City council area, (roughly equivalent to an American County) on the South Coast of New South Wales
The population is around 80 000, except for during tourist season when it more than triples. For some reason people (Sydneysiders and Germans, mainly) like to visit the Shoalhaven because it is a "largely untouched piece of Australia", with many "world-class beaches, national parks and other natural attractions". That's what the tourism brochures tell us...
The largest town, centre for commerce, and base for tourism, is Nowra, which for the 2 weeks of the year encompassing Christmas and New Year, is completely overrun with tourists.