Getting to the South Coast

Getting to the unspoilt South Coast of NSW is easy. You can drive on one of the most spectacular touring routes in the world, enjoy a scenic train trip or fly to an airport. This beautiful coastline of Australia is perfect for day trips, weekend escapes and longer stays at any time of the year.

Self-drive is one of the best ways to explore the natural splendour and fascinating heritage of the NSW South Coast. The 138 km Grand Pacific Drive begins south of Sydney and weaves through one of the oldest national parks in the world to Stanwell Park and then over the Sea Cliff Bridge, an engineering marvel.

Sea Cliff Bridge, Clifton

The route hugs the Illawarra Escarpment to Wollongong and then past Albion Park, Shellharbour, Kiama, Gerringong and Berry to the edge of Nowra, which is close to the fine white sands and dolphins of Jervis Bay. This journey is part of the magnificent Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive.

From Canberra, the drive to Batemans Bay is two hours and to Eden, via Merimbula and Pambula, is a little over three hours. The drive from Melbourne to Eden, one of Australia’s best spots to watch whales, is a little over six hours. Useful road trip links are NSW weather and NSW roads.

Car drives over the historic Hampden Bridge in Kangaroo Valley

You can also travel by train, with regular services leaving from Sydney's Central Station. This scenic rail route offers many places to stop along the way including Stanwell Park, Scarborough, Austinmer, Thirroul, Bulli, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama , Gerringong, Berry and Bomaderry is the last stop.

Buses depart from Canberra and Sydney for popular seaside destinations. Flying to the far south coast and renting a car is another option. You can fly from Sydney to Moruya, only 40 minutes’ drive from Narooma, with Regional Express. Flights to Merimbula operate out of Sydney and Melbourne.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Berry Gardens Festival

    Thursday 18 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Berry

    There is so much to see and do in this scenic part of the Shoalhaven. Why not plan ahead for a special weekend at a beautiful time of the year, when the beaches are quiet and the countryside and its flowers are at their most bounteous? Vi…

    18 Oct - 21 Oct
  2. Mirrabooka Show Jumping Cup

    Friday 19 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Moruya

    The 2018 Mirrabooka Show Jumping Cup is a Show Jumping Cup being presented by the Mirrabooka Riding Club at the Moruya Showground. This event is a two day competition across two rings, including a 1.4 metre Grandprix and Roger Whyte Memori…

    19 Oct - 21 Oct
  3. Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival

    Friday 19 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Kangaroo Valley

    Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival - a three day celebration of music, poetry, dancing, art and craft in Australia's most beautiful valley. Enjoy over 50 fabulous acts from around Australia and overseas in six intimate venues. The fun starts …

    19 Oct - 21 Oct
  4. Long Course Weekend Jervis Bay

    Friday 19 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Huskisson

    Enter now and make sure you’re a part of Australia’s biggest festival of sport! Taking place over three days, on Friday you’ll tackle a 3.8 kilometre swim, before a 180 kilometre cycle on Saturday and a 42.2 kilometres marathon on Sunday – …

    19 Oct - 21 Oct
  5. Bird Haven Festival

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Shoalhaven

    Bird Haven Festival is a new celebration to promote an appreciation and understanding of birds and their habitat. It will become an annual event held in Shoalhaven Heads and will be based around the themes of Science, Conservation, Educatio…

    20 Oct - 21 Oct
  6. Wellness Weekend Retreat

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Wollongong

    Take some time out to recharge before the busy season hits. With a backdrop of the stunning Pacific Ocean and golden sands of North Beach, Wollongong this Wellness Weekend Retreat is designed to help you relax and refocus. Mind, body and…

    20 Oct - 21 Oct
  7. Beach Netball - Wollongong

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Wollongong

    Beach Netball is a fun, social game played with friends with a focus on health and fitness. It’s played on a specially designed half court on the sand with five players on the beach per team. It’s a round robin event, featuring shoot outs…

    20 Oct - 21 Oct
  8. The Dawn Wall - Nowra

    Sunday 21 October 2018 , Nowra

    In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb the Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. The pair lived on t…

    21 Oct
  9. Jervis Bay Marathon

    Sunday 21 October 2018 , Huskisson

    The Jervis Bay Marathon is set to be one of New South Wales’ biggest marathon events. With amazing scenery and plenty of sunshine, Jervis Bay is a great place to escape the winter blues and the perfect way to end your season of racing. Thi…

    21 Oct