Roadtrip the Princes Highway, South Coast

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Roadtrip the Princes Highway, South Coast – Coastal Wonder

Roadtrip the Princes Highway, South Coast and you’ll discover a stack of unique attractions just waiting for you to rock up and check ’em out. So, grab your sunnies, crank up the tunes, and get ready for an absolute ripper of a road trip! Accommodation is half way through this route in Travellarks handpicked accommodation in the Tilba region. Now here’s where the real fun begins…

From Wollongong to Bega

Wollongong

  • Distance to Shellharbour: Approx. 20 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 25 mins.
  • Welcome to Wollongong – where the vibes are as laid-back as they come, and there’s a lot of attractions to check out! First up, kick things off with a visit to the Nan Tien Temple – it’s seriously huge (the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere) and once you’ve had your fill of zen vibes, it’s time to head to some top-notch eateries like Babyface Kitchen or Lee and Me – they’ll sort you out with delicious meals. Try Babyface Kitchen, for  modern Aussie dishes with a twist, or Lee and Me – great sandwiches and specialty coffee in a very cosy space. You can explore the chilled vibes of Wollongong Botanic Gardens or soak up the sun at North Wollongong Beach and don’t miss the chance to experience history at the iconic Wollongong Head Lighthouse. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not tackle the zipline at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures? Or if you’re more of a laid-back type, opt for a cruisy rainforest walk instead. For a bit of entertainment, head over to the WIN Entertainment Centre – they’ve always got something fun going on. And before you head off, don’t forget to take a scenic drive along the Sea Cliff Bridge – the views are absolutely epic!

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Shellharbour

  • Distance to Kiama: Approx. 15 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 16 min
  • Welcome to Shellharbour! Start your adventure by diving into the local history at the Shellharbour City Museum. Then, grab a bite at awesome spots like Relish on Addison or the Oak Flats Bowling & Recreation Club. For some serious thrills, hit up Bass Point Reserve or take the plunge with Skydive Oz for an epic skydiving sesh. Don’t miss the laid-back vibes at Killalea State Park, perfect for catching some waves or just chilling on the beach. There’s Shellharbour South Beach and Warilla Beach to enjoy then wrap up your day with a cruisy stroll along the Shellharbour foreshore, soaking in the epic views. Shellharbour is ready to show you an amazing time filled with culture, good food, and adventure!

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Kiama

  • Distance to Nowra: Approx. 42 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 36 min
  • Welcome to Kiama – a fantastic spot on your Roadtrip the Princes Highway, South Coast, where you’re in for a great time! Explore some awesome experiences like the iconic Blowhole and Lighthouse and don’t miss the Kiama Coastal Walk for stunning coastal scenery, or venture to the Minnamurra Rainforest for a lush green escape. Take in panoramic views from Saddleback Mountain Lookout, or sample local delights at the Kiama Farmers’ Market (selling local produce and handmade crafts) and the Seaside Markets. When it’s time to refuel, grab a bite at The Hungry Monkey for brekkie or brunch, or Olive & Vine, whipping up some tasty dishes and yummo desserts. For a meal with a ripper view, Penny Whistler’s the go. And if you’re keen to snag some local goodies, make sure to swing by the Kiama Farmers’ Market for some top-notch produce and treats and handmade crafts. Just make sure you hit the waves at Kiama’s surf beaches at some point or simply soak up the Kiama sunshine.

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Nowra

  • Distance to Ulladulla: Approx. 64 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 1 hour
  • Welcome to Nowra – you’re in for a real treat! Start by checking out the Shoalhaven River, perfect for fishing or a relaxing boat cruise. Don’t miss the Fleet Air Arm Museum for some fascinating aviation history and for nature lovers, the Bomaderry Creek Walking Track and Morton National Park is great for a hike or the waves at Seven Mile Beach are definitely worth it. You can take a scenic drive to Cambewarra Lookout for panoramic views of the surrounding area or Shoalhaven Zoo for an up-close encounter with some native Australian wildlife. When hunger strikes, head to Wharf Rd for delicious fresh seafood and cocktails, or try The Deli on Kinghorne for gourmet sandwiches and great coffee. A visit to the Nowra Farmers’ Market for local goodies is a must too. You can also hop on board a river cruise along the Shoalhaven River for a relaxing day on the water. And don’t forget to treat yourself to some gelato from Hyper Hyper Café – the perfect way to end your day in Nowra!

