Lawn Bowls on the South Coast

Lawn bowls is an ancient game. In 1788, when Captain Cook landed on the Sandwich Islands he found that the natives were playing a game with rounded balls. What these balls were made of is not documented. 

Lawn Bowls - South Coast NSW

It is also known that the Maoris of New Zealand played a game similar to bowls, prior to the arrival of Europeans. It is documented that lawn bowls was played in England as early as the 12th Century. Most likely bowls was being played there much earlier than this. From the 15th Century on balls made of ash, oak, holly, and boxwood were being used by English bowlers.

And... here's another interesting piece of bowls history: Various kings of England banned the game of bowls because its popularity began to interfere with the practice of archery, an important activity that was used to protect the country.

Lawn Bowls on the South Coast of NSW

Bowlers visiting the South Coast can enjoy a smorgasbord of Bowling Clubs [see list below].
Visitors are always welcome at the local clubs and members are more than happy to induct first timers into the delights of a game of bowls. All clubs offer opportunities for competitive and social bowlers and most have restaurants and bistros for visitors.

Most clubs are organized with a ladies bowls clubs and a mens bowls club. Various events are played ranging from social bowls, including jackpot social bowls with mufti dress rules, twilight bowls, mixed social bowls and mixed bowls, right through to senior bowls and championship pennants with dress uniform/creams.

Lawn Bowls - South Coast NSW

The main regions for Lawn Bowls on the South Coast are:


  • Albion Park Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd
  • Austinmer Bowling Club
  • Corrimal Bowling Club Ltd.
  • Dapto Bowling Club
  • Dapto Citizens Bowling Club
  • Engadine Bowling & Recreation Club
  • Fairy Meadow Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd.
  • Helensburgh Bowling Club
  • Kembla Heights Bowling Club
  • Thirroul Bowling Club Ltd
  • Thirroul Bowling Leagues & Recreation Club Ltd.
  • Warilla Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd
  • Windang Bowls Club Ltd.
  • Wollongong RSL Bowling Club Ltd.
  • Woonona Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd.
  • Woonona-Bulli RSL Memorial Club Ltd.

Kiama coast

  • Jamberoo Bowling Club
  • Kiama Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd.
  • Lawn Bowls Shellharbour
  • Shellharbour Bowls & Recreation Club Ltd.
  • Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen's Bowling Club

Shoalhaven Coast

  • Berry Bowling Club
  • Bomaderry Bowling Club
  • Culburra Bowling Club
  • Gerringong Bowling & Recreation Club
  • Huskisson Bowling Club Ltd.
  • Kangaroo Valley Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd.
  • Milton Ulladulla Bowling Club
  • Mollymook Bowling Club
  • Nowra Bowling & Recreation Club
  • Sussex Inlet Bowling Club Ltd

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Shoalhaven Coast

Eurobodalla Nature Coast

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Batemans Bay Area

  • Batemans Bay Bowling & Recreation Club. is currently closed, as the property was taken over by the Catalina Country club and is now on the market.
  • Malua Bay Bowling Club
  • Tomakin Bowling & Sporting Club Co-op Ltd. The club website explains that “The Tomakin Men's Bowling Club is extremely social, welcoming visitors with genuine hospitality rarely found elsewhere. On Mondays and Thursdays [the men] play 21 ends of triples, in mufti, with cards being called at 1:00pm”. Our Ladies are very friendly, welcoming visitors to join them for a morning of bowls and fellowship. On Tuesdays we play 21 ends of triples, in creams with cards being called at 10:30am.Mixed Social Bowls 21 ends of triples are played, in mufti, with cards being called at 1:00pm. Put your name on the sheet in the bowls section or phone the bowls office on 4471 7323 for more information”.

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  • Moruya Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd.,
  • Tuross Head Country Bowling Club
  • Dalmeny Bowling Club 
  • Narooma Sporting & Services Bowling Club
  • The Bodalla Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd. is renowned for its genuine country atmosphere and its Chinese restaurant which is regarded by many as (arguably) the best Chinese restaurant in the region.

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Mystery Bay


Sapphire Coast

  • Bega Valley and Sapphire Coast
  • Bega Bowling Club
  • Bega RSL Memorial Bowling Club
  • Bermagui Bowling Club
  • Candelo-Kameruka Bowling Club Ltd.
  • Eden Fisherman's Bowling Club
  • Merimbula-Imlay Bowling Club
  • Tathra Beach Bowling Club Ltd.
  • Tura Beach Country Club

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