Getting to the South Coast

Highlights

One of the world’s most beautiful touring routes is along the unspoilt NSW South Coast, beginning with the Grand Pacific Drive and the Sea Cliff Bridge. Relax on fine white sands, swim in crystal-blue waters, explore rainforests, discover Australia’s Oyster Coast and join a whale-watching cruise.

  • Campervan across the Sea Cliff Bridge, Clifton
  • South Coast Dolphin Tours

Discover the South Coast

Getting to the unspoilt South Coast of NSW is easy. You can drive on one of the most spectacular touring routes in the world, enjoy a scenic train trip or fly to an airport. This beautiful coastline of Australia is perfect for day trips, weekend escapes and longer stays at any time of the year.

Self-drive is one of the best ways to explore the natural splendour and fascinating heritage of the NSW South Coast. The 138 km Grand Pacific Drive begins south of Sydney and weaves through one of the oldest national parks in the world to Stanwell Park and then over the Sea Cliff Bridge, an engineering marvel.

Sea Cliff Bridge, Clifton

The route hugs the Illawarra Escarpment to Wollongong and then past Albion Park, Shellharbour, Kiama, Gerringong and Berry to the edge of Nowra, which is close to the fine white sands and dolphins of Jervis Bay. This journey is part of the magnificent Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive.

From Canberra, the drive to Batemans Bay is two hours and to Eden, via Merimbula and Pambula, is a little over three hours. The drive from Melbourne to Eden, one of Australia’s best spots to watch whales, is a little over six hours. Useful road trip links are NSW weather and NSW roads.

Hampden Bridge, Kangaroo Valley

You can also travel by train, with regular services leaving from Sydney's Central Station. This scenic rail route offers many places to stop along the way including Stanwell Park, Scarborough, Austinmer, Thirroul, Bulli, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama , Gerringong, Berry and Bomaderry is the last stop.

Buses depart from Canberra and Sydney for popular seaside destinations. Flying to the far south coast and renting a car is another option. You can fly from Sydney to Moruya, only 40 minutes’ drive from Narooma, with Regional Express. Flights to Merimbula operate out of Sydney and Melbourne.

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