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Holidays in South Coast of NSW Australia

If you're planning a Holiday on the South Coast of NSW, this list of our Top 20 Attractions below might assist. Well, we couldn't keep it to just 20, [so we added a few more to cater for our real favorites]. While many of the places below have been recommended by other visitors to the South Coast [and this website] the items included below also get our vote for quality, interesting attractions and good value for money from our visitors.

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Also, we've included a place at the bottom of this page for you to tell us about some of the 'South Coast Gems' that you've found on the coast. It may be an attraction, or it could be a small gallery or other business that is tucked away somewhere on the Coast with little fanfare.

Our experience is that some of the best places on the coast don't actually need to promote themselves heavily as good old fashioned 'word of mouth' provides them with a steady flow of business, and at the same time enables them to enjoy the lifestyle that they themselves came to the coast for !

If you know of such a business, please give us the details [with their permission of course] and we'll include the details for future visitors to this website, and hopefully the Coast.


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For more info on our the Best Things To Do, click the links below

  • Grand Pacific Drive is a stunning drive through the Royal National park's temperate rainforest and along the dramatic Sea Cliff bridge and on to Nowra and beyond. 
  • Symbio Wildlife Park is just 45 minutes out of Sydney and according to the website 'Symbio allows for a very close encounter and hands on experience with our wildlife, enjoyed by the many visitors to the park. We understand that visitors to our zoo want to enjoy a special wildlife experience so we allow you to touch, to feed and to cuddle as much as our wildlife as possible'. Check out their Behind the Scenes Encounter packages.
  • Kiama Blowhole This geological phenomenon has been a major attraction for many decades since its discovery by white settlers. No doubt for many thousands of years before that it was revered by the aboriginal custodians of the land. In fact some people claim that the town's name is based on the aboriginal word Kiaram-a, which some people claim means "Where the sea roars". 
  • Nan Tien Temple This Buddhist temple located at Berkeley just South of Wollongong on the NSW South Coast is the largest temple of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. Nan Tien [or Paradise of the South] is a place designed to promote the exchange of Eastern and Western cultures as well as the linkage of the traditional values with the modern mores. Nan Tien works hard to be integrated with the local communities and provide a place to practice buddhism.
  • Kangaroo Valley This quaint village is more notable for a selection of B&B's and boutique accommodation than for its population of kangaroos, which is probably no greater than many other areas of the South Coast. The historic Hampden Bridge is a worth seeing for bridge enthusiasts or anyone else that is interested in early colonial Australian history.

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  • Minnamurra Rainforest Centre is located within Budderoo National Park is a 100 km south of Sydney. The centre features a  timber boardwalk through the Minnamurra rainforest. The park also features waterfalls, picnic and barbecue areas, a visitors center.
  • Seven Mile Beach, Gerringong as its name suggests, extends for 7 miles from Gerroa in the North to Shoalhaven River to the South. You'll probably be amazed at how quiet this beach is almost year round and while it is a [small] National Park, you can walk along the sand track which runs parallel to the beach itself and also there are designated BBQ areas to enjoy a BBQ lunch if that takes your fancy. See map.  
  • Jervis Bay Dolphin & Whale watching. Jervis Bay is flanked by beaches including Hyams Beach, which is rated by the Guinness Book of records as having the whitest sand in the world [although I seem to remember seeing similar claims in the Whitsunday Islands and other places]. Regardless, Jervis Bay undoubtably provides a haven for a rich array of marine life with scenic bush-walks through the adjoining native forests. The dolphin watching cruises from Huskisson are highly recommended.
  • The Illawarra Tree-top Fly. This world class tree-top walk is accessed from Robertson at the top of the Macquarie Pass inland from Jamberoo, but is well worth the detour, or can be included if you take the Hume Freeway South to the Southern Highlands and then traverse the Illawarra Highway back down to the coast.
  • Jamberoo Action Park. Haven't tried this one yet (as we don't have kids) so can't advise but if you check their Tripadvisor reviews you'll get a range of opinions. My advice would be to avoid the peak holiday time [in early January] and your family should have a great day out.

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  • Minnamurra Rainforest Centre is located within Budderoo National Park is a 100 km south of Sydney. The centre features a  timber boardwalk through the Minnamurra rainforest. The park also features waterfalls, picnic and barbecue areas, a visitors center.
  • Seven Mile Beach, Gerringong as its name suggests, extends for 7 miles from Gerroa in the North to Shoalhaven River to the South. You'll probably be amazed at how quiet this beach is almost year round and while it is a [small] National Park, you can walk along the sand track which runs parallel to the beach itself and also there are designated BBQ areas to enjoy a BBQ lunch if that takes your fancy. See map.  
  • Jervis Bay Dolphin & Whale watching. Jervis Bay is flanked by beaches including Hyams Beach, which is rated by the Guinness Book of records as having the whitest sand in the world [although I seem to remember seeing similar claims in the Whitsunday Islands and other places]. Regardless, Jervis Bay undoubtably provides a haven for a rich array of marine life with scenic bush-walks through the adjoining native forests. The dolphin watching cruises from Huskisson are highly recommended.
  • The Illawarra Tree-top Fly. This world class tree-top walk is accessed from Robertson at the top of the Macquarie Pass inland from Jamberoo, but is well worth the detour, or can be included if you take the Hume Freeway South to the Southern Highlands and then traverse the Illawarra Highway back down to the coast.
  • Jamberoo Action Park. Haven't tried this one yet (as we don't have kids) so can't advise but if you check their Tripadvisor reviews you'll get a range of opinions. My advice would be to avoid the peak holiday time [in early January] and your family should have a great day out.

