The Ultimate South Coast Road Trip | Lets Go Caravan and Camping

The Ultimate South Coast Road Trip

Category: Inspiration, Date: 26 June 2024

Where to go, play and stay on the NSW South Coast

The NSW South Coast is a treasure trove of quaint towns, rugged national parks, and remote beaches, with plenty of exceptional holiday parks to stay at along the way. In this quick guide, we suggest five South Coast NSW destinations to plug into Google Maps for an awesome adventure.

Stop 1: Shellharbour

Our first stop is just 1.5 hours south of Sydney at the seaside village of Shellharbour. In this neck of the woods you’ll find incredible snorkelling spots, charming towns, and a verdant rainforest hinterland to explore.

Things to do

  • Snorkelling or diving at Bushrangers Bay: Think crystal-clear waters, abundant marine life, and vibrant coral formations. Shellharbour Scuba Centre runs free guided social dives on weekends.
  • Explore the villages: Shellharbour, Kiama, Gerringong. These quaint villages offer boutique shops and incredible food outlets, perfect for holiday meandering.
  • Minnamurra Rainforest: Nestled in the Illawarra Escarpment, you’ll discover lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, and the odd lyre bird.

Where to stay

Claim a waterfront caravan site at NRMA Shellharbour Beachside Holiday Park and spot whales from beneath your awning. The park is an easy stroll from the village, the beach, and the sparkling ocean pool – and your pet is welcome, too.

Stop 2: Murramarang National Park

Spanning 44km of rugged coastline, Murramarang National Park is a pristine wilderness where kangaroos beachcomb and spotted gums reach out to the ocean. And while it’s just 20 minutes north of Batemans Bay, this stop is all about getting gloriously lost in nature.

Things to do

  • Explore Durras Lake: A sparkling estuary perfect for adventure, try fishing, crabbing, kayaking, or hiking the kid-friendly Durras Lake Discovery Trail.
  • Murramarang South Coast Walk: An iconic trek that stretches for 34km but can be enjoyed in bite-sized sections. Pack your swimmers and binoculars!
  • Hit the beach: Fringed by bushland and rocky headlands, Murramarang beaches are quiet and idyllic. Try South Durras, Depot and Pebbly beaches.

Where to stay

Beachside camping and caravan sites are available at NRMA Murramarang Beachfront Holiday Resort. Located in the national park and with absolute frontage to South Durras Beach, nature will be on your doorstep. The resort features a heated pool and a licenced restaurant.

And if you prefer to stay closer to the facilities of town, NRMA Batemans Bay Holiday Resort is a pet-friendly option with direct access to the sheltered waters of Corrigans Beach. It’s just five minutes from the centre of Batemans Bay.

Stop 3: Broulee

One of the more laid-back South Coast towns, Broulee’s relaxed atmosphere will charm any holidaymaker. Bring your appetite and thirst for adventure, because Broulee has incredible local eateries and an epic coastline to explore.

Things to do

  • Broulee Island snorkelling: One of the best snorkel spots on the coast, the island is home to green turtles, endangered weedy sea dragons, and a kaleidoscopic array of fish species.
  • Surfing or SUP: There’s no shortage of breaks for seasoned surfers and beginners can learn with Broulee Surf School. They offer surfing and SUP lessons at Broulee Beach, where waves are often ideal for newbies.
  • Local flavours: Though she be small, Broulee is mighty when it comes to delicious local eateries. Try Smokey Dan’s smokehouse and bar, Killibinbin café, and Broulee Brewhouse.

Where to stay

Nestled behind the dunes of South Broulee Beach, NRMA Broulee Holiday Park is an easy stroll from the beach and the village. With a sparkling pool, school holiday kids’ activities and pet-friendly camping and caravan sites, the scene is set for an incredible stay.

Stop 4: Tathra

Next stop, Sapphire Coast! It’s known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and pristine coastal bushland, and Tathra is located at its heart. Promising outdoor adventure and coastal charm, Tathra a perfect blend of natural beauty and laid-back surf town vibes.

Things to do

  • Bike riding: There are 50km of mountain bike tracks through coastal forests, plus the Yili-njili Cycle and Walkway between Tathra and Kalaru.
  • Tathra Headland Walk: Short but sweet, this 300m all-abilities pathway takes in the historic Tathra Wharf and sweeping Pacific Ocean views. Eyes out for whales!
  • Kangarutha walking track: Explore pebbly beaches, sandy bays, rainforests, and clifftops on this challenging trek in Bournda National Park.

Where to stay

For an unforgettable getaway, swing the van into pet-friendly NRMA Tathra Beachfront Holiday Park. Boasting 550m of direct beach access plus a heated pool, waterpark, communal campfire and weekly hosted events, fun comes easily at Tathra Beachside.

Stop 5: Merimbula

We’ve reached the Far South Coast and our final stop, Merimbula. This vibrant coastal town has plenty to offer nature lovers, adventure seekers, foodies, and families alike. From surfing lessons to seafood feasts, Merimbula is the stuff of holiday dreams.

Things to do

  • Merimbula Boardwalk: A 3.4km wooden pathway around Merimbula Lake, it passes through mangroves and wetlands and offers stunning views.
  • Whale watching: Merimbula’s coastline simmers with thousands of migratory humpback whales between August and November. Jump aboard a cruise for a closer look!
  • South Coast Oyster Trail: The waters of Merimbula Lake and surrounding estuaries produce award-winning oysters. This trail takes in the best tasting experiences of the region.

Where to stay

For the best ocean views in town, set up at NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort. Perched atop a coastal headland, there’s an onsite restaurant, resort-style pool, and waterpark – all just a few minutes’ walk from town.

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