farms were established around the Settlement, which became Milton. This historic private township was established in 1860 by John Booth and had become the commercial centre for the entire district by 1875.

The Boat Harbour of Ulladulla was used for shipping of timbers and farm produce from the Milton farms for trade to Sydney.

Today Milton is listing with the National Trust, and one can walk around the streets of Milton and see home and buildings dating back to 1870.

In Milton you are surrounded by living history, a rich culture life, a delightful range of colourful shops, fascinating galleries and lively food places. Milton is an attractive township with its range of gift shops and galleries, cafes, antiques and craft outlets.

Guided walking tours of Milton
Cathy Dunn Ph: 02 4455 4780 Email

 

Museums South Coast NSW

Pilots Cottage Museum
Blowhole Point Kiama Ph: (02) 4232 1001
Visiting hours: 11.00am – 3.00pm Fri – Mon
The Kiama Harbour Lighthouse is also located at Blowhole Point.

Gerringong Museum
Situated in Blackwood Street, Gerringong.
The opening hours of the museum are Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm, with additional openings on Tuesdays and Thursdays (same hours) during NSW school holidays.

Reference items are available for consultation, including Gerringong Pioneer Family Index and Gerringong Landholders Returns 1885.

A computer is now available in the Museum, providing access to a full database of Pioneer Family descendants, and also Birth, Death and Marriage records relating to the Gerringong area, and to areas such as the Richmond River which have a strong connection to Gerringong Pioneer Families.

Berry Museum
135 Queen Street Berry – Website
Memorabilia peculiar to the Berry and the Coolangatta District; it has comprehensive information on a number of pioneering families.

Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Farm
2029 Moss Vale Road Kangaroo Valley
Ph: 02 4465 1306
Open 7 days. Phone: (02) 4465 1306
Website

The museum is managed by a voluntary Community Trust in conjunction with the Kangaroo Valley Historical Society. Preserving Kangaroo Valley history with buildings, machinery, memorabilia and photographic display.

Nowra Museum
Corner of Plunkett and Kinghorne Streets Nowra.
Administered by the Shoalhaven Historical Society, and their members are willing to assist community groups on matters of historical significance, and are always keen to gain additional information.

The Nowra Museum was built as the local police station in 1900, it had this purpose until the mid 1970’s, by which time it had well outgrown the station staff.

The museum is open from 1 until 4 pm each Saturday and Sunday, and during school holiday periods, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the same times.

Meroogal NowraMeroogal is a must whilst visiting Nowra. Built in 1885, this fascinating timber house was home to four generations of women from the Thorburn family.

Meroogal’s rich collection of personal objects provides an insight into the private lives and daily world of this family for nearly a century.
Cnr Worrigee & West Streets, Nowra 254
Ph: 02 4421 8150
Guided tour take place on the hour
Open Sat. 1-5pm and Sunday 10-5pm.
Booked groups by arrangement
www.hht.net.au

Lady Denman Heritage Complex Huskisson.
Woollamia Rd., Huskisson Ph: (02) 4441 5675 – Website

Maritime Museum with other cultural content. Local History, Aboriginal culture, a very fine Surveyor’s Gallery with instruments dating from the 15th century. Along with the Jervis Bay Museum of Science and the Sea.
Open daily at Huskisson from 10am – 4pm.

Tabourie Lake Museum
Princes Hway Lake Tabourie Ph: (02) 4429 8915

The museum’s exhibits include snakes, spiders, aboriginal artefacts, minerals, local marine life and shells with a number of historical furnished rooms on display.

Along with Australiana rural life, Aboriginal culture and local history. The museum is visited by local schools to enhance their history and social science studies, tourists including bus tours. Open weekends and School holidays & public holidays, others by appointment

Batemans Bay Museum
1 Museum Place, Batemans Bay (opposite the community Centre)
Open Tues and Thurs 12-3, and market mornings 9-12pm
Plus the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of each month
Groups any time with prior notice. Ph: (02) 4472 8993
Featuring local and social history with something for every age to enjoy.
Volunteer-run by the Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society

Moruya Museum
85 Campbell Street Moruya. Phone (02) 4474 3224
Opening Hours Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 11:00am – 1:00pm and every day in the summer school holidays

Narooma Lighthouse Museum
Princes Highway Narooma Ph: (02) 4476 2881
c/- Narooma Visitor Centre, Narooma
Admission is free

Bega Cheese Heritage Centre
Lagoon St North Bega Ph: (02) 6491 7777
History of the Dairying Museum located in the grounds of Bega Cheese.
Open 9am – 5pm 7 days a week. Free admission.

Tathra Maritime Museum
Old Cargo Shed Wharf Road Tathra Open 7 days. Ph: (02) 6494 4363
Tathra’s wharf is the only remaining sea wharf on the East Coast of NSW, and has been restored by the National Trust.

Eden Killer Whale Museum
Imlay St Eden (opp Police Station) Ph: (02) 6496 2094 Website
Open daily (except Xmas Day) 9am – 3.45pm
Preserving Eden’s Whaling History with ‘Old Tom’ the killer whale skeleton on display.

Nature Coast NSW

Two Foot Tour CBD History Walk includes the Coal Bunker Wharf, Bridge, the Bridge Plaza, Bayview Hotel, Courthouse and Police residence and other heritage points in the Batemans Bay CBD.
Download the History walk of Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay Museum
1 Museum Place, Batemans Bay (opposite the community Centre)
Open Tues and Thurs 12-3, and market mornings 9-12pm
Plus the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of each month
Groups any time with prior notice. Ph: (02) 4472 8993
Featuring local and social history with something for every age to enjoy.
Volunteer-run by the Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society

Moruya Museum
85 Campbell Street Moruya
Opening Hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday and first Thursday of each month. 10:00am – 2:00pm Saturday  10:00am – 1:00pm

Narooma Lighthouse Museum
Princes Highway Narooma Ph: (02) 4476 2881
c/- Narooma Visitor Centre, Narooma Website
Admission is free.

One Track for All – Ulladulla NSW

Telling the story of the southern Shoalhaven Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal history, from an Aboriginal prospective.

It is a cultural trail that will delight all, with the stories illustrated through the many relief carvings and paintings placed around the 2km track. This is the work of local Aboriginal Noel Butler, who sees it as a tool for linking indigenous culture with white history.

This unique heritage track has been carefully constructed to provide assisted wheelchair, pram and bicycle access. There is disabled access parking at the track head and there is space for mini buses to drop off passengers and park nearby. Local people have even started using it as an exercise path, demonstrating that it is “One Track For All”.

The trail has been developed with the help of the Budawang Aboriginal Landcare Group, under the leadership of Walbunja Elder Noel Butler and is becoming one of Ulladulla’s biggest tourist drawcards.