Fresh is definitely best on the beautiful NSW South Coast. Whether it’s the region’s famous oysters, award-winning dairy produce, premium wines or creative restaurant menus, your dining experience is set to be based around local and seasonal fare. And outdoors there are plenty of great experiences like kayaking and diving, walking and hiking through rainforests and along the coast.
How to get there: Drive along a touring route, travel to Nowra by train or fly to Moruya or Merimbula from Sydney
Distance: Shellharbour is 111km south of Sydney. The Shellharbour to Eden route is 370km.
Duration: Spend five days and nights on the Eat and Play itinerary, exploring the beautiful towns along the pristine South Coast.
Start early for a day of sun and surf at Killalea State Park where famous surf breaks at ‘The Farm’ and ‘Mystics’ beaches are located within 250 hectares of pristine coastal reserve. Enjoy a picnic, go for a bushwalk or learn to surf at the region’s only National Surfing Reserve with Pines Surfing Academy. Celebrate your success over tapas, South Coast oysters or a degustation menu at Relish on Addison before taking a walk along the harbour foreshore at Shellharbour Village.
Next stop is Kiama and its famous blowhole which draws a huge crowd when the wind, tide and waves are pumping! Explore the fascinating Pilot’s Museum and visitor centre nearby for local walking maps and tips on where to eat. After a picnic overlooking the harbour or the beach, spend the afternoon paddle boarding with SUP Downunder. Drop by the Hungry Monkey for a meal before exploring the historic terrace houses on Collins Street, where you will find delightful shops selling crafts, collectibles and clothing.
A canoe and kayak adventure on the beautiful Kangaroo Valley River is sure to be a highlight of your getaway. With help from Kangaroo Valley Safaris, you’ll paddle along a serene stretch of the river, passing through beautiful sandstone gorges and glimpsing the wildlife. You’ll have hearty appetite afterwards so head to nearby Berry for a delicious feast at Berry Sourdough Cafe. Foodie highlights further south include Milton’s cafes and Cupitt's Winery, Brewery & Kitchen at Ulladulla.
Today’s itinerary has plenty of great options. Learn the age-old tradition of turning milk into delicious dairy treats at Bodalla Cheese Factory & Dairy Shed or join a diving, whale-watching or guided snorkelling tour with Island Charters Narooma. Food lovers will enjoy the rolling hills of the gorgeous and historic Tilba district where the Tilba Growers Market is held weekly. Browse the local delicacies, including local honey, jams and preserves, delicious baked treats, plus much more.
Start the day by paddling with Kiah Wilderness Tours through a quiet coastal estuary, brimming with wildlife near Eden. Then head into Eden to check out the incredible stories of the local whaling industry at Eden Killer Whale Museum, home to the huge skeleton of an orca known as "Old Tom". Wrap up your trip with the quintessential South Coast experience – oyster shucking and tasting with the experts from Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tour.
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