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Canberra residents and country people from the South and West of NSW have traditionally visited the South Coast to enjoy the mild climate. Increasingly, Sydney-siders are discovering that the South Coast is an attractive alternative for a holiday break. In fact, many of our local neighbours are somewhat reticent when it comes to talking about the attractions of the coast, lest too many people begin to visit!

The un-spoilt natural beauty of the South Coast of NSW derives from the lack of intensive development along this part of the coastline.

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We're often reminded of this when guests from the larger cities in Australia and around the world comment on how the South Coast contrasts with development in their own region.

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The Princes Highway is much maligned by some because it isn't a dual carriageway or freeway for rapid transit motoring. However, as a coastal tourist drive it passes through many charming country towns and fishing villages and winds its way through vast expanses of natural bushland and pockets of remnant rainforests.

Take a detour along a sandy bush track to a secluded stretch of beach in an isolated cove or a 4wd trail through any of our vast National Parks and reserves. In summer, the fresh Nor-Easterly breeze will refresh you with coastal air, cooled by sea-spray.

Travel South from Sydney airport choosing from several scenic routes including our favorites

  1. through the Royal National Park, along Grand Pacific Drive, across the Sea Cliff Bridge, flanked by the Pacific Ocean and the spectacular Illawarra escarpment to Wollongong and then follow the Princes Highway South, or
  2. drive down the Hume Highway [towards Canberra] to the Southern Highlands, taking the F5 freeway exit to the country town of Mittagong and then on to Kangaroo Valley before rejoining the Princes Highway at Nowra.
  3. continue inland down the Hume Highway [towards Canberra] through the Southern Highlands as far as Goulburn, taking the exit to historic Braidwood and then on down the Clyde Mountain to Batemans Bay.
  4. take a side trip from the Southern Highlands to Fitzroy Falls and check out some great eateries at Kangaroo Valley proceeding on to Berry or Nowra, back on the Coast.

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Much of the South Coast has been protected by the declaration of wide expanses of National Parks that are ideal for bushwalking, including the Morton National Park, Eurobodalla National park, Deua National Park, Mimosa Rocks National Park, Wadbilliga National Park– the largest undisturbed wilderness in New South Wales, to name a few.

Take time out on your South Coast vacation package to visit some unique wildlife including the [mythical?] "surfing kangaroos" at Pebbly Beach in the Murramarang National Park. Visit the Mogo Zoo which works with Taronga Park Zoo and the Melbourne Zoo towards the preservation of critically endangered and threatened species from around the world.

The South Coast is blessed with a range of eateries and none better than The Waterfront at Nowra, The River at Moruya and Zanzibar Cafe at Merimbula, which have each been recently awarded a “chef’s hat” award for Best Restaurants from the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide reviewers.

If you're attending a wedding on the South Coast and are looking for sitters to relieve you of the kids, the you might try DaisyCare Nanny Agency.

Discover the secrets of the Kiama Blowhole, Australia Rock at Narooma, Mystery Bay, Disaster Bay, Pigeon House Mountain and Gulaga [or Mount Dromedary] as you head towards the fabulous Sapphire Coast, and on to Bega and Eden. Call into Eden for a whale or wildlife tour, and put on your walking boots to explore the coastline of Ben Boyd National Park and don't miss the The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre.

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Marine life includes dolphins and migratory whales as they frequently take refuge in the sheltered coves and bays and can often be seen from the many headlands and deserted white-sand beaches. Also, a colony of Australian fur seals thrive under the protection of Montague Island. A wide range of marine wildlife is protected by two large marine parks, centered around Jervis Bay and Batemans Bay.

Villages and townships, many with interesting histories and relatively undeveloped, are known for their fine food and wines, and great country markets. Superb local cheeses are a speciality in Tilba, Bodalla, Bega and Berry.

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South of Wollongong, take a break for fish and chips on the seaside at Kiama, nestled between its signature rolling green hills, with great beaches and rock outcrops flanking its spectacular blowhole.
South of Kiama,you can immerse yourself in the rustic delights of Berry, an historic and picturesque village. Sample the organic produce and sourdough bread from the bakery, or stroll through the town and visit the many homewares, gift and antique shops. Alternatively, detour along the coast road which takes you through the very beautiful Gerringong and Gerroa and alongside Seven Mile beach.

Call in to the vineyards and sample the wines at cellar door of Coolangatta Winery before turning inland alongside the lower reaches of the Shoalhaven River until you rejoin the highway at Bomaderry.A local fisherman’s co-operative market operates on the left of the road just before the Nowra bridge and supplies local fresh seafood. After crossing the bridge into Nowra, you can select from a wide range of shops to stock up on supplies or continue on for a genuine “Aussie Truckies Meal” at the Bewong Roadhouse.

Turn off towards Huskisson and Vincentia, about 11kms South of Nowra, to see the pristine waters and the white sand beaches of Jervis Bay, known for its beaches with pure white sands, rich marine life and bush-walks rambling through the adjacent native forests. The dolphin watching cruises from Huskisson are both highly recommended.

If possible, we also suggest you take time out to visit exclusive Hyams Beach, which is rated by the Guinness Book of records as having the whitest sand in the world.

You might also like to check out Lake Conjola located just over 45 kms South of Nowra which has its own Fisherman’s Paradise, Manyana and Conjola Beach. Milton is one of those quaint country towns with an intriguing history including a group of interesting shops which are housed in some of the original colonial buildings known as “The Settlement”.

