South Coast

Encompassing the regions of Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, and Sapphire, the South Coast is the stretch of land reaching from Sydney to the Southern border of New South Wales. Characterised by beautiful beaches, rugged mountain and forest terrain, and an array of idyllic towns.

In Illawarra you will find the bustling city of Wollongong, a mecca of shopping, dining, and multicultural festivals and events nestled along the coast. The beautiful Lake Illawarra also offers up a variety of water sports and outdoor activities for fans of nature. From the nearby town of Shellharbour visitors can access Macquarie Pass National Park, and in Kiama you can explore 19th century architecture and the famous Blowhole in the centre of the town. For a quieter experience in the countryside, the smaller towns of Jamberoo, Gerringong, and Gerroa offer up historic buildings, rustic charm, and beautiful views at Budderoo National Park.

Shoalhaven is home to stunning natural features like Jervis Bay, Kangaroo Valley, and Morton National Park. Dotted with picturesque small towns like Berry and Milton, Shoalhaven is an excellent destination for a road trip through the countryside, countless bushwalks, and interesting arts and cultural attractions.

Eurobodalla is a large region including over 100 kilometres of beaches and lush hinterland. With a diverse natural landscape and historic villages, this region offers up countless opportunities for exploration and adventure. The major town of Batemans Bay boasts native wildlife, fresh seafood, and fishing. The historic village of Mogo, just off the Princes Highway, features Mogo Zoo, products made by local creatives, and several galleries like the Dimbaloo Gallery featuring the work of the South Coast’s Koori artists.

Towards the southern end of New South Wales is The Sapphire Coast, otherwise referred to as the Bega Valley. The lakes of The Sapphire Coast make it a perfect destination for fishing enthusiasts; in fact, the region is known as a favorite fishing location of author Zane Grey. The area also has connections to Australia’s whaling and timber industries which can be explored at museums in the area.

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