The views from the Gerroa Headland
A walk on the dramatic Gerroa headland summons a spectacular sweep of NSW South Coast into view. As the town’s easternmost point, the lookout sits over the rock formations of Black Head, with the sheltered Shelly Beach to its north, the epic coastline of seven mile beach stretching out to its south and ocean on all sides. On a clear day, you can see as far as Shoalhaven Heads.
The seaside village of Gerroa sits at the mouth of Crooked River, with Seven Mile Beach, a grand and inspiring sweep of pristine white sand, laid out before it. The beach sits within Seven Mile Beach National Park and is popular with families, as well as for fishing, surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
The northern end of the beach is patrolled by lifesavers, and you can also hire a kayak and go paddling on Crooked River.
At low tide, take a walk around the rocks of Black Head, a popular rock fishing spot, and you’ll likely spot periwinkles and starfish in the rock pools, as well as fossilised shells embedded in the rocks. Continue on to nearby Shelly Beach to see all manner of shells and sealife. Be sure to walk around Gerroa’s famous headland and take in the absolutely breathtaking views.
The Kingsford Smith Lookout, located at the entrance to town and right next to the Gerroa Boat Fisherman’s Club, also offers panoramic views of Seven Mile Beach National Park. Seven Mile Beach National Park includes picnic areas, access to the beach, bbqs and several walks. It has an extensive sand dune system and supports a wealth of bird and mammal life, such as possums and wombats.
Nearby Minnamurra Rainforest, with its spectacular waterfalls and lush subtropical vegetation, is definitely worth a visit, and is home to a host of bird species including lyrebirds.
Gerroa is also close to many of the South Coast wineries, as well as the seaside town of Gerringong and the quaint country village of Berry. At the opposite end of Seven Mile Beach to Gerroa sits Shoalhaven Heads, a tranquil beach resort town where the Shoalhaven River flows into the ocean.
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Werri Beach is a surfer's paradise, with point breaks at both ends of the beach and waves peeling off the north or south headlands. The rocks to the south of the beach are great for fishing, and there’s also the Werri Beach rock pool. The popular Werri Beach Fish Shop is also on the beach. Continue around the south headland to a rock pool, boat ramp and park.
Seven Mile Beach National Park features vast ocean to one side and sand dunes, forests and walking tracks the other. Just half an hour away is Budderoo National Park, which contains the temperate Minnamurra Rainforest and the sublime Carrington Falls. Be sure to check out the Kiama Blowhole, a rock formation where water spouts 20 metres into the air.
Windswept yet secluded, Seven Mile Beach beach runs from Gerroa to Shoalhaven Heads and has a unique ecosystem of wetlands, beach and sand dunes. The beach is visually stunning, and there are nearby picnic and bbq areas dotted along the length of its encompassing national park. The northern section of the beach is patrolled by lifesavers.