Culburra Beach

Aerial view of Culburra Beach, NSW. Photo: 


Culburra Beach, often referred to as Culburra is a small seaside town located in the south coast of New South Wales. This charming seaside town is a popular holiday, fishing and surfing destination. It is situated 185 kilometres south of Sydney and 25 kilometres east of Nowra.




Sands at Culburra Beach

Golden sands at Culburra Beach, NSW. Photo: 


 Known as “Wheeler’s Point” after the first landholder George Wheeler, it was changed to Culburra in 1916 after an aboriginal word meaning “sand” which in itself is a good reason to visit.


 The Sunbaker"Sunbaker" by Max Dupain



OystersLocal oysters from Crookhaven and Shoalhaven rivers, Culburra Beach, NSW. Photo:



Take delight in Culburra's fine beaches, sparkling waterways and superb fishing. It is where the iconic Sunbaker picture was snapped by the famous Australian photographer, Max Dupain in 1937. Relax and swim at beautiful golden sand beaches. Take your pups who might love to swim and roll around in the sand. Enjoy kayaking and fishing on beautiful waterways and have a taste of the fresh and succulent oysters from the Crookhaven and Shoalhaven estuaries. Located just north of Culburra are Crookhaven and Shoalhaven rivers, which are known as "Australia's Oyster Coast".


 Crookhaven Heads LighthouseStunning waterviews at Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse. Photo: 


Enjoy a beautiful and picturesque walk to Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse which boasts of stunning views. Despite being the most endangered lighthouse in New South Wales, the lookouts from there are spectacular and perfect for watching migrating whales and catching a breeze. 



Pro surferA pro-surfer at Warrain Beach, NSW. Photo: australianjuniorsurfingtitles


 If you feel like hitting the surf, head over to the Warrain Beach which is Culburra’s surf beach. It is a major tourist attraction as people flock to swim, surf, fish and relax on the beautiful white sands. It stretches for 3.7 kilometres, from Culburra Beach to Currarong and includes the mouth of Lake Wollumboola. It is also home of the Culburra Beach Surf Club and is patrolled in peak holiday times.


 Culburra BeachQuiet and beautiful Culburra Beach. Photo:


Explore the waterway in a boat or kayak at Greenwell Point, which holds the Riverside Markets every third Sunday of the month. Shop for almost anything including fishing gear, jewellery, plants, natural timber products, homemade soaps, seashell wind chimes and many more products. Just west of Greenwell Point is picturesque Pyree which holds the Pyree Village Art and Handmade Market. It features local produce, arts, crafts, pottery, woodcraft, needlecraft, natural fibre baskets, plants, etc. To the south of Culburra is town of Currarong and Lake Woolumboola - a popular waterway for sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing.



Dog-friendly Culburra Beach, NSW. Photo: 


 It may not have the allure of Whale Beach and Palm Beach but what Culburra Beach lacks in glamour it makes up for in affordability and diversity. It is a perfect seaside escape and has a place for everyone- families, dogs, anglers and all budgets.


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