Imagine a place where winding roads lead to towering green rainforests and sandy beaches as white as snow. Here, the cold warms you: dive into the ocean to recharge your senses, stroll welcoming family-run vineyards or wild jungle pathways, and cosy up with a feast that fills both heart and soul.
The ‘Gong’ will do nothing if not surprise you. Framed by the Pacific to the east and a lush escarpment to the west, the region is naturally blessed – but it’s equally blessed by fabulous human-made attractions, like the biggest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere, kilometres of coastal cycling tracks, inviting eateries and bars, the spectacular Sea Cliff Bridge and sky-high adventure experiences.
You might not be familiar with this small coastal enclave just south of Wollongong, but there’s plenty about Shellharbour that’s worthy of attention. Like the excellent snorkelling and diving in a magical aquatic reserve, iconic surf breaks like the famed Mystics, a tranquil lake and river where you can test your SUP or kayaking skills, or a batch of activities that will get your adrenaline flowing.
People flock to Kiama to witness the force of nature that is the town’s famed blowhole, but the region as a whole is equally awe-inspiring. Get lost in the silent beauty of the rainforest, watch wondrous waterfalls, surf the region’s great breaks, amble stunning coastal walks, soar above the treetops, discover striking rock formations, mosey through a market and get to know the locals.
The Southern Highlands have been a magnet for travellers for more than a century, drawn to the lush landscapes, bucolic charm and slew of pretty villages home to beautifully preserved colonial architecture, colourful gardens and manicured estates. A new generation of food-makers, wineries, retailers and hoteliers continue to make the region the ideal destination to unwind.
There’s an awful lot to love about the Shoalhaven – like the 100 beaches, 49 towns and villages, nine cellar doors and the countless marine creatures (dolphins, seals, visiting whales) that call the region’s pure waters home. Whether you’re a surfer, a bushwalker, a kayaker, a rock climber, or just an inveterate foodie/wine lover, you’re sure to find your own special pocket in this gorgeous region.
The Eurobodalla region is a lush playground where ocean, river, forest and farmland are the alluring attractions. Dive into ocean-washed towns like Batemans Bay, Narooma and Moruya, pick up some of NSW’s best seafood and artisanal produce direct from makers, follow ancient Indigenous songlines to feel a deep connection to the land – or just find a stretch of beach of your very own.
The roll call of magnificence is almost endless on this gem-like stretch of coast, the most southerly in the state. Discover some of the world’s best whale watching, oysters plucked straight from pristine waters, beaches where yours will be the only footprints, immense tracts of national parks, serene ocean pools and villages that ooze charm. Has a coastline ever been better named?
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