What to do and see in Shoalhaven, Australia: The Best Places and Tips

February 5, 2018 Alice Mieles

Discover the best top things to do in Shoalhaven, Australia including Sydney Harbour, Sydney By Seaplane - Private Tours, Avalon SUP, Hawkesbury River Kayaks, Sea Kayak Jervis Bay, Champagne Sailing Sydney, Pittwater Kayak Tours, Abyss Scuba Diving, Sydney Dive Safari, Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden.
Restaurants in Shoalhaven

1. Sydney Harbour

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia +61 2 9240 8500
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5 based on 18 reviews

Sydney Harbour

Secluded Beaches, quiet coves and soaring headlands predominate this harbor, which is considered one of the world's most beautiful.

Reviewed By Graham59Buderim - Buderim

Fantastic place to visit, has great harbour views, cafes, fast food, restaurants and more. Great busking from local musicians adds to the ambience. Regular ferry services to take you all over the harbour. Our hotel was within walking distance to the harbour as is many of the hotels in this area. Cruise ships frequent the international cruise terminal opposite the Opera House and by Sydney harbour bridge, great tourist destination. Recommend on your bucket list!!

2. Sydney By Seaplane - Private Tours

594 New South Head Rd | Rose Bay Marina, Rose Bay, Waverley, New South Wales 2029, Australia
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Sydney By Seaplane - Private Tours

Fabulous Seaplane flights around Sydney - 15 and 30 minute scenic flights and sensational fly and dine lunch packages to restaurants on the Hawkesbury River and Day Trips and a range of Gourmet Picnics to beautiful Palm Beach. A must-do for all visitors. Professional, highly experienced crew - Australian owned and operated. Flights from Rose Bay in Sydney Harbour and from our northern base at Palm Beach. Call Jenny anytime to make a booking.

Reviewed By Catzontherun - Sydney, Australia

What a fantastic experience. Starting off from Rose Bay we had an absolutely amazing flight up the coast to our lunch destination, Cottage Point Inn. After a fantastic meal and a few hours relaxing over a few quite drinks we then boarded the plane for the...MoreGreat to hear that you enjoyed your experience and we also enjoyed having you on board. Thank you for taking the time to write your review - we appreciate it very much. Kind regards, Steve.

3. Avalon SUP

Delecta Avenue | Sydney, Avalon Beach, Pittwater, New South Wales 2107, Australia
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Avalon SUP

Experience the many pleasures of Stand Up Paddle (SUP) at any level you choose. Avalon Stand Up Paddle is an Accredited SUP school dedicated to building this healthy and exciting sport on Sydney's beautiful Northern Beaches from our HQ,, Clareville Beach. If you desire to enjoy the tranquillity of our closed water lessons & tours or prefer open surf at Sydney's iconic Palm Beach, we have the local knowledge and experience for you. Beach village atmosphere, celebrity getaway, superb cafes, shops.

Reviewed By Amanda B - Sydney, Australia

Wonderful experience, Tony was fantastic. I arrived with my friends 10 yo daughter, we absolutely loved this experience, the quick lesson at the beginning was quick & valuable. the location is serene and the water perfect. A must do!!! Thanks Tony!!!

4. Hawkesbury River Kayaks

George St | Parsley Bay Boat Ramp, Brooklyn, Hornsby, New South Wales 2083, Australia
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Hawkesbury River Kayaks

Hawkesbury River Kayaks has a small fleet of single and double kayaks for hire, perfectly suited to exploring the waters and inlets of the Hawkesbury River. Spend just a few hours paddling around Dangar Island, or take a weekend to travel upstream and camp at a secluded beach. Explore beautiful Jerusalem Bay, picnic on one of many small Beaches, or have lunch at picturesque Cottage Point.

Reviewed By Hannah v

We were given great maps and options on where to go in our double kayak to get the most of the Hawkesbury River. Information and safety briefing was great. We had such an amazing time. Beaches are beautiful and secluded. Thanks heaps, we will be returning!

