South Coast Accommodation
New South Wales

SOUTH COAST OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Wollongong, Kiama, Jervis Bay, Shoalhaven, Batemans Bay, Bega and Sapphire Coasts.

The unspoilt natural beauty of the southern coastline of New South Wales unfolds in a series of bays and coves. Little townships, many with interesting histories, are known for their fine food and wines, and great country markets. Superb local cheeses are a speciality. Marine mammals take pride of place - pods of dolphins and migratory whales cruise past secluded white-sand beaches, and Australian fur seals thrive on Montague Island. There are two marine parks here - at Jervis Bay and Batemans Bay.

Head south from Sydney through the Royal National Park and along the Sea Cliff Bridge, a sinuously seductive road that is flanked by the Tasman Sea on one side and the richly forested Illawarra escarpment on the other. Take in the expanse of Wadbilliga National Park - the largest undisturbed wilderness in New South Wales. Take a dip in the pristine waters of Jervis Bay, stroll the old wharf at Tathra and relax in romantic little hideaways. Discover the secrets of Mystery Bay, Disaster Bay, Pigeon House Mountain and Mount Dromedary as you head towards the fabulous Sapphire Coast, the gateway to Eden.

Wollongong, the State's third largest city, has in recent years reinvented itself as a great weekend escape. The Illawarra as a whole is made for outdoor adventures. The small coastal villages around Wollongong boast excellent surfing beaches, and Lake Illawarra offers a choice of sailing, waterskiing, canoeing and fishing. The area is also shaping up as a fine food and wine destination, with talented chefs serving great local produce and premium wines. There is a good choice of accommodation within the Wollongong city centre. Wollongong has a variety of hotels and motels to suit all tastes and budgets.

Kiama and Shellharbour - Touring this area is like a breath of fresh air. From Sydney, take the spectacular new Grand Pacific Drive and soak up emerald green farmland, a string of dazzling beaches and, always in the background, the towering escarpment. With relaxing seaside towns and country villages, it's a perfect holiday destination. There are plenty of accommodation options, from B&Bs and country cottages to cabins and modern apartments with ocean views.

Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven - The Shoalhaven region is a majestic stretch of coast endowed with beaches, bays, interesting country towns and natural wonders. Here the beaches are famed for their white sands and wildlife, the towns for their cafés and old pubs, and the crystal clear waters for their fish, dolphins and migrating whales. The southern Shoalhaven features the popular destinations of Milton and Ulladulla and their beautiful district, known as The Coastal Resort. The year round holiday resorts of Mollymook, Narrawallee, Burrill Lake and Lake Tabourie are nestled in this area. Mollymook has one of the best holiday swimming beaches on the south coast. In the far southern region, the magnificent coastal Murramarang National Park is famous for its rugged coastline and varied native wildlife.

Batemans Bay and the Eurobodalla - A stunning coastline of beaches, river estuaries and craggy headlands makes Batemans Bay and Eurobodalla ideal holiday destinations. Cruise the pristine Clyde River, the cleanest of all the major rivers on Australia's east coast, or explore the region's many historic villages, where you can relax in cafés, wander through craft galleries and snap up local artworks. Eleven kilometres off Narooma, Montague Island's clear waters teem with fish that are hunted by the island's colony of Australian fur seals. Accommodation options in the resort area include beachfront precinct, local townships, rural and lakeside locations with an interesting mix offering pubs, motels, guesthouses, B&B's, farmstay, cottages and apartments, eco tourism cabins, tourist parks and free camping.

Bega and the Sapphire Coast - The allure of the Sapphire Coast is in its sparkling beaches, bays, lakes, cliffs, caves and national parks - all accessible via excellent walking tracks and coastal drives. The region is renowned for deep-sea fishing off Bermagui, whale watching at Eden, award-winning cheeses at Bega and a rich Aboriginal cultural heritage around Wallaga Lake. Merimbula is located around beautiful lakes and their entrance to the Pacific and along the neighbouring coast. Here holiday accommodation and activities abound.

Accommodation on the South Coast of New South Wales - You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation in the NSW South Coast. There is a wide range of accommodation which has something to suit every conceivable budget, taste, holiday plan or requirement. You'll find elegant boutique hotels, lively backpacker hostels and luxurious 5 star establishments with spectacular views of the beaches. There are friendly bed and breakfasts tucked away in the country towns and motel accommodation that will be kind to your budget. Convenient self-contained apartments complete with parking are ideal for family accommodation. There are caravan and camping park accommodation with cabins and camp sites and various locations.