On the South Coast of New South Wales sits the popular holiday village of Broulee, with golden sand and crystal blue waters that are a major draw for surfers and sunworshippers. This unspoiled part of Australia’s magnificent coastline is packed with intriguing natural attractions and a warm and friendly welcome for those who choose to seek out holiday rentals to enjoy all Oz has to offer.
Broulee is a popular weekend destination for residents of Australia’s capital city, Canberra, which is around two hours’ drive inland. And those who want to sample life on the road, Australian style, can enjoy a stunning drive from Sydney on the coastal drive that eventually leads to Melbourne.
The South Coast is more than 100km of coastline and hinterland on the southern edges of New South Wales. Known in Australia as the Eurobodalla Coast – meaning “land of many waters”, this stretch boasts long, uninterrupted beaches, rivers and ocean waterways.
There’s a fine range of holiday accommodation to choose from in Broulee and surrounding areas, including apartments, villas and houses, thanks to its popularity as a surfing centre.
One of Broulee’s best visitor attractions is Broulee Island, a nature reserve connected to the mainland by a sandbar. A stroll across to the island is a feast for the senses with glistening rock pools, a colourful display of native plants such as casuarinas, coastal wattles and banksias, red olive plum and lilli pilli. Marine birdlife are plentiful, include fairy wrens and white-bellied sea eagles.
If you’re keen to catch a wave, Broulee has two surfing beaches and for learners, there is a local surf school. Only the most confident of surfers will head to Broulee Island to the “pink rocks” – a reef with a steep drop where the swell is dangerous but inviting to those keen to test their mettle on a board.
The bay and waters around the island are also great snorkelling territory, often described as a “giant aquarium”. Home to seagrass meadows, the shallow waters are also filled with stingrays and banjo sharks.
For wildlife, flora and fauna of a different kind, the Eurobodalla Coast is also rich in national parks, including the park at Murramarang that stretches down to the shore at Bateman’s Bay and where kangaroos can be seen frolicking in the sea.
A short drive from Broulee brings visitors to the historic town of Mogo. Uniquely preserved in its 19th century state, Mogo boasts traditional architecture alongside arts and crafts shops, galleries and other cottage industries. And if you fancy panning for gold, the working goldmine just outside of town may be your passport to untold riches.
New South Wales is blessed with a temperate climate that gives the region wonderfully warm and hot summers without having to suffer winters that are bitterly cold. Holidaymakers heading for Broulee to enjoy its fabulous beaches are advised to travel during the months of November to March where the good variety of holiday accommodation available can help them make the most of their trip.