Visit Wollongong

Your first stop (or last stop depending on which way you are traveling) will be Wollongong. You’ll find it just 80km south of Sydney – with an escape-worthy collection of world-class beaches, playful adventures, eats, arts and iconic attractions.

Visit Wollongong can provide you with a complete list of things to do in the area.

Resin Brewery

Resin Brewing is your first stop on the South Coast Ale Trail. You can stop in for a great feed and the renovated pub, and some tasty craft beers. Check the brewery page for more details

Sublime Point Walking Track

Sublime Point walking track is one of the iconic treks of the Illawarra escarpment, and a challenging walk through lush coastal rainforest to the plateau above with incredible scenic views. The steep climb is ideal for experienced bushwalkers and a great nature escape only an hour from Sydney, north of Wollongong.

Sea Cliff Bridge

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The 665 metre long Sea Cliff Bridge is a highlight along the Grand Pacific Drive – A drive which takes in 140 kilometres worth of coastal scenery from the Royal National Park, Loftus down to Nowra.

The bridge has become an icon to the people of Wollongong and the world, once again welcoming tourists annually to this picturesque coastal road.

Top Beaches and Pools in Wollongong

If you love the smell of the salty air but can’t handle the sand in your pants, you’ll love the rock pools that are dotted along Wollongong’s coastline. They’re also great if you’re looking for a safe and relaxing swimming experience away from the surf breaks. Check out some of these great beaches and rook pools around Wollongong

Hit the surf !

Illawarra Surf Academy was founded in 2013 by Professional Surfer Nic Squiers. Nic is Wollongong born and bred and has been surfing in the Illawarra area for over 20 years. Illawarra Surf Academy’s Learn to Surf Programs are run by Nic and his experienced and enthusiastic team that are all Surfing Australia Level 1

 

Seeker Brewing

Seeker Brewing is situated in Unanderra on the coastline of Wollongong, just under the Illawarra escarpment in Dharawal country. From the vibrant music scene and a thirst for adventure – fostered by mountains and surf – Seeker Brewing was born.

Holiday Rental Specialists

Holiday Rental Specialists offer a large range of unique holiday homes in New South Wales. We take pride in curating a handpicked selection of personally inspected exceptional holiday homes in incredible locations, with all the facilities needed to have an amazing holiday. Our holiday homes extend across incredible destinations like The Southern Highlands, The South Coast, Port Stephens, and The Illawarra regions and are all meticulously cleaned and fastidiously maintained.

Wake up to the sound of waves crashing on the shore, panoramic ocean views, or immerse yourself in the tranquillity of an enchanting country retreat. Whatever your preference, we offer an extensive array of properties, ideal for both intimate getaways and larger gatherings.

We go above and beyond to ensure your holiday is nothing short of extraordinary. From seamless bookings to attentive guest communications and 24/7 availability during your stay, we handle it all.  For an unforgettable holiday experience, your perfect getaway is just a click away.

Holiday Rental Specialists are also great supporters of the South Coast Ale Trail. We encourage you to visit their website and check out their huge range of holiday rental properties

Stoic Brewing

Stoic Brewing

Founded in 2018, Stoic Brewing in Gerringong is a space where the community can come together and enjoy locally brewed beer and cider in amongst the vats. A place that feels like home with a community of people that feel like family.

Werri Beach

Werri Beach

With a lagoon at the northern end and an ocean pool at the southern end, Werri Beach is the perfect place to spend a day. Smooth even when the summer nor'easter is blowing, the south point starts to break across the rocky reef that extends from the headland, then generates a fatter wave closer to shore that's beloved by long-boarders. (Visit NSW)

 

Kiama Coastal Walk

Kiama Coastal Walk

Fast Facts

  • Distance and time: Approximately 20 km one-way, 6-7 hours. The walk is broken into three sections: North, Mid, and South, each section is 5 – 8 km.
  • Level: Easy/Moderate. The track is well maintained and suitable for most fitness levels with a mix of sealed paths, grass tracks, beach walking and some gentle hills.
  • Top attractions: Minnamurra River, Cathedral Rocks, Bombo Headland, Boneyard, Kiama Blowhole, Little Blowhole, Werri Lagoon, and Werri Beach.
  • Dogs are allowed on-leash for most of the walk, excluding some sections of beach. There are also a number of off-leash areas along the way. Public toilets, drinking fountains, barbecues and other facilities are available at many points along the walk. Explore the Kiama Coast Walk map.

