Hidden Eco-Gems of the New South Wales South Coast

Visiting the best spots in the Shoalhaven Region
With its stunning beaches, lush national parks and quaint rural villages, the Shoalhaven region on the South Coast of New South Wales affords all the makings of a perfect Australian coastal holiday.

It may be just 3 hours drive south of Sydney, but it feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The Shoalhaven region on the New South Wales South Coast is a perfect escape that offers turquoise beaches, mountain views, picturesque fishing harbours and historical and cultural attractions and events all in tranquil surrounds.

Jervis Bay
Calm, clear blue skies, sparkling turquoise waters and pearly white sand – if this is your idea of a beach holiday, then Jervis Bay is the place to be.

This idyllic coastal playground is located 180 km south of Sydney in the Shoalhaven Region. From north to south Jervis Bay is about 15 km long and 10 km wide and is home to some of the most glorious, striking chain of beaches in Australia, such as Calalla Bay, Greenpatch beach and Hyams beach.

The ultimate destination for those that like to feel the sand between their toes, leisure and aesthetics meet at Hyams beach, which officially has the whitest sand in Australia. This blue water destination is paradise for beach-goers and an absolute must-do for Australian and overseas tourists to the region.

Huskisson is the main town in Jervis Bay. European settlement in mid-1800 saw Huskisson develop as a shipbuilding and fishing town. Today, it is a leisure centre where a host of activities is on offer. You can take a whale watching cruise or a boat dive with a certified local instructor.

Tucked away behind the Narrawallee Reserve is Mollymook beach, a scenic stretch of sand and coastal inlets that is known for its excellent surf conditions. Dolphins and Wales can often be seen frolicking along Mollymook as they migrate south along the coast.

Despite its relative seclusion, Mollymook is quite popular amongst both the locals and Sydney-siders looking for a weekend beach retreat. It is the ideal location for relaxation and recreation.

The headlands provide the perfect conditions for both experienced and amateur body boarders and surfers. There is even a rock pool area for younger children.

For golf enthusiasts, the seaside Mollymook nine hole golf course is one of the most well known in New South Wales, while the Narrawallee Reserve is an idyllic spot for a quiet picnic or a Sunday stroll along the bushwalking tracks.

Set on a ridge between lush valleys and the Great Dividing Range, Milton, with a population of 2,500, is a thriving old-world village in a contemporary setting of boutiques, cafés and galleries.

With some churches dating back to the 1860’s, Milton has been put on the National Trust. The historical buildings and houses that make up this National Trust town are a testament to its pioneer and agricultural heritage.

Shopping for organic produce and local crafts is a favourite past time in Milton, but for those who want to get outdoors Morton National Park offers superb bushwalking trails and nearby Lake Conjola is the perfect spot for fishing and water sports.

Kangaroo Valley
The vista of this valley is both charming and dramatic as its small creeks and remnants of a once fertile rainforest set against the backdrop of the Kangaroo Valley River merit its reputation as the ideal inland hideaway for a short break on the NSW South Coast.

Historically, the small township developed when the historic sandstone Hampton Bridge was built in 1989. Today it is the oldest, and most photographed, existing suspension bridge in Australia.

As a holiday spot, Kangaroo Valley can be as tranquil, or as bustling a destination one could wish to find in the countryside – exploring the Kangaroo River by kayak, having a picnic on the riverside, or frequenting the numerous pubs, cafés and galleries in the township.

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