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Five beachside breaks on the South Coast

Murrays Beach, Jervis BayCredit: Destination NSW

Murrays Beach, Jervis Bay, NSW

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Five beachside breaks on the South Coast

Murrays Beach, Jervis Bay Credit: Destination NSW

Murrays Beach, Jervis Bay, NSW

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The South Coast shares the same ocean as the North but it’s a world away: the landscape is rugged, life is lived at a slower pace and enchanting towns showcase local produce proudly. Discover ancient rainforests, transparent waters where turtles and gropers swim, and beaches with the whitest sand in the world, all while snacking on world-class oysters and fish and chips you won’t soon forget.

1. In Jervis Bay, discover Murrays Beach where you’ll have to share the crystalline waters and reefs with turtles, families of squid and bright blue gropers who often say hello to the snorkellers and swimmers. The beach looks out to Bowen Island, home to a family of little penguins, and is surrounded by the Booderee National Park. Walk the Munyunga Waraga Dhugan loop and learn about the local plants, animals, culture and history on the way. For a bite to eat head straight to the Huskisson Hotel. Known to locals as the 'Husky Pub', dine on delicious pub fare including local seafood and stay for the breathtaking views over the bay. The beer garden at the Flamin Galah Brewing Co is an ideal spot to get a taste of the brewing scene.   

2. Depot Beach is a magical spot surrounded by the lush ancient rainforest of Murramarang National Park. One of the Shoalhaven region’s 100 beaches (many of which are known for having the whitest sand in the world), this natural playground is beloved by families with crystal-clear water, native wildlife in the surrounding national park and rockpools to play in along the shore. Stay at the superbly placed campsite located just across from the beach,  or just a hop, skip and drive away to Bawley Point are lush, new private lakeside cabins at The Jackson Ranch. On the other side of the park at Batemans Bay, The Isla is a design-led boutique hotel with a Grand Suite that boasts your own private plunge pool, an outdoor courtyard with ocean views and chic décor with oak furnishings and terrazzo features.

Murrays Beach, Jervis Bay Credit: Destination NSW

Friends enjoy a walk along Murrays Beach at Jervis Bay, NSW

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Murrays Beach, Jervis Bay Credit: Destination NSW

Friends enjoy a walk along Murrays Beach at Jervis Bay, NSW

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North Durras, Murramarang National Park Credit: Josh Burkinshaw

Woman swimming in the water at North Durras, Murramarang National Park

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North Durras, Murramarang National Park Credit: Josh Burkinshaw

Woman swimming in the water at North Durras, Murramarang National Park

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3. NSW’s seal population has long favoured Narooma as the place to swim and a snorkel with fur seals off Montague Island is a bucket-list stop on any South Coast road trip. If you’d prefer to stay on land, seals are often spotted from the beaches too – Bar Beach South is a placid spot good for families. The Narooma to Dalmeny cycle route is a great way to explore the coast, wind rushing through your hair as the water twinkles alongside you. Sydney hospitality group Merivale has dipped its toes in the region’s turquoise waters. The iconic Quarterdeck restaurant offers a tiki-style experience, with fruity daiquiris and fresh oysters served by the water. Just across the headland, boutique hotel The Whale Inn and its Cantonese restaurant Queen Chow offer dim sum platters and rock lobster with XO sauce, plus refreshing cocktails with a view at Ocean Lounge next door. The historic Lynch’s Narooma is the group’s latest purchase, with an update for the heritage hotel on the cards.

4. Just out of Merimbula, discover remote Severs Beach in the Beowa National Park. You’ll drive 5km through vibrant greenery and then walk 300m to the beach, building anticipation for your arrival. Situated alongside Pambula River, you’ll be transported back in time with a view of the lush forests surrounding the river and 3500-year-old middens that reflect the culture of local Aboriginal communities. Try your hand at fishing, which is best between December and May, or look out for a sea eagle diving for its catch. Stay at Hillcrest Merimbula, a refurbished 1970s motel with a pool and ocean

Montague Island, Narooma Credit: Destination NSW

Snorkilng with seals as part of the Montague Island Discovery Tours experience

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Montague Island, Narooma Credit: Destination NSW

Snorkilng with seals as part of the Montague Island Discovery Tours experience

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Short Point Beach, Merimbula Credit: Dee Kramer Photography

Sunset at Short Point Beach, Merimbula.

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Short Point Beach, Merimbula Credit: Dee Kramer Photography

Sunset at Short Point Beach, Merimbula.

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5. True to its name, Seven Mile Beach is 12 kilometres of stunning coastline spanning Gerroa in the north, to Shoalhaven Heads in the south. The pristine stretch is perfect for long walks on the sand, picnics and hikes through the unique surrounding forests of blackbutts and bangalay trees, home to honeyeaters and thornbills. For a nostalgic family holiday, stay in the Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park, nestled between the beach and Crooked River with easy access to the national park. Spend your time floating in the resort-style pool, canoeing, fishing and sitting around the fire pit admiring the spectacular stars. Trek along the headland to see dolphins and whales (between May and November) and end with lunch at The Blue Swimmer for a plate of fish tacos or tuna ceviche with mango and cucumber salsa.

To discover more of New South Wales’ beautiful beaches and coastline, head to sydney.com and visitnsw.com. Share your Feel New moments with #FeelNSW and #FeelNewSydney

Seven Mile Beach, Gerroa/Shoalhaven Heads Credit: Destination NSW

Surfers catching waves at Seven Mile Beach which stretches from Gerroa to Shoalhaven Heads.

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Seven Mile Beach, Gerroa/Shoalhaven Heads Credit: Destination NSW

Surfers catching waves at Seven Mile Beach which stretches from Gerroa to Shoalhaven Heads.

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