Whether you’re looking for some peace and quiet, a road trip with family or friends, or an excuse to splurge on a special occasion, there’s a NSW south coast destination that’s perfect for you. We’ve picked three favourites, which deserve a call out for their stunning location, activities for every season and brilliant camping and accommodation.
Escape the crowds
Sometimes you just need to get away from the madness and immerse yourself in nature. For a quiet camping escape with plenty of creature comforts, head to Bournda National Park, near Bega. It’s located in the heart of the Sapphire Coast and a lot quieter than the national parks near Sydney, especially outside of school holidays.
Bournda National Park is a water lovers paradise, with lakes, lagoons and beaches galore. Hike the challenging Kangarutha walking track (18km return) or simply relax by the water as black swans drift by. When it comes to campgrounds, Hobart Beach campground is one of those rare gems that feels totally secluded but has everything you need – even a laundry.
With so many opportunities for fun in the water, enjoy your day out safely with our water safety tips.
Chill with the fam
If you’re craving an affordable break with the family, hit up Murramarang National Park. There’s plenty of coastal rainforest to explore, with towering gums and spectacular white beaches. Go swimming and fishing in summer, or discover whale watching and coastal walks in winter.
Did you know? If you want to fish in NSW waters, freshwater or saltwater you’ll need to pay a NSW recreational fishing fee and carry the receipt as proof.
Depot Beach cabins are a great base for exploring Murramarang. Each 2-bedroom cabin sleeps up to 6 people and is nestled between the forest and the sea. If your idea of a perfect day starts with a fishing rod and ends with a great catch, make your way to the headland where you’ll find loads of blackfish and drummer. Cook up your fish on one of the gas barbecues, or enjoy pizza night using one of the two pizza ovens available.
Splash out on an island adventure
Ever dreamed of staying in a historic lighthouse, swimming with seals or watching thousands of little penguins emerge from the ocean at dusk? You can do all this and more on Montague Island, only 12km from Narooma. Visiting this remote and windswept island is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, great for groups.
Stay at the heritage-listed Assistant Lighthouse Keepers Cottage or Head Lighthouse Keepers Cottage. The accommodation includes a boat ride to and from the island as well as a guided tour, including a visit to the little penguin colonies in summer and fantastic whale watching experiences in winter.
Did you know? Montague Island is home to hundreds of seabirds, a number of seal colonies and 10,000 little penguins – the third largest colony in the world.