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. 

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Meroogal Women's Art Prize

    Tuesday 26 March 2019 to Saturday 30 March 2019 , Nowra

    The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize celebrates the creativity and achievements of female artists across NSW, and pays tribute to the four generations of women who lived at Meroogal in Nowra for almost 100 years. The work of 35 artists is…

    26 Mar - 30 Mar
  2. Two: Nowra

    Tuesday 26 March 2019 , Nowra

    A misfit crowd of eccentric and hilarious individuals. Directed by Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry, Jim Cartwright’s timeless comedy Two introduces fourteen colourful characters, all skillfully played by Brian Meegan and…

    26 Mar
  3. The World Cup

    Tuesday 26 March 2019 to Sunday 31 March 2019 , Thirroul

    Community based and family friendly fundraiser. The World Cup 2019 with special guest Messi. Hosted by The Coledale Waves Pink Ladies Team. Anyone can play in this fun event. They are aiming to fill 10 teams of seven people, a mix of…

    26 Mar - 31 Mar
  4. SAGE Farmers Market Moruya

    Tuesday 26 March 2019 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…

    26 Mar - 02 Sep
  5. Plaception: Elyssa Skyes-Smith

    Tuesday 26 March 2019 to Saturday 06 April 2019 , Nowra

    Do people create place or places create people? Perhaps people exist in a constantly evolving conversation with their environment. Do places have to exist physically or can they be imaginary? Plaception presents new and past works by…

    26 Mar - 06 Apr
  6. A Place to Call Home - Works from the Collection

    Tuesday 26 March 2019 to Sunday 21 July 2019 , Wollongong

    The homes of Wollongong as captured by artists past and present. Includes works by Riste Andrievski, John Bokor, Bill Brown, Jasmin Carter, Lavinia Figtree, Robert Hoddle, Charles Kerry, Elspeth McCombe, Noel McKenna, Alice McKenzie, Frank…

    26 Mar - 21 Jul
  7. Monochrome - Works from the Collection

    Tuesday 26 March 2019 to Sunday 11 August 2019 , Wollongong

    Black, white and every shade of grey in between, this exhibition lunges into the inky darkness and brightest light to explore the collection and includes painting, drawing, photography, prints and sculpture. Gallery hours: Tuesday to…

    26 Mar - 11 Aug
  8. Future Feminist Archive Live in Wollongong

    Tuesday 26 March 2019 to Sunday 02 June 2019 , Wollongong

    Artists and performers weave Wollongong’s first International Women’s Day March in 1979 and its context of equal rights and women’s right to work struggles, with contemporary feminist themes and hashtag age initiatives such as Me Too. …

    26 Mar - 02 Jun