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.

Hampden Bridge - 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.


  1. Debra Dawes Measure (ii)

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Sunday 27 May 2018 , Wollongong

    Measure (ii) is a new iteration of a recent survey exhibition by Debra Dawes. This new project combines a selected survey of works from Dawes prolific, centred, and coherently developed career history, with several recent and new experimen…

    21 Mar - 27 May
  2. Kiama Farmers Market

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Wednesday 28 March 2018 , Kiama

    The Kiama Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday at Surf Beach, located on Manning Street. You couldn’t wish for a more picturesque backdrop for your weekly shopping expedition! The market is started each week by the “ringing” of the b…

    21 Mar - 28 Mar
  3. Taha

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Saturday 24 March 2018 , Wollongong

    Coming direct from the Edinburgh and Adelaide Festivals, they’re delighted to present the award-winning, lyrical and nuanced story of the life of acclaimed Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali (1931-2011). In his powerfully moving and humoro…

    21 Mar - 24 Mar
  4. Chromophilia

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Sunday 29 July 2018 , Wollongong

    Chromophilia is a riot of colour. From leafy greens, luscious yellows, bright oranges, moody blues and all colours of the rainbow - the collection comes alive in a display connecting objects by colour across a range of media and collecting …

    21 Mar - 29 Jul
  5. Moving Histories Future Projections

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Saturday 28 April 2018 , Bega

    Moving Histories Future Projections brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screen based media including Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, Amala Groom, Deborah Kelly, Kate Blackmore and Jacin…

    21 Mar - 28 Apr
  6. Iconic Australian Houses

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Saturday 31 March 2018 , Nowra

    Iconic Australian Houses: an exhibition by Karen McCartney and presented in partnership with Architecture Foundation Australia is a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. The exhibi…

    21 Mar - 31 Mar
  7. Ross Noble - El Hablador

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Friday 23 March 2018 , Wollongong

    The supreme master of spontaneous stand-up returns to IPAC. Who is El Hablador? It's Ross Noble. No, but who is the one they call El Hablador? They just said, it is Ross Noble. You know? Long hair, does stand up where he dances about the …

    22 Mar - 23 Mar
  8. Bermagui Fishermen's Wharf Growers Market

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Thursday 28 June 2018 , Bermagui

    The Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf Growers Market is held each Thursday afternoon from 2.30pm on the shores of Bermagui Harbour. This local growers and producers market has a spectacular location and is set in the heart of the NSW Sapphire Coas…

    22 Mar - 28 Jun