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New South Wales: South Coast

About the area: the New South Wales South Coast region, which extends from the southern extremities of suburban Sydney down to the Victorian border, is similar to the NSW North Coast in that it is hemmed in by the mountains of the Great Dividing Range on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other. But the similarities between the two regions end there.
Set against a backdrop of craggy mountains, gentle hills, lakes and forests, the coastline to the south of Sydney is varied, with ribbons of white sandy beaches punctuated by rocky head lands, bays and inlets. Quaint fishing villages, urban residential areas and holiday resorts, many of which triple their population during school holidays and the peak summer months, provide a range of accommodation options. Fishing, boating, swimming and bushwalking are the main leisure activities on the south coast.
The region's location and its year round mild climate has made it popular with visitors from Victoria, New South Wales the Australian Capital Territory for day trips, weekends away and longer annual vacations.

Malua Bay The Castle, Budawang Ranges Bermagui Harbour

The Facts

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

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.

Major Centres
Towns and Villages
Places of interest

National Parks

Natural Attractions



  • Austinmer: Kelly's Falls
  • Nowra: Pinjarra Falls

Historic Places

Misc. Places of Interest

  • Austinmer: Symbio Wildlife Gardens
  • Batemans Bay: Birdland Animal Park; Murramarang Aboriginal Area
  • Bega: Grevillea Winery; Brogo Rotolactor (cow milking); Brogo Dam; Bega Cheese Heritage Centre (1900); Bega Family Museum; Mumbulla Mountain initiation site for young Aboriginal men, Biamanga National Park
  • Bermagui: Tilba Valley Wines and Vineyard; Brooklands Deer Farm; remnants of the Montreal goldfields (Wallaga Lake National Park); Merriman Island Sacred Aboriginal Site; Aragunnu Aboriginal site
  • Berry: Coolangatta Historic Village
  • Bodalla: The Big Cheese; Trunketabella Gardens and Nursery; Oasis Camel Farm
  • Bulli: Bulli Mining Disaster Memorial; Bulli Pass
  • Durras North: Aboriginal midden
  • Eden: Tuna cannery; Harris Daishowa Chipmill (Ben Boyd National Park); Duncan's Sawmill; Killer Whale Museum
  • Jervis Bay: HMAS Creswell and Australian Defence Force Academy (Commonwealth Territory); Currarong Aboriginal middens and rock shelters (four); HMAS Creswell (public access is restricted; Royal Australian Naval College Historical Collection, HMAS Creswell; The Devil's Hole Aboriginal Sacred Site
  • Kiama: Bonaira Native Gardens; Kiama Lighthouse (1887); wreck site of the Rangoon, 1870 (Stack Island)
  • Narooma: Tilba Valley Wines and Vineyard; Brooklands Deer Farm; township of Dalmeny; Uniting Church (1914); Wallaga Lake Aboriginal middens
  • Nowra: HMAS Albatross (naval air base, 10 km south-west); wineries; Australia's Museum of Flight
  • Sawkins Park: Nowra Co-operative Dairy factory
  • Shellharbour: Bass Point Aborigines site (middens, shell and stone artefacts including one of the most ancient edge-ground axes outside of tropical Australia); Illawarra Railway Museum; Tongarra Bicentennial Museum.
  • Stanwell Park: Sri Venkateswara Hindu Temple; Lawrence Hargrave Memorial; disused Otford railway tunnels
  • Tathra: Tathra Wharf; Tathra Maritime Museum; Mimosa shipwreck (1854); Aragunnu Aboriginal middens
  • Thirroul: 'Wyewurk' (author D.H. Lawrence's House)
  • Ulladulla: The Coomie Nulunga Cultural Trail; Burrill Lake Aboriginal rock shelter; Sassafras Aboriginal rock shelter
  • Wollongong: Tom Thumb Lookout; Boat Harbour and Lighthouse; Nan Tien Buddhist Temple; BHP steel mill; Port Kembla Coal Terminal; Grain Terminal

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