Culburra Beach, with a population of 3,500 is the regional centre for the coastal villages east of Nowra. Originally designed by Walter Burley Griffin, the architect who designed Canberra, its shops and businesses provide a range of services and places to eat for residents and visitors to the region.
The town also boasts the two closest surf beaches to Nowra and is home to the Culburra Beach and Nowra Surf Club whose clubhouse is located at the northern end of Warrain Beach.
The beaches are patrolled during the summer holiday period, and being located on either side of Penguin Head face in different directions, providing a variety of surf conditions for board riders, swimmers, body surfers and families with young children. A wide variety of fish species are caught on these beaches and from the rocky headlands adjacent to them.
Picnic areas are located at a number of areas adjacent to the beaches including Tilbury Cove and Crookhaven Heads. Other picnic areas are on the shores of Lake Wollumboola near its entrance and at the Lake Wollumboola boat ramp. Tennis and squash courts and the bowling club provide an alternative to the beaches. Live bands perform at the club most weekends.