We all know how beautiful the NSW South Coast is – it’s photography heaven! Cara van Wyk’s listed the best spots to snap an epic photo on the coastline. They even look like epic locations to explore.

The Best Rock Formations Around

The NSW south coast, in fact, the majority of the edge of our enormous isle, is just littered with amazing coastal outcrops perfect for photographers. Many of these are home to hidden rock pools, secret fishing spots, and marvels of geology. It’s well worth a scramble with the right weather and tide conditions.*

So here’s just a taster of some of the incredible rock platforms the NSW South Coast has to offer to get you started.

*Make sure you stay safe when out on coastal rock platforms – read our guide to rock platform safety before you head out.

1. Northern Illawarra Beaches

Set the alarm early and watch the sunrise from these pristine coastal rock platforms. Bring your cozzie and take a dip in one of the many tidal pools once the sun is up (try Coledale for a lovely walk along the rocks and around the headland).


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2. Cathedral Rocks at Kiama

At the southern end of Jones Beach is a small cave from which you can watch the waves breaking over the aptly named Cathedral Rocks (park in the beach parking lot along North Kiama Drive, then walk south along the beach and over the rocks until you find the cave).

While you’re here, why don’t you check out the Kiama Coast Walk?


3. The Blue Pool at Bermagui 

One of the best south coast photography locations is this incredible rock pool that glistens topaz in its rock platform setting.

This is the perfect spot for an early morning swim before another day of exploring. Park the car park just off Pacific Drive, Bermagui, and follow the footpath down the water.



There are literally thousands of epic coastal rock platforms to discover around the coast so check the tide and surf conditions. Be prepared and safe and go exploring!

4. Bombo Quarry

This one is also at Kiama so it’s two for one if you’re heading that way! Just south of Cathedral Rocks, an old quarry (over 70 years out of service) with towering basalt columns has become an eerie playground for keen Explorers and photographers.

Park along Darien Avenue, then follow the wide unpaved road around to the old quarry.


5. Black Head Reserve at Gerroa

Known as one of the best fossil displays in NSW, this is also an amazing spot to come and watch the sunset over 7 Mile Beach. At the end of Stafford Drive, Gerroa, there’s a small parking lot with a number of short tracks to the rocks.


6. Camel Rock at Wallaga Lake 

This fascinating rock formation is said to be one of NSW’s oldest rocks and created by undersea avalanches. Come here to watch the morning sun settle in, or lounge back on the beach sands in the late afternoon.

Turn off Wallaga Lake Road onto a tree-lined road just south of – almost opposite – Beauty Point Road. Park in the designated parking lot and walk down to the beach.


Where Land Meets Sea // 6 Rock Platforms To Explore Along The South Coast (NSW), Cara van Wyk, Camel Rock Wallaga Lake, beach, sand, rocks, sky