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Heading South from Sydney for some Sun, Surf, and Solitude

The South Coast of New South Wales

The South Coast of NSW is the playground for fisherman, surfers, bushwalker, photographers and lazy weekenders escaping the hustle and bustle of Sydney and Canberra.
Loaded with nature reserves and aquatic playgrounds around every corner you won’t have to look far to find something that tickles your fancy. From the City of Wollongong to the crystal waters of the Sapphire Coast furthest south and everything in between.
Broulee Beach NSW South Coast at Sunset
Surfers line up at Broulee Beach on the NSW South Coast for a late afternoon wave.
Photograph by Matt Dobson Gallery Australis

Check out our 360 video of the birds feeding on the deck at Broulee (use your mouse to move the screen around). Seems the Lorikeets rule the roost but nobodies messing with the meat eating Kookaburra.

“The South Coast of NSW is an easy trip from Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne. There’s something for everyone”.
Mossy Point NSW South Coast
Aerial view of Mossy Point on the NSW South Coast north of Moruya and south of Batemans Bay
Photograph by Matt Dobson Gallery Australis
There are tons of places to stay on the South Coast from hotels, resorts, national parks, caravan parks and camp sites. We got lucky as we were staying mid-week outside of holiday times and landed probably one of the best places we’ve ever stayed.  We booked “The Bower” at Broulee for nearly half price (we normally wouldn’t splurge full price for accommodation at the rate The Bower commands, but we will be going back, even if at full price which is cheaper than any 5 stars in Sydney and far better). That’s how good the place is.

The Bower has about 10 or so private cabins set in a nature reserve, a spa in every cabin, kitchen, and laundry but the highlight is the wildlife that comes right up to your door, all manner of birds, possums, sugar gliders and wallabies.

You’ll turn up and there’ll be goodies in the fridge for breakfast, birdseed to attract the birds and even a spotlight to find the nocturnal animals getting about outside your cabin. The place is spotless and you’ll be lucky if you see other guests at all.

Rainbow Lorikeets Eating out of the hand
Rainbow Lorikeets eating out of Gerri’s hand South Coast, NSW
Photograph by Matt Dobson Gallery Australis
Possum and Baby
Spotlighting at night we saw this mother and baby possum.
Photograph by Matt Dobson Gallery Australis
Pebbly Beach on the South Coast of NSW is teaming with wildlife.
Photograph by Matt Dobson Gallery Australis


If you’re on the South Coast during the Easter long weekend be sure to visit Ulladulla for The Blessing of the Fleet Festival from Good Friday through to Easter Sunday.

There are fireworks a Scottish Tattoo, tug-o-war, the famous Greasy Pole, beach games, a street parade with wild floats, stalls, exhibitions and the actual blessing of the fleet on Easter Sunday, a tradition that is centuries old originating in Italy which is continued on by the descendants of Ulladulla’s Italian fishing community.

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