Published on 24th May 2017
by Tim Grey

Unspoiled beaches, vast eucalyptus forests, great coffee and Rick Stein: the NSW South Coast has so much to offer.

The South Coast of NSW has long been a beacon for travellers lured by the region’s beautiful coastlines, pristine beaches and idyllic natural wonders. But it’s only recently that the area’s food and drink scene has begun alerting tourists to what locals already know: the South Coast isn’t just a place for playing and passing through, but an attractive destination unto itself.

While Berry has long been the local cornerstone of South Coast hospitality, the impact of local venues like Silos and South on Albany has spread far beyond that tourist-friendly township. A handful of great cafes are producing food both high-quality and strikingly original, while others are finding success celebrating the spoils of local independent growers and farmers . Cooks who would be in-demand in major cities are drawing attention locally, and the region even has its own celebrity chef, in Rick Stein at Mollymook.

Part of what makes the region so appealing is its vast expanse of untouched wilderness and the laid-back lifestyle of its beachside villages. An evening spent at The Huskisson Pub is made by the spectacular scenery of Point Perpendicular, and a day wandering the beaches might pass without seeing another soul.

The real lure? It’s just a few hours outside of Sydney. From Shellharbour to Shoalhaven, here’s our guide to exploring the many pleasures of the South Coast.

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There’s no shortage of stunning spots to explore and engage with on the South Coast.

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A Coastal Drive

Draw up this list of swimming spots, cafes, and brews with a view to make a day of it.

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Killalea Beach

Killalea Drive
Shell Cove NSW
(02) 4237 8589
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Killalea Beach

Cruise down to The Farm for a secluded dip and a surf, if you’re game, then take a trek along the walking paths up to the headland.

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The Hungry Monkey

5 32 Collins Street
Kiama NSW
0403 397 353
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The Hungry Monkey

Visit this Kiama local favourite for a hearty superfood brunch to get you through the long day of exploring. Purple toast anyone?

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Wirin Wirra Native Nursery

72 Hill Street
Tomerong NSW
(02) 4443 4029
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Wirin Wirra Native Nursery

Pull off the Princes Highway to fill up the car with rare and unusual native plants, and let your garden become the envy of the neighbours.

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Milk Haus

170 Woodstock Road
Woodstock NSW
(02) 4455 7293
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Milk Haus

Cruise down to Milton and into the hills for a lunch at Milk Haus both delicious and healthy.

5PM

Huskisson Pictures

Owen St & Sydney Street
Huskisson NSW
(02) 4441 5076
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Huskisson Hotel

It’s time for a break from all that virtuous behaviour. Claim a table looking out over Jervis Bay and watch the sun go down with a couple of schooeys.

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Paperbark Camp

571 Woollamia Road
Woollamia NSW
(02) 4441 6066
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Paperbark Camp

Check into your tent and doze in the bathtub for half an hour, before a cocktail session around the campfire and a three-course dinner at The Gunyah.