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Well-Kept Secrets of NSW’s South Coast

Guest Article | WELL-KEPT SECRETS OF NSW’S SOUTH COAST. In need of a little trip down the coast? Looking to do something a little different on your long weekend away, or week-long vacation? Head down the South coast of New South Wales and explore some untouched beaches, climb some amazing mountains, or see some of the coolest landmarks both manmade and natural. Trust me, you will be bragging about your trip for years to come. The South Coast is almost like a well-kept secret, with most tourists flying, or driving North to get their dose of sun, surf and sand. But, they don’t know what they are missing.


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Jump in your car and get on the road to Wollongong, located about an hour and a half’s drive from Sydney. Getting around this gorgeous seaside town is easy, either hire a bike from one of the many stores around, drive or walk. You can also organise bike riding tours, but doing it on your own is just as easy. Want to have a bird’s eye view? Head up Mount Keira, and snap some unspoiled panoramic views of Wollongong. If you still haven’t seen enough, head to the local spot on the of Bald Hill, at the lookout, heading here will give you a great vantage point to watch some of the hang gliders. If you have time partake in one of the quarterly jamborees held at the Mount, these little one day trips are a great way to get back in touch with nature.


Famous for its epic blow hole, that you can expect to be sprouting water over twenty metres into the air. This town on the South coast is one of the bigger ones with great fresh produce markets, lots of local beaches and some eclectic retail stores in the mainstreet. If you are feeling adventurous, and aren’t strapped for time, jump on the Kiama coastal walk. At over twenty-two kilometres you won’t miss many of the natural treasures of this town. You could easily do this walk in one day, if you have an intermediate level of fitness and a go-get ‘em attitude, make sure to check in with the local council before you go for weather updates.


Rugged coastline, whale watching, and zooming around the water in a boat are all part and parcel with Shoalhaven. Start your trip by exploring the national parks adjacent to the marine land, and then trek up to one of the many points to explore your surroundings. Check out Hyams Beach, or go for a wonder along the shores and find your own secret spots. If you happen upon Booderee National Park, make sure to take the stunning White Sands walk.


The fun and colour of the coast, with the adventure and relaxation of the country. Go wine tasting at some of the most picturesque vineyards in the state, or spot whales from Warden Head on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Go sip on a coffee at native, and just let the day go by. This little town doesn’t do anything very fast, so don’t expect to either. If you need a bit of speed in your holiday, grab a bike and head to Millards Creek, this place is a mossy wonderland.

Bio – Olivia Bourke

Young traveller, writing about each adventure in the hope others will leave their comfort zone, and explore this beautiful planet we live on! She travels solo, and with friends, but, honestly hasn’t shaken the travel bug yet. Based in Sydney, exploring her own backyard every chance she gets.

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