I really like the South Coast of NSW. Stretching from Sydney, all the way down to the border with Victoria, it is a terrific region to visit.
It has some wonderful beaches, as well as some awesome national parks, many of which feature stunning lagoons and rainforests, that are great places to chill out.
The area is also known for its many opportunities for camping and other outdoor activities, whilst the wildlife is as diverse as its landscape.
I tend to visit the South Coast 3-4 times a year, and especially between May and November, when you can often spot migrating whales making their way up north.
The South Coast has some amazing beaches that all offer different experiences. Which is why I try to get to them on a regular basis.
Hyam’s Beach is one of my favourites, and I’ll never tire of seeing the ‘whitest sand in the world’. Get there early on a hot day in summer to avoid the crowds – due to it’s award winning white sand, it’s especially popular with International tourists.
Mollymook is also one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to and has the bonus of being home to Rick Stein’s fantastic restaurant ‘Rick Stein at Bannisters’. Best known for their brilliant local seafood, this restaurant is to the general public for both lunch and dinner. If you’re just after a snack and something cool to drink, be sure to check out pool-side bar where can order something more low-key (pizza, mezze plate) and a cool beer or cocktail.
The Northen end of the Mollymook beach is most protected, if you prefer calmer water. On the other hand, if you’re looking for some bigger surf, head down to the Southern end of the beach which is where you’ll find Mollymook Surf Club as well as some bigger waves to test your surfing ability. And when you’re ready to take a break from the sand and sun, you’ll be glad to know that Molllymook Golf Club is just right next door with cheap food and drinks, as well as stunning floor to ceiling views of the entire beach. This is one definitely not to be missed!
Perhaps the best beach experience of all however, can be had at Pebbly Beach in the Murramarang National Park. For this is a place where you can sunbathe alongside the magnificent kangaroos who frequent the shoreline there.
And no … this photo is not doctored ! LOL … your really can see Kangaroos on the beach at Pebbly Beach. It’s once of the most unique experiences that you can see on your trip to Australia, to be sure to drop in if you are in the area.
When I am not driving down to the South Coast for the beach, I am often heading to one of the many great wineries in the area.
I tend to head to The Shoalhaven Coast which is well known for making a wide range of labels including Chardonnay and Shiraz.
One of my favourite destinations is Cupitt’s Winery & Brewery. Not only do they make exceptional wines (try the 2019 Sangiovese!), they also have an on-site brewery and cheesemaking facility to cover all bases too!
For a fantastic wine experience, along with gorgeous views, looking out towards the beaches of Shoalhaven Heads, I sometimes visit the Two Figs Winery as well.
I like going for drives in the country and the South Coast gives me plenty of opportunity to do that. There are a load of country towns in the region that I love to visit for the beautiful scenery, excellent cafes and of course to have a yarn with friendly locals.
Kiama is somewhere I would definitely recommend. Its beach has an excellent ocean pool, while The Blow Hole – a natural rock formation that spurts water high up into the air – is a major attraction too. Its town centre also features quaint architecture and some notably eateries.
Milton is a great spot for those who love art, while the stunning setting of Jamberoo and the unique vibe of Kangaroo Valley is also very appealing.
The South Coast is an excellent spot for bushwalking, especially around Jervis Bay, Shoalhaven and Shellharbour.
Overall there are no less than nine national parks, which provide trails that range in degrees of difficulty, from a pleasant amble to a vigorous elite level hike.
Wherever you choose to do your bushwalk you will find rugged headlands, verdant wildernesses, stunning lookouts, cascading waterfalls and maybe even the odd prehistoric fossil.
Be sure to take your camera with you and plenty of mozzie spray and water. Because the chances are you will want to explore the area for many hours on end.
Surfing is very popular on the South Coast, and if you are big in to it there are a lot of places you can ride a fantastic wave.
Killalea in Shellharbour, should be your first port of call. It is one of just 21 National Surfing Reserves around Australia and has two breaks – The Farm and Mystics – which are famous around the world.
Werri Beach is another place with some excellent point breaks, while Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa is well known locally for having an excellent flow of long rolling waves.
If you are a novice surfer, head on over to Mollymook Beach, as that is one of the best places to learn.