Secluded, uncrowded beaches await on the NSW South Coast
Passengers follow a dolphin from the bow of a boat during a dolphin watching cruise on the South Coast of New South Wales

Discover the delights of whale watching, kayaking, swimming, learning to surf or simply lazing on a beautiful South Coast New South Wales beach.

The Canberra region is the perfect base for exploring the unspoiled coastlines of the South Coast on a drive holiday, as it is a scenic two and a half hour journey.

From Canberra, take the Princes Highway from Queanbeyan through the historic towns of Bungendore and Braidwood on your way to Batemans Bay, the gateway to the South Coast.

Journey north past Ulladulla to explore Jervis Bay, an annexe of the Australian Capital Territory with the whitest sand in the world at Hyams Beach and towering sea cliffs of Point Perpendicular. Take a dolphin watch cruise or a sea kayak excursion from Huskisson to see the pristine beauty of this marine reserve.

Drive inland to Kangaroo Valley to quaint towns offering local arts and crafts along 80 kilometres of river perfect for canoeing, guided bushwalks or bicycle tours. The summit of Pigeon House Mountain (Didhol) near Ulladulla provides spectacular views of the wilderness in Budawang National Park.

Venture south from Batemans Bay and discover along secluded, uncrowded and sheltered beach coves and popular holiday villages including Narooma, Bermagui and farther south to Tathra, Pambula and Eden.

South of Batemans Bay, at the Old Mogo Town Pioneer Village, you can experience the 1850s Gold Rush and learn about Australia’s ‘bloodiest’ bushrangers, the Clarke Gang. Mogo Zoo offers everything from an African lion, leopards, tigers to giraffes, alligators and zebra.

Charter a fishing boat to catch big game and see seals off Montague Island or go whale watching from Narooma on the beautiful Sapphire Coast.

Take the time to discover the heritage-listed village of Central Tilba nestled in a beautiful valley at the foot of Gulaga (Mt Dromedary), a site of great spiritual significance to the local Yuin Aboriginal people.

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