About South Coast
The region stretches from
Berry and Kangaroo Valley, to Eden and the Victorian
The South Coast offers
something for everyone. With numerous national parks
parks, countless white sand beaches, dramatic headlands,
rainforests, coastal towns and quaint villages. There's
antique browsing, whale watching, fishing, mountain biking
and four-wheel drive tours.
Princes Highway stretches the length of the region
and forms a popular coastal route from Sydney to Melbourne.
The region can be divided into 3 areas
- The Shoalhaven
- The Sapphire Coast
2.5 hours drive south of Sydney, the Shoalhaven area
huge holiday destination. Nowra is its main town (the largest town on the
Coast) and the area reaches
south as far as Durras Lake and, north to
Valley and Berry. This area boasts 109 ocean, bay and lakeside
beaches and more than 300,000 hectares of national parks
and state forest.
The Shoalhaven area also includes
Ulladulla which is
famous for its fishing fleet, Jervis Bay
well known for its white
sands and crystal clear waters and is an ideal destination
for a beach holiday. Berry and Kangaroo Valley offer antique shops and arts and crafts galleries to
Also known as the "Nature Coast" it covers
over 100 kilometres of spectacular coastline and pristine
hinterland. The area stretches from the popular fishing
and sailing resort of Batemans Bay, in
the north, to
Narooma and Central
Tilba in the south. Other townships located in this
area include Moruya, Bodalla, Tuross
and the historic
Mogo and Nelligen.
The Eurobodalla has been growing
in popularity over the years especially with holiday
makers from Canberra. Further to the south are seaside
townships of Moruya and Narooma. From Moruya you can
access several spectacular national parks whilst Narooma
is the departure point for tours to Montague Island
to see its little penguin
and fur seal colonies.
The area is also famous for its unique
art galleries and art and craft working villages,
including Mogo and Central Tilba.
Indigenous cultural tours are available at Umbarra,
just south of
guides share their knowledge
of the local aboriginal culture and history including
Dreamtime stories, bush tucker and medicine.
The Sapphire Coast
Located on the far South Coast the Sapphire Coast is
known for its beauty, untouched
wilderness areas, sparkling blue ocean, mountains,
eucalypt forests, spectacular
bays, rocky headlands, and stunning clean beaches.
Stretching down the coast from Bermagui
to the Victorian border via Eden and inland to Brown
Mountain it also includes the Bega Valley. Game fishing
is popular off the coast from Bermagui, whilst Bega
is famous for its dairy industry producing
its well known cheeses. The sea side towns of Merimbula and Eden are popular family holiday destinations.
Places to visit
the Shoalhaven area:
Just a few hours drive south of Sydney. Here you will
find a picturesque
strip of unspoilt coastline which offers white sandy
beaches, in fact Hyams Beach is unknown to have the
whitest sand in the
world. Here you can watch the local dolphins,
scuba dive in crystal clear waters and visit Murramarang
National Park which is home to the popular Pebbly
Beach and the friendly kangaroos that live amongst
the campers on the beach.
Kangaroo Valley is a National Trust classified village.
Kangaroo Valley is a stunningly picturesque
valley nestled between steep escarpments, and the beautiful
white sandy beaches of the South Coast. Read
Located on the Shoalhaven River, Nowra is the South
Coast's largest town. It offers many attractions including
buildings, river cruises, fishing and Australia’s
Museum of Flight.
The harbour of Ulladulla is home to a large fishing
fleet. On Easter Sunday each year the boats are blessed
in the colourful “Blessing of the Fleet” ceremony,
a must see if you are visiting the area at Easter.
Fabulous surf beaches can be found at nearby Mollymook.
In the Eurobodalla area:
Located on the Clyde River's broad estuary, Batemans
Bay is the starting point for houseboat
cruises with 38 navigable kilometres along the Clyde
River. There are beautiful beaches, surfing,
and coastal walk available. Local seafood is available
in the many restaurants, and cafes. Or visit an art
galleries or artists studio.
Located on the Moruya River, this historic town provides access to the the Eurobodalla
and Deua National Parks and the Araluen Valley. Moruya has a museum and several
antique and second-hand shops. Read more.
Known for its vast stretches of exquisite turquoise
water, rainforests, private coves and examples
of Aboriginal and European history. Game fishing
is popular with Narooma's proximity to the continental
shelf providing excellent fishing opportunities, or
visit Montague Island, and see the fur seal and little
as the whales pass the coast on their migration
Antarctic. In October, Narooma hosts a Blues
and Rock music festival.
Located just south of Narooma Central Tilba is a National Trust working village.
Here you will see arts and crafts people displaying their wares in the 19th
century weatherboard cottages. Read more.
Sapphire Coast area:
Merimbula is a gourmets delight with fresh local sea
food and farm produce on offer at numerous first
class cosmopolitan restaurants and cafes. The lagoon,
lakes and ocean are separated by prisitne white sand,
and fringed by unspoilt bushland stretching into
mountains beyond. Merimbula is a popular family holiday
swimming, surfing, wind surfing, canoeing, diving
and bushwalking. Read More
Located at the southern end on the South Coast near
the Victorian border,
Eden is set
crystal waters, forests and parklands. The magnificent
Twofold Bay is an ideal place to watch whales
as they migrate south. Humpbacks, Southern Right, Minke
and even occasionally the endangered Blue Whale
can be seen coming
right into Twofold Bay. Read
The mostly untouched coastline
is the main feature of the South Coast region.
