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Yalwal visitor information

Found in the hinterland of the Shoalhaven, Yalwal is the site of a former gold mining town of the same name situated 30km west of Nowra at the confluence of the Danjera and Yarramunmun Creeks which then forms Yalwal Creek which flows into the Shoalhaven River.

Yalwal Dam Yalwal Dam is an unspoiled wilderness.

It is now the site of a Shoalhaven City Council managed picnic area and Danjera Dam. Prior to European settlement this was Wandandian Aboriginal land.

Yalwal is a place of historic and environmental significance in the region and its Danjera Dam will play an increasingly important role within Shoalhaven’s water supply system. People who come to the area appreciate its natural and historic values.

With new and improved facilities this beautiful and tranquil area offers an unspoilt wilderness in which to relax and rejuvenate amongst pristine bush and abundant wildlife.
For the more adventurous it offers an ‘outback’ experience with the more active options of bushwalking, fishing, swimming, canoeing and bicycle touring.

The area is a great place to explore with numerous tracks including:

  • The trek from Yalwal to the beautiful Tianjara Falls
  • Monument Rocks where early Yalwal residents carved their names
  • Mining relics from the ‘golden era’

The area and its history

This historic goldmining area once boasted a substantial town serviced by a school, stores, pubs, banks and a post office.

During the First World War some of the homes were dismantled and used as building materials for the war effort. Soon after in the 1920s the last of the gold mines closed and in 1939, bushfires destroyed what remained of the township.

In 1972 the valley was flooded to create Danjera Dam and all that now remains of the settlement is the graveyard and mine workings in the surrounding area.

Facilities

Over the last few years Shoalhaven City Council has improved the facilities to help make your stay comfortable and safe. You can choose from two camping and picnic grounds both of which have toilets, BBQ facilities, water and bins for recycling. Bookings are not necessary.

Regulations within the dam area

Please keep the following regulations in mind when visiting Yalwal to help keep the area safe and beautiful:

  • Confine vehicle use to designated roads
  • Unregistered vehicles including trail bikes are prohibited
  • 30km/h speed limit in Yalwal and 5km/h in the camping areas
  • Possession and/or shooting of firearms is prohibited
  • Observe all fire bans. Light fires only in the fireplaces provided and don't leave any fire unattended
  • Dogs must be kept on leads at all times and clean up after your pet using the bins provided
  • Camp in the designated areas only
  • Lopping or cutting down of any trees/vegetation is prohibited
  • No petrol-driven power boats on Danjera Dam
  • Do not feed the wildlife
  • Council rangers patrol

What we are doing to protect Yalwal and the environment

Shoalhaven City Council together with National Parks and Wildlife Service developed a management plan to protect this precious environment.

In developing the management plan it was recognised that a balance had to be struck between the needs of users and the requirements of conservation and protection. To address the issues the following points have been considered:

  • Consult the public and the consultative committee appointed to the task
  • Conduct studies to provide current information and expert opinion
  • Examine the local flora and fauna and identify species that may be rare or endangered
  • Ascertain relevant Aboriginal archaeological sites found in the region and develop a plan to protect them
  • Maintain any non-aboriginal culture that remains at Yalwal to record social, economic and industrial life of the area from the gold rush
  • Determine potential for tourism compatible with maintaining the environment and the water quality of Danjera Dam

These points of consideration were prepared by the input from agencies, individuals and representatives of community groups with an interest in the Yalwal area, its conservation and management for the enjoyment of present and future residents of Shoalhaven and visitors.