History of the Shoalhaven Region
The Shoalhaven Region is a locality of New South Wales. The region is located approximately 200km south of Sydney on the coastline and has a population of approximately 96,000.
The Shoalhaven encompasses the region from Berry in the north, to as far south as Bateman’s Bay.
The Shoalhaven is a part of the traditional home of the Tharawal people, a homeland which also encompasses the Illawarra, Southern Highlands and Wollondilly regions.
The area was first encountered by settlers when George Bass explored the coastline in 1797. He came up with the name ‘Shoalhaven’ after crossing the shoals at the entrance of the river.
The city of Shoalhaven was declared in 1948 following the merger of several former municipalities of the region.
Some History… three townships of the Shoalhaven
The Shoalhaven and wine culture
In recent times, the southern Illawarra and Shoalhaven have developed into a popular destination for wine enthusiasts. The Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival is held every long weekend in June and involves a tour of popular southern Illawarra and Shoalhaven wineries, from Gerringong to Bawley Point. The Jervis Bay Food and Wine Experience is another event those interested may consider.