New South Wales

Why Invest in the Shoalhaven Region

As one of the country’s fastest-growing regional areas, the Shoalhaven offers diverse industries, booming infrastructure and a unique lifestyle.

The Shoalhaven fast-growing regional area

Overview

A lifestyle haven on the rise

A sea and tree change location with rapid growth across population and infrastructure, the Shoalhaven region is flourishing as an investor hot spot. A string of coastal villages, along with the regional centres of Nowra and Ulladulla, are located approximately two hours from Sydney. With a population of over 100,000 set to soar, road upgrades are well underway to slash commute times to Greater Sydney.

A diverse range of industries operate in the Shoalhaven alongside increasing and exciting new business opportunities. Combined with economic growth, this is a region that offers lifestyle perks for everyone. From hinterland bush walks to beaches and vineyards, work-life balance is almost a given.

Hyams Beach
Berry has historic village charm.
What makes the Shoalhaven region so appealing?
The Shoalhaven encompasses Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay which is famous for its pristine white sand and the town of Berry, a popular escape for glamorous Sydneysiders with sophisticated boutiques, dining experiences and a plethora of wineries nearby.

GROWTH

Growth across all sectors of the Shoalhaven

As of 2020, the population of the Shoalhaven is 107,031. The region is expected to see steady growth towards a population of 137,676 by 2051, which is a 29% increase. Currently, the economy has a gross regional product of $5.07 billion and growing, along with 40,985 jobs.

Among the wide range of industries operating in the Shoalhaven, education, building, construction, retail and tourism are significantly expanding. In Nowra alone, Health Care and Construction top approximately 7,535 businesses, making up 29% of the total output in the area. With mass infrastructure in the works, the region is gearing up for the predicted population growth.


In numbers
Population
107,031
Dwellings
38,118
Children per family
1.8
Families
26,828
Median age
47.6
People per household
2.3

Population Growth

29%

By 2051

INFRASTRUCTURE

Major infrastructure projects underway

Including two hospitals in Nowra, nearby Shellharbour Airport, navy base HMAS Albatross, the South Nowra industrial estates, a wide range of schools and the Nowra CBD, the Shoalhaven is a self-sufficient region. However, transport infrastructure ensures quick connectivity with Wollongong, just an hour away via the Princes Highway with a $671 million upgrade in the works.

Expanding the education sector is the construction of the Industry 4.0 Hub at UOW Shoalhaven Campus in Nowra. Industry 4.0, known as the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution', is a new wave of innovation centred on automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. By backing from the University of Wollongong and the Australian Government, the Nowra Industry 4.0 Hub provides a collaborative environment for students, businesses and entrepreneurs.

Princes Highway upgrade
$671 million

The Nowra Industry 4.0 Hub
$2 million


Nowra Bridge

The Nowra Bridge over the Shoalhaven River

Highlight

Nowra Bridge upgrades
Commuting is set to get easier with the $342 million upgrades to Nowra Bridge over the Shoalhaven River and the $630 million Albion Park Rail Bypass opening soon. The upgrade of the Princes Highway will smooth the way from south of Nowra to the Victorian border.

PROPERTY PRICES

Affordability with growth projected

Affordable property markets in the Shoalhaven deliver strong returns. Postcode 2540 in Nowra which incorporates 19 Shoalhaven suburbs, including the new suburb of Cambewarra, just six kilometres north of Nowra, is another upcoming success story. The area has an average rental yield of 4.5% p.a. over the last ten years and a healthy combined capital growth and rental yield of 12.1%. Average house prices of approximately $685.5k are attractive compared with Sydney prices at $1.25 million. The average rate of growth over the last 10 years was 7.1% p.a. and the average rental yield for houses was 4.5% p.a. With a current population of 238, Cambewarra is a shining example of a new suburb for a new economy in the Shoalhaven

NSW budget infrastructure commitment

The 2021-22 NSW infrastructure budget includes $329.1 million for the Princes Highway Upgrade, including the new Nowra Bridge and Albion Park Rail Bypass.

NSW road upgrades

To assist with post-COVID economic recovery, the new budget has a strong infrastructure focus, including a $400m upgrade of Princes Highway south of Nowra.

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