South Coast

From beautiful beaches and spectacular wilderness to fun adventure and delectable food and wine, the NSW South Coast is brimming with unforgettable experiences. You’ll be amazed with the many wonderful things to do and see, including tours to see dolphins, whales, fur seals and little penguins.

Relax on some of the whitest sands in the world, see kangaroos in the wild, savour freshly shucked oysters on Australia’s Oyster Coast, and enjoy a range of water sports, cycling and bushwalking. Slide on giant waterslides, soar on Australia’s highest zip-line and try tandem skydiving and hang-gliding.

Dolphin Watching Tour from Huskisson, on the NSW South Coast

There are fascinating Aboriginal cultural experiences, too. Begin your discovery of the South Coast in the splendid Wollongong region, just south of Sydney on the marvellous Grand Pacific Drive touring route. Stanwell Park is an acclaimed spot for hang-gliding and paragliding above the azure sea.

South of Wollongong is the Shellharbour region, where snorkelling and diving is popular at one of Australia’s best dive sites, Bass Point. Ride steam trains at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum and visit famous surf breaks The Farm and Mystics in Killalea, where you can ride a Segway on the beach.

Seal swimming off Montague Island near Narooma on the NSW South Coast

A short drive south is the world-famous Kiama Blowhole in the Kiama region. For breathtaking natural scenery, enjoy the Kiama Coast Walk and explore the enchanting Minnamurra Rainforest, near the waterslides of Jamberoo Action Park and zip-lines of the Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures.

The Oyster Coast begins in the Shoalhaven region, home to the White Sands Walk, dolphins of Jervis Bay and pretty Kangaroo Valley. Taste the elegant wines of the Shoalhaven Coast wine region at cellar doors and dine at acclaimed restaurants, such as Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook.

Pebbly Beach - Murramarang National Park - Bawley Point - Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven

You can get up close to kangaroos in the wild at Pebbly Beach in Murramarang National Park, near Bawley Point. Farther south is the Eurobodalla region and one of the great wildlife adventures in the world — snorkelling or diving with a colony of fur seals on Montague Island, off the coast of Narooma.

Fishing is popular along the coast. Bermagui on the sparkling Sapphire Coast is famous for game fishing. You can fly from Sydney or Melbourne to charming Merimbula. Less than 30 minutes’ drive south is Eden, one of Australia’s best spots for whale watching. The Eden Killer Whale Museum is fascinating.

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  1. Mini Master Chef

    Tuesday 17 July 2018 to Friday 20 July 2018 , Wollongong

    Mini Master Chef at Towradgi Beach Hotel where the kids get to make, bake and eat their own creations. Book the kids into the very popular Mini Master Chef Classes during the July School Holidays. One class per day: 10.30am - 12pm, perfect…

    17 Jul - 20 Jul
  2. Chromophilia

    Tuesday 17 July 2018 to Sunday 29 July 2018 , Wollongong

    Chromophilia is a riot of colour. From leafy greens, luscious yellows, bright oranges, moody blues and all colours of the rainbow - the collection comes alive in a display connecting objects by colour across a range of media and collecting …

    17 Jul - 29 Jul
  3. Moonmilk, Chris Fulham

    Tuesday 17 July 2018 to Saturday 04 August 2018 , Nowra

    The Audio Cave presents Moonmilk, an immersive sound environment that grows in response to exploration. Moonmilk is an exercise in experiential art, focusing on immersion and experience for multiple engagers. The artworks design has been dr…

    17 Jul - 04 Aug
  4. SAGE Farmers Market Moruya

    Tuesday 17 July 2018 to Tuesday 02 September 2025 , Moruya

    Held every Tuesday afternoon at Riverside Park, The SAGE Farmers Market was born out of a community demand for quality, local food. They are proud to be able to provide a marketplace for consumers to access locally grown or harvested food d…

    17 Jul - 02 Sep
  5. Jewels in the Crown

    Tuesday 17 July 2018 to Sunday 26 August 2018 , Wollongong

    Masterpieces and much loved works from the Gallery’s collection will be exhibited in Jewels in the Crown. This exhibition shows the depth and breadth of the Gallery’s collection from Eugene von Guerard’s detailed views of the Illawarra, Ro…

    17 Jul - 26 Aug
  6. Baldnhurr - A Lasting Impression

    Tuesday 17 July 2018 to Saturday 08 September 2018 , Bega

    In a remote corner of Arnhem Land sits Yirrkala Print Space, where, for over twenty years, the ancient craft of printmaking has not only survived, but prospered. A celebratory exhibition of this print space, Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impress…

    17 Jul - 08 Sep