    Check out the Visit NSW website for more details.

The Hill Bar and Kitchen

The Hill Bar

The Hill Bar and kitchen is located on the South Coast of NSW with sweeping views of Werri Beach. Providing a relaxed atmosphere, extensive range of beer, wine and cocktails and a modern Australian menu with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. (Credits: Visit NSW)

Visit Shoalhaven

The Shoalhaven has 100 magnificent beaches and 49 towns and villages including great surf beaches and the 16 white sand beaches of Jervis Bay. Enjoy great food and locally produce year round, iconic bushwalks and wildlife such as the annual whale migration from May to November. Visit the Shoalhaven Tourism website for more information.

South Yeast Brewing

South Yeast Brewing believe in good beer, good times and good culture. They regularly host live music as part of their Sunday Sessions and support local food trucks. Make sure you drop in for a tasting paddle and say gidday to Joey and Simon.

Shoalhaven Zoo

Shoalhaven Zoo boasts an extensive collection of native and exotic animals, set in amongst the most spectacular natural rock formations and bushland, all on the banks of the beautiful Shoalhaven River.

Treetops Adventure Nowra

Spend the day hanging around the South Coast at our treetop adventure park located right inside Shoalhaven Zoo! Treetops Adventure Nowra is Australia’s First Cliff Edge adventure park along the banks of the Shoalhaven River, that will have you zipping through the air and scrambling along the rocks.

The Grotto Walk

On the banks of the Shoalhaven River in North Nowra (access from Yurunga Drive) is The Grotto. Whilst access to The Grotto is steep in parts, the walk is short and the ambience of the reserve more than makes up for any effort expended. Take a picnic and spend some time watching the beautiful Shoalhaven River, from a superb vantage point.

Pam Burridge Surf Schools

Learn to surf with Pam Burridge Surf Schools at either the Mollymook Surf School location or at Bendalong Surf School location. Also Stand up Paddle board lessons and hire available. Lessons are available during summer and school holidays and private lessons can be booked all year round.

FAM Jervis Bay

From absolute beachfront, luxury homes to a romantic Dome tent nestled in the bush to functional, fun family holiday houses, FAM properties offer the perfect base to explore Jervis Bay’s burgeoning brewery scene. Our passion, commitment and love of creating amazing accommodation and travel experiences, ensures our service is second to none. We focus on personal touches, attention to detail and seamless communication that ensure you’ll get the most from your visit to our region.

Booderee National Park

Booderee is home to one of Australia’s most stunning national parks. Crystal-clear waters meet beautiful white sand beaches, while high cliffs and historic relics overlook the majestic Pacific Ocean. Booderee National Park features extraordinary native wildlife and is adorned with expansive botanic gardens.

Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruises Jervis Bay

Dolphin Watch Cruises was one of the first Dolphin and Whale Watching companies to begin operations in Australia and has now been cruising Jervis Bay for over 30 years! Jervis Bay is home to over 100 bottlenose dolphins, meaning visitors can view dolphins inside the bay year round.

From May to November every year, the mighty Humpback Whales migrate to the east coast of Australia. With Jervis Bay pointing so far out of the coast, it is one of the best places in Australia to view them, especially on the southern migration.

Swordfish Brewing

Swordfish Brewing

Swordfish Brewing is located in a spectacular waterfront position on the shores of Sussex Inlet. You will not find a better location than to enjoy a craft beer, wood-fired pizza or select something from the rotating a la carte menu with a focus on local seafood and south coast produce.

Swan Haven

Swan Haven

Swan Haven is situated on the eastern side of Swan Lake making it ideally positioned to take advantage of the stunning coastline and both beach and lake activities. The lake is salt water and plays host to a number of water activities including sailing, swimming, water skiing and fishing. (Credits: Visit Shoalhaven)

 

Fishing around Sussex Inlet

Sussex Inlet fishing

There is a wide and plentiful variety of fish around Sussex Inlet including Off the bank on the Inlet at the following Waterfront Reserves: Badgee Bridge Park • Neilson Lane • Jacobs Drive • Chris Creek Bridge Park • Marine Rescue Park • Lions Park • Berrara Creek Reserve • Sandy beach entrance of the Inlet. You can also fish off the local beaches, rocks, in boats or off shore. Visit the Sussex Inlet fishing website for more details.

