A fishing village, Greenwell Point is situated 15km east of Nowra. The town was named after an Aboriginal doctor, ‘Greenwell,’ known for his treatment of snakebite and toothache. George Haiser who came to Greenwell Point in 1883 was responsible for the progress of oyster growing which has since grown to a multi-million dollar industry and produced a world champion oyster opener in Jim Wild.
For the convenience of visitors there is a service station, hotel, shops and boat hire and a range of accommodation. A swimming pool (open October to Easter) is adjacent to the wharf in Greenwell Point Road. Ocean-going craft may be launched at the boat ramps to cruise to the Sir John Young Banks for deep-sea fishing.
Nearby Nowra, the administrative hub of the Shoalhaven, is a thriving town of 20,000, which, although it has all the modern trappings, has not neglected its past. In fact the olden days are perfectly mirrored behind the weatherboard walls of Meroogal, a picturesque cottage built in 1885 and which was home to four generations of the Thorburn family. Open to the public at weekends, the cottage houses a comprehensive collection of domestic implements and artefacts reflecting a woman's lot in the late 19th and early 20th century.