South of Sydney lies the South Coast of NSW, a coastal region still relatively undeveloped compared to other parts of the state. Here, you will find pristine beaches, a network of beautiful national parks and reserves and small quaint fishing villages and rural towns.
The South Coast is divided into three primary tourism regions: Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and the Sapphire Coast. Each one is worth exploring on their own, the South Coast keeps visitors coming back for more.
The historical townships and villages on the South Coast cater well for their visitors, many talented chefs have made the lifestyle sea change to the South Coast by deciding to stay.
Here, restaurants will offer you foods made from the freshest local ingredients. A local wine industry has grown here and on the rest of the South Coast to complement the gourmet foods grown and made here.
Shoalhaven runs southward down the coastline from the outskirts of Kiama to Batemans Bay and westward to the Southern Highlands. This largely undeveloped region encompasses a number of significant forested National Parks set alongside the Pacific Ocean. They offer pristine bays, surf beaches, lagoons and lakes that make you feel your seeing Australia as Captain Cook first did.
There are others, in the hinterlands, you can explore mountains, rain forested gullies, see native animals and birds in their habitat. You can go fishing, canoeing and bushwalking on tracks that take you past crystal streams, through rainforests and along wild beaches. More about the: Shoalhaven Coast NSW.
This 130kms stretch of coastline begins at Batemans Bay, strategically located on the Princes Highway and the Kings Highway. From here, it is only 2 hours drive west to Capital Country, Canberra and the ACT. Batemans Bay becomes alive on weekends, popular with weekend visitors from Canberra and Sydneysiders alike.
Further South, Mogo and Moruya have become artisan and artists townships while Broulee, on the coast has a number of protected beaches for families as well as surf beaches.
Montegue Island, just off the coast from Narooma is a protected reserve for sea birds and marine life. The picturesque towns of Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba have been Heritage Listed, you’ll wish you brought the camera if you managed to leave it behind.
Diving is another popular activity in Eurobodalla and along the South Coast. Shipwrecks, marine life and protected marine parks offer unique diving experiences. Sea Cruise Charters are available, as are dolphin and whale cruises.
Extending from Eurobodalla in the North of the Sapphire Coast to the Victorian border, this south east corner of NSW is even more pristine and wild, emphasized by the coastal National Parks of Bournda and Ben Boyd, with Nadgee Nature Reserve covering the rest of the coasline to the border. Bega is the commercial centre, famous for its cheeses and dairy products, while places in Eurobodalla like Tathra, Pambula Beach, Mollymook Beach, Merimbula and Eden are well set up for visitors. More about the Sapphire Coast - Sapphire Coast NSW.
There are a number of islands off the South Coast, most are protected island nature reserves, though there are some you can visit. Islands on the South Coast NSW.
Places to stay include peaceful campsites set in scenic places to luxury resorts on the coast. Families are well catered for, seaside cabins, caravan parks, budget to luxury self contained apartments can be found in key places on the coast.
Main Photo: Panoramic photo of Gerrigong and Rose Valley NSW.
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