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  • Minnamurra Rainforest Centre is located within Budderoo National Park is a 100 km south of Sydney. The centre features a  timber boardwalk through the Minnamurra rainforest. The park also features waterfalls, picnic and barbecue areas, a visitors center.
  • Seven Mile Beach, Gerringong as its name suggests, extends for 7 miles from Gerroa in the North to Shoalhaven River to the South. You'll probably be amazed at how quiet this beach is almost year round and while it is a [small] National Park, you can walk along the sand track which runs parallel to the beach itself and also there are designated BBQ areas to enjoy a BBQ lunch if that takes your fancy. See map.  
  • Jervis Bay Dolphin & Whale watching. Jervis Bay is flanked by beaches including Hyams Beach, which is rated by the Guinness Book of records as having the whitest sand in the world [although I seem to remember seeing similar claims in the Whitsunday Islands and other places]. Regardless, Jervis Bay undoubtably provides a haven for a rich array of marine life with scenic bush-walks through the adjoining native forests. The dolphin watching cruises from Huskisson are highly recommended.
  • The Illawarra Tree-top Fly. This world class tree-top walk is accessed from Robertson at the top of the Macquarie Pass inland from Jamberoo, but is well worth the detour, or can be included if you take the Hume Freeway South to the Southern Highlands and then traverse the Illawarra Highway back down to the coast.
  • Jamberoo Action Park. Haven't tried this one yet (as we don't have kids) so can't advise but if you check their Tripadvisor reviews you'll get a range of opinions. My advice would be to avoid the peak holiday time [in early January] and your family should have a great day out.

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  • The  Shoalhaven Zoo (formerly known as the Nowra Wildlife Park) is a great place to see Australian native (including crocodiles and koalas) and a range of exotic animals with over 100 different species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Shoalhaven Zoo comprises 16 acres of native Australian bushland fronting the beautiful Shoalhaven River.
  • Pigeon House Mountain walk. Quite a challenging walk with a fairly elaborate set of stairs and ladders near the summit to help you conquer the mountain and enjoy the view.
  • Pebbly Beach 'surfing' Kangaroos. We're not sure if you'll actually see them surfing, but you'll almost certainly see [and mingle with] plenty of grey 'roos 'in the wild' (and I have seen roos taking a dip in the surf on a really hot day !)
  • Mogo Zoo via Batemans Bay ... specializing in the preservation of critically endangered and threatened species from around the world.

Holidays in South Coast, Featured Attraction

Birdland Animal Park at Batemans Bay exhibits Australian native animals including wombats, koalas, kangaroos, emus, snakes amongst  'over 100 species of animals, birds and reptiles in a lush garden setting. We specialise in native wildlife and provide heaps of hand on opportunities and interactive demonstrations'.

Visit Birdland around mid-morning (feeding time) as at other times of the day, the koalas may well be asleep !! You may also get the chance to talk with the main koala keeper, Karen, who's a local koala specialist and actually collects the right species of eucalypt leaves up near her home to give them more variety that what available from the plantation at Birdland. 

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  • Montague Island via Narooma. Take a wildlife Tour and visit the colony of Australian fur seals thrive under the protection of the Montague Island Nature Reserve. You can even take a charter to 'snorkel with seals' here.
  • Gulaga [Mt Dromedary] Mountain.. is a sacred site that the Aboriginal custodians call 'Gulaga,' meaning 'Mother'. The mountain consists of two summits, joined by a saddle. Due to its likeness to the hums of a camel, the white settlers named it Mt Dromedary. I've heard 2 theories about the derivation of the aboriginal derivation of the name, Mother. Firstly, the two summits are likened to the breasts of a woman. The second theory is that the formation resembles the outline of a womans whole body, lying on her side from a certain vantage point out to sea. See Gulaga walk directions here
  • Poteroo Palace The Kangaroos here are so friendly that they wander amongst visitors within the sanctuary ! This wildlife refuge has had a fairly turbulent history as the property it was purchased in 2006, in a pretty rub-down condition, by a local nature lover who has dedicated it as a community run 'not-for-profit' organization to improve the living conditions of the animals in its care, while promoting the need to protect our valuable Australian natural fauna whilst educating the public about Australian native animals. Entrance is via the Blue Wren Cafe which is open every day, except Xmas Day serving coffee, lunch or just a snack [including Vegan choices] from 10am til 4pm. In January 2013, the palace was threatened by bushfire but good planning and support from the local Rural Fire Service managed to avert serious damage to the facilities. With quick decisive action from the staff, backed by community support, all of the animals were also saved.
  • Eden Killer Whale Museum Killer whales have hunted the great baleen whales for thousands of years all around the world. However, it was only at Eden's Twofold Bay that the Killer whales actually co-operated with humans to hunt whales. The Eden Killer Whale museum is filled with interesting exhibits of the interaction between over 50 individual killer whales mainly with just one family, the Davidson's over a century of small scale whaling. More info on the Killers

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