South Coast

Highlights

With breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters, the NSW South Coast is home to many memorable experiences. Explore spectacular national parks, watch whales and swim with seals, enjoy fun water sports as well as cycling and bushwalking, and savour Australia’s Oyster Coast.

  • The Inlet Wharf, Narooma
  • Surfing, South Coast

Discover the NSW South Coast

From beautiful beaches and spectacular wilderness to fun adventure and delectable food and wine, the NSW South Coast is brimming with unforgettable experiences. You’ll be amazed with the many wonderful things to do and see, including tours to see dolphins, whales, fur seals and little penguins.

Relax on some of the whitest sands in the world, see kangaroos in the wild, savour freshly shucked oysters on Australia’s Oyster Coast, and enjoy a range of water sports, cycling and bushwalking. Slide on giant waterslides, soar on Australia’s highest zip-line and try tandem skydiving and hang-gliding.

Dolphin Tour, Huskisson

There are fascinating Aboriginal cultural experiences, too. Begin your discovery of the South Coast in the splendid Wollongong region, just south of Sydney on the marvellous Grand Pacific Drive touring route. Stanwell Park is an acclaimed spot for hang-gliding and paragliding above the azure sea.

South of Wollongong is the Shellharbour region, where snorkelling and diving is popular at one of Australia’s best dive sites, Bass Point. Ride steam trains at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum and visit famous surf breaks The Farm and Mystics in Killalea, where you can ride a Segway on the beach.

Sunrise over Saltwater Creek Bay. Image credit: National Parks and Ingo Oeland

A short drive south is the world-famous Kiama Blowhole in the Kiama region. For breathtaking natural scenery, enjoy the Kiama Coast Walk and explore the enchanting Minnamurra Rainforest, near the waterslides of Jamberoo Action Park and zip-lines of the Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures.

The Oyster Coast begins in the Shoalhaven region, home to the White Sands Walk, dolphins of Jervis Bay and pretty Kangaroo Valley. Taste the elegant wines of the Shoalhaven Coast wine region at cellar doors and dine at acclaimed restaurants, such as Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook.

Montague Island, near Narooma

You can get up close to kangaroos in the wild at Pebbly Beach in Murramarang National Park, near Bawley Point. Farther south is the Eurobodalla region and one of the great wildlife adventures in the world - snorkelling or diving with a colony of fur seals on Montague Island, off the coast of Narooma.

Fishing is popular along coast. Bermagui on the sparkling Sapphire Coast is famous for game fishing. You can fly from Sydney or Melbourne to charming Merimbula. Less than 30 minutes’ drive south is Eden, one of Australia’s best spots for whale watching. The Eden Killer Whale Museum is fascinating.

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Local areas

  • Batemans Bay & Eurobodalla A stunning coastline of beaches, river estuaries and craggy headlands make Eurobodalla an ideal holiday destination.
  • Jervis Bay & Shoalhaven The Shoalhaven is a majestic stretch of coastline endowed with beaches and natural attractions.
  • Kiama Area Set amongst green rolling hills and pristine beaches, the area's rural charm has been retained by farmland and a network of country and coastal towns.
  • Merimbula & Sapphire Coast The allure of the Sapphire Coast is in its sparkling beaches, bays, lakes, cliffs, caves and national parks,€“ all accessible via excellent walking tracks and coastal drives.
  • Shellharbour Area Located between the ocean and the dramatic Illawarra escarpment, Shellharbour boasts dazzling beaches, parks and reserves, as well as the serene Lake Illawarra.
  • Wollongong & Surrounds The small coastal villages around Wollongong have excellent surfing beaches, cafes and parks.