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 - Huskisson - 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. Debra Dawes Measure (ii)

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Sunday 27 May 2018 , Wollongong

    Measure (ii) is a new iteration of a recent survey exhibition by Debra Dawes. This new project combines a selected survey of works from Dawes prolific, centred, and coherently developed career history, with several recent and new experimen…

    22 Mar - 27 May
  2. Chromophilia

    Thursday 22 March 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 …

    22 Mar - 29 Jul
  3. Ross Noble - El Hablador

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Friday 23 March 2018 , Wollongong

    The supreme master of spontaneous stand-up returns to IPAC. Who is El Hablador? It's Ross Noble. No, but who is the one they call El Hablador? They just said, it is Ross Noble. You know? Long hair, does stand up where he dances about the …

    22 Mar - 23 Mar
  4. Taha

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Saturday 24 March 2018 , Wollongong

    Coming direct from the Edinburgh and Adelaide Festivals, they’re delighted to present the award-winning, lyrical and nuanced story of the life of acclaimed Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali (1931-2011). In his powerfully moving and humoro…

    22 Mar - 24 Mar
  5. Bermagui Fishermen's Wharf Growers Market

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Thursday 28 June 2018 , Bermagui

    The Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf Growers Market is held each Thursday afternoon from 2.30pm on the shores of Bermagui Harbour. This local growers and producers market has a spectacular location and is set in the heart of the NSW Sapphire Coas…

    22 Mar - 28 Jun
  6. Art Classes with Violetta Strabic

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Tuesday 29 January 2019 , Wollongong

    Bring out your artistic flare by painting, drawing and ceramics with Violetta Strabic. Situated in Wollongong, Violetta is passionate about bringing the world of day dreaming and beauty into everyday coastal life and loves illuminating th…

    22 Mar - 29 Jan
  7. Moving Histories Future Projections

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Saturday 28 April 2018 , Bega

    Moving Histories Future Projections brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screen based media including Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, Amala Groom, Deborah Kelly, Kate Blackmore and Jacin…

    22 Mar - 28 Apr
  8. Iconic Australian Houses

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Saturday 31 March 2018 , Nowra

    Iconic Australian Houses: an exhibition by Karen McCartney and presented in partnership with Architecture Foundation Australia is a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. The exhibi…

    22 Mar - 31 Mar