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Destination guide

Everything went south – Australia's stellar South Coast

Between Sydney in the north and the Victoria border in the south, the South Coast is a scenic stretch of shoreline that runs along the Tasman Sea. The popular summer destination is known for its secluded, sandy beaches and a wealth of protected national parks, and you can find a number of mid-sized towns dotting the A1 highway that runs parallel to the coast. With everything from historic architecture and charming residential areas to picturesque shoreline and wooded mountain peaks, South Coast vacation rentals offer easy access to some of Australia's most striking scenery.

Things to do

You're history – the South Coast's sights, culture and more

Just a short drive south of Sydney, the city of Nowra offers plenty of cultural attractions. Aviation history abounds at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, and you can see examples of the area's early architecture at the Werninck Craft Cottage and the Meroogal House, a 19th-century Gothic-style dwelling that now offers history exhibits and guided tours. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the wildlife displays at the Shoalhaven Zoo, while Magic Mountain Merimbula offers numerous rides and attractions, including roller coasters,mini-golf and a treetop ropeway.

Activities

Head outdoors – natural splendour on the South Coast

Hear that? It's the call of the wild – and the South Coast has everything you need to answer accordingly. In the region's numerous national parks, you'll find plenty of hiking trails, campsites and epic clifftop views, while the nearby mountains offer loads of striking forest scenery. Down at sea level, you can take advantage of the broad, sandy beaches along the Tasman Sea, and swimming, surfing and other waterfront activities are big business here. Humpback whales can be seen on their annual migration off the coast, and whale-watching tours are popular between May and November.

Weather

Sweet mild o' mine – temperate weather on the South Coast

Fairly temperate all throughout the year, the climate of the South Coast ranges from humid subtropical to oceanic. Summers are warm to hot, with average highs around 28 degrees between December and February. Winters are cooler, generally ranging from 7 to 17 degrees in June and July. Rainfall is relatively common all throughout the year, with the bulk of it falling between November and April. The area's popular with summer visitors, and you'll find that rates for South Coast vacation rentals are generally at their lowest during the cooler off-season months between autumn and spring.

Natural highlights

Seaside South Coast – millions of beaches, are they all for me?

A narrow band of shoreline between Sydney and the Victoria border, the South Coast lies along the Tasman Sea of the Pacific Ocean, and you'll find plenty of sandy beaches, seaside cliffs and rocky shoreline throughout the area. The region's numerous national parks feature everything from coastal mountains and dense woodland to verdant rainforests, open grassland and waterfalls. With such a vast expanse of shoreline in the area, you won't have any trouble finding South Coast vacation rentals with beach access or killer ocean views.

How many holiday accommodation are available around South Coast?

Our 2021 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 4,801 holiday rentals around South Coast. From 3,875 holiday houses to 36 farm stays, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around South Coast is on Stayz.