5.7 out of 10

Nowra

Ranked 37th best suburb in Illawarra
-34.885122993892 150.605597830612
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The old parts of town are fantastic places to live"

Pros
  • Areas surrounding Nowra are beautiful.
  • Primary schools are decent.
  • The Shoalhaven river is pretty cool.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Suffers from an image problem"

Nowra's biggest problem is the way it's perceived. If you live here, it's a great place with friendly people, all the amenities you'd expect of a regional town, and an improving community spirit. Half the problem with the perception of crime is that it seems that every single incident makes the papers - wouldn't happen in a bigger city. Youth unemployment is a big issue, as it is in most of rural Australia (and many parts of Sydney). Overall, the schools are good, the scenery around the place is spectacular, sporting activities for kids abound, and it's a good place for families.
Pros
  • Areas surrounding Nowra are beautiful.
  • Primary schools are decent.
  • The Shoalhaven river is pretty cool.
Cons
  • Low employment rate.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
PoppyMcGregor
PoppyMcGregor What has been done about the issue (youth unemployment)? I noted some improvement in the last five years: the town now looks a bit more affluent and has nice coffee shops and well maintained street. It is so close to Berry which is quite trendy and full of people on the weekends and it seems that many visitors to Berry would extend their way if there are amenities that will entice weekenders to Nowra. However, there is no decent hotel nearby (or, if there is one, it is always full). The Bomaderry Best Western is simply unpleasant place to spend the night - the managers are so unpleasant and unfriendly that we are not going back, ever.
2yrs+
PoppyMcGregor
PoppyMcGregor I agree that North Nowra is excellent place to live. Needs an improvement on the local shopping center. Every time I visit North Nowra, I have no choice, but to have lunch either in Nowra or Bomaderry. The only 1/2 decent choice of lunch in North Nowra was a little bakery with pies.
2yrs+
HoverC
HoverC Really depends on which side of the Old Shoalhaven Road in Worrigee. Carrington Park has its historical problem and yet new developments are happening right now. Lovely big homes on higher grounds, overlooking the 'no-go zones'. Opposite Carrington Park from Peppermint Drive and all the area surroundings through to Rayleigh Drive opposite the Spring Resort & Golf Course, most of these streets are lovely. Some premium homes there. Don't go anyway near the Putt-Putt towards Clipper Street, Kalandar Street and those streets opposite the Archer and Dan Murphy. Rent in any area before buying. Talk to neighbours and most will tell you the truth.

There are lots of lovely places to grab your lunch or dine in a bit of style in Nowra. Check TripAdvisor.
The Postman's, Nowra Steak House, Kohlis (Indian), Pandan Chinese and even Nowra Tavern one can catch a lovely meal. The Bombaderry Bowling Club is another place worth going.
2yrs+
ChantalT
ChantalT I love this place its so Quiet
2yrs+
rr7
rr7 Where would be the best regional area from the perspective of finding job for new immigrants in far south coast?
May 09, 2018
jh8
jh8 Definitely not Nowra.
Sep 05, 2018
johns130
johns130 East Nowra, has a lot of drugs and alcohol problems. There are drug addict men that try to intimidate women that are alone, even in their own homes, one tried to just walk in the door on my wife. My kids are native American and Mexican mixed, have had a lot of racism hurled at them, and been threatened by white and aboriginals, and even beaten by aboriginals, with no provocation. Drunken fights in the street on weekends, one neighbor constantly had their caravan smashed up by an alcohol and drug affected native Australian teen boy. And the police do nothing, they had to move and count their losses. Walking down the main street Myself and my wife have had native Australian men, that hear my wife's USA accent, accost and threaten us and yell abuse at us, she being part American Indian. West Nowra has a lot better people, but still there are childish people especially young drunk women, and the men trying to worship them, and their petty drunken trouble making. Teen gangs trespassing on elderly peoples property. And even a family with young children gets the little thugs trespassing late at night scaring their small kids. One of the biggest problems is the laziness and thuggish behavior of some of the police. Example: young P plate woman gets on the road 2 weeks and in a rain storm she accidentally slides in a corner and loses control and slips off the road onto the grass of a barely populated road. Slides off next to a paddock fence. No one hurt, No damage done. She is understandably shaken and in shock, and is soon taken by ambulance to be counseled and treated for shock. In the mean time the Nowra police find it prudent to abuse her, and when the parent arrives, tells them that their daughter "acted stupidly by slipping off the road" and that "people that do stupid things deserve to and should be abused" and threatened to arrest the father for walking on the road, when he did not like the abuse, the Ambo's were also disgusted. The senior officer with 2 bar shoulder flashes thought this was a great funny joke. So if you want to live in a town where some of the police are worse than teen idiots, both white and black people will treat you with racist violence, (but not all of them some are very nice) Where drunken idiots roam the streets and vandalize private property, teen thugs trespass on your property and terrify your kids. Then Nowra is definitely your town.
Nov 12, 2018
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"North Nowra, safe as houses; East Nowra, prepare for the worst."

