The New South Wales South Coast region, which extends from the southern extremities of suburban Sydney down to the Victorian border, is similar to the NSW North Coast in that it is hemmed in by the mountains of the Great Dividing Range on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other. But the similarities between the two regions end there.
Set against a backdrop of craggy mountains, gentle hills, lakes and forests, the coastline to the south of Sydney is varied, with ribbons of white sandy beaches punctuated by rocky head lands, bays and inlets.
Quaint fishing villages, urban residential areas and holiday resorts, many of which triple their population during school holidays and the peak summer months, provide a range of accommodation options. Fishing, boating, swimming and bushwalking are the main leisure activities on the south coast.
The region's location and its year round mild climate has made it popular with visitors from Victoria, New South Wales the Australian Capital Territory for day trips, weekends away and longer annual vacations.
How To Get There
By road south from Sydney via Princes Highway. By rail from Sydney to the Illawarra.
Best Time To Go
Given its location, the best (and most popular) time to visit is during the summer or shoulder season (November to February). Outside of these months, the weather is generally quite acceptable and pleasant, but the water may be too cold to swim in.