South Coast Nature and Parks
Due to bushfire activity in NSW, many national parks are closed or have restricted access. Visit the NSW National Parks & Wildlife website before undertaking any travel to check which areas are open.
The NSW South Coast is home to more than 30 national parks, marine and nature reserves, evenly spread between the coast and the hinterland. Some of the state's most beautiful national parks are located here, such as Ben Boyd National Park, Deua National Park, Jervis Bay National Park, Murramarang National Park, Budderoo National Park and Wadbilliga National Park.
In Murramarang National Park, beautiful Depot Beach and Pretty Beach offer comfortable cabins for overnight stays as well as idyllic campsites. Explore the park's rich environment of spotted gum forests, rainforest, wildlife, along with bushwalking, swimming and fishing.
A fifteen minute drive from Kiama, near the pretty village of Jamberoo, you will find the tranquil Minnamurra Rainforest in Budderoo National Park. This remnant subtropical rainforest is home to lyrebirds, swamp wallabies and many birds. Short walks, a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, picnic spots and panoramic views are some of the park's many features that make it ideal for all ages.
The Light to Light Walk in Ben Boyd National Park offers spectacular scenery. Walk past beaches, headlands and areas of great importance to the local Aboriginal community as well as the remains of European settlement. From May to November, you can also spot whales from the shore.
From Narooma take a tour of the natural haven of Montague Island, located in Batemans Marine Park. The island is home to colonies of little penguins and seals and is a perfect location for whale-watching in spring each year. Narooma is also home to Glass House Rocks, which cast an orange aura at sunset, and Australian Rock, a distinctive and prominent rock formation.
Jervis Bay Marine Park, 25km south-east of Nowra, is a beautiful place to explore. This is the perfect place to enjoy kayaking, scuba diving, swimming, surfing, and boating. This pristine environment is surrounded by Jervis Bay National Park famous for its beautiful white sand beaches, colourful birdlife, camping and picnic spots. Make sure you follow the White Sands Walk from Greenfield Beach to Hyams Beach, a highlight of a visit to Jervis Bay.