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13 reasons why South Coast NSW rocks

South Coast NSW bursts with exciting attractions.

Sparkling coastline and beaches, shimmering lakes, quirky formations, and gem-rich national parks are just some of its many features.

Looking for a reason to visit the region? Well, we have 13 of them to inspire you.

And that is just the beginning…

It's not all about that glittering coastline. Pictured: Deua National Park. Credit: Destination NSW.

1. Quirky rock creations, Wallaga Lake

South Coast NSW is home to seriously funky formations, and Wallaga Lake and neighbouring Bermagui have a couple of absolute beauties. Well-named Horse Head Rock and Camel Rock are striking creations that make for essential viewing and outstanding photos.

Nearby park: BIG4 Wallaga Lake Holiday Park.

Horse Head Rock is among many funky formations in the region. Image credit: michaelblyde.com

2. Tathra Beach

Glittering beaches are a region staple, and this is among the best. Dazzling blue-greenish waters, a long stretch of golden sand, and ample opportunity for aquatic-based leisure ensure Tathra Beach is a magnet. Kangaroos and wallabies are regular morning visitors, too.

Nearby park: BIG4 Tathra Beach Holiday Park.

Tathra Beach is one of the best within South Coast NSW. Credit: Destination NSW.

3. Kiama Blowhole

This famous attraction has been wowing crowds for years and is a must for the South Coast NSW bucket list. Watch in awe from a dedicated viewing platform as seawater is tossed ferociously to great heights. An evening visit offers a different, slightly eerie experience. The area is floodlit until 1am.

Nearby park: BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park, Kiama.

A feast for the eyes: Kiama Blowhole and the wider headland. Credit: Destination NSW.

4. Lake Conjola

This is a gem among the cluster of glittering lakes in South Coast NSW. The aquatic playground is well-suited to the likes of fishing, kayaking, and waterskiing, while there’s easy beach access, too. Better yet, the lake and its accompanying village are surrounded by sprawling national parks.

Nearby park: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Lake Conjola.

You'll get hooked on the beauty of Lake Conjola.

5. Mill Bay Boardwalk, Narooma

Picturesque Narooma typifies the allure of the region, and a stroll along this path exposes its immense beauty at the cost of just a few calories. Admire the vivid emerald waters of Wagonga Inlet and keep watch for stingrays and large schools of fish.

Nearby park: BIG4 Narooma East's Holiday Park.

Admire Narooma's aesthetic awesomeness via a dedicated boardwalk. Credit: Destination NSW.

6. Murramarang National Park, Batemans Bay

Uncover star-studded national parks in South Coast NSW, like this one. Murramarang bursts with goodies: Contrasting landscapes that mix beautiful bush with beach, rugged cliffs and headlands, variable wildlife, and excellent walking paths to admire it all.

Nearby parks: BIG4 parks in Batemans Bay or BIG4 Tasman Holiday Parks - Racecourse Beach, Bawley Point.

Don't skip a visit to Murramarang. Credit: Destination NSW.

7. Cupitt winery and brewery, Ulladulla

Soak up sensational views while sipping on boutique wine or beer at this instantly inviting attraction. With a cellar door, microbrewery, and fromagerie, there’s plenty to please the palate. And from the site’s slightly elevated positioning, there is a magnificent outlook that incorporates Burrill Lake and the Budawang Ranges.

Nearby park: BIG4 Tasman Holiday Parks - Racecourse Beach, Bawley Point.

Vino and vistas: It's a good life at Cupitt winery and brewery. Credit: Destination NSW.

8. Guerilla Bay, near Broulee

Searching for South Coast hidden treasures? This is a classic. Guerilla Bay is shrouded in beauty, featuring brilliant beach and stunning craggy rock formations that are among the oldest on Australia’s east coast. Prepare for a succession of amazing photo ops.

Nearby parks: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Broulee or BIG4 Moruya Heads East's Dolphin Beach Holiday Park.

Guerilla Bay explodes with astounding views. 

9. Bar Beach, Merimbula

This is another magnetising South Coast NSW beach with all-round appeal. It’s popular with families in peak times and offers excellent swimming, snorkelling, and stand-up paddleboarding prospects. It’s also a great spot to simply relax and soak up the glorious views.

Nearby park: NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort.

Raising the bar: This Merimbula beach has rich appeal. Credit: Destination NSW.

10. Ben Boyd National Park, Eden

Looking for things to do in far South Coast NSW? Here, jaw-dropping scenery meets fascinating historical remnants. Comprising a northern and southern section, Ben Boyd is packed with highlights that include Green Cape Lighthouse, Davidson Whaling Station, Bittangabee Bay, and the Pinnacles lookout.

Nearby park: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Eden Beachfront.

Stunning scenery bursts from Ben Boyd National Park. Credit: Destination NSW.

11. Montreal Goldfield, Wallaga Lake

The site is unique, as it’s Australia’s only seaside goldfield. And a guided tour of the attraction reveals a host of interesting and intriguing yarns. Uncover its short-lived but prosperous gold-rush past and hear about the unsolved Bermagui Mystery among much more. 

Nearby park: BIG4 Wallaga Lake Holiday Park.

Fascinating yarns abound at Montreal Goldfield. Image courtesy: Montreal Goldfield.

12. Deua National Park, near Moruya

Exciting exploration awaits in this feature-rich park. Deua reveals a litany of landscapes, including rugged rock features, rivers, and plenty of greenery. A huge chasm known as The Big Hole and eye-catching Marble Arch are among the highlights. It all begins roughly 25km inland from Moruya,

Nearby parks: BIG4 Moruya Heads East's Dolphin Beach Holiday Park or BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Broulee.

Dazzling Deua. Credit: Kramer Photography; www.kramer.photography.

13. Montague Island Nature Reserve, near Narooma

Located just 9km offshore from Narooma, this island is a dream day-trip destination. Montague attracts various engaging marine life – including fur seals, little penguins, and whales – which can all be enjoyed on land or a not-to-be-forgotten diving adventure. And the views from here are simply spectacular. Access is by guided tour only.

Nearby park: BIG4 Narooma East's Holiday Park.

Fur seals are among the star attractions at Montague Island. Credit: Destination NSW.

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