The South Coast of New South Wales begins about one hour's drive south from Sydney and traverses the coastal strip south a further 350 kilometers to the Victorian border.
While the abundance of perfect, unspoiled beaches in the region is the main drawcard for the visitor, the magnificent hinterland encompassing the eastern escarpment, the vast national parks and wilderness areas and the pure waters of many coastal lakes and rivers are also major attractions. In a world of increasing population and environmental pressures, the unspoiled (once considered "under-developed") areas of the South Coast are now excellent reminders of how things used to be. Increasingly, this is being recognised as a major destination for "new tourism" where the emphasis is on "experiencing" rather than consuming. The message is "Tread softly ...and enjoy..."
Yet the NSW South Coast is more than just its magnificent natural environment. It is an important centre for the traditional Australian family holiday and in January, you may have to book ahead, as Australian families have their summer holidays "at the coast". Overnight and transit accomodation is still available at that time however, for those who wish to visit as part of a more extensive driving or point-to-point journey.
The wealth of artistic, creative and historical features of the region are the focus of its promotion also as a centre for "cultural tourism". The variety of art and craft galleries and townships, together with many historical features of European settlement and the rich Koori culture, reflect an appreciation of and a sense of harmony with the natural splendour of the region.
The visitor to the region should also be aware of its other attractions such as the great fishing, whale, dolphin and seal watching, the worlds best oysters and magnificent, affordable golf courses in all of its major towns.
We don't have any casinos however and few lavish resorts or high profile nightspots. Our towns are small and our services occasionally limited. But for those who would like to get away from city pressures and the pace of the modern world, the South Coast offers another dimension, surprisingly close to Sydney.
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