South Coast

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

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, rock climbing and coastal walks. Slide on giant waterslides, soar on Australia’s highest zip-line and try tandem skydiving and hang-gliding.

Green Couple near the Cape Lighthouse on the Light to Light Walk, Sapphire Coast, South Coast

There are fascinating Aboriginal cultural experiences, too. Begin your discovery of the South Coast in the beautiful Wollongong region, just south of Sydney on the 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. Visit famous surf breaks The Farm and Mystics in Killalea. The gorgeous Shellharbour beaches and lakes are perfect for stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

Couple stand-up paddelboarding at Lake Illawarra in Shellharbour.

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. Surf Camp Australia is based in nearby Gerroa and offers surfing lessons at Seven Mile Beach.

The Oyster Coast begins in the Shoalhaven region, home to the White Sands Walk and dolphins of Jervis Bay. Enjoy a beach picnic on incredible white sands, explore gorgeous inlets and bays on a stand up paddle board or kayak. There are many pet friendly beaches, too. Taste delicious local wines at restaurants, such as Rick Stein at Bannisters.

Scuba diver swimming with seals at Montague Island.

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. Eurobodalla is also abundant with fish as well as a great variety of fishing options. Eurobodalla also has many kayak tours and hire services.

Further south is Eden, one of Australia’s best spots for whale watching. The Eden Killer Whale Museum is fascinating.  You can also savour freshly shucked oysters in Pambula on a delicious oyster tour and explore extraordinary natural beauty on incredible bushwalking trails, such as the Light to Light walk. 

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  1. Always...Patsy Cline (Wollongong)

    Friday 21 September 2018 , Wollongong

    Always...Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s endearing friendship with Houston fan Louise Seger, who befr…

    21 Sep
  2. Kiama Makers and Growers Market

    Saturday 22 September 2018 to Saturday 23 February 2019 , Kiama

    Established in 2003, the Kiama Makers and Growers Market is a make it, bake it, sew it, grow it market. It is held on the fourth Saturday of the month at Black Beach in beautiful Kiama, featuring delectable gourmet food, produce and handmad…

    22 Sep - 23 Feb
  3. Kurt Brereton: Report From the Littoral Zone

    Saturday 22 September 2018 to Sunday 25 November 2018 , Huskisson

    An immersive exhibition that explores the littoral zones, mangroves and endangered shorebird environments of the Shoalhaven. This multi-media installation includes paintings, fire art, sculpture and video by South Coast visual and digital m…

    22 Sep - 25 Nov
  4. Giiyong Festival

    Saturday 22 September 2018 , Eden

    The Giiyong Festival will take place at Jigamy, just north of Eden. It will be the South East NSW’s first multi-art form festival celebrating traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture through dance, art, music, film, theatre, food, sp…

    22 Sep
  5. Creative Moments Exhibiton

    Saturday 22 September 2018 to Saturday 06 October 2018 , Nowra

    Creative Moments is an annual joint exhibition of the Shoalhaven Woodcraft Society, Nowra Spinners and Weavers and the Shoalhaven Potters. This local, non-competitive exhibition provides an opportunity for the artisans and craftspeople of t…

    22 Sep - 06 Oct