Immediately after Milton, you will pass the magnificent beaches of Mollymook and Bannisters Point and then enter the town of fishing port of Ulladulla, which predictably has a great Fish & Chips shop called ‘Tigers’ [take a left at the only traffic lights in the main street]. For a more formal lunch or dinner, try the Harbourside Restaurant [overlooking the deep water of Ulladulla Harbour] or Rick Steins at Bannisters, Bannisters Point Lodge, Mollymook.

At Burrill Lake, you can also buy some of the best seafood you will find at the aptly but unimaginatively named “The Fish Shop” while just next door you might be lucky to see the glass blower plying his trade at The Glass Shop. Across the lake, you will see a sign to Dolphin Point which marks a small settlement which enjoys magnificent views across the lake and the ocean.

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The dairy farms on the rolling green hills of the South Coast produce some of Australia’s finest cheeses. The seafood is nothing less than sensational, and the South Coast is home to an ever growing brigade of innovative chefs who excel in creating distinctive cuisine utilizing the outstanding local produce. Many people are unaware that the South Coast also has over 30 wineries producing a variety of styles.

Stop at Murramarang National Park, just north of Batemans Bay. This is just one of the wonderful national parks along this drive that borders the beach…great for surfing, fishing, birding and walking. At the Murramarang Resort, you can feed the eastern grey kangaroos enjoying the beach within the Murramarang National Park.

Batemans Bay is a regional centre with a wide range of accommodation and tourist facilities on its foreshores. The Club Catalina Golf offers a 27 hole championship golf course. On the Pier restaurant enjoys an outstanding waterfront location and serves some of the best seafood cuisine in the state. A claim backed up by recent Restaurant and Caterers Association awards in consecutive years for Best Seafood restaurant in NSW outside of Sydney and Canberra. Donegans Steakhouse was awarded the Best Steakhouse in Southern NSW recently, and food is backed by a true dining 'experience'. The Starfish Deli is also a very popular choice located on the promenade offering gourmet wood fired pizza's, pasta and an excellent a la carte menu.

South of Batemans Bay you’ll find the tourist village of Mogo with some specialty shops including Amanda’s of Mogo, Juela Mogo Jewellery [formerly J & P Miers], a great ice cream shop and the haven for endangered species of Mogo Zoo. The work being done to protect the big cats, monkeys and the endangered species such as red pandas, Syrian brown bears and ring-tailed lemurs at the Mogo Zoo is inspiring.

Tucked behind Mossy Point, you'll find the Oaks Ranch and Country Club offering accommodation, dining, horse-riding,golf and bush tucker walks throughout its 300 acres nestled between the Tomaga River and Candlagan Creek.

Back on the coast, Broulee boasts 2 exceptional surfing beaches and rockshelf nature walks and underwater diving as well as the very popular Walk around Broulee Island.

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Moruya is another historic town steeped in history, dating back to the Gold Rush days of the late 19th century. The River at Moruya is only the second restaurant in the mid South Coast to receive a “chef’s hat” award from the Sydney Morning Herald reviewers, and achieved that accolade 2 years in a row. The Moruya Golf course is picturesque and welcomes the social golfer. This area is also becoming renowned for its quality produce and to sample it, you shouldn't miss Southlands Fruit & Veg with its local produce and Asian spice bar. Moruya has a regional airport with daily flights to Sydney & Melbourne.

On the southern side of the Moruya River, you will find the villages of South Head, Congo and the locality of Bingi, wedged between the newly declared Eurobodalla National park and the Batemans Marine park, with literally miles of protected and deserted beaches to explore. Tuross Head is the next settlement along the coast and its worth the detour to see a splendid location between the twin lakes of Tuross and Coila, if not just to experience the waterfront dining experiences available from the Turosss Boatshed and the Pickled Octopus.

Bodalla was originally famous for its cheeses, but more recently the Chinese Kitchen in the Bodalla bowling club is a surprising experience for the newcomer with a blend of superb Chinese food in a quintessentially Aussie bush club atmosphere. Malibu Mex is a mexican restaurant with a surf theme which is great for families. For fishing enthusiasts, the Bodalla Fishing & Maritime Museum is well worth a look.

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Mystery Bay’s secrets may be revealed with a visit to this secluded spot for campers, families or couples in Mystery Bay Cottages.
Browse the arts and craft galleries of Central Tilba, and take a
hike to the top of Mt Dromedary, now better known by its traditional name of Gulaga, a sacred site to the local Yuin people.

South of Tilba, visit the Umbarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Lake Wallaga, on the way to the quaint
fishing village of Bermagui, where the Billy Connolly comedy, “The man who sued God’, was set.

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At Bega, you can visit the Bega cheese factory, [or Bega Cheese Heritage Centre] to see the state of the art in cheese processing for export.

Further south you can also fish from the old wharf at Tathra, or stop for a coffee and sample the local produce at the Tathra Coffee and organic food shop.

Merimbula also has a comprehensive range of tourist activities and a regional airport with daily flights to Sydney & Melbourne. Neighbouring Pambula is less developed, but also very close to the magnificent beaches of the area.

So...Come visit us on our beautiful South Coast of NSW sometime.

Sue and Mark Berry

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