South Coast Experiences

South Coast Experiences offers curated experiences for people looking to discover the best of the South Coast NSW. We’ve hand-picked unique activities, boutique accommodation, top restaurants, art galleries, and the most exciting events and workshops – all run by the passionate professionals that call this region home. We can help with bookings, design the perfect getaway or just offer recommendations and tips.

Visit Eurobodalla

A hidden gem on the NSW South Coast, the Eurobodalla region stretches from South Durras in the north to the historic village of Tilba Tilba in the south, and is a lush playground of ocean, river, forest and farmland. Visit the charming villages of Batemans Bay, Broulee, Narooma, Moruya and Tilba, and pick up some of NSW’s best seafood and artisan produce right from its makers and growers. Surf the breaks, walk the cliffs, swim with seals, eat freshly shucked oysters and follow ancient Aboriginal Songlines to to feel a deeper connection to the lands.

Broulee Brewhouse

When it comes to Breweries by the beach, you won't get much closer than Broulee Brewhouse. You will have to cross the road if you want to dip your toes in the water but you can smell the clean salty air in the beer garden and hear the waves break from the brewery, so you will definitely be feeling the relaxed beach vibe of this little town. Enjoy their tasty beers, a great feed and maybe even some tunes on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Go kitesurfing with The Kite Bus

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of finding air between your board and the ocean, and putting all your trust in a slip of silk to harness the wind.
 Get your ticket to ride with George ‘Brownie’ Brown from The Kite Bus.

Cycling and Mountain Biking

Cycling is not only good for your health, it’s a popular sport too. Mountain bike through one of many forest tracks where every turn on the trail is a new adventure and discovery.  Choose from a selection of gravel rides that will take you through spectacular forest, rolling rural landscapes, riverside roads and hinterland climbs across Eurobodalla. Mogo Trails is a more than 150km network of mountain bike trails currently under construction in Mogo State Forest and around Deep Creek Dam. When completed it will connect Mogo, Batemans Bay and Batehaven.

Stay at Tilba

Built in the late 1890s as the original Central Tilba Post Office and Postmaster's Residence, Stay at Tilba is a quirky bed and breakfast, perfectly located to enjoy the best of the Tilba District, including The Dromedary Hotel, home of Tilba Brewing Co.

The décor gives a nod to the heritage of the building while keeping guests comfortable and welcomed. Breakfast is serve yourself, continental style, with a variety of local produce so you can start the day at your own pace. The team next door at the General Store can provide information about the district and a great coffee!

Tilba Brewing Co

Tilba Brewing Co is a family-owned business based in beautiful Central Tilba, nestled between the lush green foothills of Gulaga National Park and the pristine beaches of the NSW South Coast. Tilba Brewing Co beers are currently available exclusively at the Dromedary Hotel, Central Tilba.

The Sapphire Coast

Discover the Sapphire Coast. Uncrowded beaches, untouched national parks and undiscovered coastal wilderness. Immerse yourself and explore secluded beaches, pristine estuaries, native forests & ancient landscapes. Dining out on the Sapphire Coast is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate, with delicious local produce complemented by spectacular ocean, lake, harbour & hinterland views.

Camelrock Brewing

Camelrock Brewery Bar and Grill is the complete package, especially when you include Wallaga Lake Holiday Park. It was the first Micro-Brewery on the Sapphire Coast, and the first Brewery in a Holiday Park in the world. The Bar and Grill offers both inside and alfresco dining, with an American influenced menu and beers to suit each menu item the experience is sure to excite, and tantalise your taste buds. Serving up an exciting range of food and beverages, they’re the ideal spot for both locals and travellers and of course if you have too many drinks, you can stay the night too.