There are many national
parks and marine features including crystal clean white
sand beaches along with old growth forests and spectacular
The South Coast offers an endless
variety of beaches and seas as well as forests and parks.
The South Coast is home to more than 10
National Parks including: Ben Boyd,
Mount Imlay Nadgee,
Wallaga Lake and
South East Forests.
The parks offer expansive
beaches, countless walking tracks through rainforest
gullies and old growth forests which team with wildlife.
The scenery in the parks varies from
rugged cliff faces to sweeping coastal views, rolling
green hills to towering eucalypts, mountain streams
Rare species such as the powerful owl, potoroos, ground
parrots, pygmy possums and tiger quoll
find refuge in these national parks.
The South Coast region is a fisherman's
heaven. With 100km's of coastline to choose from surely
you can't miss catching something.
The South Coast offers some spectacular
beach fishing spots. Salmon, Tailor, Bream, Gummy Shark, Whiting
be caught this way .
Black and Silver
Drummer, Leatherjacket, Groper, Luderick and Banded Morwong can be caught
year round from numerous rock fishing spots. During summer Bunito, Kingfish,
Tailor and Salmon are common. Always check rock fishing spots to see if they
are safe. The seas along the south coast can be unpredictable.
Game Fishing is dependent upon warm currents flowing
southward over the continental shelf. This warm water
carries a great quantity of Pilchards, Mackerel and other
small surface fish known as bait fish. These small fish
attract the larger predatory fish including Yellowfin,
Sharks and Marlin. The peak fishing period is January
- May when the water temperature rises to as high as
25 degrees Celsius.
Exotic fish also appear during this period including Broadbill, Wahoo,
Cobia, Dolphinfish, Short Billed SwordFish and occasionally Sailfish. Various
species of Sharks also arrive at this time including
Mako and Blues.
Deep Sea Fishing
There are numerous boat ramps along the coast, although be aware of sand bars
in some areas. Flathead is the most common species caught when Deep Sea Fishing.
They can be found
any depth from 10 - 120 metres.
Other species often caught include Gummy Sharks,
Mackerel and Barracouta.
There are several good reef fishing spots along the south coast
depths. Species common on the reefs include Snapper, Rubber lipped Morwong,
Jackass Morwong, Leather Jackets, Rock Cod, Wrasse and Kingfish.
The South Coast has several good rivers for fishing including
the Shoalhaven and Bega River. Blackfin
and Yellowfin, Bream, Dusky Flathead, Jewfish, Whiting,
Mullet, Tailor, Estuary Perch, Bass and Luderick can
be caught through the year.
The NSW South Coast offers
some of the best whale watching opportunities in Australia.
September to late November each year, Humpback Whales
make their annual migration southwards heading for the
Antarctica after having
spent several months during the breeding season in
warmer waters. Although it is mainly
Humpbacks spotted off the coast, Southern Right, Minke,
Blue, False Killer's and Bryde's Whales are becoming
more common as well.
The Eden Whale Festival held in October
celebrates Eden's involvement with whales. Eden's whaling history dates back to 1843. The Whaling
industry shut its doors many years ago and instead
today the whales are major tourist attraction drawing
visitors from around the world.
Private charter companies offer Whale Watching
trips from October to November. A few of the whale watching
vessels are also fitted with hydrophones to listen to
the whales singing.
Food and Wine
The South Coast region has
ideal conditions for producing some of the best food
in Australia. The
clean unpolluted waters are well known for their oysters
and fresh fish, whilst the lush pastures produce wonderful
dairy produce including cheeses.
Many of the local producers sell direct
to the public and the local weekend markets always have
and produced honeys, chutneys,
jams, fresh fruit and
fish shops with stunning views abound throughout the
region. Here you can
enjoy freshly caught local fish, or purchase the
latest catch to take home and cook yourself.
The South Coast has numerous medal winning
wineries that are well worth visiting. Many of the
local wineries offer
tastings and cellar door sales.
The climate over the south
coast region varies slightly from North to South. Typical
summer and winter temperatures across the region are:
Average Winter temperatures: 6 degrees Celsius to 17 degrees Celsius
Average Summer temperature: 14 degrees Celsius to 26 degrees Celsius
Average Winter temperatures: 4 degrees Celsius to 17 degrees Celsius
Average Summer temperature: 13 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius
The South Coast region is well suited
to self-drive visitors. It is easily accessed via car
from Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
From Sydney take
the Princes highway and follow the road along the
From Melbourne the New South Wales South
Coast can be accessed either via Sale along the coast
using the Princes Highway or via Canberra.
From Canberra it is an easy drive via Queanbeyan
along the Kings Highway.
Air services are available
to Merimbula and Moruya airports.
Express has services to these airports from Sydney.
For more details see www.regionalexpress.com.au
Trains are available to parts of the South Coast
from Sydney. Several services a day depart Central in
Sydney for Nowra.
Coaches operate from Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney to
various destinations along the South Coast.
For more information see the
South Coast Regional Tourism Organisations web site http://www.southcoast.net.au/
Useful Links To Shops, Services and other things
in South Coast
Art With Attitude - Merimbula
They stock original locally painted artworks and prints, hand made jewellery and glassware from Bulgaria and Poland, locally made ceramics and beautiful Australian made pieces and also stunning hand made felted items from Nepal.
If you would like to display your business here,
click here to contact us.