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The South Coast of New South Wales (NSW) would have to be perfect road trip destination, a region stretching south from Sydney to the border of Victoria. Be sure to take note of the Grand Pacific Drive, considered one of the most scenic and spectacular driving routes. Or if you don't have a car, train travel is also an option with regular services from Sydney’s Central Station. You’ll be able to take the scenic rail route with stops in seaside towns like Kiama and Austinmer.

The South Coast consists of four main geographic areas, the Illawarra Coast, Shoalhaven Coast, Eurobodalla Coast and the Sapphire Coast. Keep an eye out along the coastline over the winter months to catch a glimpse of whales migrating.

Start by occupying your time discovering the 100 beaches residing on the South Coast, from Seven Mile Beach to Depot Beach and over 170km of coastline to explore. Then for a touch of rainforest, discover Ben Boyd National Park on the Sapphire Coast with many walking tracks at a comfortable level. The Kiama Coast Walk brings sweeping vistas, pristine beaches and historical sites within a 22km walk. The walk can be separated into sections however it is recommended to allow two to three days to make the most of the scenery. Enjoy a variety of water sports on the coastline with kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding and water sports. You’ll also be able to experience friendly kangaroos first-hand at Pebbly Beach living in their natural habitat. On a hot afternoon watch the kangaroos enjoying a dip in the water, or simply relaxing on the dunes, an experience not to be missed.

Now if you’re planning your road trip and are short on time, each coastal town brings its very own personality to the mix. Wollongong is NSW’s third largest city and is known for its industry and port. It brings a choice of bushwalking trails and beaches for you to discover. While Kiama is a charming town known for its Kiama Blowhole and Little Blowhole, this natural spectacle is where the sea cliff spouts seawater more than 20 metres into the air. Kiama is filled with cafes and bars and great for local produce and artisan products. Next is Mollymook, which is a beachside haven, this little coastline town is within reach of both Sydney and Canberra. Finally Batemans Bay brings an array of fresh seafood with its very own oysters directly out of Clyde River and selection of seafood restaurants. Bateman’s Bay is also known for its variety of water sports and patrolled beach nearby.

On land, you’ll struggle to choose between the incredible national parks, camping locations, outdoor activities and wildlife on offer. The South Coast of NSW is genuinely an unspoilt beauty waiting for you to marvel over its sparkling ocean, tranquil lagoons and lush rainforest. So set aside some time to enjoy the many natural wonders on offer or take a day trip from Sydney to experience a taste of the stunning coastline.