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South Coast

South Coast

If you're feeling like a breath of fresh air or a short break to recharge your batteries, the beautiful South Coast of NSW beckons with some spectacular scenery and adventure experiences. Crystal-clear bays and lakes, uncrowded beaches and beautiful rivers are perfect year-round for fishing, diving, canoeing and boating while the pristine bushland is enjoyed by bush walkers, bird-lovers and cycling enthusiasts.

Enjoy Kiama's stunning scenery along the 22-km Kiama Coast Walk or head to one of the best dive sites in NSW at Bushrangers Bay Nature Reserve, home to the weedy sea dragon. See sleek fur seals up close, in the wild, at Montague Island off the coast from Narooma.  Top it all off with some seriously good food and wine at cafes and restaurants located by a river, overlooking the beach or amidst the vines.  

The region includes Wollongong, Kiama and Shellharbour, Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven towns of Nowra, Mollymook and Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and the Eurobodalla towns including Batemans Bay, Moruya and Mogo . The southernmost towns of Bega, Merimbula, Pambula and Tathra are on the Sapphire Coast.    

 Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay & Shoalhaven

A majestic stretch of coastline endowed with beaches, bays, interesting country towns, great food & wine and many  natural attractions. Shoalhaven beaches, especially Hyams Beach, are simply spectacular. Go surfing, swimming or fishing at ocean beaches. Diving, snorkelling and seasonal dolphin- and whale-watching tours are popular.

 The Farm, Shellharbour

Shellharbour Area

Well renowned for it's surf surf beaches including '€˜The Farm', a National Surfing Reserve, in Killalea State Park. See weedy sea dragons and marine life while snorkelling or diving at Bass Point Reserve. Take a scenic flight or skydive from the Illawarra Regional Airport. Visit Macquarie Pass National Park for great bushwalking and waterfalls.

 Montague Island seals, , Narooma

Batemans Bay and Eurobodalla

Eurobodalla is a dazzling blue landscape of ocean, rivers, lakes and estuaries along 110 kilometres of coastline. Set against a dramatic backdrop of mountains and forest, the region is renowned for its rich sea, bird and wild life, clear warm summers and temperate winters. A highlight is snorkelling with seals at Montague Island, off the coast at Narooma.

 Wollongong Aerial

Wollongong and surrounds

The Wollongong area offers countless adventure activities, great beaches, local restaurants and beachside cafes, golf courses and galleries. Nearby, Stanwell Park features one of the best coastal hang-gliding locations in the world at Bald Hill while Albion Park offers air sports.

 Kiama Coast Walk - Video Shoot Dec 2012

Kiama area

Pristine beaches, nearby rainforests and green rolling hills make Kiama a place to remember. Famous for its blowhole that explodes high into the air, it's also a great spot for a coastal walk. The Kiama Coast Walk meanders through headlands, rivers and beaches all the way to Gerringong.

 Whale Watching in Eden

Merimbula and Sapphire Coast

The region is renowned for deep-sea fishing off Bermagui, whale-watching at Eden, award-winning cheeses at Bega, bush-fringed beaches at Tathra, oysters from the pristine lakes and a rich Aboriginal cultural heritage around Wallaga Lake. Around Merimbula, the area's main assets are water sports of all types.

Local areas

  • Batemans Bay & Eurobodalla Beaches,river estuaries & craggy headlands make Batemans Bay & Eurobodalla ideal holiday destination
  • Jervis Bay & Shoalhaven The Shoalhaven is a majestic stretch of coastline endowed with beaches and natural attractions
  • Merimbula & Sapphire Coast Endless water sports, great beaches, coastal heaths and hinterland with superb bushwalks.
  • Wollongong & Surrounds The small coastal villages around Wollongong have excellent surfing beaches, great cafes and parks.
  • Kiama Area Set amongst green rolling hills and pristine beaches. The area's rural charm has been retained by farmland a
  • Shellharbour Area The Shellharbour area is a historic township with a broad choice of watersports. As a coastal town it's famo

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