I've lived in Nowra since I was 7.

I've heard many people say "wrong side of the bridge" when referring to the good side of Nowra (Cambewarra, North Nowra and some outside parts of Bomaderry) and the bad side (parts of West Nowra, East Nowra and Worigee). If I was to give anyone a word of advice, it's not to live in Worrigee. I mean why wouldn't you? Affordable, lovely houses, leafy, whatever. Right next to Worrigee is the infamous East Nowra and there has been a multitude of Worrigee break ins, rape assaults etc. from East Nowra folk 'jumping the fence', and not robbing from their own nest.

However, Nowra is not all bad. There's absolutely lovely beaches surrounding Nowra, ie. Jervis Bay; and the Shoalhaven river goes alright too. Yes, there's your Saturday night glass fights at Posties, and your lack of employment opportunities all together - but for a new family looking for an okay area then move to North Nowra. It's affordable, with many reitrees and young families adorning the quiet streets. There are a few ghetto streets up near Judith Drive, but opposite Illaroo rd. living is fine.

North Nowra has the best primary school in all of Nowra, Illaroo rd. primary school which outdoes it's private counterparts in a lot of areas. North Nowra has it's own mini mall, with take out, a grocer, a chemist, post office, gym, waxing place and hair dressers. North Nowra also has it's own (pretty cheap!) petrol station, and most importantly, it's own Pub which goes off on a Thursday night. So Northy is the way to go.
Pros
  • Primary schools are decent.
  • Areas surrounding Nowra are beautiful.
  • The Shoalhaven river is pretty cool.
Cons
  • Lockout is 1am from all pubs.
  • Crime.
  • Low employment rate.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
Qualityoflife
Qualityoflife what is causing all the issue and has it improved since you last wrote this blog
2yrs+
MsL2
MsL2 Mix unemployment, drugs, boredom and young people together..and it sounds like bad news.
2yrs+
GalenM
GalenM Where is a good place to live near Nowra (30 minutes drive or so) if money really was not an issue.
2yrs+
lynb11
lynb11 do you know anything about a housing nsw development going into east nowra land is all clearedi believe
Dec 10, 2017
juliej4
juliej4 Im not sure I understand your comment.
Your saying "to give anyone a word of advice, it's not to live in Worrigee. I mean why wouldn't you? Affordable, lovely houses, leafy, whatever. Right next to Worrigee is the infamous East Nowra and there has been a multitude of Worrigee break ins, "

On one hand your saying 'Not to live in Worigee, break in's etc...the other hand your saying Why wouldn't you, with affordable housing "...Im confused.
Please clarify....Thanks
Dec 17, 2017
jimg10
jimg10 Your reviews are not helpful to people looking in the area, North Nowra is on par with the rest of the greater Nowra Area, Not Above, like you state.I lived in the Nowra CBD for 22 years and see no distinguishable difference (all are nice with a few seedy streets to avoid)

Your comments on Vincentia are not constructive nor representative of the shoalhaven area or its people.
Apr 03, 2018
Swarnima Shrestha
Swarnima Shrestha We are moving in Leaney Avenue any idea about that part ?
Thank you
Jun 13, 2018
Ayeza Siangco
Ayeza Siangco I think Leaney is fine. Areas to avoid are near East Nowra and Worrigee.
Aug 30, 2018
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Nowra - The council could develop the beautiful Shoalhaven River into something great!"

I've lived here my entire life, it is like every town, it has the good and the bad although I have had mostly good experience in and around the town. The lack of employment is a concern considering the amount of housing estates and developments that are currently taking place. I beleive investing in Nowra is a wise choice, we are still acheiving a 6% to 7% return on some rental investments if you hunt around for them. Schools and medical centres are catered for although the nightlife in Nowra is promoted by a few pubs, no nightclub or pubs are open after 1pm. Actually the only store open after 1pm is the Kebab Shop! I disagree with anybody who says it is an unsafe town.
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
MsL2
MsL2 You're a real estate agent so you're biased.
2yrs+
MsL2
MsL2 I'm interested to know your opinion of East Nowra? If you don't have personal experience with that specific section, what have you heard about it?
2yrs+
SuntaM
SuntaM I would like to know more as I am very interested to invest in nowra.
2yrs+
Vera Gerginn
Vera Gerginn I am thinking too, but it is getting very expensive, I don't know why is that. Even East Nowra is so dear nowadays. The houses there look ready to be 'flipped' once or twice. It seems now that retirees from Sydney want to invest in at least couple of houses to rent out to and boost they income.
Feb 19, 2017
juliej4
juliej4 Im confused again by post's on this site....are you really saying nothing is open past 1300 Hours = 1pm.... Kebab take away shops pub etc....or do you mean 1am ?...
Dec 17, 2017
rr7
rr7 Where would be the best regional area from the perspective of finding job for new immigrants in far south coast?
May 09, 2018
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A town which is unsafe to be out alone in."

Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Greay place!"

Nowra is a great place; it feels so liberating to be there. If you enter Nowra via Princes Highway, you'd feel as you are in Sydney. You can find representation of all major businesses there.
I have not lived there, I visited only, but it seems that Nowra has a fantastic potential with its closeness to the beaches and being on the coast. Nowra is close to Sydney and Wollongong. Canberra is still a bit ‘out of reach,’ but with the new project to improve the road connecting Braidwood to Nowra, the access from Canberra will be improved.
The house and rental prices are still affordable and they are good alternatives to the prices in the Greater Sydney area, having the advantage of lower traffic and less pollution.
There is a public library, a golf course and parks. There are surgeries and a small hospital. Even an 'ALDI' is availabe, if you are keen on everyday savings on groceries.
Ideally, I would like to start a business there or to choose Nowra as an alternative to the 'rat race' in the major cities.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Nowra - Great amenities with a country feel"

Nowra is just under two hours south of Sydney on the Shoalhaven River and is a major centre for the south coast of NSW. Nowra has a good sized shopping centre and a spread out CBD. The town has a swimming centre, tennis courts, sports fields and a picturesque golf course close to the river. There is plenty of accommodation for the visitor including caravan parks and motels and plenty of restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets. There are a number of clubs often having live entertainment. Real Estate is still very affordable and being close to the coast on one side and the beautiful hinterland on the other it is a great place to visit or settle.
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MsL2
MsL2 I find it curious that people are saying it's great place to settle, especially for families with kids, when you consider the high unemployment, higher still for the youth (triple the unemployment rate apparently) - a consequence of which is crime, at least in certain areas.
2yrs+
georgyn
georgyn nowra!!!!! Best part about the place is the Road leading out of it. Favorable Bloggers are on the pay roll. The problem with the place is the TOP END OF TOWN. Lousy with corruption. Locals claim it is due to the new Jail which has attracted Undesirables. It is a hovel for Criminals and the Top Enders Incite most of it with the local Council being head of Top Enders. EAST NOWRA is laced with Criminals on the prowl picking on anyone they are told to or feel like it. Bombaderry - the same. Remove the Housing NSW problems and half the town would be OK. Police should do more Policing instead of being obsessed with other things. Apart from that - its a swell place.
Mar 06, 2017
nadeeshanb
nadeeshanb I am going to move to Nowra soon as a skilled migrant. I am currently working as a Software Engineer and I would like to know about professional job availability in Nowra or nearby regions. Please some one advice on this
Mar 16, 2017
juliej4
juliej4 Nadeeshanb ...how did you go with your employment in Nowra or surrounds?....
Dec 17, 2017
juliej4
juliej4 I am thinking of looking to buy in Bomaderry, but reading post's which allege Criminal Behaviour, as a single female, now Im not too sure.
Where is safe these days, and I don't mean a Retirement home...Im too young and active for that!! I don't want to be surrounded by HC renters, ( I are up in HC Sydney, we did allright because of my family structure) however now HC have a stigma attached and unfortunately I don't wish to be living close to people who work for the dole, have multiple rusting cars out the front of their house, Live week to week only to buy smokes and Grog, and partake in Petty Theft. Generalising?...You Bet !
Open any Sydney News story and it reads " South West Sydney' killings, glassing, rapes etc etc .....
I may receive unfavourable replies for this post, but I want to put down my retiring years roots, in a place that is economically viable and safe to leave your home.
Dec 17, 2017
juliej4
juliej4 Auto correct...should read ( I grew up in Housing Commission Home )
Dec 17, 2017
Vera Gerginn
Vera Gerginn Nowra is not what was 10 yrs ago. New baby-boomers got houses there and everything is spruced up. East -East *truly East Nowra may have some of the "bad behaving" streets, but most of the houses are better than the Western Sydney because simply there is no anonymity. It is much safer than Sydney. For jobs - the situation is a everywhere in the regional Australia - most of the people have some tradesman/handyman jobs or, have some rural preoccupation.
Jul 11, 2018
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Best Streets in Nowra

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Riverview Road

4.5/5
"Along The Riverfront "
-34.8655680524 150.6022151231

Unranked Streets in Nowra

"Not Worrigee"
-34.89858 150.60333
"Heart Of The CBD"
-34.87348 150.59455

West Street

4.5/5
"Showtime On West Street"
-34.8713907886 150.5938413111

Myall Close

4.5/5
"A quiet cul de sac in an elevated position"
-34.896177 150.619822

Scenic Drive

4.5/5
"Absolute Riverviews"
-34.86999 150.59381
"On the Princes Highway"
-34.8759943361 150.6052750478