With pristine beaches, a national park, oyster farms, and prime whale watching during their annual migration – get ready to ignite all five senses with this guide to the New South Wales South Coast.
Ready to pack the car, fill the petrol tank and hit the bitumen, but still deciding which destination to put into the GPS? Why not add surf, sand and sun to your getaway agenda and hit the New South Wales South Coast? While there are four sections of the NSW South Coast to explore, from the Illawarra Coast to the Sapphire Coast, why not drop your pin roughly halfway and explore the Eurobodalla Coast – from Batemans Bay to Moruya?
2pm: Hit the road
You’ll need at least four hours of travel time if you’re hitting the South Coast from Sydney. If the thought of four hours in the car with the kids in the backseat sounds daunting, you’ll want to read this guide before you turn the ignition.
Navigate your way to BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Broulee and pitch the tent, anchor the camper trailer or check into one of the cabins to get your coastal adventure underway. No need to leave your fur-child at home for this beachside escape, with pet-friendly accommodation available at this holiday park. Make sure you book in advance if you’re bringing your favourite Fido and plan ahead with this guide.
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Morning: Catch the sunrise from Broulee Island
While you’ll need to set the alarm for this one, your Instagram followers will be double-tapping with envy when you post sunrise snaps from Broulee Island, which is less than 500 metres from your holiday park. Step it out along the four-kilometre track that hugs the perimeter of this 43-hectare nature reserve to enjoy ocean vistas surrounded by native plants and local marine birdlife. If you’ve timed your visit between July and November (read: humpback migration season) you’ll want to pack the binoculars to catch the marine giants as they swim on by.
Midday: Explore the green behind the gold at Deua National Park
While a coastal getaway might be the biggest drawcard for visitors to this region, the 122,00-hectare national park less than 70 kilometres away, shouldn’t be overlooked.
Let someone take the driver’s seat for you and book a tour with Open Access Adventures to experience the likes of Hanging Mountain, Grass Tree Ridge, and German Creek in an open-top 4×4 jeep.
With seven tours to choose from, ranging from two-and-a-half hours to eight hours, plus the option to DIY your own tour – there’s plenty of options to experience the surrounding mountains.
Afternoon: Fire up the barbecue
After an actioned packed day, there’s no better way to unwind than with a barbeque dinner from the comfort of your holiday park. Don’t think it has to be limited to snags and salad either – put these meals on the barbeque menu during your stay.
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Morning: Have an animal encounter
It’s not all about whale watching from the coastline of this South Coast hot spot.
Pack away the binoculars and head 10 kilometres to Mogo Wildlife Park to see Australia’s largest collection of exotic and endangered animals.
For a close-up experience, book an animal encounter for a chance to feed a lion, sit with monkeys, or play with meerkats.
Midday: Sample the South Coast’s finest morsels
ICYMI: You’re in oyster territory. Plan a stop at Batemans Bay for lunch as you navigate your way home to sample some of the finest Sydney Rock Oysters. While you’ll find them in some of Sydney’s leading restaurants, you can sample them straight from the farm at The Oyster Shed. If you feel like splashing out before returning home, grab a table at On the Pier to sample the region’s seasonal, local produce.
With your own private access to Bengello Beach located less than 100 metres from BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Broulee and Broulee Beach less than one kilometre away, you’ll want to plan some beach time, especially if travelling with the kids. For other ideas on how to keep the kids happy during your coastal adventure, we’ve got you covered with this guide.