We are in full planning mode for our holiday to the unspoilt Shoalhaven on the NSW South Coast next month!
Whilst we are researching surfing hot spots, delicious eateries and adventurous activities to do while in region (that are suitable for the kids!), we thought we would have a chat to professional surfer (she’s the current world number one) and Shoalhaven local, Tyler Wright to get all the inside info.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Tyler! Can you tell us a bit about your home region of the Shoalhaven?
The Shoalhaven region is simply beautiful and untouched. There’s so many amazing beaches that are family friendly and perfect for hanging out with friends. My family and I pretty much surfed at any spot we could find that had a good swell all year- round, and there’s a beach for everyone whether you’re learning to surf or have been surfing for years. The region is also full of great people, restaurants and incredible wildlife. It’s got it all really!
You travel all over the world as a professional surfer, do you have any tips for travelling?
I’ve learnt the best tip for travelling is to have an open mindset. You’ll always love the experience of travelling a lot more if you’re open to seeing new things and experiences, you won’t come away disappointed. Also don’t forget to take a good set of headphones and a jumper. They always come in handy, especially for plane and car rides!
What is your fondest memory of growing up in the Shoalhaven?
I would have to say travelling through the whole region on the weekend or day trips with my family, surfing and exploring. The sun, the salt, the surf and the memories made with my family made my childhood the best I could possibly ask for. My family and our adventures have shaped the person I am today and I definitely wouldn’t be in this career either if it wasn’t for my childhood in the Shoalhaven. I couldn’t sit still knowing there were surfing spots and beaches needing to be explored!
Do you have any must-do family activities that we could do when we visit Shoalhaven?
If you haven’t learnt to surf before, the Shoalhaven is perfect for that. The beaches are so beautiful and fresh, perfect for kids and adults and the locals are really friendly and always open for a chat. There’s some really good family walks and rock pools as well, so many wonderful places to explore with lots of secret beaches. You could pick almost any spot up or down the coast from Culburra even right down to Bawley Point and you won’t be disappointed.
After talking to Tyler, we really can’t wait to visit the Shoalhaven region and we look forward to sharing our journey with you! We have planned something to do that none of us have done before … can you guess what it might be?