Gerringong may be small (population 4,000), but what it lacks in size, it more than achieves in personality and seaside charm. On a headland webbed with the inland waterways of Werri Gully, this NSW South Coast town unites calm coves with surf beaches, rolling farmland with rugged escarpments. Choose from memorable wining and dining, kayaking and golf, or just find a spot on the sand to look for whales.
Walkers Beach, Gerringong
A classic Aussie beach town, Gerringong life revolves around its main beach, Werri Beach. Set on a long stretch of sand, its split and bordered by Werri Lagoon on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Patrolled by lifeguards in warmer months, the beach draws swimmers and surfers alike, with reliable point breaks found at either end of the sand.
BYO picnic lunch or drop into Natural Necessity, a sprawling surf shop and cafe that’s been a local favourite for more than 40 years.
Gerringong beach, Gerringong - Credit: James Horan; Destination NSW
Hundreds of ocean-fed rock pools stud the state’s coastlines. Among the most alluring is Ourie Pool, located at the southern end of Werri Beach. Chiselled into the rock shelf and sporting a concrete floor, the waterhole also features a handy wading pool for children.
Meanwhile near Cooke Park, Boat Harbour Rock Pool is set amid natural rock foundations, its watery playground offering shimmering views over the headland. Dry off, and make the most of barbecue facilities, picnic tables and a children’s playground – a neighbourhood favourite.
You’re not going to go hungry in Gerringong – fertile soils and bountiful produce will leave you spoilt when it comes to places to eat and drink. Toast your arrival in the region at Crooked River Wines, with sips at the cellar door and brewery, or a well-paired meal in the restaurant.
Family owned Roselea Vineyard is nearby, known for producing everything from sparkling wines to reds and vintage ports. Then stop by for a cold glass of something delicious at Stoic Brewing, whether a Hazy Pale Ale or Cloudy Apple Cider.
If you’re after a quick but nourishing bite, join queues at Gerringong Bakery for homemade pies and pastries; if you have time to linger, visit Buena Vista Farm to attend a tour or cooking workshop using farm-to-table fare. Visit the Gerringong Rotary Markets on the third Saturday of the month to meet more local producers, or see what's on in the events calendar.
If you’re looking for local art, take a stroll to Fern Street Gallery or peruse the interesting range of handmade homewares, artwork and fashion at The Collective Beat.
Accommodation in Gerringong includes stylish holiday houses, seaside cottages, rural retreats, holiday parks and campsites. If you’re after a high-style retreat, try one of Dovecote’s two dramatic pavilions, or architect Espie Dodds’ view-capturing Ocean Farm.
It is less than a two-hour drive from Sydney to Gerringong along the Grand Pacific Drive, the epic coastal route winding south from the Royal National Park. You’ll weave over the scenic Sea Cliff Bridge, pass geological wonders, skirt powdery beaches and navigate coastal towns and cities, including Wollongong (35min north) and Kiama (10min north). Or take a three-hour coastal train journey from Sydney’s Central Station. There are also flights available to Shellharbour, which is 29km north of Gerringong.
Fly into Shellharbour Airport
Shellharbour Airport is located at Albion Park and is the gateway to Shellharbour City.
Flying to Shellharbour is the fastest way to enjoy everything the region has to offer from surfing at a National Surfing Reserve or enjoying a round of golf, to spectacular beaches, beautiful scenery, bush walking and more.
Link Airways operates direct flights from Shellharbour to Melbourne five days a week and Shellharbour to Brisbane five days a week.
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