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Shoalhaven Heads

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Shoalhaven Heads is 3,113, with a population density of 7.66 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Shoalhaven Heads is bounded by Seven Mile Beach National Park in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, the Shoalhaven River and Comerong Island in the south and the locality of Coolangatta and Bolong Road in the west.

Name origin

Shoalhaven Heads is named for the mouth of the river, which was named "Shoals Haven" by George Bass. It was originally known as Jerry Bailey.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s. Growth was minimal until the 1930s, with expansion continuing during the post-war years. The population increased from the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Shoalhaven Heads is a mainly residential area. Predominate industries include retail and tourism with the majority of the workforce commuting to Nowra/Bomaderry or north to Kiama, Shellharbour or Wollongong LGA's. Shoalhaven Heads has a median age of 53 and is 17km from Nowra.

Major features

Major features of the area include Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club, Shoalhaven Heads Sporting Complex, Jerry Bailey Oval, Shoalhaven Heads Swimming Pool, Seven Mile Beach, Charlie Gumley Reserve, Curtis Park, River Road Reserve, Shoalhaven Heads Skate Park, Vic Zealand Oval and one school.