Enjoy a winter break on the NSW South Coast

29 April 2013

If you are looking for a great winter getaway, an escape to the NSW South Coast could be exactly what you need.

Whether you are keen to get back to nature with a stunning coastal stroll, spot some whales on their winter migration or even have a close-up experience with a fur seal, you’ll find no shortage of places to see and things to do on the stunning NSW South Coast. Read on for a bit of weekend winter break inspiration!

Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay

Even in the winter months, there’s no better place to truly feel like you are getting away from it all than at the beach – and Hyams Beach is one of the best the NSW South Coast has to offer.

Fishing at Jervis Bay

Fishing at Jervis Bay – Photo Credit CMYK

Located on the southern shores of Jervis Bay, Hyams Beach is the ideal base from which to explore some of the area’s best natural scenery, including Jervis Bay Marine Park and Booderee National Park which boast spectacular walking trails and some of the most pristine white sandy beaches in the world.

Have a hang gliding adventure in Wollongong

Kiama Minnamurra Headland - Rangoon Island

Kiama Minnamurra Headland – Rangoon Island

Wollongong is just a quick drive or rail journey from Sydney, and if you are looking for a great destination for an adventure holiday, this could be the place for you. Head to the Bald Hill Lookout to really get the adrenaline pumping – the Stanwell Park area is home to the famous Sydney Hang Gliding Centre, where you can experience the thrill of tandem gliding.

With a perfect safety record and the opportunity to fly every day of the week – weather permitting, of course – this is a brilliant place to try something off the beaten track.

If you prefer to take in the stunning coastal views with two feet planted firmly on the ground, another local option you may wish to consider is the Kiama Coastal Walk.

This is the perfect way to see famous natural sites such as the Minnamurra River, Cathedral Rocks, Bombo Headland and the big and little Blowholes – and best of all, you can choose to walk the 22km path in its entirety or just complete a section of the journey.

Snorkel with seals at Montague Island

If getting back to nature on your next break sounds like the ideal holiday, snorkelling with seals on Montague Island could be the perfect chance to have a close-up experience with the local wildlife.

The island is home to the largest colonies of fur seals and little penguins in the state, and whether you just visit for the day or make arrangements to stay overnight as part of a tour, you are sure to spot some of the creatures the area is known for.

Australian Fur Seal - Montague Island

Australian Fur Seal – Montague Island

If you are visiting between the months of June and November, you’ll also want to keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales, which pass by the island during their seasonal migration.

Montague Island is located approximately nine kilometres offshore from Narooma, where you will find a ferry service that operates regularly. Half-day guided tours are available, which include visits to the fur seal colony. Alternatively, you might also choose to spend some time getting involved at the little penguin research station located on the island.

For an evening penguin parade experience, you may wish to arrange a National Parks tour of the island or even arrange overnight accommodation in the famous Montague Island Lighthouse – one of only two island-based lighthouses in the state. The refurbished head keeper’s quarters can be booked by members of the public for an overnight stay.

Fairy Seals, Montague Island - Eurobodalla

Fairy Seals, Montague Island, Eurobodalla, South Coast – Photo Credit Arthur Mostead