The coast is calling you

The coast is calling you

The coast is clear... for a fantastic south coast holiday

Canberra is the perfect city base for exploring the unspoilt coastlines of the South Coast. Jump in the car and get set to explore the uncrowded and secluded beach coves, charming heritage towns, magnificent national parks, delicious local produce and more on offer along the Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven and Sapphire Coasts.

Eurobodalla Coast

From Canberra, take the Princes Highway from Queanbeyan, via the historic towns of Bungendore and Braidwood, and make your way to Batemans Bay, the gateway to the Eurobodalla Coast.  

This region stretches from South Durras, just north of Batemans Bay, through Moruya and Narooma to Tilba Tilba in the south and westward to Nelligen.

Popular destinations include historic Mogo, which features the ever-popular Mogo Zoo, as well as delicious sweet and savoury treats along the main street.

A seal frolics underwater off Montague Island on the NSW South Coast.
Swimming with the seals off Montague Island on the NSW South Coast is one of the unforgettable natural experiences within an easy drive of Canberra. Image: Destination NSW

Other highlights in the region include the Montague Island Nature Reserve, a breathtaking wildlife sanctuary off the coast of Narooma, and the Bodalla Dairy Shed, a charming cottage-style cafe, restaurant and farm stay accommodation that will keep cheese and dairy fiends happy and coming back for more.

Sapphire Coast

Stretching further south is where you’ll find the beautifully unspoilt charms of the Sapphire Coast.

People fishing off a jetty in Eden on the Sapphire Coast of NSW.
The fishing is fantastic in the Sapphire Coast. Image: Hamilton Lund, Destination NSW.

From Bermagui in the north to Eden to Wonboyn in the south, the Sapphire Coast is renowned for its natural offerings and coastal wilderness. 

Slip on a snorkel and marvel at the underwater wonders with Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Adventures, or check out the Eden Killer Whale Museum and learn all about the region’s fascinating whaling history. After a busy day exploring all the region has to offer, rest your head at Tanja Lagoon Camp – the ultimate in ‘glamping’ with fully self-contained safari tents set amongst the magnificent coastal wilderness.

ACT on the sea and the Shoalhaven Coast

North of Eurobodalla is the Shoalhaven Coast. Here, you’ll find Jervis Bay, an annexe of the Australian Capital Territory, which boasts the whitest sand in the world at Hyams Beach and the towering sea cliffs of Point Perpendicular. Take a sea kayak excursion or go dolphin or whale watching from Huskisson and enjoy the pristine beauty of this marine reserve.

Moona Moona Creek, Huskisson
Moona Moona Creek, Huskisson

The Shoalhaven is a burgeoning foodie region with Milton and Mollymook offering acclaimed dining options. Take Main Road 92 (old Nerriga Rd) which makes the trip to the Shoalhaven an easy two-hour drive from Canberra. Main Road 92 brings you out near Jervis Bay, a hop skip and jump from Nowra, historic Berry and the Shoalhaven Wine Coast. The north end of the Australian Oyster Coast is Greenwell Point where you can buy direct from oyster leases. Just down the road, Culburra Beach is the surf village and fishing mecca where Max Dupain's iconic photograph ‘The Sunbaker’ was taken in 1937.

All of this sun, surf and fun is just a short drive from Australia's capital! For great deals, itineraries, activities and more information, go to