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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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Whether you’re basking in the heat of summer or rugged up against a brisk breeze, you’ll find a long string of spectacular beaches to enjoy on the South Coast of New South Wales. Take deep breaths of salty ocean air as you explore white sandy beaches and rugged coastal national parks, and feast on fresh seafood from just-caught fish to world-class oysters.

Discover a seemingly endless beach in the Shoalhaven

Surrender to the sound of waves crashing on an untouched shore as you stroll along Seven Mile Beach, a 12-kilometre long stretch of sand between the town of Gerroa and Shoalhaven Heads around two hours south of Sydney. Pack a picnic for a leisurely beachside lunch, and spot honeyeaters and thornbills as you hike through Seven Mile Beach National Park’s forests of blackbutts and bangalay trees. Recreate family holidays of yesteryear at Gerroa’s Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park, nestled between the beach and Crooked River. Float in the holiday park’s resort-style pool and sit around the fire pit admiring the spectacular stars after canoeing or fishing the river. Thrill to the sight of dolphins and whales (between May and November) on Gerroa’s headland. And relish a plate of fish tacos or tuna ceviche at The Blue Swimmer, a light-filled café/restaurant overlooking the mouth of Crooked River.

Swim in the protected waters of Jervis Bay

Feel spoilt for choice when you discover Jervis Bay, a sheltered inlet lined with a string of beautiful beaches three hours’ drive south of Sydney. Venture into Booderee National Park, at the southern end of the bay, to share the crystalline waters and reefs of Murrays Beach with turtles, families of squid and inquisitive bright blue gropers. Refresh with a swim before learning about local plants, animals, culture and history as you walk the Munyunga Waraga Dhugan loop from Murrays Beach. Then head to Huskisson, the main town on Jervis Bay, to savour delicious local seafood at Huskisson Hotel. Linger at this popular hotel to take in breathtaking views over the bay, or settle into a seat at Flamin Galah Brewing Co’s beer garden and relax with a craft brew.

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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Share the beach with kangaroos near Batemans Bay

Thrill to the sight of eastern grey kangaroos sedately grazing in the dunes of Depot Beach, a magical spot surrounded by littoral rainforest in Murramarang National Park, around a four-hour drive south of Sydney. Make the most of this natural playground, beloved by families for its crystal-clear water, abundant native wildlife and many rockpools, by staying at the superbly placed campsite just across from the beach. Or start your day in comfort at The Isla, a design-led boutique hotel that’s around a 25-minute drive away in Batemans Bay. Splurge on the Isla’s two-bedroom, two-bathroom Grande Suite to enjoy a private plunge pool, an outdoor courtyard with ocean views and chic décor, including oak furnishings and terrazzo features.

Say hello to seals at Narooma

Snorkelling with the Australian fur seals of Montague Island, a short boat ride from the town of Narooma, is an unforgettable thrill. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you can also spot these playful creatures from shoreline of Narooma, around a five-hour drive from Sydney. Revel in the placid waters of Narooma Bar Beach South, a naturally enclosed stretch of sand protected by a breakwall that fur seals love to bask on. Then feel the wind rushing through your hair as the water twinkles beside you when you pedal along the Narooma to Dalmeny cycle route. Top off a memorable day with fruity daiquiris and fresh oysters served by the water at the iconic tiki-style Quarterdeck waterfront restaurant, or feast on pub classics at the restored heritage Lynch’s Narooma. Then wind down at a luxury cabin at the beachfront Surf Beach Holiday Park or a stylish room at the Whale Inn boutique hotel.

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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Find a hidden gem on the Sapphire Coast

Take yourself out of the ordinary by discovering a secluded river beach surrounded by dense bushland in Beowa National Park, between Merimbula and Eden on the Sapphire Coast. Turn off the Princes Highway south of Merimbula for a scenic drive through vibrant greenery, and walk 300 metres from the car park to dig your toes into the soft white sands of Severs Beach. You’ll be transported back in time as you take in the masses of trees surrounding Pambula River and encounter shell middens left by Aboriginal communities up to 3,500 years ago. Float in the river, try your hand at fishing (best between December and May), or look out for a sea eagle diving for its catch. At the end of an another idyllic day, soak up the ocean views at Hillcrest Motel, a refurbished 1970s-style motel high on a hill above Merimbula.

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

Notes to editors:

Whale Inn, Narooma is closed for renovations through Australian winter 2024.

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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