While South Coast beaches get the bulk of attention from visitors, the idyllic village of Jamberoo should also be on your holiday list. Take a weekend to enjoy everything from the town's tranquil vibes to fine dining experiences. The village is a great launching pad for Budderoo National Park and Carrington Falls.

A number of 19th century buildings are dotted around the village, which traces its colonial history back to cedar cutters. Stop for lunch – or even spend the night – at Jamberoo Pub, established in 1857. Catch the Jamberoo Arts and Craft Fair on the last Sunday of the month or plan your visit to catch the Jamberoo Music Festival in May.

Woman on the Rainforest loop walk in Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Jamberoo Action Park is one of the star attractions in the Kiama area. Located north of the village, the theme park includes multi-storey water rides such as the Funnel Web and Taipan, and a bobsled that snakes down the mountain at high speed. Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, Australia’s highest zip-line, is located nearby.

Enchanting rainforest is a short drive away at Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, where you can stroll on an elevated boardwalk. You can also take the scenic Jamberoo Mountain Rd to Carrington Falls to see Kangaroo River plunge into Kangaroo Valley. A pretty picnic area is near the falls. Jamberoo Golf Course also showcases the area's natural beauty.  

Visitors enjoying the Illawarra Fly Zipline Tour in Knights Hill, south of Wollongong

Getting to Jamberoo is easy. The scenic drive northwest from Kiama takes about 10 minutes, it's only 30 minutes from Wollongong and less than two hours from Sydney. Places to stay amid this patchwork of green include the lovingly restored heritage home Terragong 1858 and the sprawling Frangipani House.