A Canberra Girls Guide To: The South Coast

The South Coast is a go-to for many Canberrans, being the closest beach and place to grab delicious fresh seafood, you’re probably pretty familiar with a few popular spots such as Ulladulla/Mollymook, Batemans Bay and Narooma.

From Tathra all the way up to Wollongong, there’s a bunch of places to spend your summer holidays with the family or friends. If you’re lucky enough to own a beach house you might spend a lot of your time in one spot with short trips to nearby beaches and eateries while you’re there. If you need some new hotspots we’re sharing our favourite places with you for some stay-spiration this summer.


Bega Cheese Factory

Bega is home to the Bega Cheese Factory, and it’s where all the delicious cheesy magic happens. You can visit the souvenir shop, eat some cheese and learn about the history of the Australian-owned business.

Mimosa Wines

This gorgeous winery is set on a 200 acre coastal valley property between the beach and national parks. Mimosa grow fine regional wines and serve fresh locally sourced food.

Not after a big meal, why not buy one of the delicious cheeses & biscuits from the cheese factory and a bottle of wine from Mimosa’s and head to the beach for a picnic

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The Waterfront Café Merimbula

A short drive from Bega city, this waters edge café in Merimbula is a must-visit for a satisfying breakfast while soaking up the sunshine. Try the pancakes with mascarpone, banana and maple. – We promise its totally worth the drive.


If you’re keen for a bit of adventure, camping and fishing, ‘Bermi’ is your spot. Famous for its fantastic deep-sea fishing and a place for relaxing with the ultimate picturesque serenity, you’ll be in nature heaven.

Visit the fisherman’s wharf complex for fresh fish and chips – literally straight from the boats on the surrounding docks.

Stay at the South Coast Holiday Park where you can camp, or hire a cabin. This one is situated right opposite Horseshoe Bay Beach, and is within walking distance of the shops, cafes, restaurants and boat ramps.


Mystery Bay is a beautiful little seaside town, with a campsite not far from the beach-front. In between Cobargo and Narooma, this is a native bush retreat for those wanting to visit somewhere much quieter than most other popular south coast destinations.

It may be too late in the season but this is the perfect location to spot migrating whales and dolphins. The best time is late September/October but there is always a couple of late comers.



Another ‘coastal hamlet’ is Bawley Point, quite hidden and private. This little town has a population of just 698 and provides a lovely setting for a home away from home with activities nearby if you want to dine or go on a little adventure.

Timbertops Horse Riding

A day to remember for the whole family – The Timbertops Stables have over 30 horses and encourage everyone of all ages and experience levels to join them for a leisurely trail ride.

Depot Beach Rainforest Walk

A beautiful white-sand beach backed onto a towering rainforest… SAY NO MORE. This walking track provides a great reason to get out and about.


One of the most popular beaches in Jervis Bay, this beauty stretches for a 90-minute walk if you’re up for it. Featuring some of the whitest sands in the world, you’ll be absolutely smitten. Perfect for a romantic trip for two, or a getaway to escape reality and soak up some sun.

Visit the Marine Park where you’ll very likely spy some bottlenose dolphins, seals, penguins and other cute creatures.

A short drive to Huskisson, Callala Bay & Vincentia – each spot has a selection of little fish and chips shops sure to hit the spot for lunch or dinner.



Famous for the Kiama Blowhole, this seaside town is also known for its wonderful community beachside farmers markets, fantastic walking trails, great fishing.

Kiama is also known for its shopping from antiques to locally made wares, you probably won’t be able to leave without picking up a few special gifts for yourself, or some friends.

Where’s your favourite place to visit on the South Coast?

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