From white-sand beaches and rainforests to national parks and cute country towns, the South Coast has it all. The best bit? It’s only 2-3 hours from Sydney. Here’s what to do when you get there!
What do to in the South Coast
First things first – head to Hyams Beach
In Jervis Bay, it’s famous for having the ‘whitest sand in the world’ so it’ll definitely rack up the likes. 😉
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Then hit the South Coast’s best beaches
Werri Beach, Seven Mile Beach and Mollymook Beach are STUNNING, and Cave Beach is a magnet for surfers.
Stroll the White Sands Walk and Scribbly Gum Track
Wear your bikini! This 2.5km loop passes Chinaman’s, Hyams and Seamans Beach so you can cool off with a swim. The views are beautiful, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see whales and dolphins frolicking in the water. On the way back, the path cuts through the woodlands, so you might spot possums and kangaroos.
Want a harder hike? Go girl! Tackle the Cape St George Lighthouse trail (so. many. cliffs), or hike up Pigeon House Mountain in Morton National Park.
Treat yourself to a spa sesh
Bannisters Day Spa and Omega Spa are our picks.
Sip wine and watch the sunset from Bogey Hole
Move over, Bondi – the Bogey Hole on Mollymook Headland is a pretty special sunset spot. The rockpool is full of fish and marine life, so it’s great for snorkelling too.
Check out the Berry Produce Markets
Held on the second Saturday and fourth Sunday of the month (idk why), these markets are full of seasonal and locally grown goodies. Stock up on allll the cheese, and then have a picnic. #cute
The Gerringong Markets are charming too – they’re held on the third Saturday of the month.
Explore Booderee National Park
With beautiful beaches, botanic gardens, BBQ areas and heaps of hiking trails, you could spend all day in this national park. If you like snorkelling, you’ll love the Jervis Bay Marine Park – it’s like Finding Nemo down there.
Chase the Minnamurra Waterfalls
This cascading waterfall is nestled in the Bunnaroo National Park. You’ll have to walk about an hour through the rainforest to reach it, so wear sneakers!
Browse the boutiques
Obsessed with homewares? Few and Far and Moss Nest are the cutest stores on the coast.
Load up on aphrodisiacs on Australia’s Oyster Coast Trail
The South Coast is nicknamed the ‘Oyster Coast.’ ~Set the mood~ and spend the arvo trying the best oysters in the COUNTRY. You’ll find a list of hotspots on the website.
Explore the coast by canoe or bike
Are you the adventurous type? Rent a canoe and cruise down the Kangaroo River or pedal your way from Vincentia to Huskisson.
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Here’s hoping for more river filling rain for kayaking on beautiful Kangaroo River 💦🚣🏼♂️ ⠀ “You can paddle from Hampden Bridge, Bendeela or Tallowa Dam; camp overnight or just spend the day soaking up the stunning surrounds. ⠀ The choice is yours, but we know you will love whatever you choose!” . Photo by @atexturedworld, repost @visitkangaroovalley 🌿
Where to eat on the South Coast
Get a really, really good coffee
Coffee snobs, we’ve got you covered! Milkwood Bakery in Berry and Pilgrims Café in Huskisson brew the best cups.
Pop into the Berry Sourdough Bakery
Tucked away in a 100-year-old barn, this cafe is the definition of country charm. It’s famous for its pastries and bread – aka life’s simple pleasures.
Brunch at the best cafes on the South Coast
All of the above cafes are delish. I also like Littlefork for shakshuka and crepes (the owner is a pastry chef), and Savannah Café for a South African spin on brunch.
Indulge in a doughnut at Berry Donut Van
This food truck has been around for 60 years and it’s still going strong. It serves cinnamon doughnuts hot from the oven (I literally dream about them), plus pies and hotdogs.
Get a pie at the Kangaroo Valley Pie Shop
Speaking of pies… This shop is known for its chunky steak and mushroom pie and reminds me of Harry’s. Don’t forget the mushy peas!
Sit down to a long lunch at Rick Stein at Bannisters
Celebrating something special? Book a table at this hatted restaurant. It’s a little on the exxy side, but it has panoramic views of Mollymook Beach and a seafood menu TDF.
Or Wharf Road
Eating with a meat lover? Perched on the Nowra River, almost everything there is cooked on the BBQ.
Try the salted caramel truffle at Berry Chocolatier
This place is pure heaven on earth for chocolate lovers. More of a lolly girl? The Treat Factory is just around the corner, and it’s bursting with every candy you can imagine.
Follow up with an ice-cream
Go on, you’re on holidays… Berry Ice Creamery and Il Locale are the Messinas of the South Coast.
Mingle with the locals at SOUTH on Albany
This chic spot serves up a Modern European menu using only local and seasonal ingredients. The pesto linguine is so simple, yet so good.
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Getting ready for our Autumn Feast this Sunday….. Dessert development in progress…. Baked plums with nutmeg & ginger pudding… and dessert wine of course! Making some sorbet to go with this pudding – with our favourite milk from @thepineskiama 🐄 #sunday #autumnfeast #southonalbany #berrynsw #visitshoalhaven
Cosy up by the fire at Bistro 146
In Kangaroo Valley, this rustic bistro has a crackling fireplace and a menu that changes with the seasons.
Where to drink on the South Coast
Winery hop your way through the South Coast
Challenge: How many vineyards can you hit in a day? Silos Estate Cellar Door, Coolangatta Estate, Two Figs Winery and Yarrawa Estate Cellar Door are all amazing. Try to time it so you get to Silos for lunch. The restaurant is next-level.
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At the moment come sample both the 2017 Wollstonecraft and 2012 semillon. This 5 year gap gives you a great display of how they show their form over time and deepen in complexity. If you're a fan of the older Sem or wanna give it a shot for the first time don't be shy to stop in and give it a try. Photo by @jonharris_weddings
Go to the oldest pub on the South Coast
The Friendly Inn in Kangaroo Valley has been there since 1892. Not much has changed since, but it has beautiful views of the countryside and a great beer garden.
Pop into the local pubs
For a chill vibe, head to The Great Southern Hotel or The Berry Hotel. The Huskisson is slightly fancier – it’s right on the water, so it’s perfect for a Sunday session.
Grab a glass of vino at Cupitt’s Winery
This small bar specialises in wine, craft beer, and cheese plates. Sold.
Go all the way up to Bannisters Rooftop Pavilion
It has everything a rooftop bar should have: epic views, a killer cocktail list and live music on weekends.
Where to stay on the South Coast
Soul of Gerringong
This guesthouse just opened last year, and it’s an Instagram dream. The Farmhouse is great for larger groups, while the Soul Cottage is cosy and better for couples.
Go on safari without leaving Oz at this resort in Jervis Bay. It 1has 2 tents – but they’re not any old tents. They have plush beds, ensuites, and wraparound verandahs. Pass the fluffy robe, please!
Hyams Beach Bed & Breakfast
Just a few steps away from the white sands of Hyams Beach, this simple B&B gets the job done. Brekkie is free and served until 11am.
Over in Berry, this one-bedroom cottage is as cute as it gets, with views of the countryside and a kitchen, fireplace and double bathtub…
The Cape Culburra Beach
On a girls trip? Book this Hamptons-inspired holiday house. It has 6 bedrooms, a BBQ and a balcony so you can cook up a storm or pre-drink with a view of the beach.
Words by Katia Iervasi (who is still thinking about those donuts FYI)