South of Sydney, beyond Botany Bay and the industrial hinterland of Wollongong, the South Coast of New South Wales is a rugged paradise of big bays, spectacular geology, and long, empty beaches. Dark rivers of tannin-stained water curl down from the inland forests where the big trees are still kings. The rich waters of Jervis Bay and the Tasman Sea are crammed with oceanic wildlife, and all along the South Coast you can go whale watching, swim with dolphins, and commune with seals and pelagic birds. But there’s more to this part of Australia than just wilderness. Many of the region’s 5-star hotels are to be found in the South Coast’s main towns, such as Bateman’s Bay and Merimbula. But travellers in this wild region will also discover luxury hotels, eco-retreats and glamorous day spas in the most unlikely of places: hidden away in quiet forests, beside reflective lagoons, or on breath-taking headlands. Mixed in with these superb places to stay are some of Australia’s finest epicurean experiences. Local seafood and the freshest of local produce grace the menus of the South Coast’s world-class restaurants. You might even chance upon a Rick Stein eatery!
The Belle Vue Penthouse at Black Beach is one of the most unique accommodation options around Kiama. This penthouse is situated 2.2km away from Boneyard Beach, 700m from Kiama Harbour, less than 1km away from Kiama Blowhole, and 13km away from the nearest airport (Illawarra Regional Airport). The apartment boasts a gorgeous panoramic view of the ocean at Black Beach. A massive sun terrace attached […]View Details
Amaroo Valley Springs is the perfect base for a peaceful trip away from home. Nestled in the rolling mountains surrounding the infamously stunning Kangaroo Valley, near Barrengarry, this villa is sure to impress guests with its world class views of the valley, and its excellent facilities. The villa itself contains two bedrooms, and the whole place is fully air conditioned. From the villa there is […]View Details
Ulladulla Guest House offers a unique experience within a hidden paradise filled with lush greenery and contemporary features. Situated a short 100 metres away from the town centre and fishing harbour of Ulladulla, guests at this facility will never become bored or feel isolated. Ulladulla is located three hours away from Sydney and two hours away from Canberra. Each guest room within the Ulladulla Guest […]View Details
Located at an enviable position directly across from gorgeous Mollymook Beach and Golf Course, this apartment is the perfect oasis to wind down at. 2.5 kilometres away from Ulladulla where more shops and restaurants are to be found, and a leisurely stroll away from Mollymook’s selection of cafes and shops, this apartment provides a great deal of comfort and centrality. This three bedroom apartment features […]View Details
Sitting proudly atop a sweep of headland at Bannister’s Point, Bannisters by the Sea shines as an example of a modern, luxurious hotel sitting right on the beachfront. Merging luxury and convenience perfectly, Bannisters is only a 10 minute drive away from Ulladulla Wharf, another popular tourist spot, as well as 3 hours away from Sydney and 2 hours from Canberra. Staying at Bannisters affords […]View Details
Whether you’re a tourist or a local, the Albacore Apartments in Merimbula offer the kind of timeless, laidback, yet luxury hotel experience that is sure to impress even the most hardened traveller. Situated directly across from the Merimbula Lake, and 5 minutes walking distance from shops and restaurants, this oasis on the lake is sure to impress not only with its proximity to points of […]View Details
Ingenia Holidays Lake Conjola is a hotel and camping ground located on the banks of the serene Lake Conjola. It boasts gorgeous, expansive camping grounds and modern, clean lodges which makes it the perfect places for everything between a large family and singular person. It is surrounded by the national park and is conveniently located a mere 15 minutes’ walk away from the beachfront. The […]View Details
Find relaxation and charm when you head to the luxury hotel, Lincoln Downs Resort. Close to the beach and the chilled out town of Batemans Bay, you will find everything you love about home mixed with what you love about having time away to recharge. The tranquil lake is waiting for you on your morning walks around the stunning gardens. Modern and spacious rooms offer […]View Details
Located on the South Coast of New South Wales is Murramarang Beachfront Holiday Resort. The resort hosts luxury villas overlooking Beagle Bay and surrounded by breathtaking nature. With beachfront views meeting the Murramarang National Park, everything you need from the city is only 15 minutes away in Batemans Bay. There are a variety of villas catering from 2 guests up to 7 guests, so you […]View Details
Boasting stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Kiama Harbour is The Sebel Harbourside Kiama. The luxury hotel apartments are close to great walking trails, historic shops and access to some of Australia’s great wine and produce at local markets. It is also close to the Kiama Blowhole and the Kiama Coastal Walk. Studio rooms are available for solo travellers and deluxe rooms offer […]View Details
An experience like no other is swimming and snorkeling with seals from Montague Island. The island is near Narooma and is home to a colony of fur seals, amazing birdlife and thousands of penguins. The small island is best seen on a guided tour. This is often paired with designated snorkeling tours, where you get up close and personal with the seals in the water. For those who choose to stay in the island or don’t like getting their feet wet, make sure you enjoy the breathtaking views of ocean while penguin spotting. You can do this as you walk the entire island, which is only 1.5 kilometres.
Known as one of Australia’s most scenic walks is the Kiama coast walk. Completing the entire walk is a 20 kilometre stretch, but the walk can be broken down into three sections. With ocean views the whole way, you will also see magnificent rock formations, and stunning beaches. Before you visit, you can download a map to your Google Maps which will guide you to the best lookouts. Depending on the section you walk, will depend on how your day turns out. Maybe you like more challenging hikes, or you wish to jump in the water for a dip. There is even a bowl club who serve lunch and offer you a lift back to the town of Kiama (minimum spend and reservation required).
In some circles, visiting South Coast NSW, is known as the Oyster trail as there is no shortage of this fine produce and places where you can shuck your own oysters – and eat them too! While some visitors may want the hard work done for them, while they sip on champagne, shucking your own oysters is an experience in itself. Why not head out on a kayak tour from Batemans Bay, where you can see oysters growing, meet the farmers, and sample some while floating on the water. Or visit Jim’s Wild Oysters, a champion shucker, for fresh oysters and prawns.
Between the months of May and November, up and down the south coast of New South Wales is known as the humpback highway. As the magnificent creatures migrate to the warmer waters, they “rest” in Jervis Bay, where they frolic with the likes of dolphins and sea turtles. While there are many land-based lookouts, where you can admire these creatures from (don’t forget to pack the binoculars), consider boarding a dolphin and whale watching cruise from Jervis Bay. There are many to choose from and all come with an expert guide to speak about the area.
While the entire region of South Coast New South Wales is an exhibition of local produce, Shoalhaven is the place to go to sample it all. The location of this area makes it perfect to showcase some of Australia’s finest seafood, dairy and vegetables, and the community prides itself in using local produce within their dining establishments. The farm to table motto is shown in boutique eateries and fine dining as well as the local farmers markets in the region, where visitors can purchase goods to whip up their own culinary delights. For some rustic country charm, be sure to check out the township of Mogo which is just south of Batemans Bay.
What is more perfect than a winery close to the beach. Only 1 kilometre from Shoalhaven Heads is the sustainable winery of Mountain Ridge Wines. On location is a cellar door, where you can try the wines that are made on premises, and Mountain Ridge restaurant, which uses local produce in their ever changing menu.
While you are in the Shoalhaven region, you must visit Mollymook. Known for its great surf breaks, picturesque ocean views and boutique stores, Mollymook is the place to add to your luxury bucket list. Seaside seafood dining is a must here, especially at exquisite eateries such as the famous restaurant, Bannisters by Rick Stein.