5. Sea Kayak Jervis Bay

3 Snapper Rd, Huskisson, Shoalhaven, New South Wales 2540, Australia
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Sea Kayak Jervis Bay

Sea Kayak Jervis Bay have been operating Quality Sea Kayaking Tours , Travel and Courses since 1995. Top of the line equipment and an approach that makes Adventure fun and safe, the Team at Sea Kayak Jervis Bay operate all year round and invite you to join us on your next adventure.

Reviewed By klouf87 - Sydney, Australia

We booked the 2 hour tour to make the most of our week in Jervis Bay and were not disappointed! Tracey is a superstar guide! The water was perfect for kayaking and we had an awesome time exploring the creek and ocean mouth. We’ll be back again for the half day!

6. Champagne Sailing Sydney

15 Amiens Rd, Clontarf, Manly, New South Wales 2093, Australia
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Champagne Sailing Sydney

Luxury yacht and catamaran charters for 2 to 43 people on beautiful Sydney Harbour.Half day and overnight packages, corporate charters,romantic packages and christmas partys.Perfect for couples,families, bucks/hens partys, weddings, proposals and corporates. Flexible and friendly service,clean & comfortable boats, pick up at various locations on Sydney Harbour.

Reviewed By Chloe P - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

We had the most wonderful time out on Sydney harbour with Robbie and Monnie celebrating my husband's 30th birthday. Juliet and Tim were amazing to deal with from my very first enquiry. Unfortunately due to terrible weather we were unable to take our sail when we had hoped in November but Juliet an Tim did everything they possibly could to accommodate us at another date. When we finally did get to go the wait was more than worthwhile. Not only were we upgraded to their beautiful larger boat but we felt like royalty the whole time. Robbie and Monnie were incredibly attentive but at the same time gave us enough space to make it still feel very romantic.
We were able to take whatever food and drinks that we liked on board which was fantastic. We also opted for their beautiful seafood platter and enjoyed oysters, smoked salmon, a beautiful salad and they most delicious barbecued salmon and prawns! It was brilliant! We could not have asked for anything more. I can't thank Champagne sailing enough for such a beautiful night. I don't think there are many other companies in Sydney who offer the same service. We are planning on coming back to do it again with friends!

7. Pittwater Kayak Tours

40 Iluka Rd | Iluka Park, Palm Beach, Pittwater, New South Wales 2108, Australia
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Pittwater Kayak Tours

Pittwater Kayak Tours is a safe, fun and family friendly outdoor experience for people of all ages and abilities. Paddle across pristine Pittwater to a beautiful secluded beach which feels like you're on a deserted island. You will be led on a guided bush walk, meandering through Ku Ring Gai National Park to breath taking views that lookout over Pittwater and Palm Beach. Enjoy a light snack before returning to the calm, crystal clear water of Pittwater to cool off with a well deserved swim. Paddle back to Sandy Point where to tour concludes. Highlights: GEAR AND LESSON INCLUDED KAYAKING ON PITTWATER SWIMMING AT BEAUTIFUL REMOTE Beaches LEARNING ABOUT THE LOCAL ABORIGINAL AND EUROPEAN HISTORY EXPLORE ABORIGINAL CAVES BUSH WALK IN KU RING GAI CHASE NATIONAL PARK BREATHTAKING VIEWS LIGHT SNACK

Reviewed By kimrossnz

This tour was incredible, and I have since recommended it to soo many others! My friends and I love adventuring and kayaking, and this tour was the perfect mix. The walk and view over at Carrawong was stunning and was accompanied with some great local knowledge. Thanks for such a great day!

8. Abyss Scuba Diving

278 Rocky Point Rd, Ramsgate, Rockdale, New South Wales 2217, Australia
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Abyss Scuba Diving

Australia offers world class scuba diving and diving in Sydney is unmatched by any large city. Abyss Scuba Diving is a 5 Star PADI Career Development Centre and Freediving centre that is located in the heart of some of Sydney's best dive sites. Abyss Scuba Diving offers beginner diver lessons, freediving, advanced diving training, career development training, and a range of Sydney based diving. Abyss Scuba Diving is the home of Sydney's most active dive club.

