For family escapes within easy reach of Sydney, the South Coast of New South Wales (NSW) spoils visitors for choice with its winding beaches, wildlife-rich rainforests and friendly surf towns. You can wiggle your toes in the whitest sand in the world at Hyams Beach, then cruise by local oyster farms for a slurpy, satisfying lunch with a chance to spot humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins. From the untouched beaches, tumbling surf and crystal-clear waters of Shoalhaven to the breathtaking panoramas of the Sydney Basin, all are just a few hours’ drive from Sydney.
Ripe for the picking are world-class hotels and B&Bs in the South Coast’s most famous spots, from Wollongong all the way down to Batemans Bay. Choose from stylish studios and lofty penthouses overlooking the Pacific, sweet heritage homes-turned-B&B and clifftop spa suites. We’re talking cool Scandi-style interiors, on-site beer gardens, hip in-house cocktail spots with live music and fancy spa services; not forgetting the classic sells like wraparound decking and infinity pools over the ocean. You could set off from Sydney in the morning and be dining on fresh seafood in an award-winning restaurant by noon.