Gerroa is well placed for a beach escape. The charming village in the Kiama area encapsulates what we love about the NSW South Coast: country living combined with pretty beaches and sparkling blue ocean. The holiday haven is located on the northern end of beautiful Seven Mile Beach at the mouth of the Crooked River.

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

A woman enjoying surfing in Gerroa, South Coast

The beach is part of aviation history. Aviator Charles Kingsford Smith took off from the sand on the first commercial flight from Australia to New Zealand in January 1933. If you have an interest in history, head to the Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Memorial and Lookout where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the beach and beyond.

The Sand Track Walk runs north and south from Gerroa to Seven Mile Beach National Park, which sweeps around to Shoalhaven Heads and along the beautiful craggy coastline. You can also walk along the Gerroa Headland and see dolphins or spot whales migrating along the coast between May and November.

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

Black Head Reserve is located on the northern side of the headland and makes for a sublime picnic setting. There are tracks down to the rock platform, a popular spot for fishing. Make a beeline for Black Head at low tide, so you can peer into the rock pools that resemble sapphire-hued aquariums. Shelly Beach is a secluded cove nearby.

Gerroa is just 40 minutes from Wollongong and two hours from Sydney by car. It’s also a great base for exploring wineries in the Shoalhaven Coast wine region and the nearby towns of Gerringong and Kiama. You'll find plenty of accommodation options, too, from resorts and beach houses to holiday parks and campsites.

Things to Do and Places to Stay