South Coast Family Holidays

With pristine beaches, fun attractions and plenty of animal encounters, the NSW South Coast offers an unforgettable escape for the whole family. From whale watching and spotting kangaroos in the wild to exploring the stars at a planetarium and enrolling in surf school, there’s so much to enjoy.

Take the kids fishing and bushwalking in beautiful national parks or on a steam train ride at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum in Albion Park. Swim in crystal blue waters, enjoy a huge range of water sports, and make the most of waterslides at Jamberoo Action Park and zip-lines at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures.

Kiama Farmer's Markets, Kiama

Just south of Sydney, near Stanwell Park, is Symbio Wildlife Park where parents and kids can experience native and exotic animals up close. In Wollongong, gaze at the stars, planets and galaxies at Science Space interactive museum and planetarium. There are also plenty of tours and events suitable for all ages.

Marvel at the spectacle of the famous blowhole in Kiama, which drenches visitors with seawater if they get too close. A short drive southwest is Berry – head to the Treat Factory for delicious handcrafted sweets. Take the family on a Bigfoot tractor-bus ride at Coolangatta Estate winery near Shoalhaven Heads.

Family walking along the beach ready to fish at Glasshouse Rocks, Narooma

Enjoy a picnic on some of the whitest sands in the world at Jervis Bay, home to dolphins, whales and seals. Dolphin cruises depart all year round and whale tours operate during the annual whale migration. Farther south, you can see kangaroos in the wild at Pebbly Beach in Murramarang National Park.

Meet endangered and exotic animals like snow leopards at Mogo Zoo, near Batemans Bay. Tours depart from Narooma for Montague Island, a wildlife wonderland of little penguins and fur seals. On the Sapphire Coast at the southern tip of NSW, discover the Merimbula Aquarium and the Eden Killer Whale Museum.