South Coast Beaches
South Coast beaches
Surf, swim, fish or relax on the shores of New South Wales’ stunning South Coast beaches. Enjoy the casual pace of quaint towns and villages surrounded by bushland and national parks as you discover diverse wildlife. In search of privacy and solitude? You’ve come to the right place – deserted beaches are easy to find.
Lush mountains border the majestic Shoalhaven coastline, home to 109 sandy beaches and 49 seaside towns. The beach at Shoalhaven Heads is part of the Seven Mile Beach National Park and marks where the Shoalhaven River meets the sea. Nearby, Booderee National Park encircles idyllic Jervis Bay. Swim and surf at Hyams Beach and take the White Sands Walk across some of the whitest sand in the world.
Striking Shellharbour sits dramatically between the ocean and Illawarra escarpment. The area is renowned for its surf beaches, and Killalea Beach (aka ‘The Farm’) and Minnamurra, or Mystics, Beach offer some of the best waves on the South Coast. Go fishing at Lake Illawarra and explore a host of marine life as you snorkel or dive at Bass Point Reserve.
A picturesque coastline, craggy headlands and river estuaries make Eurobodalla an ideal beach-holiday destination. Visit beautiful Eurobodalla National Park and go surfing at 1080 Beach, or take in the view from one of many headland lookouts. Nearby, tranquil Broulee Beach is a well-protected family favourite. Explore the snorkelling trail at Batemans Bay and swim with seals at Montague Island.
The Sapphire Coast is renowned for its sparkling beaches, bays, lakes, national parks, walking tracks and meandering coastal drives. The main towns that dot the region include Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula and Eden. Swim and surf in the clear waters of the Tathra, Merimbula and Pambula beaches or explore the cliffs, caves and rock stacks at Mimosa Rocks National Park.
The stunning natural beauty of Wollongong makes it the perfect location for outdoor adventures. Quaint local towns and beaches, including Austinmer Beach, Stanwell Park and Thirroul, pepper the coastline. Here, you’ll find countless swimming, surfing, fishing and sailing opportunities. Enjoy a walk across Sea Cliff Bridge, cool off in the popular ocean pool at Austinmer or indulge in an adrenaline-pumping sky dive onto the beach.
Surrounded by farmland and rolling hills, coastal Kiama is just a 90-minute drive from Sydney. The pretty seaside town is home to the world’s largest blowhole, which spouts water more than 20 metres into the air. Surf at Kiama’s popular surf beach and explore the great Kiama Coastal Walk. The spectacular 22-kilometre track zigzags through headlands and beaches and past rivers.