Getting to the South Coast

Just south of Sydney, you’ll find a beautiful stretch of coastline perfect for day trips, weekend escapes and longer stays at any time of the year. The unspoilt NSW South Coast is easy to get to by car, train or plane. Drive via one of the most spectacular touring routes in the world, fly to an airport or take a scenic train trip. 

One of the best ways to explore the natural splendour and fascinating heritage of the South Coast is by car. The magnificent 140km Grand Pacific Drive begins just south of Sydney and weaves through one of the oldest national parks in the world to Stanwell Park and then over the stunning Sea Cliff Bridge.

Sea Cliff Bridge, Clifton

The route hugs the Illawarra Escarpment to Wollongong and then takes you past Albion Park, Shellharbour, Kiama, Gerringong and Berry, before travelling on to Nowra, which is close to the white sand beaches and dolphins of Jervis Bay. This journey is part of the spectacular Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive.

Batemans Bay is a four-hour drive from Sydney and two hours from Canberra. The drive from Melbourne to Eden, one of Australia’s best spots to watch whales, is a little over six hours. From Canberra, it takes three hours to get to Eden via Merimbula and Pambula. Find useful road trip information about 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. There are many small towns to visit along this scenic rail route including Stanwell Park, Scarborough, Austinmer, Thirroul, Bulli, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Gerringong and Berry. Bomaderry near Nowra is the last stop on the line.

Buses depart from Canberra and Sydney for popular seaside destinations. Another option is to fly to the far South Coast and rent a car. With Regional Express, you can fly from Sydney to Moruya, which is only 40 minutes’ drive from Narooma. Flights to Merimbula operate out of Sydney and Melbourne.

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