Reviewed By siobhanmcnamara96

I had an amazing experience learning how to dive with Abyss! Cody and Alek, our instructors, were fabulous. They were patient and very supportive, which is exactly what you need when you are learning to dive. A big thank you to them and all the other instructors! The ocean dives were unreal, seeing gus the blue groper was a highlight! Highly recommend diving with them

9. Sydney Dive Safari

512 Bunnerong Rd, Matraville, Randwick, New South Wales 2036, Australia
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Sydney Dive Safari

SYDNEY DIVE SAFARI IS DEDICATED TO BUILDING PASSION THROUGH CONFIDENCE With one of the largest retail showrooms in Sydney we stock a broad range of quality brands across scuba diving, snorkelling, freediving, spearfishing and stand up paddle boards. In addition to the full range of scuba courses, we also offer snorkelling, freediving and workplace first aid courses from entry level through to instructor. We are the closest dive shop to Bare Island, arguably Sydney's most popular shore diving site, being just five minutes from our front door and have on site HOT showers and washing facilities available post-dive. Our social club is very active and we stock a full range of hire equipment, offer air and nitrox fills, equipment servicing, guided shore dives, boat dives, weekends away and overseas holidays. We are one of Sydney's leading Career Development Centres with two full time SSI Instructor Trainers on staff which provides us with the ability to train beginners through to the highest levels of instructor, any day of the week.

Reviewed By Pan P

I dove with Sydney Dive Safari and specifically Gregory last week. It was a twin guided shore dive in Kurnell in search of Weedy Sea Dragons (I had limited time in Sydney and wanted a 'guaranteed' location for weedies and this was suggested).
Overall, Sydney Dive Safari has great gear and seems like a great operations. Communication could be a bit better/easier (maybe adding Whatsapp option so overseas folks can contact them more cost effectively).
Similarly a bit more 'organised' would have been great. I tend to be very punctual in such trips hence I showed up just before the quoted time of 9am having had to go through the city to be on time this early... only to be told we had to wait till 10am for another person... who never came in the end.
That said, the dives were great. Gregory was very helpful, wonderful to hang out with but most importantly had spare equipment that proved incredibly useful as I didnt expect the 21c water and didnt pack my gloves! He was also able to spot lots of stuff I didnt even see or know where to look for!
In the end... we didnt see weedies... which was a let down but wild animals are unpredictable. Visibility wasnt perfect and they are tiny... and current was strong so I guess they were hiding in the kelp.
On the bright side we did see a wobbygong, 2 huge cuttlefish, stonefish, pipefish, a ray and a few more 'local' typical fish and the two dives were great.

10. Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

Near Luna Park | via Clark Park, Lavender St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060 N.S.W., Australia +61 2 9936 8100
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Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

Everyone needs a secret garden in their life and you’re invited to visit Wendy's, a public garden and much loved oasis in the heart of Sydney. Located a short walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or stroll from Milsons Point and North Sydney train stations, the Secret Garden is a haven where you can explore meandering pathways discovering sculptures; enjoy a picnic basket or read a book at one of the tables beneath the garden’s canopy; or simply enjoy the nature and serenity of your beautiful surrounds. You may even stumble across a fairy. Created over 20 years by artist Wendy Whiteley, wife and muse of Australian artist Brett Whiteley, the Secret Garden is nestled behind Luna Park in one of Sydney's most spectacular suburbs, Lavender Bay. While its free and open seven days a week, there are steep inclines and a range of steps. Visitors with limited mobility may only be able to access the uppermost sections of the garden but we're sure you'll enjoy your visit.

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

Wendy’s Secret Gardens is amazing! She built her Gardens on terraces and in the background we see the city.
The first view I saw was trees and flowers with a view on the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
We explored everything. Everything was planted with care. There were numerous flowers to discover. As well as views and trees and plants.
We spent more than an hour to explore it and we were able to see the outside of Wendy’s home. She did a fantastic job.
Interestingly enough, we saw many young people on the grass.
However, I will always remember this terraced Gardens. Wow!
This is a must see!

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