One of our favourite destinations to visit in NSW is the Shoalhaven region. So much so that we went numerous times last year. What do we love about it? There’s plenty of things; the proximity to the ocean, the fresh air, the flora and fauna, the fresh produce, the cafes, the retail spaces and the delightful people you meet. Only 1.5-2 hours from Sydney, we find it to be an easy place to escape for a weekend away.
Sadly for the Shoalhaven region, they were dealt their first blow in Summer with the bushfires which affected tourism sigificantly. Then, with the spread of Corona virus and the Covid 19 restrictions which were implemented, many places have had to shut up shop. Many of these businesses are family run, and plenty of the accommodation spaces are boutique and cater to an intimate environment and it’s hard to transfer this to an online space. But they are moving onto this platform to adapt their business model to survive this crisis and stay afloat.
Businesses are selling some of their boutique goods online or offering virutal experiences, selling vouchers to use later and cafes are open for takeaway food and coffees. This will help to contribute to the Shoalhaven economy, so they can survive and recover as soon as possible.
We encourage you to support the much-loved businesses in any way you can. Buy a voucher to spend later, order a takeaway meal if you’re a local and reach out in any way you can.
Businesses are currently delivering orders Australia-wide, from art and homewares, to food products and experiences there’s a plethora of offerings available for Australians to show support to Shoalhaven businesses. My mother loves a good visit to the Shoalhaven region herself, so it seems fitting to order her a gift online ready for Mother’s Day.
Take a look at the below sites for a range of gifts for mum – candles, clothing, jewellery, artwork, homewares, virtual crafting workshops, photography and more, we’re making the search list here for you.
Food and drink
The below businesses can be found selling their products online
Flamin Galah Brewing Co (making their own hand sanitizer, with 10% of each batch of sanitiser donated to the Shoalhaven Hospital)
Greendale’s Café – sharing recipes in the online space
The Treat Factory (still open for door sales)
Nowra Farmers Market (still open for produce, meat and gourmet foodstuffs)
Whilst we cannot travel at the moment, we recommend purchasing vouchers which can give as gifts for others or use yourselves once things get back to normal.
The Shoalhaven community are just that, a community. Their spirits remain high and they are doing their best to stay positive. We can’t wait to return to the region and visit the beautiful beaches, stay in our favourite accommodation, shop, drink wine and go out for a delicious meal. In the meantime, show your support by buying online. A full list of businesses and offerings available to purchase online will be launched in the coming weeks on the following sites: