For a taste of a quintessential Australian beach holiday, where the campgrounds are filled with the aromas of freshly caught barbecued fish and the cries of "thars she blows" are commonplace during the whale watching season, the NSW south coast may hold the key to your dreams.
From the white sandy beaches and clear blue waters of Batemans Bay, Narooma, Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula and Pambula to the tiny historic villages of Mogo, Tilba, Cobargo and Bega, this stretch of Pacific coastline has more to offer than a mere sightseeing trip.
And much of the experience is outdoors - in typical Aussie style. One day you could be surfing close to fur seals in the wild, the next venturing on a whale-watching cruise among a host of humpbacks. The NSW south coast has an abundance of fresh seafood and the local produce from a region renowned as dairying country.
While most people venture south on a day trip from Sydney to Wollongong and Kiama, the far south coast of NSW has plenty of treasures to discover. If your appetite is for surf, sun and sand and much more, here are good reasons to choose a holiday along the unspoiled coastal fringe of Australia's NSW south coast.
THE OYSTERS ARE AMAZING. With so many oyster leases lining the waterways, the NSW south coast is a haven for lovers of the sea delicacies, where to dine at prices that won't burn a hole in the pocket. From Batemans Bay and its famous Oyster Shed to Pambula and its Broadwater Oysters in the south, oysters are sold in abundance.
YOU'LL LOVE DINING AT THE WATER'S EDGE. In true holiday style, where the business attire is swapped for shorts and T-shirts, dinner at sunset can be a casual alfresco affair with a view that is priceless. Holiday at Tuross Head - a quiet town of 2000 midway between Moruya and Narooma - and you can enjoy fish and chips from the rustic Tuross Heads Boathouse. And, yes, it's a BYO wine, dinner served at tables on a timber boardwalk overlooking the waters of tranquil Tuross Lake.
THE SCENIC DRIVES AND WALKS ARE FANTASTIC. While much of the tourist traffic flows through the forest corridors of the Princes Highway there are a few detours to take if you are after a wow factor.Batemans Bay To Moruya Tourist Drive 7.Of note on where to drive is the 25km long Batemans Bay to Moruya coastal scenic road – Tourist Drive 7 – which allows for a coffee break in such towns as Malua Bay and Broulee.
Dalmeny To Kianga Scenic Drive. Another scenic coastal route links the villages of Dalmeny and Kianga and a series of shoreline beaches. To stretch the legs, take a stroll along the Mill Way Walkway, which is a 350m long timber deck suitable for wheelchairs and cyclists.