Australia East Coast - Southern NSW

Australia East Coast has always been popular with travellers.

The coast between Sydney and Victoria border is much less crowded than the coast north of Sydney.

It is known for lovely fishing villages, hinterland national parks and some beautiful beaches like Depot Beach, Corrigans Beach, Broulee Beach and Tathra Beach. There's some good bushwalking around Mount Kembla, Wallaga Lake and Mimosa Rocks National Park, and Jervis Bay is a great place for whale and dolphin watching.
Looking South Towards Gerringong on the Coastline South of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Wollongong, Australia east coast. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy.

Australia East Coast - Illawara and Mount Kembla
Wollongong, 80km south of Sydney, is the third largest city in New South Wales. It’s a university town with a large student population and it hasn’t got much for tourists, but its beaches are beautiful and excellent for surf. Inland from Wollongong is the beautiful Illawara Escarpment, with bushwalking tracks to Mount Kiera and Mount Kembla, and plenty of wildlife.

Places to stay in Wollongong include

* hotels and motels such as Belmore All Suite Hotel, Best Western City Sands Hotel, Best Western Hotel, Boat Harbour Motel, Comfort Inn Fairways, Downtown Motel, Elsinor Motor Lodge, Flinders Motel, Harp Hotel, Hotel Chifley, Ibis Hotel, Medina Executive Hotel, Normandie Motel, Novotel Northbeach Hotel, Rydges Hotel, Sovereign Inn Wollongong, and Thirroul Beach Motel.

* bed and breakfasts such as Above Wollongong at Pleasant Heights B&B, and Corrimal Beach B&B.

* resorts such as Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort

* villas and apartments such as Park Street Serviced Apartments, Quality Suites Pioneer Sands, Quest Apartments, Salt Serviced Apartments, Smith Street Apartments, and Wollongong Serviced Apartments.

Jervis Bay
Jervis Bay, Australia east coast. By The_Waterboy via
Jervis Bay is very famous for its excellent dolphin watching.
Here is a tour that departs from Sydney, takes you down along the southern coast of NSW, and includes dolphin watch as well as the Southern Highlands. A great day out!


Australia East Coast - Booderee National Park and Jervis Bay Australia

Further south along the NSW coast is Nowra, and the beautiful Jervis Bay, famous for dolphins and the Booderee National Park. Huskisson and Vincentia are good small towns where to stay while spending time in Jervis Bay, bushwalking and joining Dolphin Watch Cruises. In the Booderee National Park, there are some bushwalking tracks and Booderee Botanic Gardens.

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Places to stay in the area include

* hotels and motels such as Jervis Bay Motel in Huskisson, Archer Resort Motel in Nowra, Best Western in Nowra, Bomaderry Inn in Nowra, Nowra Motor Inn, Pleasant Way Motel in Nowra, and Dolphin Shores Motel in Vincentia.

* backpackers lodges and guesthouses such as Bay of Plenty Lodges in Jervis Bay and Jervis Bay Guesthouse in Huskisson.

* bed and breakfast accommodation such as Dolphin Sands B&B in Huskisson and Sanddancers B&B in Vincentia.

* resorts such as Bayside Retreat in Vincentia.

Eastern Grey Kangaroo on Beach, Murramarang National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Murramarang National Park. Australia east coast. Poster
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Australia East Coast - Depot Beach, Corrigans Beach and Broulee Beach
South from Jervis Bay is the little coastal town Ulladulla, known for its beaches visited by kangaroos; Murramarang National Park with the lovely Pebbly, Merry and Depot Beaches and walking tracks to Durras Mountain. South of Ulladulla is Batemans Bay – a busy town with some excellent beaches. Corrigans Beach, closest to the town, is a family beach that gets busy during long weekends and school holidays, while Broulee, Surf Beach and Malua Bay are popular with surfers.

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Places to stay in the area include

* hotels and motels such as Colonial Palms Motel, Harbour Royal Motel, Mollymook Motel, and Pigeon House Motor Inn in Ulladulla; and Argyle Terrace Motor Inn, Bayside Motel, Beach Drive Motel, Best Western Reef Motor Inn, Best Western Sunseeker Motor Inn, Bridge Motel, Comfort Inn Bay Waterfront, Comfort Inn Lincoln Downs, Hanging Rock Family Motel, Mariners on the Waterfront and Zorba Motel in Batemans Bay.

