Luxury Hotels on the NSW South Coast

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!

Belle Vue Penthouse at Black Beach

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Amaroo Valley Springs

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Ulladulla Guest House

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Mollymook Luxury Beachfront Apartment

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Bannisters by the Sea Mollymook

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Albacore Apartments Merimbula

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Ingenia Holidays Lake Conjola

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Lincoln Downs Resort – Batemans Bay

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Murramarang Beachfront Holiday Resort

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

The Sebel Harbourside Kiama

Rating: 8.7

prices from: $350 AUD

Snorkel with seals from Montague Island

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.

Kiama coast walk

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).

Shuck your own oysters

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.

Dolphin and whale watching cruise

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.

Check out the amazing Food and Produce the area has to offer

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.

Mountain Ridge Wines

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.

Check out Mollymook

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.