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Ulladulla

  • Distance to Batemans Bay: Approx. 55 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 47 min
  • Welcome to Ulladulla – a chill spot on the South Coast with its pretty harbour – perfect for fishing or just soaking in the laid-back vibes. Don’t miss the chance to hop on a dolphin watching cruise for a rad marine adventure. When it comes to cafes, you’re spoilt for choice here. Try Rick Stein at Bannisters for some epic seafood dishes, or hit up the Native Cafe & General Store for a cosy atmosphere and brekky that hits the spot. For a taste of the local scene, The Treehouse Cafe serves up killer coffee and homemade treats that’ll leave you wanting more. Ulladulla’s also home to epic outdoor adventures. Take a stroll along the beautiful Mollymook Beach, or check out Warden Head Lighthouse for killer coastal views. Want something different? Give stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking along the tranquil waters of Ulladulla Harbour a go – it’s a blast! If you’re into history, don’t miss the historic Milton Theatre for some cool live performances. And if shopping’s your thing, Ulladulla has unique shops and boutiques to explore. Before you call it a day, make a bee -line to the Ulladulla Harbour Markets for some local goodies. And don’t forget to treat yourself to some gelato from King’s Point Ice Creamery – the perfect way to cap off your day in Ulladulla!

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Batemans Bay

  • Distance to Moruya: Approx. 26 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 21 min
  • Welcome to Batemans Bay – a laid-back gem on your Roadtrip the Princes Highway, South Coast! Dive into awesome experiences and attractions like the stunning Clyde River, perfect for fishing or a cruisy boat ride. Don’t miss a scenic river cruise for an unforgettable marine adventure. When hunger hits, Batemans Bay has you covered with delicious eats. Swing by JJ’s at The Marina for mouth watering seafood and waterfront views, or grab a slice at Sam’s Pizzeria for wood-fired pizzas that hit the spot. For a cosy vibe and great coffee, head to the Bay Cafe for homemade treats. Explore Surf Beach for sandy shores or get up close with Aussie wildlife at Birdland Animal Park. Try kayaking or paddle boarding along Batemans Bays tranquil waters for a blast! and before wrapping up, snag some local goodies at the Batemans Bay Sunday Market and treat yourself to gelato from Bridge Plaza Gelato – the perfect way to end your day in Batemans Bay!

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Moruya

  • Distance to Narooma: Approx. 45 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 41m
  • Welcome to Moruya – a cosy corner on the South Coast with plenty to see and do like cruising along the scenic Moruya River, hit the Moruya Golf Club for a round with stunning views, or cast a line for some fresh catches. If you don’t catch your lunch, head to The River Moruya for just caught seafood dishes and stunning waterfront views, or the Moruya Waterfront Hotel for hearty pub grub with a local twist. Need a caffeine fix? Swing by The River Moruya Café for a laid-back atmosphere and killer coffee. Explore the local markets for farm-fresh goodies and handmade treasures, and take a leisurely stroll afterwards through the Botanic Garden for a dose of green. Don’t forget to swing by the Moruya Museum to learn about the area’s history of gold mining and timber milling, or the Moruya Heads lookout for panoramic views of the coastline and river mouth. Every Saturday are the markets with a variety of local produce, crafts, and food stalls and before you call it a day, treat yourself to a scoop (or two!) of home-made gelato from Moruya Ice Creamery – the perfect sweet ending to your Moruya adventure.
  • For a bit of a detour, spend some extra time in Broulee, 15 – 20 mins away with its stunning stretch of coastline with pristine sands and crystal-clear waters, ideal for swimming and surfing.

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Narooma

  • Distance to Bermagui: Approx. 38 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 38 min
  • Welcome to Narooma – Roadtrip the Princes Highway, South Coast, and Narooma offers unique adventures like snorkelling with seals at Montague Island – a wildlife sanctuary and home to penguins, seals and birdlife or you can go exploring the stunning Glasshouse Rocks and Australia Rock. And don’t forget to tee off at Narooma championship golf course for some epic views while playing a round. When you’re feeling peckish, try Quarterdeck Narooma for seafood with waterfront views or The Whale Restaurant for some modern Aussie dishes/ Take a chilled-out walk along the Narooma boardwalk for unreal coastal views or head to the Montague Island Lighthouse for breathtaking scenery and a chance to spot some wildlife. And if you’re up for more, don’t miss the Narooma Marine Discovery Centre to learn about marine life or join a boat tour to see the famous Australia Rock. Nature lovers can hike or cycle along the Narooma to Dalmeny cycleway, offering stunning coastal views, and fishing enthusiasts can try their luck at catching local seafood delicacies. Keep an eye out for whales too, as Narooma is a popular spot for whale watching during migration season.
  • Spend some days in Travellarks handpicked accommodation in Tilba, south of Narooma.

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Bermagui

  • Distance to Bega: Approx. 62 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 50min
  • Welcome to Bermagui – brimming with additional attractions to explore. Venture to Camel Rock or Horse Head Rock. both iconic rock formations resembling a camel and horse in stunning coastal scenery. if you’re wildlife enthusiasts, visit to the Bermagui National Park with a chance to spot native birds, kangaroos, and even echidnas in their natural habitat. Don’t miss out on deep-sea fishing or scenic boat cruises from Bermagui Harbour – you might even spot some dolphins or whales! And when you’re feeling hungry, swing by the Fishermen’s Wharf for some seriously fresh seafood straight from the boats. Plus, there’s the vibrant local arts scene at Bermagui Community Centre and Four Winds Gallery, showcasing excellent, regional artists. And of course, make sure to visit the Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf for a taste of fresh seafood straight from the boats and a chance to see local fishermen in action! Lastly, you’ve got to take a dip in the very popular Bermagui Blue Pool, a natural rock pool of crystal clear water and an unforgettable Bermagui experience!

