South Coast of New South Wales is home to an endless coastline packed with beaches, rainforests, lookouts, wildlife spotting and birdwatching opportunities, and much more.
Whether you are taking a road trip, scenic drive or a day trip, the South Coast will undoubtedly impress with its natural gems and attractions.
The list below features Top South Coast Nature Attractions:
1. White-sanded Beaches
The South Coast is home to some of the whitest sand beaches in the world, including Hyams Beach, Chinamans Beach, Greenfield Beach, Blenheim Beach, Collingwood Beach, Callala Beach, Orion Beach, and many more.
for list of beaches.
2. Warden Head Reserve
Warden Head Reserve is home to two beautiful and scenic walks, including The Coome Nujunga Track which displays Aboriginal sign postings that bear lizard paintings and follows a bush trail leading to a beach.
Both walks offer breathtaking views of the coastline, beaches, headlands, and make for a perfect vantage point for whale watching (during migration season). The Warden Head Lighthouse is also worth checking out and is another excellent viewing point for whale watching.
3. National Parks
The South Coast is home to a stunning 35 National Parks which include Murramarang National Park
, Mimosa Rocks National Park
, Conjola National Park
, Bournda National Park
, and many more.
Each National Park offers its own unique nature wonderland including spectacular beaches, lookouts, walking and hiking trails, cycling trails, camping sites, wildlife spotting and birdwatching opportunities, waterfalls, bushland, rainforest, and much more.
for the full list of National Parks across the South Coast.
Several magnificent waterfalls can be found on the South Coast including Nellies Glen
, Minnamurra Waterfall
, Tianjura Falls
, and more.
There is also a secret waterfall hidden in the beautiful Yatteyattah Nature Reserve
that many people do not know about.
5. Minnamurra Rainforest
This beautiful natural attraction is home to marvellous walking trails and stunning waterfalls. It is also home to some of the best birdwatching with bowerbirds, king parrots, and if you are lucky, the elusive lyrebird can also be spotted.
The Rainforest Loop is an easy family-friendly 1.6km trail which includes boardwalks and suspension bridges. It takes around an hour-long and passes many breathtaking viewing platforms and gorgeous vistas of the rainforest canopy.
for the website.
From mountains to coastlines and from bush to beach, the South Coast has got it all when it comes to lookouts.
Some lookouts include Crookhaven Heads, Warden Head, Point Perpendicular, Cape St George, Little Forest Plateau, George Boyd, Point Gap, Jerrawangala Lookout, Pigeon House Mountain, Hanging Rock, Cambewarra Mountain, and many more.
7. Lake Conjola
This beautiful coastal waterway is an aquatic playground and offers an array of water-based activities including boating, kayaking, canoeing, waterskiing, fishing, wakeboarding, and more.
If the land is more your thing, there are cycling tracks that weave through Conjola National Park
and many walking trails.
Do note that after the recent unprecedented and devastating bushfires, most of Lake Conjola and Conjola National Park has perished. (I got extremely emotional visiting after the bushfires). On the bright side, there have been amazing signs of regeneration.
for the website.
Lake Conjola before the devastating fires