The New South Wales South Coast is a picturesque seaside region that can refer to various parts of the state south of Sydney where kilometres of pristine beaches characterise the setting. Wikivoyage covers the South Coast under four distinct regions.
The term "South Coast" is a bit ambiguous – many consider the start of the Princes Motorway just south of Sydney to be the starting point, some will consider anything south of the Illawarra, while others consider anything south of Shoalhaven. On the other hand, some consider the southern border to be the Victorian border, while others consider the northernmost point of the Sapphire Coast (Bega Valley) to be the southernmost. Either way, it's ambiguous and how you choose to interpret the boundaries of the South Coast is up to you.
Listed from north to south, the regions that make up the South Coast is as follows:
The northernmost region of the South Coast home to NSW's third largest city, Wollongong, but is also known for the infamous Kiama Blowhole, the world's largest blowhole, and the overpromoted but the relatively off the beaten path park of Budderoo National Park.
|Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay Territory |
This region can be visited as a day-trip from Sydney or Wollongong, home to the impressive white-sand Hyams Beach and the federal territory of Jervis Bay Territory, all in Jervis Bay.
Further south, popular with camping and caravaning by the beach. It's home to the popular Easter destination of Batemans Bay.
|Sapphire Coast (Bega Valley) |
Kilometers of unspoiled beaches, with many only receiving a couple of visitors for an entire day.