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Bega

  • Distance to Tathra: Approx. 18 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 19 min
  • Welcome to Bega – First up, take a leisurely stroll through the Bega Valley Regional Gallery, then treat yourself to some seriously tasty dairy treats at the historic Bega Cheese Heritage Centre and learn the history of Bega Cheese with interactive exhibits and tastings while you’re there. Feeling hungry? Head to The River Moruya for the freshest seafood at The River Moruya, or hit up Longstocking Brewery & Pizzeria for some awesome wood-fired pizzas. Craving a caffeine fix? Swing by Wildcat Espresso for expertly brewed coffee and delectable pastries. Now, let’s talk nature! Check out Mimosa Rocks National Park for stunning beaches, cool rock formations and crystal-clear waters to dive into. or have fun kayaking with Bega River kayaking tours. If you’re into history, Candelo’s got you covered with its cute old buildings and awesome markets. For those who love a bit of action, saddle up with South Coast Trails for a horseback adventure, or get up close and personal with Aussie wildlife at Potoroo Palace Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Tathra

  • Distance to Merimbula: Approx. 20 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 21 min
  • Welcome to Tathra – where the vibe is laid-back and the ocean views are stunning! Start your adventure at the iconic Tathra Wharf, where you can soak in the maritime history and enjoy those incredible sea panoramas. After that, why not dive into the crystal-clear waters of Tathra Beach? Whether you’re up for a swim or keen to catch some waves with a surf lesson, there’s no shortage of fun here! Feeling hungry? Tathra has you covered with some awesome dining spots. Head over to The Tathra Hotel for some seriously tasty seafood and chill vibes, or pop by Tathra Beach Café for a brunch that comes with panoramic coastal views. and afterwards, take a leisurely stroll along the Tathra Headland to spot dolphins, and soak in breathtaking sunsets. Nature lovers, don’t miss Bournda National Park nearby, with its tranquil bushwalks and hidden beaches – it’s the perfect spot to unwind and connect with nature. And for those seeking thrills, why not try your hand at group or personalised surf lessons or even mountain biking on the Tathra Mountain Bike Trails, offering stunning coastal views and exhilarating rides.

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Merimbula

  • Distance to Eden: Approx. 26 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 27 min
  • Welcome to Merimbula, on your Roadtrip the Princes Highway, South Coast – where you’ll find a perfect mix of nature and fun. Start your day at local favourites like Cranky Cafe, serving up tasty seafood and local treats. Then, why not explore the fascinating marine life at the Merimbula Aquarium or soak up the sun at Main Beach? It’s got gentle waves and golden sands, ideal for a family day out with picnic spots aplenty. Feeling adventurous? Head over to Magic Mountain Family Fun Park for some thrilling water slides and arcade games. And if you’re a fan of oysters, just a quick 13-minute drive away in Broadwater, you can hop on a Kayak and Shuck Tour for a unique experience. Don’t forget to take a stroll along the scenic Merimbula Boardwalk for stunning coastal views and maybe spot some birds. And just outside of town, Potoroo Palace offers up-close encounters with Aussie wildlife.

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Eden

  • Welcome to Eden -with a little something for everyone! First up, don’t miss the Eden Killer Whale Museum – it’s a real gem, offering fascinating insights into the area’s whaling history. And you’ve got to visit Ben Boyd National Park with stunning coastal scenery and some epic hiking trails that’ll take you through lush forests and along breathtaking cliffs. And make sure to swing by the Green Cape Lighthouse – it’s like something straight out of a postcard with its panoramic views of the ocean. If you love unique experiences, head to Lookout Point for some prime whale watching – it’s an absolute must during the migration season. And don’t forget to explore the historic whaling precinct while you’re here – it’s full of stories from days gone by. If you like hiking, the Light to Light Walk is a beautiful trail that’ll take you through rugged coastal landscapes, with plenty of stunning views along the way. Quarantine Bay Beach provides a secluded retreat for swimming, picnicking, or simply unwinding by the water’s edge. Don’t miss the bustling activity of Eden Wharf, where you can observe fishing boats in action or try your hand at casting a line. Don’t miss Eden Wharf’s bustling activity or the panoramic views of Twofold Bay and the coastline from Rotary Park Lookout.
  • Just a short drive away, Edrom Lodge invites visitors to immerse themselves in tranquil gardens, scenic walking trails, and abundant bird watching opportunities.

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After your Roadtrip the Princes Highway, South Coast, you’re likely feeling exhilarated and fulfilled, having experienced the diverse landscapes, charming towns, and captivating attractions along the way. Ready to plan another? Take a look at our fabulous Australian Roadtrips, and start planning another adventure with Travellarks.

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