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.

Hang gliding off Stanwell Park - Wollongong and Surrounds - 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.

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.

Seal swims near Scuba Divers off Montague Island - near Narooma

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.

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.

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

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Black is the New White

    Wednesday 21 February 2018 to Saturday 24 February 2018 , Wollongong

    Black is the New White is love, politics and other things you shouldn't talk about at dinner. Sydney Theatre Company’s sold-out, smash hit, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy comes to Wollongong – and it’s bigger, better and blacker than ever!…

    21 Feb - 24 Feb
  2. Kiama Sevens

    Event dates to be confirmed: February 2018 , Kiama

    The annual Kiama Sevens will once again be held on the last Saturday in February at the Kiama Showground. The Kiama Sevens is a seven-a-side knock out competition. There will be individual trophies for the players in the winning team. T…

    24 Feb
  3. Vivaldi Bach Paganini: Berry

    Sunday 25 February 2018 , Berry

    Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience one of Germany's finest Ensembles Chamber Philharmonia Cologne performing in Armidale Uniting Church classics from Germany. They are very happy to offer you a diverse program ranging from Anto…

    25 Feb
  4. Infamous - A Cabaret Cirque Sensation

    Sunday 25 February 2018 to Sunday 11 March 2018 , Wollongong

    This is one Adult Circus you just don't want to miss. A combination of sexy circus acts, raunchy dancing, live music and cheeky comedy will keep adults crying with laughter. Infamous is an 18+ event. Cabaret: A form of entertainment featu…

    25 Feb - 11 Mar
  5. Julian Meagher | Inlet Outlet

    Sunday 25 February 2018 to Saturday 10 March 2018 , Bega

    In April 2017 Bega Valley Regional Gallery welcomed prominent Sydney artist Julian Meagher as inaugural artist in residence. A pilot project for a long term partnership between the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the BVRG, the resid…

    25 Feb - 10 Mar
  6. Forest Threads: Linda Balding

    Sunday 25 February 2018 to Saturday 03 March 2018 , Nowra

    In the exhibition Forest Threads, the printed image, eco dyeing, textural surfaces and embellishment are the threads that merge in the creation of textile art. Linda Balding works with the tactile nature of fabrics, the clarity of print and…

    25 Feb - 03 Mar
  7. Chromophilia

    Sunday 25 February 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 …

    25 Feb - 29 Jul
  8. Coledale Markets

    Sunday 25 February 2018 to Sunday 25 November 2018 , Thirroul

    The coolest and original markets in town, Coledale Markets, are on every fourth Sunday of the Month (Except for December - check out the website for date). Located at the Gorgeous Grounds of Coledale Public School the original, infamous an…

    25 Feb - 25 Nov