New South Wales South Coast Vacations
The South Coast area of New South Wales covers the narrow coastal belt from Sydney in the north to the border with Victoria in the south and west to the Great Dividing Range. The natural beauty of the area makes it a popular holiday area.
There are national parklands in the west and a series of small towns and villages dotting the coastline. This is a region of rich rolling farmlands and dairy country, sections of rainforest, historic houses, natural harbours, fishing fleets, whale watching, seal and penguin colonies and majestic coastlines.
Places of Interest - South Coast
Wollongong - best known as an industrial city but boasting excellent beaches and a outstanding collection of contemporary Australian art. A fishing fleet operates from Wollongong harbour. Surrounding areas contain some of the most impressive scenery in the state. A spectacular lookout at Bulli Pass with several walking tracks and lookouts in the mountains behind the city. There are surf beaches and rock pools to the north and south of the city. and Lake Illawarra to the south is popular for fishing, prawning and aquatic sports. Hang-gliding is popular at locations on the northern escarpments.
Kiama - famous for the Kiama blowhole close to the town centre. The two vertical holes in the rock funnel spurts of water up to 60 metres in the air when the sea is rough and there is a strong swell. Kiama is the destination for many popular day trips from Sydney. The award winning Minnamurra rainforest lies west of the town. Visit several historic timber terrace houses in the town. On the way south, visit Berry, "the town of trees" with its antiques and crafts. Take a western detour to the lovely Kangaroo Valley which boasts some of the most spectacular scenery on the New South Wales South Coast. Historic Hampden Bridge (1898) is the oldest suspension bridge in Australia. Further west is Fitzroy Falls at the top end of the Morton National Park.
Nowra - a popular tourist centre and principal town of the Shoalhaven district. The town is situated on the Shoalhaven River and opposite Bomaderry on the other bank. The river provides fishing, water-skiing, canoeing, sailing and river cruises. Pay a visit to Meroogal historic home circa 1885 and the Shoalhaven Historical Museum in the old police station. The Naval Aviation Museum at H.M.A.S. Albatross has a fine display of military aircraft for aviation buffs. Shoalhaven Heads at the mouth of the Shoalhaven River enjoys seven miles of sandy beach, a surf area and the quieter waters of the river.
Jervis Bay - a popular holiday destination with a fabulous harbour and fringed by a series of small settlements. The town is flanked by a string of very white sand beaches. The town is known for the local oysters and the dolphin pods that greet the cruise boats and sailing craft. Jervis Bay is reputed to have the cleanest, clearest water anywhere in Australia and is ideal for all boating activities.
Huskisson is the main centre for people visiting Jervis Bay and many holiday attractions operate from here. It's history lies in the boat building and fishing industries.
Ulladulla - a fishing town known for its safe harbour and the main centre along this section of the South Coast. It is predominantly an area of lakes, lagoons and beaches. Nearby historic Milton hosts an annual Settlers Fair, and Mollymook is popular for its excellent surf beaches and fishing.
Batemans Bay - this fishing port and holiday centre is situated on the estuary of the Clyde River and is well known for the freshly caught seafoods and oysters. The Batemans Bay area has numerous small beaches with calm waters suitable for children. Visit the Murramarang National Park and meet the tame kangaroos at Pebbly Beach. Head south to Moruya and picnic at the unspoiled beaches at Lilli Pilli, Malua Bay and Mossy Point.
Narooma - a scenic setting for this popular fishing resort at the mouth of Wagonga Inlet. More unspoilt beaches and the gateway to Montague Island with its colonies of seals, penguins and birdlife. The local oysters are popular as is sport fishing in the surrounding waters. Scenic and whale watching cruises are available in season.
Bega - Beaches one day, ski fields the next. Bega is located between the coast and the ski areas of the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. A prime dairying and cheese area with a well known cheese factory. There are tours available of the historical cheese factory and the cheese making techniques. The town hosts a Heritage Centre detailing the history and culture of the region.
Merimbula - a popular New South Wales holiday resort with fine beaches, lakes, fishing and prawning, excellent golf courses and nearby Ben Boyd National Park. The Pinnacle Walk in this park displays multi-coloured rock faces.
Eden - once a whaling town that now supports a whale watching industry. There is a killer whale museum and a fishing harbour where you can buy the catch from the dock. Eden is one of the prettiest towns on the south coast. Visit the coastal lookout from Boyds Tower south of the town.