Get to know the huge stretch of coastline between Sydney and the Victorian border.

The South Coast of NSW has long lured travellers with its 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.

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.

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A Guide to Wollongong

Cafes

Hevan Espresso

Cafe

Your best option for coffee and a bite to eat in Corrimal.

Lili J

Cafe

Soak up some rays in the quaint sunroom.

Delano Specialty Coffee

Cafe

One of just a few coffee roasters in the Wollongong area.

Crafted Espresso

Cafe

Grab a book and a coffee.

Black Market Roasters Thirroul

Cafe

Sweet, approachable coffee by way of Enmore.

Milk and Co. Coffee

Cafe

Your best coffee option south of Wollongong.

Opus Coffee Brewers

Cafe

Coffee and fancy bagels in an inviting space.

Meni Cafe

Cafe

Busy all week, thanks to its solid menu and design quirks.

Son of a Gun

Cafe

An outdoor shipping-container cafe that’s unbeatable on balmy days.

Hyper Hyper

Cafe

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

5th Avenue Cafe

Cafe

Something for everyone, from cold-pressed juices and “bliss bowls” to enormous brisket burgers.

The Hungry Monkey

Cafe

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

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Milk Haus

Cafe

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

Lee & Me

Where Wollongong’s coffee culture began.

Restaurants

Babyface Kitchen

Restaurant

For sashimi, natural wine and sleek design.

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Silos Estate

Restaurant

A venerable restaurant that’s been operating since the ’80s, serving classic cuisine and wine made on-site.

Rick Stein at Bannisters

Restaurant

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

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St Isidore

Restaurant

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

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Bars

The Huskisson Hotel

Bar

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

Cambewarra Estate

Bar

Enjoy fluorescent macarons, ribbon sandwiches and a glass of sparkling among the vines.

Shops

Sifters Co-op

Shop

Sifters co-op brings together some of Wollongong’s brightest businesses in one space.

Accommodation

Paperbark Camp

Accommodation

Glamping before it was even a thing.

Permanently Closed

Minnamurra Boatshed Retreat

Accommodation

A converted boatshed turned holiday home.