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Unmissable stops on the near South Coast

Stand Up Paddleboarding, Lake IllawarraCREDIT: Destination NSW

Stand up paddle boarding on Lake Illawarra is a must-do activity on the NSW South Coast.

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Unmissable stops on
the near South Coast

Stand Up Paddleboarding, Lake Illawarra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Stand up paddle boarding on Lake Illawarra is a must-do activity on the NSW South Coast.

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The first stretches of the New South Wales South Coast beyond Sydney are blessed with white sand beaches and sapphire-hued waters, but there’s also magnificent bushland, charming towns and plenty of little luxuries to find along the way. Driving south from Sydney, you’ll encounter the little beachside town of Shellharbour, followed by Kiama and Gerringong. Further down the coast, past the inland city of Nowra, you’ll come to Jervis Bay and then the neighbouring towns of MiltonMollymook and Ulladulla. Here’s how to make the most of your journey through this most northerly section of the South Coast. 

Where to eat and drink 

In Shellharbour, grab some classic pub grub at the Shellharbour Club or sample local South Coast oysters and a glass of Coolangatta Estate chardonnay at local favourite Relish on Addison.  

Try Silica Restaurant and Bar in Kiama, dining on the best local produce and ingredients sourced from a community farm. The restaurant is nestled on the beachfront at Kiama Surf Beach with impressive views over the coastline. 

Coffee aficionados can get their fix at Hyper Hyper Coffee in Nowra or Maverick Coffee in Ulladulla, while those with a sweet tooth should make a bee line for Il Locale Gelato in the charming inland town of Berry

Taste oysters straight from the farm at Jim Wild’s Oysters Service near Nowra. This is one of the top spots in the region to sample rock and Pacific oysters, opened while you wait, as well as fresh Australian prawns. 

Visit Cupitt’s Estate, nestled in the countryside between Milton and Ulladulla. There’s a restaurant, bar, winery, brewery and fromagerie on site, as well as lovely boutique accommodation Cupitt’s Cottage. You can also sample local wines at Two Figs Winery in Berry and Coolangatta Estate.  

In Milton, farm-to-table café Milk Haus is housed within an old cheese factory with an incredible kitchen garden and team of local producers that inspires its creative, seasonal cuisine.  

Cupitt's Winery, Ulladulla CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy food and drink with scenic views across Cupitt's Winery in Ulladulla.

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Cupitt's Winery, Ulladulla CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy food and drink with scenic views across Cupitt's Winery in Ulladulla.

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Jim Wild's Oysters, Greenwell Point CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy fresh south coast oysters at Jim Wild's Oysters.

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Jim Wild's Oysters, Greenwell Point CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy fresh south coast oysters at Jim Wild's Oysters.

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Must-do activities  

On Lake Illawarra, you can try stand-up paddle boarding with Stand Up Paddle Boarding Shellharbour, or do a self-guided cycling tour on one of the many lake circuits. Bikes are available to rent at Simple Cycles at Shellharbour. 

Follow the 2km Cascades Walk in Macquarie Pass National Park, inland from Shellharbour, through shaded rainforest and eucalypt forest to a beautiful waterfall and natural pool. 

For history buffs, take a tour of the HARS Aviation Museum in Shellharbour and join the Wing Walk tour — a stroll out onto the wing of an aircraft.  

Stock up on local produce, arts and crafts at various markets on the South Coast. Drop into the Kiama Seaside Markets (third Sunday of the month), Berry Farmer’s Market (each Thursday) and Huskisson Markets (second Sunday of the month). 

Hike along the spectacular Kiama Coast Walk, with its unspoilt beaches, incredible rock formations and breathtaking ocean views. Once you’ve seen the natural wonder of the Kiama Blowhole, do visit its little sister, the Little Blowhole, on Tingira Crescent.  

Test your fitness by joining a bespoke rock-climbing experience with Outdoor Raw. You’ll climb above and abseil down some of the most breathtaking locations in the Shoalhaven.  

Learn to surf on Mollymook, Narrawallee or Bendalong beaches with workshops run by former world champion Pam Burridge. Group and private lessons are available.  

Where to stay  

In Shellharbour, Escape 778 offers spacious accommodation with room for up to eight guests. A pleasant retreat for families or groups of friends, this house has all the creature comforts of home and breathtaking ocean views. 

Also in the Shellharbour area, Ravensthorpe is a grand 19th-century manor house restored for contemporary stays, celebrations and dining. Stay overnight in one of its elegant suites with an open fireplace, private sitting room and French-inspired décor.  

A 10-minute drive south of Kiama you’ll find a new bespoke guesthouse, Soul of Gerringong. There’s a farmhouse sleeping 14 to 16 guests and a three-bedroom cottage, all decked out in a coast meets country style.  

For resort-style accommodation, the Sebel Kiama Harbourside offers premium accommodation overlooking Kiama Harbour and the Pacific Ocean. It is located a short stroll from the Kiama Blowhole, shops and cafés.  

Offering luxury couple’s accommodation, Heavens Mountain Escape in Kangaroo Valley provides a private, self-contained getaway with unparallel views across the valley and pastures below. Stay in a one-bedroom cottage and enjoy log fires, double spa baths and the option of an in-house massage. 

Perched on the clifftop at Mollymook, Bannisters By The Sea is a gorgeous coastal retreat with a solar-heated infinity pool, day spa and restaurant by celebrated chef Rick Stein.  

Right on the beach at Shoalhaven HeadsBangalay Luxury Villas is relaxed seaside luxury at its best. The stylish villas have garden or golf course views, as well as a fireplace and a private sunny deck, and in-house restaurant Bangalay Dining showcases local produce and native ingredients.  

If you prefer the simplicity of pitching a tent, there are some family-friendly spots in beautiful Booderee National Park at Jervis Bay. Camp footsteps to the sand at Cave Beach and Green Patch, or try glamping at peaceful bush retreat Paperbark Camp.  

Outdoor Raw, Nowra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Abseil off a clifftop in the Shoalhaven region near Nowra.

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Outdoor Raw, Nowra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Abseil off a clifftop in the Shoalhaven region near Nowra.

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Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Take in ocean views from the swimming pool at Bannisters by the Sea.

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Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Take in ocean views from the swimming pool at Bannisters by the Sea.

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