10 September 2018
Springtime is all about rediscovering the outdoors, and there’s no better place to do it than the South Coast of New South Wales.
Marvel at passing whales, relax near the beautiful coastline, and picnic on near-perfect beaches. No matter which activity you choose, your spring is sorted on the South Coast.
Spring is a great time for kayaking and enjoying beautiful waterways and colourful surrounds. Just a short drive south of Shoalhaven you will find many wonderful opportunities for springtime kayaking, including the vast Shoalhaven River and Tuross Lake. Tuross Lake is clear and calm, dotted with estuaries and islands. Nearby wildlife includes birds, kangaroos, and even emus, and the surrounding forest makes for a journey both relaxing and exhilarating.
Kayaks can be rented Obrien’s Boatshed on Nelson Parade. The nearby boat launch allows you to enter the lake where the water is shallow. Kayakers can take several routes around the lake, including a two-hour paddle that winds south of Horse Island, around Cambathin Island, and across to Deuaumba Island.
Relax after you paddle at one of the many waterfront restaurants and cafes.
For a more leisurely springtime activity, opt for a relaxing walk along the beach. Shoalhaven’s Oaky Beach is secluded and serene, making it perfect for a stroll and a quick dip in the refreshing water. Surrounding the beach, you’ll see expanses of unspoiled, rugged coastline.
The Oaky Beach hiking path takes you through gums and rainforests and offers wildlife including swamp wallabies and lyrebirds. The 2.4 km bushwalk takes around an hour to an hour and a half to complete.
Kiama is well known for its iconic natural attractions, like the Kiama Blowhole and Cathedral Rocks. The Kiama Coastal Walk is the perfect way to experience these wonderful coastal sights. Over 22 kilometres, you’ll find yourself enjoying expansive ocean views, spectacular coastline, and rhythmic ocean waves.
While the entire track clocks in at 22 kilometres, it’s split into three roughly equal parts. Each one offers distinct views and attractions. Choose to stroll just one, or tackle all three. No matter your choice, be sure to keep an eye out for the whales that pass by the coast in the late winter and spring.
With its warm breeze and sunshine, spring is the perfect time for picnicking. Nestled between Kiama and Nowra, you’ll find Seven Mile Beach National Park. Golden sands stretch from Shoalhaven Heads to Gerroa, with picnic areas fit for a feast. Gerroa picnic area offers shade and seclusion, while the far ends of the beach offer sand and sunshine. Enjoy a barbecue by the beach before heading up to the nearby lookout, where you can take in the picturesque sights of the South Coast.
There’s something to be said for simple springtime days, when the only item on your to-do list is to enjoy the sunshine. The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens gives you the opportunity to do just that. Part of the Mogo State Forest, the gardens cover an area of 42 hectares. The gardens contain a playground as well as over eight kilometres of developed track for exploring. The Gardens Visitors Centre offers a map and instructions on nearby walks.
Each year in late winter and spring, whales pass by the Eurobodalla coastline on their annual migration. These gentle giants often break the surface of the water, taking a breath or breaching before diving back down to sea. See them flip their tails and blow water into the air from the land or from a boat. There are several whale watching tours to choose from near Eurobodalla, or simply choose a spot along the coast to stop and watch.
The South Coast offers a unique combination of ocean and forest in close proximity. Within the Macquarie Pass National Park, you’ll find shady rainforest, cool creeks, and sparkling waterfalls. Take the Cascades Walk for an easy stroll through the pristine rainforest before coming to a beautiful waterfall and pool.
The Clover Hill trail offers sprawling views, waterfalls, bird watching, and trickling streams. Explore the old logging route on the 6 km bushwalk and enjoy two to three hours of stunning natural attractions, including Rainbow Falls. This walk is best suited to more experienced bushwalkers as there are short, steep hills and occasional steps.
At Killalea State Recreation Park near Shellharbour, surfing is just one of the activities that both locals and visitors enjoy. The stunning area has been dedicated to public recreation, providing the perfect spot for picnicking, fishing, bushwalking, camping, and yes, surfing.
The park contains two popular surf beaches, known by the locals as ‘The Farm’ and ‘Mystics.’ ‘The Farm,’ or Killalea Beach, offers a consistent surf. You can even take surf lessons that will get you out onto the waves. Both Pines Surfing Academy and Australian Surf Tours offer tours to Killalea, showcasing the famous
There’s nowhere like the South Coast for enjoying the sunshine and springtime.