The city of Nowra was inhabited around the year 1850 as a small settlement by the Shoalhaven River. Nowra gradually developed into an agricultural centre. Nowra is an aboriginal word which refers to either a ‘black cockatoo’ or’ camping place’. Along with the adjoining area of Bomaderry which lies on the northern bank of the river, Nowra has now become a popular tourist destination. The area was previously dependent on wool, timber and wheat but now it heavily relies on tourism, paper and dairying industries.
Nowra enjoys a favourable climate with summer temperatures of 20ºC to 30ºC and in winters the temperatures rarely drop below 0ºC. In winters, the temperatures generally range between 10ºC to 5ºC. The average amount of rainfall in the area is about 450mm annually. The maximum amount of rainfall occurs in the months of august and March. Snowfall is quite rare in Nowra.
The fastest way to reach Nowra is to drive 2 hours south from Sydney. Nowra is centrally located and provides easy access to tourist places like Huskisson, Berry, Jervis Bay and Kangaroo Valley. Private bus services are also available from different Australian cities to reach Nowra. The Shoalhaven River also offers excellent water transport facilities to the region.
Nowra is a thriving and lively city which has many administrative offices like the Shoalhaven City Council. The greatest advantage of Nowra is its prime location to all major tourist attraction spots. One can enjoy the different cultural festivals organised in the nearby towns and tourist spots. Many community festivals are organised in Shoalhaven which can be enjoyed while staying at Nowra. Nowra also has many clubs, hotels, halls and entertainment options for people of different ages. Nowra Air Show which is organised twice in a year by the Australia’s Museum of Flight in collaboration with Royal Australian Navy draws huge crowds every year.
Nowra is an exciting tourist destination and also a brilliant stop-over destination in New South Wales. Some of the popular places to be visited in Nowra include:
- HMAS Albatross
- Nowra Wildlife Park
- Nowra Hill Lookout
- Australia’s Museum of Flights
- Hampden Suspension Bridge
Nowra has many restaurants and cafes which are always ready to cater to your taste buds. Nowra has more than 55 restaurants and cafes which offer Italian, Thai, Chinese, seafood, Australian and country cuisines. One can even find outlets of McDonalds and Pizza Hut food joints at Nowra.
Nowra s a great place for relaxing and its offers many accommodation options which are cheap yet comfortable. Some popular accommodation options in Nowra are:
- Nowra Motor Inn
- Pleasant way Motor Inn
- Parkhaven Motor Lodge
- Riverhaven Motel
- Cross Country Motel