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. Savvy Survivor

    Sunday 09 December 2018 to Saturday 15 December 2018 , Wollongong

    Savvy Survivor is a week long event that Savvy Fitness runs in summer each year. Participants are split into four tribes, each with 60 plus members to compete for the Survivor title. The tribes are put through tough physical challenges…

    09 Dec - 15 Dec
  2. Retrospective at Wests Illawarra

    Saturday 15 December 2018 , Wollongong

    Perfect for an end of year get together! Some of Sydney and the Illawarra's most experienced musicians have banded together to give you a fun filled night of entertainment with a look back at some of the greatest hits from the 70's, 80's…

    15 Dec
  3. Christmas Folk

    Saturday 15 December 2018 , Bermagui

    A warm and eclectic Christmas folk experience in the enchanting Windsong Pavilion, bringing together Scandinavian, Celtic, English, Georgian, French and Australian traditions. Featuring: Kate Burke (vocals/fiddle) James Crabb (classical…

    15 Dec
  4. Big Bash Christmas Party Wollongong

    Saturday 15 December 2018 , Wollongong

    There’s no better way to celebrate the festive season and year of hard work than with their Christmas Big Bash package. It’s the perfect event for corporates or any sized small groups to come together for one huge night of festive fun. …

    15 Dec