The South Coast region of New South Wales unites pristine coastline with stunning national parks and historical landmarks, making it one of the tourism highlights of the state. Where else can you spy dolphins and seals while kayaking, then take on one of Australia’s highest zip-lines, followed by a scenic walk through a national park or historical sights.
Ask any Aussie about cheese and they’ll most likely say something about Bega. While Bega Cheese is indeed a dairy company, it was founded in the Bega Valley overlooking the Bega Valley. While you’re on the South Coast, you need to stop in at the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre. The centre was founded in 1993 but is a reproduction of the original creamery from 1899. If you have a keen eye for art, it’s worth checking in at the Spotted Cow Gallery, where local artists proudly display and sell paintings, woodwork and other pieces.
It wouldn’t be a trip to the South Coast without sampling the incredible local seafood. Following the Oyster Trail gives you access to Australia’s Oyster Coast, a leading grower with 45 growers along the coastline. Their oysters can be sampled straight from the farm gate, at partnering restaurants or some of the kayaking and seaplane tours.
Seafood not quite your thing? Get your blood pumping with the world-famous rock-climbing locations in Nowra. Don’t worry if you’re a beginning—there’s plenty of climbing trainers to help you out. For the more experienced, there are rock faces to challenge your skills too. To continue with your adrenalin-fuelled fun with a speedy trip down the Illawarra Fly, a tandem skydive or hang-gliding.
A trip to the South Coast wouldn’t be complete without an Aboriginal cultural experience. You can learn about Aboriginal art at the regional gallery, join a guided bush tucker tour or visit Booderee National Park in Jervis Bay, which is owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community.
What are you waiting for? New South Wales tourism doesn’t get much better than this!