Secrets of the South Coast (NSW)

Highlights:

  • Unique Coastline
  • Whale watching (in season)
  • Swimming

Summary

The south coast of NSW is a magical place, from the white sand beaches of Jervis Bay in the north to the jagged rocky shoreline of the Sapphire coast in the south it is a truly unique stretch of land. Being born and raised in the area, together with my love of landscape photography I’ve spent more time exploring up and down the coast than I’ll admit but it has not been in vain…. These are some of my South Coast secrets.

It’s entirely possible to visit all these spots in one day and if you add in some of the more well-known coastal spots in the area you can make a weekend of it as well.

My first secret spot is 2 hours south of Sydney near the town of Shellharbour, here you’ll find Bass point and Killalea state park (you can camp here for less than $20 a night) and between the two after a scramble along the rocks is the arch, a 20 meter long, 6 meter high rock formation that is almost impossible to see until you are next to it, a unique feature of an already unique feature.

Another 40 minute drive down the road is the town of Kiama, the starting point of a 6km stretch of trail between Kiama and Gerringong that hugs the cliff line between the rolling green hills and the ocean. The walk follows the lay of the land and as it rises and falls there are some opportunities to wander onto the pebbly beaches and explore further. Around halfway into the walk is the perfect opportunity to do so as the trail drops down to sea level, luckily too because there are some unique features of the walk close by that are all but hidden from view. On the north end of the beach is an 8 meter high stone stack, the last apostle of the south coast and at the other end is the sea cave.

In large swells the sea cave can become a blow hole and its easy to get too close but the same rules apply to any exploring you do along the coast. Common sense is key, the rocks are slippery, the waves are powerful even at low tide and you cant trust the ocean… never turn your back on it and play safe out there!

Essential gear required

  • Good boots/shoes
  • Water and snacks

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Photography

Skill level

Easy

Distance/Elevation

About 10 – 12 kms depending on how much you feel like doing.