Gerringong is perched on a dramatic headland on the NSW South Coast. Ramble westward from the beautiful beaches and surf breaks to find verdant countryside with top-notch food and wine experiences. Enjoy beautiful views of the ocean, rolling farmlands, vineyards, and the rugged escarpment stretching north to south.

Werri Beach, just north of the town, is the perfect spot for a swim and is patrolled by lifeguards in warmer months. It’s also popular with surfers and you’ll find point breaks are at either end of the beach. It’s a great picnic spot or grab some fish and chips from the famous Werri Beach Fish Shop.

Friends running down to Gerringong beach, South Coast

Ourie Pool, at the southern end of the beach, was constructed in the 1930s. Nearby are amenities and a wading pool for children. Another delightful swimming spot is Boat Harbour Rock Pool, near Cooke Park, which has well-kept barbecue facilities, picnic tables and a children’s playground that is a neighbourhood favourite.

Just south of Gerringong is Seven Mile Beach, where Land’s Edge Surf School, Surf Camp Australia and Gerringong Surf School offer lessons on how to ride the waves. For surf gear, browse Natural Necessity in town. Golfers will enjoy the ocean views and beautifully manicured greens on the 18-hole course at Gerringong Golf Club.

Women enjoying a day learning about sustainable agriculture at Buena Vista Farm, Gerringong

Choose a route based on where to eat and drink: from mod Oz restaurants to cellar doors such as Crooked River Wines and Roselea Vineyard, to a cold beer at Stoic Brewing. Gerringong Bakery makes great pies and pastries and Buena Vista Farm runs cooking workshops. See what's on in the events calendar.

Gerringong is a short drive south of Kiama, 35 minutes from Wollongong and under two hours’ from Sydney along the scenic Grand Pacific Drive. Or take a 2hr 30 min coastal train journey from Sydney’s Central Station. Accommodation in Gerringong include stylish holiday houses, seaside cottages, rural retreats, holiday parks and campsites