South Coast

Sydney to Ulladulla: where to stop and stay on your NSW road trip

Next time you head down south from Sydney, why not give the freeway a miss for the scenic route?

The scenic road turn-off just past Sutherland leads you to the Grand Pacific Drive, starting at the Royal National Park and ending in Nowra. But don’t stop there! This coastal adventure is filled with endless stunning and secluded locations that will not disappoint. Here are our highlights to make the most of your NSW road trip along the South Coast – from what to do to where to stay.

 

Sydney Royal National Park

Take a kayak through the river in Audley, leap from the jump rock at Wattamolla and take a dip in the cool waters of Garie Beach. If you’re up for a challenge, take a 3.5km hike down the mountain and across headlands to reach the famous Figure 8 Pools.

Wattamolla, Royal National Park | Destination NSW

Stanwell Tops

Here’s a place with a splendid view! Stanwell Tops is home to Bald Hill lookout, one of the most famous in NSW. The lookout’s Southern views take in the Illawarra and famous Sea Cliff Bridge. Take some pictures, grab an ice-cream, and for those who love the adrenalin rush, this is the ideal spot to give hang-gliding a go.

Sea Cliff Bridge | Tourism Wollongong

Thirroul
Cruise along the bends of the Sea Cliff Bridge, one of just seven bridges of its kind in the world. After all that, it’s time for a feed. You will be guaranteed a delicious pub meal at The Beaches. If you turn up on a Friday or Saturday night, chances are you’ll be around for a sweet live gig.

Wollongong
After your stay at the Adina Apartment Hotel. In the morning you’ll be within walking distance of Wollongong’s main beaches and the harbour, the best spot to grab breakfast and a coffee from cafes such as Diggies, Northbeach Pavilion and Pepe’s on the Beach.

Shellharbour
Make sure you bring your snorkels, goggles and flippers along because Shellharbour’s Bushrangers Bay is among one of the ten best dive spots in New South Wales.

Kiama

Continuing down south on your NSW road trip will lead you to the gorgeous village of Kiama. Head up to the lighthouse to enjoy the views of the coastline in both directions, and don’t forget to take a peek at the well-known Kiama Blowhole.

Kiama Blowhole | Destination NSW

Berry
Take a small inland turn to experience a little of the South Coast countryside. Berry is a hub of local speciality food and wine. A visit to Coolangatta Estate should not be missed!

Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay is a must-stop location on any NSW road trip. Green Patch in Booderee National Park is the perfect spot for camping and hanging with cuddly kangaroos. The area is renowned for the famous Hyams Beach, which is known to have the whitest sand in the world.

Kayaking in Jervis Bay | Dee Kramer

Ulladulla

It’s time to wind down once again at the final destination on your NSW road trip. Take a stroll through the town centre or relax by the lake or on the beach. After all that, spending the night at the Ulladulla Guest House will complete the perfect road trip.

Where to stay in Wollongong

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The Adina Apartment Hotel is the best-rated accommodation in the city and gives the option of studio, one or two bedroom apartments. The hotel also has a sauna, spa, outdoor pool and fitness centre on site.

The hotel is centrally located in the Wollongong CBD and is within walking distance of the beach and shopping district, as well as all the top restaurants, bars and cafes. A number of dining options around the area also offer a restaurant charge back option to your room.

Adina Wollongong

Top rated
Wollongong, 30.4 km to Budderoo National Park
8.8 Excellent (2425 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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Where to stay in Jervis Bay

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Paperbark Camp is luxurious camping – better known as glamping. 12 safari tents are scattered throughout the Jervis Bay bushland, giving guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature, while still having the comforts of home.

All tents have wrap around decks and open-air showers. If you’re worried about having to cook – don’t. Gunyah Restaurant is located on site, and daily specials include local produce and seafood. Visit on a Sunday evening for paella night.

Paperbark Camp

8.5 Excellent (75 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Wellness centre / Spa
Gym
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Where to stay in Ulladulla

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The charming Ulladulla Guest House is the best place to complete the perfect South Coast road trip. The hotel is within metres of the fishing harbour and town centre, which is a great location for discovering the area.

The property has both five- and four-star ratings on its various rooms and suites, all in an elegant surrounding. The guest house also has a health club with an indoor spa and cedar sauna, as well as an outdoor spa and saltwater pool which are perfect for the summer months.

Hotel Ulladulla Guest House

Top rated
8.7 Excellent (392 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.9 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Gym
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