Crisp days, deserted beaches and impossibly blue skies
The unspoilt South Coast makes for a captivating Winter escape. It’s a place to switch off from the real world, inspire your imagination and recharge your batteries, all just a short drive from Sydney.
Experience the stunning coastline, lush rainforest and charming villages of the Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven regions. If you want to be active, there’s hiking, watersports, surfing and diving. If you don’t, there are plenty of places to eat, drink and relax in the Winter sunshine
The South Coast is the perfect place to catch your first wave. More experienced surfers can take on world-famous breaks like The Farm and Mystics. Explore the crystal clear water on a stand-up paddle board, cruise around in a kayak or go beneath the surface and dive alongside weedy sea dragons.
Spot whales making their way along the coast, dolphins frolicking in the waves and grey nurse sharks nosing around rocky reefs. On shore, camp among kangaroos and follow the call of the elusive lyrebird through untouched rainforest.
Dine on fresh seafood paired with wines from local vineyards, pick up artisan produce at farmers markets or throw a line in and cook up your own catch. Then spend the night in a boutique hotel, family-friendly holiday park, stylish beach house or rustic farm stay. You’re spoilt for choice on the unspoilt South Coast.
The Shellharbour area is a vibrant destination just 90km from Sydney, with gorgeous beaches, world-class surf breaks and famous dive sites. Explore rare littoral rainforests, waterfalls, and magnificent state and national parks, perfectly positioned between the picturesque Illawarra Escarpment and the blue waters of the Tasman Sea.
The Kiama area offers magnificent coastal walks, scenic rainforest trails and pristine beaches. Enjoy an array of activities and attractions including the powerful Kiama Blowhole, Australia’s highest zip-line, great surf breaks, fabulous farmers markets, and golf courses in breathtaking locations. Learn to surf off spectacular beaches and stand-up paddleboard in pristine waterways.
Relax on the stunning white sands of the beautiful Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven Beaches, home to an annual winter whale migration,resident bottlenose dolphins and fur seals. Delight in exceptional food and wine, experiences from freshly shucked oysters to delicious wines, from the sublime coastline to the emerald hinterland.
Destination NSW acknowledges and respects Aboriginal people as the state’s first people and nations and recognises Aboriginal people as the traditional owners and occupants of New South Wales land and water.