Adventure and Sport
Home to a spectacular network of waterways, coastline and national parks, the NSW South Coast offers plenty for the adventurer, thrill seeker and sports lover. Enjoy an unforgettable adventure, from Stanwell Park to Wollongong, Shellharbour and Jervis Bay, and onto Batemans Bay, Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast.
Whether you’re an experienced surfer or learner, you'll find surf conditions suited to your experience. Seasoned surfers will relish the big waves at Killalea State Park, a National Surfing Reserve at Shellharbour. Wreck Bay, just south of Jervis Bay, and Merimbula Bar are also popular. There are many surf schools for beginners.
Take in the area’s natural beauty on one of the South Coast's many great walks. Discover the ancient pathways of Eurobadalla's incredible fossil-rich coastline. Wander the beaches and woodlands of Ben Boyd National Park, or uncover green escarpments, craggy inlets and the famous Kiama Blowhole on the Kiama Coast Walk.
Explore the beautiful beaches and coastline by boat, kayak or stand-up paddle board. Then venture inland, meandering along tranquil waterways such as the scenic Kangaroo River. You can also scuba dive and snorkel at Bushrangers Bay near Shellharbour, one of the best dive sites in NSW and home to colourful marine life.
Hire a bike and journey along one of the many easy and accessible cycleways on the NSW South Coast, taking in stunning scenery. An excellent cycleway and shared path can be found in Shellharbour, winding along the shoreline, past stunning beaches and nature reserves, and along Lake Illawarra.
There’s great fishing to be found in Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven region, popular for bream, whiting and flathead. Or in the beautiful surrounds of Batemans Bay and the Eurobodalla region, you can make the most of top beach fishing, relax on the river in a dinghy or charter a boat for deep sea fishing.
Between May and November, experience the majestic beauty of whales making their annual migration along the coast on a whale-watching cruise. There’s also many on-land lookouts. On the Sapphire Coast, watch as huge numbers of whales stop to feed their young before journeying onto Antarctica.
Adventure in the air is also popular on the South Coast. Bald Hill at Stanwell Park is one of the best coastal hang-gliding locations in the world. For the thrill of a lifetime, try tandem hang-gliding and paragliding. Or take a scenic flight over the area at Albion Park, and skydive onto the beach at Wollongong.