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Culburra Beach: Life at the Rhythm of the Waves


Culburra Beach is situated just far enough down the South Coast to escape throngs of visitors but close enough to Norwa and the towns of Jervis Bay to provide plenty of activity, on and offshore. Culburra has the closest surf beaches to Norwa, ample diving opportunities for everyone, including advanced divers, and a thriving fishing and boating culture. Beyond the immediate shoreline, travellers can go on scenic hikes or explore the quaint shops of historic Jindyandy Mill. Only 2.5 hours from Sydney, Culburra Beach offers a wide range of holiday homes and apartments close to the waterfront and town centre.


Culburra’s Surf and Swimming Beaches


Culburra is, first and foremost, a hotspot for beach breaks. The town's beaches, divided by a headland referred to as Penguin Head, face different directions and, as such, offer varying types of waves. There are surf beaches as well as much calmer stretches, ideal for families. The surf beaches and Culburra’s main swimming beach are patrolled over the summer. To the south of Penguin Head is Warrain Beach, the area’s premier surfing destination, boasting 3.7km of white sand and facing rough waves not suitable for children or weak swimmers. Behind most of Culburra’s beaches, you’ll find picnic areas, with Tilbury Cove and Crookhaven Heads being some of the most expansive. Several surf and swim schools have been established on the shores of Culburra, providing lessons for people of all skill levels.


Snorkelling and Diving in Culburra


Culburra’s oceanfront position creates a haven for those wishing to take part in water sports. Off the coast, you’ll find dive sites for divers of all levels, including The Banks, a popular scuba diving spot for advanced divers, which you can access via the Crookhaven Head boat ramp. Other snorkelling and diving sites in the area consist of Lobster Bay and the wrecks of the SS Merimbula and the SS Wandra. In addition to diving and snorkelling, visitors to Culburra Beach can try windsurfing or rent a kayak to explore the region’s waterways at their own pace.


Fishing and Boating in Culburra


Fishing and boating opportunities abound in the waters around Culburra, along the Shoalhaven and Crookhaven rivers, out at sea or within Lake Wollumboola. Hire a charter and spend the day fishing for marlin or tuna at The Banks or cast your line off Culburra’s riverfront rocks. Alternately, when coastal lake Wollumboola opens up, you can go prawning in its shallow waters. A boat ramp is located at Crookhaven Heads, should you wish to bring your own vessel to Culburra. For smaller boats, a boat ramp is located at Orient Point.


Hiking and Walking Trails in Culburra


Along the shore and further inland, a network of trails awaits Culburra visitors. At Crookhaven Headland Reserve, walk along the cliffs, taking in views of the Crookhaven Bight or visit the century-old Crookhaven Head Lighthouse. This path is paved, ensuring easy access. Meanwhile, coastal Lake Wollumboola provides plenty of space to stretch your legs, with a trail that runs around the foreshore. Birdwatchers, don’t forget your binoculars! Close to Culbarra are several national parks where you can spend the day hiking or walking. For some whale watching, head to Booderee National Park and more specifically up to Cape St George Lighthouse. Jervis Bay National Park features bushwalks through forests and trails along pristine beaches, including the regionally famous White Sands Walk.


Local Shopping in Culburra and Beyond


While outdoor activities are likely to take up most of your holiday, you can also take a break and indulge in some retail therapy. Once a month, Culburra Beach plays host to the Greenwell Point Riverside Market, an arts and crafts market held by the water, with proceeds going to Marine Rescue Shoalhaven. Here, you can pick up handmade artefacts of all sorts. If you can’t make it to the market, drive a short distance to Jindyandy Mill, erected by convicts in the 1830s, which opens up a window to the region’s past, with old-fashion candy and craft shops for visitors to peruse. There’s also a cafe on-site. During your visit to Culburra Beach, take a stroll down Prince Edward Avenue to discover local retail shops, several ladies’ fashion boutiques and bakeries serving homemade treats.


Getting to Culburra Beach


The most convenient way to access Culburra Beach is to drive from Sydney, which takes slightly under 2.5 hours. If you don’t have a car, you can take the train from Sydney, switching at the coastal town of Kiama to take a second train to Bomaderry before boarding a bus to Culburra Beach. By public transport, the journey from Sydney to Culburra Beach takes around 5.5 hours.

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