Adventure & Sport


Explore beautiful lakes and coastline on a boat, kayak or stand up paddleboard, plunge into invigorating surf, take a trip on a whale watching cruise or dive into a colourful world of aquatic brilliance. A trip to the breaktaking NSW South Coast will reward you with unforgettable experiences.

  • Whale watching, South Coast
  • Huskisson, South Coast

Adventure on the South Coast

Explore one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world as you drive from Stanwell Park to WollongongShellharbour to Jervis Bay, and finally Batemans Bay to Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast.

Whether you are an experienced surfer or learner, you'll find fantastic surf suited to your experience. Seasoned surfers can pitch into the big waves at Killalea State Park, a National Surfing Reserve located at Shellharbour. Wreck Bay just south of Jervis Bay or Merimbula Bar, is also a popular spot. There are also many schools for beginners. You may even catch a glimpse of dolphins frollicking in the waves. 

Dolphins, South Coast

Take in the beauty of the area on one of the NSW South Coast's many incredible walking experiences. Explore the ancient pathways of Eurobadalla's incredible fossil-rich coastline, an area of signifigant inidigenous and geological importance. Wander the beaches and woodlands of Ben Boyd National Park, or explore the green escarpments and craggy inlets of the Kiama Coast Walk as you pass the famous blow hole. 

Explore the beautiful beaches and coastline by boat, kayak or standup paddle board. Venture further by paddling tranquil and idyllic inland waterways, such as the the scenic Kangaroo River Valley. Or scuba dive and snorkel at Bushrangers' Bay near Shellharbour, one of the best dive sites in NSW and home to colourful marine life.

Kangaroo Valley, South Coast

Cycling is another great way to explore, with many easy and accessible cycleways passing through some beautiful areas. Excellent cycle ways can be found in Shellharbour. Shellharbour’s scenic cycleways and shared paths wind along its shores past stunning beaches, nature reserves and along Lake Illawarra.

There are also scenic cycle paths in the picturesque Mogo State Forest and the historic velodrome at Mystery Bay, built in the 1890s and still operating.

The NSW South Coast ocean front also contains a confluence of warm currents, contributing to a thriving ecosystem that is ideal for fishing. Enjoy great fishing in Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven, popular for bream, whiting and flathead. Or stand on a sandy shore and fish the beach, relax on the river in a dinghy or charter a boat for deeper waters as you fish in the beautiful surrounds of Batemans Bay and Eurobodalla

Mystery Bay, South Coast

Enjoy a rewarding and memorable whale-watching cruise as they migrate along the coast between May and November. Watch these amazing animals on the Sapphire Coast as they feed their young before they begin the final stage of their journey to Antarctica.

Adventure in the air is also popular in this region. Bald Hill at Stanwell Park is one of the best coastal hang-gliding locations in the world; take advantage of the location and the experienced instructors to enjoy the thrill of your life. Albion Park is the centre of aviation action and adventure on the South Coast - take a scenic flight over the area or skydive onto the beach at Wollongong.

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  1. Bald Hill Lookout

    Bald Hill is one of Illawarra, Australia's most well known and most popular lookouts situated a top the hill of that name. Not only are the views excellent, the area is also internationally known as a major hang...

  2. Banksia Walk - Burrewarra Point

    Burrewarra Point has a charming walk through a mature banksia forest with views of the coast and hinterland. It is a fine place to spot whales from September to November. In Autumn, the large grey-green flower...

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