Gerroa

A wonderful seaside escape, Gerroa is a charming village in the Kiama region with marvellous views of the NSW South Coast and the sparkling blue ocean. Water sports are popular in Gerroa, which is at the mouth of the Crooked River and the northern end of beautiful Seven Mile Beach.

You’ll find plenty of accommodation options, from holiday houses with stunning coastal vistas to caravan and camping sites. Near wineries in the Shoalhaven Coast wine region, Gerroa is a short drive south of Gerringong and Kiama and 40 minutes from Wollongong and two hours from Sydney

People walking along Seven Mile Beach during twilight in Gerroa, NSW, Australia

Fishing, surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding are among the top things to do. There is a boat ramp and you can hire a kayak to paddle on the calm waters of the Crooked River. Surf Camp Australia, Land’s Edge and Gerringong Surf School are based in Gerroa, and offer surfing lessons at Seven Mile Beach, which is patrolled in the warmer months.

The beach is part of aviation history. Aviator Charles Kingsford Smith made the first commercial flight from Australia to New Zealand in January 1933, using the beach as a runway. At the Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Memorial and Lookout you’ll enjoy a spectacular view of the beach and beyond.

Dolphins in the surf at Seven Mile Beach, on the NSW South Coast

There are walking trails — Sand track walk (north) and Sand track walk (south) — from Gerroa through Seven Mile Beach National Park, which sweeps south to the Shoalhaven Heads. You can also walk along the Gerroa Headland and see dolphins or spot whales migrating along the coast between May and November.

On the northern side of the headland is the Black Head Reserve, a lovely picnic area. There are tracks down to the rock platform, a popular spot for rock fishing. At low tide, walk around the rocks of Black Head and explore the small rock pools. In a secluded cove nearby is pretty Shelly Beach.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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