Looking to escape for 2 weeks on a roadtrip NSW South Coast?! With many of us staying closer to home this year, the NSW South Coast delivers the ultimate road trip experience. From famously iconic white sandy beaches, quaint towns and hamlets, wildlife, cultural experiences and premium seafood and cheese, the NSW South Coast delivers memorable holiday experiences for all.
Here is my ‘tried and tested’ itinerary for a 2 week road trip around the South Coast NSW starting and ending in Sydney.
Sea Cliff Bridge
Heading south from Sydney take a left on the Princes Highway at Stanwell Tops for the scenic drive route along the Grand Pacific Drive. Stop at the Sea Cliff Bridge to admire the engineering marvel elevated from the ocean floor.
As part of the Royal National Park, Wattomolla Beach is a great place to swim, snorkel, fish or hike. There are a number of hikes that follow the coastline from the Wattomolla to Eagle Rock look out walk or the Wattomolla to Garie Beach walk. Both take about 3 hours.
An alternative to a hike would be to check out the Bald Hill Look Out. It’s got great views but it’s also a well known spot for hang gliding.
Explore the sweet little town of Kiama. Wander down to the water to the famous Kiama blow hole. If it’s Saturday explore the markets along the waterfront.
Stop by for lunch – there are no shortage of take away fish and chip spots!
The road between Kiama and Gerringong winds its way around the lush green countryside. You’ll see Gerringong Beach as you drive into town. The town itself is perched up on the hill and is filled with quaint little shops.
Berry has to be one of my favourite towns in Australia, I can’t get enough. When the Princes Highway bypassed Berry, few expected that this little town would transform into a vibrant and thriving little place that it is today. A popular weekend day trip for Sydney siders, Berry has a selection of home décor and furniture stores, great little cafes and eateries.
While I’ve only visited in summer (numerous times now), you can see that this gorgeous southern country town would be the ideal little winter escape. Renting a little stone cottage with a fireplace for the weekend in Berry should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Day 4 – 6
Spend a few days exploring Jervis Bay – you won’t regret it. The white sandy beaches and sparkling turquoise water of Hyams, Seamans, Greenfields and Chinaman beaches will keep you mesmerised for days. You can walk the White Sands Walk which links all of the beaches. It will take just over an hour if you don’t stop. Allow time to walk back and for a few swims along the way!
Take a drive and explore the Booderee National Park, it’s beaches, indigenous botanic gardens and other walks – you’ll need to purchase a parks pass for $13.
The town of Huskinson is a great place to grab dinner at the pub or a famous Husky pie.
The gorgeous Mollymook Beach is worth the stop off. It’s calm waves make it a great place to swim. It took me back to my youth being able to explore the rock pools for shells and starfish. The Bannisters Point look out will give you a good vantage point of the area.
Nearby, Ulladulla is a picturesque harbour side town with some good surf breaks. The Gondawana guided fossil walk along the harbour is popular with visitors.
Day 8 – 10
Murramarang National Park
Not too far from Batemans Bay you’ll find the Murramarang National Park. I spent a few days exploring the beaches and national park. The area is filled with natural beauty and wildlife. Be sure to spend some time at Pebbly Beach, Pretty Beach and Depot Beach. Kangaroos can be found on the beach at Pebbly Beach and native bird life are also very common within the national park.
Day 11 – 12
Merimbula is another favourite of mine along the South Coast. Hit Short Point Beach, Merimbula Bar Beach while in town. Take a short drive to Pambula to check out Pambula Beach. While you are there do the Pambula River Walk. Consider doing the Merimbula to Pambula Beach Walk – it’s a stunning coastline and the walk will take about an hour. In case you weren’t aware, the region has many walks. Take the drive to Eden or take the Pinnacles loop walk in the Ben Boyd National Park.
On your return journey to Sydney consider heading inland via the Kangaroo Valley and Bowral. for a change of scenery.
Kangaroo Valley is a little town in the Australian bushland surrounded by escarpment. Just outside of town be sure to check out Fitzroy Falls and its hikes around the escarpment. In town there are a few shops, pubs and the historic Hampden Bridge.
Similar to Berry, Bowral is filled plenty of shopping, wineries and eateries to keep yourself amused. If your visit is during September, the town will be filled with tulips for the Tulip Time festival. One of favourite Bowral finds was the Dirty Janes vintage emporium. Here you’ll find vintage clothing, restaurants, a (plant) nursery and an array of boutique stores.
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