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THE SOUTH COAST - Shoalhaven Country
The South Coast is the section of New South Wales from Nowra to the Victorian border along, and just in, from the coast. It is
an area of great diversity with dozens of excellent beaches, pretty fishing villages and several major towns.
As its western backdrop the Great Dividing Range runs the whole distance providing beautiful scenery, mountain drives,
waterfalls, scenic lookouts and small mountain villages.
The South Coast is renowned for its fishing and water activities. It is a popular place for whale-watching and you
can charter a fishing boat to chase the big fish.
There are many National Parks including the most northerly, Morton National Park which includes part of the
Southern Highlands and the Fitzroy Falls. Others include the Bournda and Ben Boyd National Parks in the south around
Bega and Eden and the Jervis Bay National Park in the north.
A prolific dairy industry means there are several fine cheeseries to visit. Nationally recognised brands like Bega
and Bodalla manufacture here and you can visit their sales areas. At Mogo you can visit an historic village and a
popular zoo and at Tilba there is a pretty village made entirely of wood.
Braidwood, just a short drive inland from Batemans Bay enjoys National Trust certification.
The South Coast enjoys a mediterranean climate with warm to hot days and moderate nights in summer.
Rainfall is spread evenly throughout the year and a 200km drive west will take you to the New South Wales
There are many motels, hotels and caravan parks to choose from catering for every budget. Use the
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Discover fascinating attractions and scenic national parks. See typical Australian towns and villages and
enjoy a laid back atmosphere enhanced by mountains and beaches.
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Information is available from the Visitor Centres in the district.
GETTING THERE BY ROAD
If you are driving between Sydney and Melbourne along the Princes Hwy (1) you will pass through the South Coast. From
the inland Hume Hwy (31) you can turn east at Yass or Goulburn and pass through Canberra and Braidwood to reach
this area, or from the Southern Highlands, turn east at Bowral onto the Illawarra Hwy and go through Wollongong.
The Monaro Highway between Canberra and Cann River in Victoria passes to the west of the ranges and you can turn
east at Queanbeyan to Bega.
Daily bus services operate along the Princes Highway between Melbourne and Sydney and there are daily services