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The best South Coast getaway destinations

With the weather heating up and holidays on the horizon, the beach is looking more and more tempting.

The South Coast provides kilometres of untainted coast, an abundance of native wildlife, mouth-watering seafood and an array of picturesque locations for a perfect weekend holiday. Take a look at our top picks of coastal getaways from Wollongong’s neighbouring town, Kiama to the far South Coast gem, Boydtown.


The Sebel Harbourside Kiama sits alongside Kiama Harbour and provides unmatched views (Image: The Sebel Harbourside Kiama)

The Sebel Harbourside at Kiama is just 90 minutes from the Sydney CBD and is the perfect haven to explore the historic township of Kiama. Close to the Kiama Blowhole, historic terrace shops, Kiama Lighthouse, Bombo and Kiama beach, The Sebel offers deluxe accommodation, dining options and views of the ocean, garden and town. Close by, Gerringong’s Crooked River and Roselea Vineyards await wine-lovers with private wine tastings while the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk and the Minnamurra Rainforest will satisfy nature-lovers.

Where: 31 Shoalhaven Street, Kiama
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LATITUDE 34 is a luxurious private pad in the modest town of Gerroa (Image: LATITUDE 34)

Just 10 minutes from Kiama, Latitude 34 is a luxurious beach house in the quiet headland village of Gerroa. The beach house features three large bedrooms and two bathrooms, a saltwater infinity pool, coastal-inspired decor, modern architecture and is located just steps away from Gerroa Headland, Shelley Beach and Seven Mile Beach. Whale and dolphin-spotting is a must-do, with glimpses almost certainly guaranteed. This beachside location would be perfect for a larger group of friends or an extended family as it accommodates for up to six people.

Where: 140 Headland Drive, Gerroa
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Mollymook’s Bannisters Hotels – the Pavilion and Bannisters by the Sea – sets high standards of seaside luxury by making the most of the town’s spectacular scenery. The diverse accommodation and dining group is home to Rick Stein at Bannisters, an award-winning project by the world-renowned chef which prides itself on adapting the area’s best seafood into divine dishes. Bannisters by the Sea offers clifftop rooms including two unique Collette Dinnigan penthouses, terrace, courtyard and luxury suites and spa retreat rooms, while Bannisters Pavilion is home to penthouses and classic rooms and is a mere 80 metres from Mollymook Beach.

Where: Bannisters Pavilion – 87 Tallwood Avenue, Mollymook Beach
Bannisters by the Sea – 191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook Beach
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Cupitt’s Winery Cottage is the ultimate historic boutique retreat (Image: Visit NSW)

Amongst Cupitt Winery’s brewery, fromagerie, farm, veggie garden, cellar and kitchen lies a 100-year-old 2 bedroom cottage. Cupitt’s Cottage features an original stone fireplace, antique furniture, a sprawling garden and a complete kitchen to help you get back to nature. Cupitt’s Kitchen and the Cellar Door is just 100 metres away, while fishing spots and walking tracks will keep you preoccupied. The Cottage is ideal for either couples or larger families, with a capacity of four people. A weekend two-night stay starts at $575 while a mid-week stay starts at $475.

Where: Cupitt’s Cottage at Cupitt’s Winery, 58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla
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Bawley Cottage is an abode for those looking for a break from the city (Image: Bawley Cottage)

Nestled between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay is a small village by the name of Bawley Point. Over five kilometres away from the Princes Highway, Bawley Point is home to just 700 residents, a handful of caravan parks, an abundance of native wildlife and some untouched beaches of the South Coast. Bawley Cottage is hidden amongst the village and is an oasis for wildlife, with wallabies, kangaroos and birds frequently lazing in the garden. The Cottage starts at $150 a night and accommodates for up to four people.

Where: Sunseeker Drive, Bawley Point
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The Bower at Broulee is perhaps the most secluded getaway on the South Coast (image: The Bower at Broulee)

The Bower offers a unique style of accommodation and caters exclusively for couples. Each bower or cottage is situated 100 metres away from each other, creating a secluded, romantic abode and encouraging maximum relaxation. The Bower’s Premium and Ultimate Spa Bowers contain a double spa and full-length windows to bring nature even closer. For those up for a little glamping, the Bambino AirStream is a glamorous caravan fully renovated into a stylish and comfortable space with its very own sprawling garden.

Where: 2352 George Bass Drive, Broulee
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The Seahorse Inn pays homage to the town’s great history (Image: The Seahorse Inn)

Just before the New South Wales-Victorian border, a small historic settlement town sits quietly, attracting tourists hoping for a short break from their coastal trips. In 1843, pioneer Benjamin Boyd had great visions for the town and made plans for a port, inns, churches and a lighthouse, however, his finances collapsed, leaving The Seahorse Inn as a lonely seaside development and ultimately making the town an abandoned area. In 2006, The Inn was totally refurbished and it is now home to sprawling lawns, lush gardens, boutique rooms, a cocktail lounge and an a la carte restaurant. In the off-season, rooms start at $183 and in peak season, $215.

Where: Boydtown Park Road, Boydtown
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See our article, “Secrets of the South Coast” for tips on some of the best places to eat on the South Coast

(Featured Image: The Sebel Harbourside Kiama)