The regional centre of Nowra is located approx 165km south of Sydney, New South Wales and approx 215km north-east of Canberra. It is part of Shoalhaven City on the South Coast. Wollongong is located 80km south of Sydney.

Suburbs of Nowra

If you're posted to HMAS Albatross, the suburbs of Bomaderry, Cambewarra, North Nowra, West Nowra, Nowra, Worrigee and Callala Bay are great locations to live in.

If you're posted to HMAS Creswell, the suburbs of St Georges Basin, Sanctuary Point, Vincentia, Huskisson and surrounding areas are great locations to live in.

Wollongong generally has a fairly competitive market for rental properties. Most of the housing within Wollongong Central are unit or townhouses. If you prefer a free-standing house, you may need to consider living in the outer suburbs.

Real estate websites for Nowra


Public education in Nowra and Wollongong is zoned (visit the NSW Public school website for more information on these schools). There are also a number of private schools. To locate private schools in your area view the Private Schools Guide.

Child care

There are a number of child care facilities in Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay area.
The resources below may help you locate the right child care service for your family.

Bases nearby

  • Nowra to HMAS Albatross - 10km
  • Nowra to HMAS Creswell - 35km
  • Wollongong City to Nowra - 80km

Public transport

There is a limited public transport system available in the Shoalhaven region. Information can be found on the Shoalhaven City Council website.


A wide variety of sporting activities are available within the Shoalhaven region. Popular activities include water sports (kayaking, surfing, fishing, skiing, swimming, rowing etc), golf, cycling and bushwalking.


  • Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital (public)
  • Nowra Community Hospital (private) 
  • Shellharbour Hospital (public) 
  • Shellharbour Private Hospital (private)
  • Wollongong Hospital (public)