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. Kiama Makers and Growers Market

    Saturday 27 January 2018 to Saturday 23 February 2019 , Kiama

    Established in 2003, the Kiama Makers and Growers Market is a make it, bake it, sew it, grow it market. It is held on the fourth Saturday of the month at Black Beach in beautiful Kiama, featuring delectable gourmet food, produce and…

    27 Jan - 23 Feb
  2. Sunset Cinema Wollongong

    Thursday 13 December 2018 to Saturday 23 February 2019 , Wollongong

    Sink into a beanbag, sip on fine wine, laugh long and loud. Sunset Cinema is back at the Botanic Gardens from December until February. Featuring foot-stomping blockbusters, family favourites and VHS classics under the stars. With full…

    13 Dec - 23 Feb
  3. Kiama Sevens

    Saturday 23 February 2019 , Kiama

    The annual Kiama Sevens will once again be held on the last Saturday in February at the Kiama Showground. The Kiama Sevens is a seven-a-side knock out competition. There will be individual trophies for the players in the winning team…

    23 Feb
  4. Summer Sirens Photo Shoot

    Saturday 23 February 2019 , Mollymook

    Join L'escargot Ivre Photography and the other Summer Sirens for the annual picnic photo shoot and late afternoon frolicking out at Shallow Crossing. They will pack all kinds of lovely things to help you style yourself up. Perhaps you…

    23 Feb
  5. Blockbusters to the Beach

    Saturday 23 February 2019 , Stanwell Park

    Under the musical direction of 2017 ARIA nominee and local music teacher, Alison Garvie, the Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (SPAT) Music orchestra presents their third concert - Blockbusters to the Beach. SPAT Music welcomes musicians in the…

    23 Feb
  6. Life Drawing with Violetta Strabic

    Sunday 24 February 2019 to Monday 04 March 2019 , Wollongong

    This practical approach to drawing the human form will step you through the basics of anatomy, shading and composition. Commencing with skills on how to draw the torso and décolletage you will progress to hands and feet and on the last…

    24 Feb - 04 Mar
  7. Beginners Drawing Class With Charcoal

    Sunday 24 February 2019 to Friday 08 March 2019 , Wollongong

    From beginners looking to understand the how to start drawing with shape and shading, to intermediate hobbyists looking to refine their skills, Violetta will show you how to draw still life objects with charcoal with a spot of colour. …

    24 Feb - 08 Mar
  8. The Australian Tenors

    Sunday 24 February 2019 , Nowra

    Audiences are thrilled by the ever-popular classical arias from the best-known Operas, traditional Neapolitan songs such as ‘O Sole Mio’, ‘Funiculi Funicular’, and popular tenor tunes from the hit music theatre productions such as ‘Tonight…

    24 Feb