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.

Milk Haus


A farm-to-table cafe serving honest country cooking among the dairy fields of Milton.

170 Woodstock Road Woodstock 2538
8:00am - 4:00pm

The Hungry Monkey


For coffee, beer, burgers and low-GI breakfast bowls.

5 32 Collins Street Kiama 2533
6:30am - 9:00pm

St Isidore


An ex-Ezard and Circa chef working magic with South Coast produce.

89 Croobyar Road Milton 2538
12:00pm - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Rick Stein at Bannisters


Seafood, ocean views and occasional sightings of the celebrity chef himself.

191 Mitchell Parade Mollymook Beach 2539
12:00pm - 2:00pm
6:00pm - 8:30pm


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

Hyper Hyper


An extremely unique roaster and cafe that harks back to 1950s Florence.

85 North Street Nowra 2541
7:00am - 2:30pm

The Huskisson Hotel


The most popular pub on the South Coast, for a reason.

73 Owen Street Huskisson 2540
11:00am - 11:00pm


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.

Charles Avenue Minnamurra 2533
12:00am - 12:00am

Paperbark Camp


Glamping before it was even a thing.

571 Woollamia Road Woollamia 2540
12:00am - 12:00am