Arts, Culture & Heritage
From famous Australian artists’ works in regional galleries to fascinating heritage and impressive local arts and crafts, the beautiful NSW South Coast is captivating. Begin your journey on the Grand Pacific Drive at Stanwell Park, where aeronautical pioneer Lawrence Hargrave first flew in 1894.
Just south is Bulli Black Diamond Museum, which explores local coal-mining history. In Wollongong, admire works by famous artists such as John Olsen and a fine indigenous collection in the Wollongong Art Gallery. Check out the Illawarra performing Arts Centre and the exciting events calendar for the entire coast.
A short drive south is Albion Park and the Illawarra Light Rail Museum, where you can ride steam trains. Nearby is the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Aviation Museum, which houses vintage aircraft and the Qantas 747-400 that made history with the nonstop flight from London to Sydney.
In Kiama, browse National Trust-classified Historic Terrace Houses for gifts. Just south is Gerroa, where aviator Charles Kingsford Smith made history in 1933. A delightful drive west is Kangaroo Valley and the Pioneer Village Museum, next to Australia’s last surviving wooden suspension bridge.
On the banks of the Shoalhaven River is heritage-listed Bundanon, home of the great artist Arthur Boyd who donated it to the public in 1993. You can visit on Sundays. For naval aviation history, the is in Nowra, which is not far from the white sands and dolphins of Jervis Bay.
The Jervis Bay Maritime Museum houses the Lady Denman, a Sydney Harbour ferry built in Huskisson, and . Farther south is the Eurobodalla region and the award-winning Original Gold Rush Colony in Mogo, where gold fever struck in 1857.
Discover the heritage villages of Tilba in the foothills of Mount Gulaga, a sacred mountain for Yuin Aboriginal people. South is the Sapphire Coast, home to the iconic Tathra Wharf in Tathra and the fascinating Eden Killer Whale Museum in Eden, one of Australia’s best locations for whale watching.