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.

Welcome to NSW South Coast


From low-key casual cafes to fluorescent macarons and celebrity-led fine diners, the NSW South Coast can sate the most eclectic tastes.


Whether you’re on a casual health kick or looking for a sophisticated drop, you’ll find it here.


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


An idyllic waterside retreat and fancy camping.

Minnamurra Boatshed Retreat


A converted boatshed turned holiday home.

Paperbark Camp


Glamping was a thing here before glamping was a thing anywhere.