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Published June 28th 2020
This list bursts with exciting attractions for all interests
South Coast of New South Wales is home to sparkling coastline and beaches, shimmering lakes, quirky natural rock formations, quaint towns, heritage and historic sites, and gem-rich National Parks.

Any road trip or a scenic drive to the South Coast is not complete without stopping at one of the attractions below!

1. Rock Formations

The Sapphire Coast is not just home to stunning colourful heads; it is also home to spectacular natural rock formations including Horse Head Rock (believed to be around 500 million years old and among the oldest rocks in New South Wales), Camel Rock and The Pinnacles. These striking natural formations make for essential stops, viewing and stunning photos.

Camel Rock


2. Wallaga Lake

Wallaga Lake is the largest lake in southern New South Wales; it was formed by the drowning of two river valleys between 6-10,000 years ago. It makes for the perfect stop to enjoy the serenity of natural surroundings. Wallaga Lake is home of Umbarra, the black duck, the totem of the Yuin-Monaro people. Merriman's Island, within the lake, is gazetted as an Aboriginal place in recognition of its significance to the local Aboriginal people.

There are many water-based activities to enjoy at the lake, including fishing, swimming, boating, sailing, water skiing, as well as land activities such as bushwalking, birdwatching and wildlife spotting.

There are picnic areas and toilet facilities available, as well as nearby accommodation.



3. Tathra Beaches

Tathra is located halfway between Merimbula and Bermagui, a coastal haven known for its tranquil atmosphere, award-winning Sydney Rock Oysters, ocean swimming and mountain biking.

Tathra Beaches consist of Tathra Beach, Mogareeka, Kianinny Bay, and beaches in Mimosa Rocks National Park.

Nelsons Beach at Mimosa Rocks National Park


4. Bar Beach, Merimbula

Bar Beach is such a beauty. It offers excellent swimming, snorkelling and stand-up paddleboarding opportunities, as well as being a great spot to relax and soak up the glorious views.



5. Ben Boyd National Park

Ben Boyd National Park is a must-see attraction in the Sapphire Coast. The National Park offers jaw-dropping scenery that meets with fascinating historical remnants. Ben Boyd National Park comprises of two sections- northern and southern ends and is packed with an abundance of highlights including Green Cape Lighthouse, Davidson Whaling Station, Bittangabee Bay, The Pinnacles, and much more.



6. Montague Island

Located 9km offshore from Narooma, Montague Island is a dream day trip destination. It is home to an array of engaging marine life, including fur seals, little penguins, dolphins, and whales (during migration season).

There is so much to be enjoyed on land as well as unforgettable underwater experiences.

Access to Montague Island is by guided tour only.



7. Bournda National Park

This best-kept secret National Park, located near Tathra, is home to an array of coastal walks, birdwatching opportunities, water-based activities, secluded beaches, and spectacular cliffs along the rugged coastline.



8. Wallagoot Lake

Located within Bournda National Park, Wallagoot Lake is home to calm waters where swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding and other water-based activities can be enjoyed.

Nature lovers will be impressed with the unique aquatic environment which is home to a vast diversity of marine life, as well as birdwatching and wildlife spotting.

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Why? There is an attractions for all interests
When: All year round
Where: Sapphire Coast, New South Wales
Cost: Free- Fees might apply for some National Park entries or attractions
Your Comment
I agree that it's a beautiful part of the coast.
by May Cross (score: 3|6743) 15 days ago
Indeed it is! Thank you, May Cross :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|631) 14 days ago
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