Facing one another across the Shoalhaven River, Nowra and Bomaderry form the administrative hub of the loose-knit City of Shoalhaven.
Shoalhaven has been tagged the City of Plenty and, when it comes to natural assets, the municipality is certainly well endowed. Stretching from Berry in the north to Durras Lake, the city embraces 109 ocean, bay and lakeside beaches backed by lush, rolling pastures and trail-laced mountains.
The terminal for the South Coast rail line linking the Shoalhaven to Sydney, Bomaderry takes its name from the Aboriginal word bunbaderra, which means both ‘fighting ground’ and ‘running water’.
One of the town’s showplaces, the Camellia Gardens, opens on to the Bomaderry Creek Walk. Visitors can take the three-hour or one-hour scenic walk.
The route west to the historic sandstone homestead, Bundanon, which was built on 405ha of riverside land in 1866, is well sign-posted.
For many years the home and al fresco studio for famed artist, Arthur Boyd, the homestead and property, artwork and antiques were ceded to the Australian people as a retreat for artists shortly after Boyd's death in 1999.