South Coast

From beautiful beaches and spectacular wilderness to fun adventure and delicious food and wine, the NSW South Coast is brimming with unforgettable experiences. You’ll be amazed with the many wonderful things to do, including tours to see dolphins, whales and seals and kayaking along unspoilt waterways.

Relax on some of the whitest sands in the world, see kangaroos in the wild, savour freshly shucked oysters on Australia’s Oyster Coast, and enjoy a range of water sports, rock climbing and coastal walks. Slide on giant waterslides, soar on Australia’s highest zip-line and try tandem skydiving and hang-gliding.

Green Couple near the Cape Lighthouse on the Light to Light Walk, Sapphire Coast, South Coast

There are fascinating Aboriginal cultural experiences, too. Begin your discovery of the South Coast in the beautiful Wollongong region, just south of Sydney on the Grand Pacific Drive touring route. Stanwell Park is an acclaimed spot for hang-gliding and paragliding above the azure sea.

South of Wollongong is the Shellharbour region, where snorkelling and diving is popular at one of Australia’s best dive sites, Bass Point. Visit famous surf breaks The Farm and Mystics in Killalea. The gorgeous Shellharbour beaches and lakes are perfect for stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

Couple stand-up paddelboarding at Lake Illawarra in Shellharbour.

A short drive south is the world-famous Kiama Blowhole in the Kiama region. For breathtaking natural scenery, enjoy the Kiama Coast Walk and explore the enchanting Minnamurra Rainforest, near the waterslides of Jamberoo Action Park. Surf Camp Australia is based in nearby Gerroa and offers surfing lessons at Seven Mile Beach.

The Oyster Coast begins in the Shoalhaven region, home to the White Sands Walk and dolphins of Jervis Bay. Enjoy a beach picnic on incredible white sands, explore gorgeous inlets and bays on a stand up paddle board or kayak. There are many pet friendly beaches, too. Taste delicious local wines at restaurants, such as Rick Stein at Bannisters.

Scuba diver swimming with seals at Montague Island.

Farther south is the Eurobodalla region and one of the great wildlife adventures in the world — snorkelling or diving with a colony of fur seals on Montague Island, off the coast of Narooma. Eurobodalla is also abundant with fish as well as a great variety of fishing options. Eurobodalla also has many kayak tours and hire services.

Further south is Eden, one of Australia’s best spots for whale watching. The Eden Killer Whale Museum is fascinating.  You can also savour freshly shucked oysters in Pambula on a delicious oyster tour and explore extraordinary natural beauty on incredible bushwalking trails, such as the Light to Light walk. 

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Pirates to Pinafore

    Tuesday 19 March 2019 , Nowra

    Presenting all 14 Gilbert and Sullivan musicals in one sensationally fast-paced, hilarious and beautifully sung production. Hit songs and scene highlights from such wonderful musicals as The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, Pirates…

    19 Mar
  2. Meroogal Women's Art Prize

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Saturday 30 March 2019 , Nowra

    The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize celebrates the creativity and achievements of female artists across NSW, and pays tribute to the four generations of women who lived at Meroogal in Nowra for almost 100 years. The work of 35 artists is…

    20 Mar - 30 Mar
  3. Permaculture farm tour

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 , Wollongong

    Green Connect is a sprawling urban farm using permaculture and organic principles to grow fair food for Wollongong and the Illawarra. They think that its important for people to know where their food comes from and the work that goes into…

    20 Mar
  4. New Horizons - Shoalhaven HSC artworks

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Saturday 06 April 2019 , Nowra

    An exhibition showcasing 2018 HSC Visual art from across the Shoalhaven. New Horizons presents exciting, innovative and high quality art in diverse mediums. Shoalhaven Regional Gallery is proud to continue an ongoing partnership with the…

    20 Mar - 06 Apr
  5. March in the Early Start Discovery Space

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Sunday 31 March 2019 , Wollongong

    This month, Going Places puts children at the helm. They’ll provide the destination and you choose the route to get there as you explore different modes of transport, places and adventures – not to mention where your own imagination can…

    20 Mar - 31 Mar
  6. Plaception: Elyssa Skyes-Smith

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Saturday 06 April 2019 , Nowra

    Do people create place or places create people? Perhaps people exist in a constantly evolving conversation with their environment. Do places have to exist physically or can they be imaginary? Plaception presents new and past works by…

    20 Mar - 06 Apr
  7. Kiama Farmers Market

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Wednesday 17 April 2019 , Kiama

    The Kiama Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday at Surf Beach, located on Manning Street. You couldn’t wish for a more picturesque backdrop for your weekly shopping expedition! The market is started each week by the “ringing” of the…

    20 Mar - 17 Apr