There are plenty of good reasons the NSW South Coast is called a fishermen's paradise - pristine rivers, lakes and ocean as well as warm currents and an amazing variety of fishing experiences. Whether you're fishing from a dinghy with the kids or keen to strike out on a game-fishing charter, you'll find plenty to enjoy.
NSW has one of the most impressive and accessible coastlines in the world and, along the 600km stretch of the South Coast, you'll find some of the best surf. If you're an experienced surfer, check out the big waves at Killalea State Park, a National Surfing Reserve located at Shellharbour, Wreck Bay just south of Jervis Bay or Merimbula Bar.
National parks and nature reserves along the coast provide plenty of rugged landscapes for adventure activities on land. Explore the wild coast, beaches and woodlands of Ben Boyd National Park on foot or get fit to climb Kiama Coast Walk is another great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery at your own pace. Cycling is popular on the South Coast with many cycle ways passing through the region's most picturesque areas. Top-notch cycle ways are at Batemans Bay, Narooma and Wollongong. Other highlights are the cycle paths in pretty Mogo State Forest and the historic velodrome at Mystery Bay built in the 1890s and still operating. Action-packed bike trails in national parks can be found in Deua, from Greenpatch in Booderee, Morton and Murramarang national parks.
If you love water sports, the South Coast offers plenty of choice such as fishing, diving and snorkelling, sailing, canoeing and kayaking. Some locations are simply stunning. Scuba diving and snorkelling is well worth it at Bushrangers' Bay near Shellharbour, one of the best dive sites in NSW, while kayaking on the beautiful Kangaroo River Valley is soothing for both the body and the soul. A whale-watching cruise during the annual migration along the coast brings great rewards as you watch these amazing animals.
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.