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Discover NSW's unspoilt 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. Relax on some of the whitest sands in the world, see kangaroos in the wild, savour freshly shucked oysters, and enjoy a range of water sports, rock climbing and coastal walks.

 

 

Kiama

 

Discover the beautiful Kiama area and its famous blowholes, magnificent coastal walks, beautiful rainforest trails and pristine beaches. Other wonderful attractions include great surf breaks, farmers' markets, Australia’s highest zip-line, the Jamberoo Action Park and golf courses in breathtaking locations.

 

The powerful Kiama Blowhole is one of the world’s largest natural waterspouts. And nearby is the Pilot’s Cottage Museum, which tells Kiama’s intriguing maritime story. The vibrant cafe culture and other delicious food and wine experiences, from wine tasting to beachside markets, are also enticing.

 

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For stunning views, enjoy the Kiama Coast Walk. This spectacular 22km trail is broken into three sections and weaves past headlands, rivers and beaches to Blow Hole Point, before passing beautiful bays and beaches around Little Blowhole and then on to Gerringong, a quintessential seaside town.

 

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Shellharbour

 

Discover the natural beauty of the Shellharbour region, from gorgeous beaches and world-class surf breaks to rare littoral rainforest and a magnificent national park. You’ll find stunning nature walks, stand-up paddleboard adventures, aviation and railway museums, as well as amazing underwater worlds to explore. 

 

 

Learn to stand-up paddleboard on serene Lake Illawarra and explore the beautiful waterway between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean. Ocean paddle along the stunning coastline, or surf at one of the two National Surfing Reserve surf breaks; The Farm at Killalea Beach and Mystics at Minnamurra Beach.

 

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Explore Killalea reserve, with walking trials through littoral rainforest winding down to beaches. Nearby is the Bass Point Reserve, a significant cultural and natural heritage site, and in the waters off the point are six shipwrecks. Diving tours in the Bass Point’s marine area, including Bushrangers Bay Aquatic Reserve, provide underwater cliffs teeming with marine life.

 

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Shoalhaven & Jervis Bay

 

From the sublime coastline to the emerald hinterland, the Shoalhaven region is a beautiful holiday destination. Choose from 100 magnificent beaches, enjoy spectacular national parks and memorable animal encounters, from kangaroos on the beach to dolphins and whales in the crystal-blue of Jervis Bay.

 

 

Relax on the incredible white sands in Jervis Bay, home to bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, little penguins and sea dragons. Explore surfing and stand-up paddleboarding spots on a sunset tour or paddle the waters at your leisure. The Shoalhaven River, which flows through Nowra, and the Kangaroo River in Kangaroo Valley are popular areas for kayaking and other adventure activities.  

 

 

Bushwalking provides breathtaking vistas on coastal walking trails and the area is a popular rock climbing destination, featuring quality rock surfaces and diverse climbing routes. 

 

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The food and wine experiences are delicious with great eateries around every corner. Taste freshly shucked oysters from Australia’s Oyster Coast or savour locally caught seafood at fine restaurants. You’ll be delighted with the locally made cheeses and gourmet treats, and the Shoalhaven Coast wine region’s vineyards and 11 cellar doors. The hinterland is inspiring, with charming towns such as Berry, Kangaroo Valley and Milton providing shops and cafes, and rejuvenating day spas.

 

 

The Shoalhaven area is also one of the country’s leading pet-friendly destinations. With beaches, parks, rivers and trails to choose from, there are plenty of opportunities to run, play and relax in the company of your dog.

 

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Eurobodalla & Batemans Bay

 

For a wonderful seaside holiday, the Batemans Bay and Eurobodalla region are perfect. In the heart of Australia’s Oyster Coast, taste delicious local produce, enjoy bushwalking, cycling and water sports, relax on beautiful beaches, and encounter amazing wildlife, including penguins, seals and whales.

 

The main town of Batemans Bay is at the sparkling entrance of the Clyde River, an estuary famous for oysters. You’ll find plenty of things to do and see in the Eurobodalla region, including swimming, surfing, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and fishing. Plus, there are more than 400km of scenic cycling routes.

 

Wander on walking trails through enchanting forests as well as along an ancient Aboriginal songline and ruggedly gorgeous coastline. It's also easy to find secluded beaches and vantage points for whale watching, such as North Head lookout in Murramarang National Park.

 

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Photographer: Paul Lyons

 

There are beautiful villages and towns to explore, too. In Mogo, experience what it was like during the colonial gold rush at the award-winning Original Gold Rush Colony and meet endangered exotic animals at the Mogo Zoo. In Broulee, amble along the soft sands of gorgeous Broulee Beach to a sandbar connected to the Broulee Island Reserve walk. Just southwest is riverside Moruya, where you’ll find plenty of outdoor adventures and the SAGE Farmer's Market for food lovers. Nearby is Bodalla, home to the Bodalla Dairy Cheese Factory. On the edge of pretty Wagonga Inlet is Narooma and the delicious Narooma Oyster Festival where you can taste local oysters and enjoy amazing local produce. Don’t miss visiting Tilba for boutique shops, Tilba Cheese and cafes set in two picturesque historic villages.

 

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Sapphire Coast & Merimbula

 

The beautiful Sapphire Coast sparkles with stunning beaches, unspoilt coastline and great fishing. This jewel on the far NSW South Coast is also one of Australia’s best whale watching destinations, Twofold Bay in Eden.

 

From Bermagui in the north to Eden in the south, you’ll find a great variety of things to do and see. The iconic Light to Light walk, covering 30kms of Eden’s coastline provides magnificent lookouts, fascinating heritage and beachside camping

 

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Photographer: Warwick Kent

 

The Sapphire Coast’s food and wine experiences are memorable too. Relish locally caught seafood at restaurants dotted along our coastline, including the popular Wheelers Seafood Restaurant in Pambula and savour freshly shucked oysters on a cruise on Pambula Lake with Captain Sponge's Magical Oyster Tours.

 

The vibrant coastal towns of Tathra and Merimbula are popular holiday destinations and both feature family friendly beaches where you can learn to surf, SUP and paddle. Adventure seekers will also love Tathra’s famous mountain biking trails which have been described as some of the best in the country.

 

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Lead image (top of page) photographer: Dee Kramer