Currarong, New South Wales

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Currarong
New South Wales
Currarong Inlet (3118458595).jpg
Currarong Inlet
Currarong is located in New South Wales
Currarong
Currarong
Coordinates 35°01′S 150°49′E / 35.017°S 150.817°E / -35.017; 150.817Coordinates: 35°01′S 150°49′E / 35.017°S 150.817°E / -35.017; 150.817
Population 513 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 2540
Location
LGA(s) City of Shoalhaven
State electorate(s) South Coast
Federal Division(s) Gilmore

Currarong is a small coastal fishing and tourist village in the Shoalhaven area of New South Wales, Australia. At the 2006 census, Currarong had a population of 513.[1] The village is a haven for fishermen, with several underwater rises where fish are abundant. Currarong has a small general store, a newsagent and a cafe.[2] As of early 2013 there is a fish cafe called Zac's Place,[3] a general store, a licensed club, a caravan park, and several properties available for holiday rental.[4]

Beaches[edit]

Currarong is surrounded by 14 white sand beaches, many of them deserted even in summer. Most notable are Warrain Beach and sheltered Abrahams Bosom beach. Currarong is also famous for its rock pool, and for the many protected beaches a few minutes drive away on the other side of the headland in Jervis Bay, including Long Beach, Cabbage Tree Beach and the perfectly horse-shoe shaped Honeymoon Bay.

Fishing and diving[edit]

Currarong has world class fishing - rock, beach and ocean. A spot down the cliff from Point Perpendicular is one of the few land based locations in Australia where Yellow Fin Tuna and Marlin can be caught. In 2011 a new boat ramp was completed that allows for launching two boats at a time.[5] The area is also renowned for its scuba diving and snorkelling.

Sights[edit]

The wreck of the SS Merimbula is about 15 minutes walk. The freighter, belonging to the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company was wrecked on the Beecroft Headland in 1928. All passengers and crew were rescued.[6] The historic Point Perpendicular lighthouse is a 10 minute drive.

Currarong is one of the few places in NSW where you can sit on a North West facing beach looking at mountains across the water, and watch the sun set over the ocean.

Whales migrate along the coastline in season and dolphins cruise the waters of the bay every day.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Currarong (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  2. ^ Beaches Of Shoalhaven, Book, Published 2006. Currarong website Currarong Information Website
  3. ^ White Pages
  4. ^ Currarong Progress Association website
  5. ^ Boat Ramp Press Release
  6. ^ Loney, Jack (1993), Wrecks on the New South Wales Coast, Oceans Enterprises, ISBN 0-646-11081-0