…Culburra: Aboriginal For “Sand”…
Culburra Beach is a coastal village located between Gerringong & Jervis Bay. Near the mouth of the Crookhaven River it is a picturesque 15 minute drive east of Nowra and approximately 2 and a half hours drive from both Sydney & Canberra. Just nearby are the attractions of Callala Bay & Beach, Jervis Bay, Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Morton Bay National Park & Currajong and the Shoalhaven Wine region.
Whilst Culburra has the quiet and charm of a secluded beach escape, it offers all the facilities you might need, good coffee, a couple of restaurants, a general store, a bottle shop, Woolworths supermarket, petrol station, home hardware store, butcher, local bakery, newsagency, chemist, gift shops, take away shops and the bowlo.
The area surrounding Culburra was originally called Wheeler’s Point after the first land holder George Wheeler. Land developer Henry Halloran renamed the area Culburra in the mid 1910s, which has an Aboriginal meaning of “sand”. The township of Culburra was designed by Walter Burley Griffin, the architect who designed Canberra. The original lighthouse at Crookhaven Heads was constructed of timber in 1882 and located as part of the Shoalhaven Pilot Station with a Mr. Thomas Bishop being the first operator. A new lighthouse to the south of the mouth of the Shoalhaven River was built in 1904 and the old wooden lighthouse was demolished. The Jerrinja community now situated at Orient Point had a settlement at the base of Berry Mountain north of the Shoalhaven River and were then moved to Orient Point in the first Grant of Land to an Aboriginal community in Australia in the early 1900s. After World War II, when the freedom of movement given by the motor car and the introduction of 4 weeks holidays meant coastal villages, such as Culburra became popular venues for both holidays and retirement.