Kayaking on Wallaga Lake

Paddle quietly across Wallaga Lake homeland to the indigenous Yuin people and protected by Gulaga, the mother mountain. The landscape is spectacular with the mountain backdrop and forested foothills of Gulaga National Park falling to the lake and dairy farms. Wildlife abounds with waterbirds, black swans, sea eagles and forest birds commonly seen. Enjoy your stay a little bit longer at Wallaga Lake Holiday Park

Bermagui Blue Pool

Bermagui Blue Pool is a 'must see' attraction of the Sapphire Coast. Regularly refreshed with clear seawater, this stunning ocean rock pool is a wonderful swimming and snorkelling location for the whole family. The Blue Pool has been rated six out of eight of the best ocean rock pools in the world and was inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame in 2019.

Get lost in Mimosa Rocks National Park

Mimosa Rocks National Park embraces 20 km of coastline and covers an area of 5,802 ha. Its diverse system of lagoons, beaches, sea caves, headlands, offshore stacks combined with spotted gums (Corymbia maculata) and prehistoric burrawangs are a feature of the park. The combination of lagoon and ocean beaches often adjacent to one another makes Mimosa Rocks an ideal area in which to explore and enjoy the local coastal environment.

Fairway Motor Inn

The Fairway Motor Inn ticks all the boxes as the perfect place to base yourself for your Far South Coast Merimbula getaway. Our 4-star motel has bright and spacious suites with plenty of parking, set in lush tropical and bush gardens. It's a short stroll through the bush behind us to the main beach that runs from Pambula to Merimbula. We are directly across the road from the 27-hole Pambula Merimbula Golf Club and next door to award-winning Wheelers Oyster Seafood Restaurant and just a short drive from Longstocking Brewery.

Longstocking Brewery

Follow the music and laughter to this vibe-y joint tucked away behind the cafes and nurseries of the Oaklands complex in Pambula. Longstocking Brewery is certainly serving up good beers along with their fun times and friendly food. With thirteen bevvies on the menu – 9 beers, 2 ciders and a popular ginger beer, the feel is totally relaxed, with energetic audience participation at afternoon music sessions on Fridays and Sundays throughout Summer. To whet your whistle order a platter of natural Broadwater Oysters and a beer-tasting paddle and start your journey to a perfect Bega Valley Summer evening accompanied by river flat sunsets and wood fired pizza. All Longstocking brews are canned and available around the Sapphire Coast.

Broadwater Oysters

No matter how many oysters you've tried before their Sydney Rock Oysters will delight you with their subtle flavour difference that can only be created from the pristine waters of Pambula Lake.

Broadwater Oysters farm shop and picnic area are on the foreshore of Pambula Lake right at the heart of their farming headquarters. Take in the panoramic views of the lake and birdlife while you taste the freshest Sydney Rock Oysters.

Captain Sponges Magical Oyster Tours

Captain Sponges Magical Oyster Tours is an "on-the-water" oyster farm experience where passengers are taken to the oyster farm and shown the how, where and when behind this mysterious form of farming.

Brett, also known as "Captain Sponge", demonstrates the various aspects of oyster husbandry, their life cycle, biology and most importantly the secret behind opening or ''shucking'' them. Guests are, of course, given samples of the world-famous Sydney Rock Oyster.

Gravity Eden

Explore Eden's Newest Mountain Bike Park, Gravity Eden. Come alive in nature’s epic backdrop in Eden. Explore 58km+ of gravity-fed mountain bike trails with premium, machine-built singletrack. Ride summit to sea from a peak elevation of 300m, from the deep wilds of Nullica Forest to the shores of magnificent Twofold Bay. More than 20 trails over 60kms and 300m of elevation. Get on your bike and head out for the ride if your life.

Ben Boyd National Park

Ben Boyd National Park is separated into 2 areas, split by Twofold Bay. Take your pick from the sparkling lakes and surf beaches in the park's Pambula-Haycock area to the rocky cliffs and beachside campgrounds in the Green Cape area. Stretch your legs on one of the park's shorter tracks, like the Pambula River or Pinnacles loop walking tracks. If you're after something more exhilarating, the multi-day Light to Light walk takes you on an unforgettable coastal hiketracing the coast from the historic Boyds Tower to Green Cape Lightstation. For day trippers, there are plenty of spots to go beach and rock fishing or settle down for a barbecue or picnic by the water.