South Coast

Travel Guide
Collingwood Beach showing general coastal views and a sandy beach

Miles of coastline stretch between New South Wales’ capital city and its southern border, encompassing gorgeous beaches, hinterland and countryside.

Experience the awe-inspiring landscapes of the South Coast, where the Southern Highlands meet secluded bays and laid-back surf beaches. Wherever you visit within the South Coast’s seafront belt between Sydney and the Victorian border, you’re likely to find diverse landscapes, mild weather and breathtaking flora and fauna. Discover beautiful national parks, wild rivers and pastoral serenity. Stop by one of the South Coast’s busy townships or seaside retreats to experience the range of local events, craft markets and regional culinary hotspots.

Travel down the South Coast and find your ideal beachside getaway. Marvel at views of the breathtaking tree-lined Eastern Escarpment that frames the Illawarra region and visit a string of gorgeous seaside towns. In Wollongong, you’ll find a laid-back yet commercial hub with a multicultural feel and fantastic surf beaches. Shellharbour, Kiama and Batemans Bay are excellent vacation destinations for lovers of water-based adventure. Explore the Minnamurra River or Lake Illawarra on a fishing trip or with your kayak, windsurfer or Jet Ski.

Explore the natural splendor of the Shoalhaven region and check out Kangaroo Valley, Ettrema Wilderness and the Booderee National Park. Whether you’re exploring boutiques and cozy cafés in Nowra or pampering yourself in the coastal resort hubs of Milton and Ulladulla, you’re sure to find a rejuvenating vacation experience.

The stretch of coast known as Eurobodalla is threaded with pristine waterways and estuaries. Have beautiful beaches all to yourself or find solitude in the rugged mountain hinterlands to the west. The southernmost section of the region is known as the Sapphire Coast and is known for its fantastic fishing spots and dairy industry, which is centered on the farming town of Bega. Go fishing at the surrounding lakes or visit Eden to learn about the region’s whaling history.

Reach the South Coast by driving south from Sydney, catching the regional intercity train or flying into regional airports, such as Illawarra Regional Airport. Mild temperatures make the South Coast a year-round destination. Whether you seek seclusion in remarkable national parks and careening mountaintops or family-friendly beaches and captivating seaside towns, the South Coast has plenty to share.

Where to stay in South Coast

Sage Hotel Wollongong
Sage Hotel Wollongong
4 out of 5
60/62 Harbour Street, Wollongong, NSW
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$184 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
Located in Wollongong CBD, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of WIN Stadium and Wollongong City Beach. Wollongong Golf Club and WIN Entertainment Centre ...
3.9/5Good! (996 reviews)
"Great location and 24 hour front desk."

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2021

Sage Hotel Wollongong
Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong
Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong
4.5 out of 5
19 Market Street, Wollongong, NSW
The price is NZ$223 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in Wollongong CBD, this luxury aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of WIN Stadium, Wollongong Hospital and Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium. University ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,571 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong
Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
4.5 out of 5
2-14 Cliff Road, North Wollongong, NSW
The price is NZ$269 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Wollongong CBD hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Stuart Park and Wollongong City Beach. North Wollongong Beach and Towradgi Beach ...
4.2/5Very Good! (999 reviews)
"great location with wonderful views. staff super!"

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2021

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
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Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong
Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong
4.5 out of 5
19 Market Street, Wollongong, NSW
The price is NZ$223 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in Wollongong CBD, this luxury aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of WIN Stadium, Wollongong Hospital and Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium. University ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,571 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong
Headlands Austinmer Beach
Headlands Austinmer Beach
4 out of 5
1 Yuruga Street, Austinmer, NSW
The price is NZ$263 per night from 11 Oct. to 11 Oct.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Austinmer aparthotel is steps away from Little Austinmer Beach and Austinmer Boatharbour. Sharky Beach and Austinmer ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (401 reviews)
They need to improve bedding and cleanliness
"Bedding and mattress were terrible. It wasn’t comfortable at all. The blanket wasn’t clean and I got few blood spots on it."

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

Headlands Austinmer Beach
Beach Cabins Merimbula
Beach Cabins Merimbula
3.5 out of 5
47-65 Short Point Road, Merimbula, NSW
Located in Merimbula, this beachfront cabin is in a shopping district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Short Point Beach and Merimbula Aquarium. Tura Beach Country ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (155 reviews)
Friendly stay at Merimbula
"The cabins are located in an ideal setting for access to the Main Beach of Merimbula, with a view of beautiful sunrises each morning. The beach is within easy walking distance and other attractions are close by with easy driving to the township. The cabins are ideal for family and group ..."

Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2021

Beach Cabins Merimbula
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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