Surf Beaches around Gerringong
A meeting point of beautiful headland and lush countryside, Gerringong is a haven of fine beaches. Werri Beach is one of the South Coast’s top surf beaches, with point breaks at both ends. Seven Mile Beach, between Gerroa and Shoalhaven Heads, is also popular for surfing and windsurfing. You can learn to surf at either beach with local experts.
This hilltop village of Gerringong sits perched on the dramatic coastal headland, overlooking great swathes of blue ocean and surrounded by vibrant green hills. It’s about 10 minutes’ drive south of Kiama, within easy reach of Sydney at around two-hours’ drive, and less than an hour from Wollongong. Yet this seaside town feels worlds away.
A good way to get the lay of the land is to park near the main street and explore the town. Park at the Gerringong Cemetery at the top of Belinda Street, you can walk down the headland to Boat Harbour Reserve, a pretty sheltered beach and boat ramp, where you’ll find Cook Park, which has a children’s playground, as well as the secluded Boat Harbour Rock Pool, formerly the Gerringong Ladies’ Baths.
On the north side of the very same headland sits the Werri Beach Rock pool, constructed in the 1930s and a favourite with lap swimmers. Werri Beach itself is a must-visit. Known as an excellent surf beach, it is distinguished by having point breaks at both ends of the beach. Werri Beach is patrolled by lifeguards and is also popular with families and picnickers.
There’s a thriving golf scene in Gerringong, with seven golf courses in close proximity. The Gerringong Golf Club in particular offers spectacular views, and is set between Gerringong and nearby Gerroa. It has a small club house serving snacks and drinks, but the real draw is the view over Walker’s Beach to the east, and down the hills inland to the mountains and Budderoo National Park.
There are plenty of spots in Gerringong to stop for a bite. Grab a pie or a pastry from the Gerringong Bakery, a favourite with visitors making a pit stop on their South Coast adventure. Go for a beer at Cronin’s Hotel, and be sure to sample the wines on offer at the Crooked River Winery, which also has a critically acclaimed restaurant. Check out The School, a historic schoolhouse built in 1862 in Toolijooa, relocated to Gerringong in 1953, and relocated again in 1995. At the The School, you can get high tea, lunches, taste a range of teas, and take cooking and cheesemaking classes.