September 14, 2020 | 4 minute read
Resting on the banks of the Shoalhaven River in the midst of thriving farmland, Nowra is just the spot to sink into an escape that blends outdoor adventures, colourful markets and foodie experiences.
Pick up a coffee and set out to explore Hanging Rock, Shoalhaven Zoo and the Fleet Air Arm Museum. Make time for tipples at an array of vineyards, including Cambewarra Estate Winery. Have fun on the river by boat, kayak or cruise, or go tackle the flying foxes at Trees Adventure Nowra Park. With so much on offer. need to know where to stop for that second cup of coffee.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
Bean aficionados won’t be disappointed at Hyper Hyper Coffee. The speciality is authentic 50s, Italian-style espresso made just for you. The team roasts and distributes exclusively from Nowra and uses ethically sourced green beans aligned with their membership in the Fair Trade Association. One sip from an enticing brew is enough to get you up and going on your next hike, so make a beeline for North Street before you leave.
As the name suggests, this is the perfect spot to fly by during the day to get your coffee fix or settle in for a breather in the courtyard, right in the heart of the Nowra CBD. The husband and wife team behind Hit n Run have grown from a van to a shop that’s now a local favourite of award-winning brews. You’ll choose from four different Single Origin coffee beans or decaf beans, along with smoothies, frappes and chillers. Hot chocolate fans can savour Sicilian Orange, French Mint, Chilli and white chocolate flavours. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, don’t deny yourself a hot, fresh cinnamon doughnut.
From Bomaderry Creek to Hanging Rock Lookout and sparkling beaches, Nowra is heaven on earth for picnics. Pop into The Deli on Kinghorne for your morning coffee and an eggs benny or zucchini and haloumi fritters. Then, take your time choosing from a delectable array of goodies to fill your basket to bursting point. We’re talking sandwiches like Coca Cola glazed pork ribs Banh Mi, with a fried egg and Sriracha Mayo. Or, pick up a ready-made hamper with locally made jams, sauces and gourmet biscuits to nibble on throughout the day.
Do you love a sweet treat or three with your coffee? The Kinghorne Bakery ensures you’ll get your fix and probably leave with so much more than your stomach can comfortably take. You’ll find all your favourites, like Mocopan coffee, fruit flans, sausage rolls and pies. However, you never know what’s on the menu here and it might just be a tasty Thai Chicken Laksa, satay rice paper wraps and slices of Golden Gay Time cheesecake!
There’s nothing like an enchanting secret garden with a boho vibe to lure you in for a coffee and a chat. Plus, if you’re looking for vegetarian and vegan treats, this is the place for you. The Tea Club prepares scrumptious salads that’ll leave your body singing from a nutrition hit, with fresh ingredients like tabouli, beetroot, sunflower seeds, cashews and hummus. The lentil burger is fit for a king and you won’t be able to resist the smell of muffins straight from the oven.
Who wants a flat white when you can get a golden turmeric latte or a creamy Affogato? The trendy Hopper Society Cafe serves up special treats with a lovely courtyard to match. Even the toasties come with unique twists, like the Spicy and Sweet Salami with Jarlsberg cheese, baby spinach, chilli jam and roast capsicum. No matter what you order, you can, as the team says, ‘pimp it up’, with a range of mouthwatering sides. Looking for vegetarian and gluten-free delights? They do that too.