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New South Wales: South Coast

Key Attractions

Sapphire Coast: the far south coast of New South Wales is a region surrounded by secluded surf beaches, estuaries, wetlands and coastal lagoons. All this is set against the backdrops of the mountains of the central Great Dividing Range. The continental shelf is at its closest point to the mainland here, so fine fishing is afforded off the shoreline. It's where warm southern currents flow and the big game fish are in tow.

Jervis Bay: a sheltered inlet of the Pacific Ocean 16.1 km long and 9.7 km wide, Jervis Bay is an expansive coastal bay area surrounded by charming seaside villages and towns, with white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Bounded by Jervis Bay Marine Park and national parks, the bay has outstanding snorkeling and scuba diving conditions. Jervis Bay offers some of the best whale watching experiences in Australia. Jervis Bay is fortunately placed so, that the migration, both north and south can be observed as they pass the entrance to Jervis Bay. Seals and dolphins are regular visitors year round.

Batemans Bay/Clyde Coast: A retiree haven, the coast around the town of Batemans Bay is also a popular weekend and holiday destination for residents of Australia's National Capital. The area to the south is a particularly picturesque, with many beautiful beaches along it, interspersed by headlands, many with small islands offshore. Inland, the Great Dividing Range provides some challenging bushwalks in stunning gorge country.

Eurobodalla Coast: the stretch of coast between Batemans Bay and Narooma offers an interesting mix of activities and places to see for visitors besides pristine beaches. The region was hit with gold fever in the 1850s and picturesque villages such as Araluen, Mogo, Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba reflect their goldrush era origins. Eurobodalla is blessed with a number of major national parks and reserves that protect unspoiled areas of coastline, beaches, rainforests, bush, rivers, lakes and estuaries.

Illawarra Coast: a short drive or train trip south from Sydney, the Illawarra region offers the best of everything - dramatic landscapes, pristine beaches, scenic drives and towns full of character. The city of Wollongong, the region's hub, is increasingly becoming a tourist destination, as it is located close to the many scenic natural attractions of the surrounding Illawarra region.

Monaro High Country: Billed as one of the seven wonders of New South Wales, Monaro High Country stretches the length of the South Coast region, its main feature being the Snowy Mountains . Winter is renowned for its picturesque snow fields, Spring is a multitude of rural shows and festivals, a time the mountains are painted with wildflowers and blossoms. Summer provides for relaxing fishing and bush walking activities with Autumn portraying the regions brilliant colours during its warm days and cool nights. These distinct four seasons combined with the friendliness of its people has given the region a relaxing but productive lifestyle.

Visiting The Region: The Facts

Best Time To Go: given its location, the best (and most popular) time to visit is during the summer or shoulder season (November to February). Outside of these months, the weather is generally quite acceptable, but the water may be too cold to swim in.

How to Get There: by road south from Sydney via Princes Highway.
By rail from Sydney to the Illawarra.

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