South Coast


The NSW South Coast is a beautiful, rolling seaboard of breathtaking scenery. Crystal-clear waters, uncrowded beaches and pristine national parks make the South Coast an ideal setting for bushwalking, fishing, surfing, cycling, canoeing, or spending a day at the beach with family and friends.

  • The Inlet Wharf, Narooma
  • Surfing, South Coast

Discover the NSW South Coast

The NSW South Coast stretches over 600km from the The Royal National Park, south of Sydney, to the exquisite Sapphire Coast in the state's south. Explore the region's towns and villages, enjoy an adventure around its many beaches and marine reserves, and take your pick of more than thirty National Parks to explore. 

Less than two hours from Sydney you can swim, surf, snorkel or dive around the beautiful beaches of Shellharbour. Located at the end of Bass Point, Bushrangers Bay Aquatic Reserve is regarded as one of the best dive sites in NSW. Riding a beach segway around this verdant and unspoilt coastline is another great way to explore the region, or hire a bike and explore Shellharbour’s gently sloping cycle paths, which follow the coastline into town and around the Illawarra River.

Dolphin Tour, Huskisson

Some of the best Shellharbour surf beaches can be found in Killalea State Park, a National Surfing Reserve with 250 hectares of pristine coastal reserve. Just over an hour further south you will find Kiama, a classic seaside town with great beaches surrounded by pastures and forests. Enjoy the stunning scenery and coastal views by following the beautiful Kiama Coast Walk. This spectacular 22km trail weaves past headlands, rivers and beaches, taking in Blowhole Point. Kiama’s golf courses are also known for unrivaled views of the region, and the area offers some unique accommodation options.

From Kiama, head inland to immerse yourself in the serenity of Minnamurra Rainforest in Budderoo National Park. Home to excellent walks and enchanting waterfalls, the Minnamurra Rainforest is a 15 minute drive from Kiama, past the picturesque Jamberoo.

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

Camp near the white sandy beaches of the Shoalhaven, visit one of its famous surf beaches, or choose from a range of pet-friendly accommodation. Explore the wonderful region bordered by mountains and green hinterland by taking a road trip along the region’s magnificent beaches, stopping at Nowra, Ulladulla and Mollymook.

Jervis Bay National Park is well known for its beautiful beaches, towering cliffs and lush national parkland. Make the most of the white sand and pristine blue waters by kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, hiring a boat and fishing. Follow the White Sands Walk around Jervis Bay to discover the region's brillant birdlife and great camping and picnic spots. 

Montague Island, near Narooma

Continue south and watch sleek fur seals play in the wild at Montague Island, just off the coast of Narooma. Try fishing for mulloway, whiting and bream in the pristine estuaries of the Eurobodalla, and explore the Bingi Dreaming Track, a historic walk which traces the ‘song line’ taken by the Brinja-Yuin people for thousands of years.

Visit Ben Boyd National Park, located just south of Eden near the Victorian border. The epic Light to Light walk winds 31km past spectacular headlands and beaches, and offers the opportunity to spot whales, eastern grey kangaroos, echidnas and white-bellied sea eagles. 

The coastal walks along the Sapphire Coast also make great viewpoints for whale watching during winter and spring.

Explore the beautiful regions of the NSW South Coast


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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.