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As the end of 2020 draws closer, and the Australian borders begin to open for everyone, many travellers are planning their next road trip. We highly recommend a New South Wales, south coast drive which will have you visit beautiful beaches, boutique shops and delicious eateries and wineries along the way. If you're keen on hiring a motorhome or car, it's a drive perfect for any time of year. The best part is you can choose how long you stay in each place.
Beginning the trip from Sydney, drive approximately two hours south to Wollongong. On the way through you'll be given two choices between driving routes, we suggest trying the scenic coastal path, which will take you through lush bushland and national park as well as along the famous Seacliffe Bridge. Make a lunch pitstop at The Scarborough Hotel and choose from some of the most delicious food and drinks. They'll keep you sustained until the next stop.
Arriving into Wollongong, take a dip at North Wollongong Beach and partake in fun water sports such as kayaking and canoeing. Take the time to wander through the art gallery, the Science centre or the historic motor life museum. Wollongong boasts several walking trails and lookouts that you can climb to for beautiful scenic views of the beach and lush green surroundings including the Hill 60 Lookout, Maddens Falls and the Botanic Gardens boasting some stunning Australian Flora and Fauna.
After spending some time in Wollongong, continuing driving for approximately 40 minutes and you will arrive at Kiama. Kiama's high street has seen an influx of deliciously cosy cafes, restaurants and delightful boutiques pop up, transforming this once-humble setting into a bustling shopping precinct. The Kiama region plays host to a packed calendar of events featuring fabulous and family-friendly arts, entertainment and sporting events. More than 100 artists descend on the picturesque village of nearby Jamberoo for the Jamberoo Music Festival – a blues, roots, rock and indie extravaganza held annually each July. While relaxation is almost inevitable, Kiama's nature-based activities and attractions also keep people coming back – whether visitors are looking for tranquil coastal walks or adrenaline-pumping adventure.
Set off on the Kiama Coast Walk to explore a mix of sealed paths, grassed tracks and beach walk stretching 22 kilometres from Minnamurra River, south of Kiama, to Gerringong's spectacular Werri Beach. Visit Kiama's famous Blowhole, which is the largest in the world, and when the swell is running from the south-east, you're in for a treat. The 2.5 metres opening in the rock face has had its plumes of water recorded at heights of over 30 metres! With multiple accessible viewing platforms, the Blowhole can be seen from numerous vantage points - be sure to check out the most eastern end to take in the full height of the rock formation.
Continue the drive south for another 20 minutes until you reach the charming town of Berry. Berry is a food lover's paradise. If you have a sweet tooth, then a visit to the Berry Doughnut Van and The Treat Factory is a must. Buy a jam-filled doughnut or handmade chocolates, jams, sour lollies, syrups, marmalades, ice cream. Sweet tooth heaven! For peace and quiet, head to the Silos Estate vineyard which is set within a 40-acre property. Enjoy a delicious meal at the Silos restaurant and admire the stunning backdrop that surrounds you. Wind down with a visit to the Berry Tea Shop This is a must for those who love all things tea, from teacups to saucers, cake stands and a variety of local tea leaf blends. There is a little something for everyone in Berry, and it's the perfect place for a pitstop or a couple of nights stay in a local bed and breakfast.
Bye-bye Berry, and say 'Hello' to Nowra. Discover museums, galleries and river cruises in Nowra, the largest coastal town in the Shoalhaven region. On the banks of the beautiful Shoalhaven River, enjoy a charming centre that's a stone's throw from the striking beaches of the NSW South Coast, and home to top food and wine experiences.
Nowra is surrounded by rich farmland and vineyards, and the river estuary is part of Australia's Oyster Coast. Taste regional produce at cafes like The Deli on Kinghorn, try the coffee roasted at Hit N Run, or pick up fresh seafood from local fish shops. Visit cellar doors at Lyrebird Ridge Organic Winery and Cambewarra Estate Winery.
For families travelling there is something for you too, Jamberoo Recreation Park is approximately 34km drive from Nowra and is the perfect stop for running off all that extra energy.
The final leg of our trip is half an hour drive from Nowra, in a town called Huskisson. Jervis Bay is one of the most beautiful parts of the world, offering up some of the most stunning beaches, delicious restaurants and local produce in the region.
The Round, the Bay Walk, is a walking track from Huskisson all the way to Plantation Point - accessible to those of varying abilities, prams and bikes - so the beautiful Jervis Bay coastline can be enjoyed by all! Take in the glorious white sands and stunning aqua blue water at your own pace, or work up an appetite for dinner, and maybe spot a dolphin or whale. Spend the day soaking up some rays on the beach or trying different water sports. There are many water activities to try such as diving, snorkelling, surfing, sailing, kayaking and stand up paddling boarding. Prefer to stay out of the water? Go on a bushwalk on one of the many trails through the Booderee National Park.
The Jervis Bay region is renowned for its natural beauty and extraordinary wildlife, such as dolphins, seals, sea birds, fairy penguins and migrating whales (from May through November). Rich in Australian history, Aboriginal culture, and Geological marvels, Jervis Bay is also famous for its unspoilt coastline with clear water. It'll have you coming back for more at any time of the year!
We understand that it can be challenging to fit everything in, however here are a few suggestions on day trips, that should be considered when holidaying in the region:
Alternatively, planning your next trip (which you will because it is an easy drive with a great offering) will be easier with these 'to do's'.
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