Outdoor Lover’s Guide To NSW South Coast

Home to some of the most beautiful beaches and natural beauty, the NSW south coast has an abundance of scenic spots for the lovers of outdoor adventure to visit. The area offers up ideal beachside fishing locations and natural rock formation sites, along with breathtaking views of the coast and rainforest. Located just under 2 hours south of Sydney, the NSW south coast must be a visit for those who love the great outdoors.

An Outdoor Lover’s Guide To The NSW South Coast

Windang Beach

Located just 15 kilometres south of Wollongong’s city centre, Windang Beach offers spectacular views of the Wollongong coastline. There is a large park with barbecues, sheltered picnic areas, playground and a bike track, accompanied by a beach and lake side caravan park, making it a popular spot among families. While parents can enjoy a relaxing afternoon of fishing, kids can enjoy a swim in close proximity. Make sure parents pack your swimmers too in case you want to join them!

Windang Sunrise. NSW South Coast
Windang Sunrise. Flickr: Steven / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Kiama Blow Hole

Located next to Kiama Lighthouse at Blowhole Point, Kiama Blowhole attracts roughly 900, 000 visitors each year to view the natural rock formation sprouting water more than 20 metres into the air. Once the action is over, or if there isn’t much action, Blowhole Point offers more for you to enjoy with spectacular coastal views, making it a great place to stop for a picnic and whale watching. Once you have immersed yourself in the NSW south coast beauty of Blowhole Point, make the short 10-minute drive into Kiama city centre to enjoy a meal at one of the local pubs. The most popular pubs include Kiama Inn Hotel, Kiama Leagues Club or The Grand Hotel.

Kiama Blow Hole. NSW South Coast
Kiama Blow Hole. Photo on Flickr by Azfar Ahmad / CC BY 2.0

Bald Hill Lookout – Stanwell Park

If you love glorious views of the ocean then head to the Illawarra and visit Australia’s most popular ocean lookout situated on top of Bald Hill. The hill overlooks the one and only Sea Cliff Bridge which extends along the 140 km Grand Pacific Coastal Drive and winds over cliff faces and open seas. If you’re heading there on a Summer night, make sure you pack a picnic blanket and food, to stay into the night and watch the stunning sun set to the west. In the colder months, you might want to bring some blankets to keep yourself warm to enjoy the same views. After you have enjoyed this, you may like to take a 10 minute drive down the coast to Scarborough Hotel and enjoy a beachside cuisine.

Bald Hill Lookout Illawarra, Australia. NSW South Coast
Bald Hill Lookout Illawarra, Australia. Photo on Flickr by Aglu1 / CC BY 2.0

Minnamurra Rainforest

Located in Budderoo National Park Kiama, Minnamurra Rainforest features a visitor centre, riverside picnic area and two boardwalks located through the Rainforest. The easiest of the walks is the Rainforest Loop, taking roughly 1 hour to complete and suitable for children. Here you will be treated to suspension bridges and viewing platforms to immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the temperate rainforest. For those who wish to explore the rainforest for a little longer, The Falls walk is the one for you, taking roughly 1-2 hours to complete. Marked with a Grade 4 difficulty level, we recommend having bush walking experience as these tracks are long and steep. Always be prepared with the essentials before heading out on one of the Rainforest adventure walks. Be sure to bring a backpack with plenty of water, food and sun protection to keep you hydrated, nourished and protected from the sun while you enjoy the natural beauty of Minnamurra.

Minnamurra Rainforest. Bald Hill Lookout Illawarra, Australia
Minnamurra Rainforest. Image on Flickr by Dali96 / CC BY 2.0

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