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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 among its many goodies.

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

And that is just the beginning…

South Coast NSW is pretty as a picture. Location: Bar Rock Lookout, Narooma. 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.

Stay at: BIG4 Wallaga Lake or Ingenia Holidays Ocean Lake.

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

2. 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.

Stay at: BIG4 Easts Beach, Kiama.

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

3. 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 opportunities for aquatic-based leisure ensure Tathra Beach is a magnet. Kangaroos and wallabies are regular morning visitors, too.

Stay at: BIG4 Tasman Holiday Parks - Tathra Beach or NRMA Tathra Beachfront Holiday Park

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

Stay at: BIG4 Ingenia Lake Conjola.

A boatload of beauty: 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.

Stay at: BIG4 Narooma.

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.

Stay at: BIG4 parks in Batemans BayJoalah Holiday Park in Durras North, BIG4 Tasman - Racecourse Beach in Bawley Point, or Ingenia Holidays Merry Beach and Tasman Holiday Parks - Kioloa Beach in Kioloa.

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

7. Cupitt's Estate, 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 tempt the taste buds. And from the site’s slightly elevated positioning, enjoy a magnificent outlook that incorporates Burrill Lake and the Budawang Range.

Stay at: Ingenia Holidays Ulladulla, or BIG4 Tasman - Racecourse Beach in Bawley Point or Ingenia Holidays Merry Beach and Tasman Holiday Parks - Kioloa Beach in Kioloa.

Vino and vistas: It's a good life at Cupitt's. 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.

Stay at: Ingenia Tomakin, Ingenia Broulee or BIG4 Moruya Heads and Ingenia Holidays Moruya.

Guerilla Bay explodes with astounding views. 

9. Ben Boyd National Park, Eden

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, Boyds Tower, and the Pinnacles lookout.

Stay at: Ingenia Eden Beachfront.

Stunning scenery meets historical remnants at Ben Boyd National Park. Credit: Destination NSW.

10. Bombo Headland Quarry Geological Site, near Kiama

Eye-catching basalt columns dominate these spectacular surrounds. They are a throwback to the area’s mining days, coupled with longstanding exposure to the sea’s fury. It all makes for a dream for photographers, particularly at sunset. Nearby are more funky formations: volcanic wonders known as Cathedral Rocks.

Stay at: BIG4 Easts Beach.

Stunning: Bombo Headland. Credit: Dee Kramer Photography;

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.

Stay at: BIG4 Wallaga Lake or Ingenia Holidays Ocean Lake.

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 star attractions. It all begins roughly 25km inland from Moruya,

Stay at: BIG4 Moruya Heads, Ingenia MoruyaNRMA Broulee or Ingenia Tomakin.

Dazzling Deua. Credit: Destination NSW.

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 witnessed on land or a not-to-be-forgotten diving adventure. And the views from here are simply spectacular. Access is by guided tour only.

Stay at: BIG4 Narooma.

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

Time for a South Coast NSW break? Explore the BIG4 parks below or click or tap here for more.

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