* bed and breakfasts such as Batemans Bay Manor B&B,

* resorts such as Ulladulla Holiday Village Resort in Ulladulla; and Batemans Bay Beach Resort, Chalet Swisse Spa Retreat, and Coachhouse Marina Resort in Batemans Bay.

* apartments such as Waterview Apartments Batemans Bay,

* backpackers, lodges and guesthouses such as Ulladulla Guest House,

* caravan parks such as Clyde View Holiday Park.

Central Tilba, New South Wales, Australia
Central Tilba,  Australia east coast. Poster by AllPosters
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Wallaga Lake, Tilba Valley and Mimosa Rocks National Park

Further south is the lovely town Narooma; and Central Tilba with some nice old cafes, craft shops and antique shops, and the nearby Tilba Valley Winery. On the coast is Bermagui with a pretty fishing port, good base to visit Wallaga Lake which has some good of bird-life, and the Mimosa Rocks National Park.

Places to stay in the area include

* hotels and motels such as Coastal Comfort Motel, Ecotel, Festival Motor Inn and Holiday Lodge Motor Inn in Narooma.

* bed and breakfasts such as Anchors Aweigh B&B in Narooma,

* backpackers lodges and guesthouses such as Narooma YHA,  

* apartments such as Amooran Serviced Apartments and Horizon Apartments in Narooma.

Beach at Sunrise Along Tasman Sea Coast, Part of the Pacific Ocean, Mimosa Rocks National Park
Mimosa Rocks National Park, Australia east coast. Poster by AllPosters.
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Australia East Coast - Tathra Beach and Southernmost NSW Coast

South from here is the Sapphire Coast – with beautiful small towns Bega, Merimbula,  Eden and Tathra Beach. Bega is known for its cheeses, while Eden used to be a whaling town and today there is an interesting whaling museum. South from here is the border of Victoria and west is Kosciuszko National Park and Canberra in Australian Capital Territory.

Places to stay in the area include

* hotels and motels such as Admirals Lodge, Best Western Fairway Motor Inn, Best Western Sea Spray Motel, Black Dolphin Resort Motel, Comfort Inn Merimbula, Hillcrest Motor Inn, Kingfisher Motel, Merimbula Gardens Motel, Merimbula Motor Lodge, Ocean View Motor Inn, Pelican Motor Inn, Sapphire Waters Motor Inn, Summerhill Motor Inn, and Town Centre Motor Inn in Merimbula; Best Western Coachman's Rest, Halfway Motel, Sapphire Coast Motel and Twofold Bay Motor Inn in Eden; and Bega Downs Motor Inn in Bega.  

* resorts as Coast Resort Merimbula in Merimbula; and Twofold Bay Beach Resort in Eden.

* apartments such as Albacore Apartments, Anchorbell Holiday Apartments, Apollo Apartments, Bluewater Luxury Apartments, Chapman Court Holiday Apartments, Fronds Holiday Apartments, Cracelands Apartments, Harbour Lights Apartments, Nautilus Apartments, Penguin Mews Apartments, Seashells Apartments, South Seas Motel Apartments, The Palms Apartments, Tuscany Apartments and Waterview Luxury Apartments in Merimbula; and Tathra Beachhouse Apartments in Tathra.

* holiday units such as Marine Court Holiday Units, Sandpiper Holiday Units, Southern Comfort Holiday Units and Telopea Court Holiday Units in Merimbula; and Eagle Heights Holiday Units in Eden.

* backpackers, lodges and guest houses such as Robyns Nest Guest House in Merimbula; and Econo Lodge Bayview in Eden.

* caravan parks and cabins such as Merimbula Beach Holiday Park, Woodbine Park Eco Cabins, and Beach Cabins in Merimbula; and Discovery Holiday Parks, and Fountain Caravan Park Cabins in Eden.
Pasture, Bega, New South Wales, Australia, Pacific
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