If you’re looking for an indulgent and romantic escape, the breathtaking South Coast of New South Wales is the perfect location. This idyllic region boasts a myriad of incredibly romantic experiences, dreamy accommodation, world-class food and drinks and stunning coastline and countryside.

Even better? It’s just 2 hours from Sydney or Canberra, so you can spend less time travelling and more time enjoying your romantic escape.

We’ve rounded up our favourite romantic activities, places to stay and ways to get there to help you create your very own enchanting escape to the Southern NSW Coast.

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1. Load up on aphrodisiacs.

Down a dirt track in Greenwell Point, you’ll find Jim Wild’s Oysters – an oyster farm and delightfully rustic shack owned by the man himself. Jim has won many accolades throughout the years including the title of fastest oyster shucker in the world! It’s a family run business, and his daughter Sally has just been crowned Australia’s fastest female oyster shucker for the third consecutive year!

Be sure to set aside some time to head here for lunch – order them freshly shucked by the dozen. It’s BYO, so take a beer or bottle of Riesling to wash them down. If you’re short on time, buy them unopened to takeaway and enjoy at home. Top Tip: we can organise to have a dozen waiting for you in the fridge upon arrival, alongside a chilled bottle of fizz.

Just ask us about our concierge service.

2. Buy world-class wine in Berry.

Make a stop at Justin Lill Wines on the main street in Berry to buy some wine for your cosy nights in. This boutique store is packed with interesting wines and specialist craft beers and the team are always happy to recommend something special to enjoy back at your holiday home.

Whether you meet Justin himself, or one of his friendly team, you’re guaranteed to receive warm service and expert recommendations.They love matching wines to occasions, so don’t be shy in telling them what you’re looking for. 

3. Ride off into the sunset.

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What could be more romantic than an afternoon horse riding, topped off with a champagne picnic? With Bella Cavallo, you can ride through the beautiful National Park of the NSW Coast, enjoying gorgeous trail rides and indulge in a picnic to refuel.

4. Tea for two.

The Berry Tea Shop does the very best scones with jam and cream along with a wide variety  of tea options. Grab a table for two and enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea – the owners Cliff and Paulina make everything by hand and you can taste the love in every bite. This place is cute and cosy, so be sure to book a spot to avoid disappointment.

PS: The No.2 Deluxe South Coast Breakfast is divine! It can sell out so be sure to stock up.

5. Cliffnics

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The most adventurous date ever!

Let Outdoor Raw take you to the beautiful Shoalhaven region for a picnic with a twist! Enjoy delectable local produce whilst suspended from the amazing Shoalhaven cliffs! Upgrade to their premium package to choose the most remote location which includes premium local produce, opportunities to take polaroid pictures and to play music… hello proposal opportunity.

Psssst. Speak with us about helping you create the ultimate proposal. From small gestures to grandiose wow moments, we have the means and the know how.  

6. Native ingredient dinners.

Down a dirt track in Greenwell Point, you’ll find Jim Wild’s Oysters – an oyster farm and delightfully rustic shack owned by the man himself. Jim has won many accolades throughout the years including the title of fastest oyster shucker in the world! It’s a family run business, and his daughter Sally has just been crowned Australia’s fastest female oyster shucker for the third consecutive year!

Be sure to set aside some time to head here for lunch – order them freshly shucked by the dozen. It’s BYO, so take a beer or bottle of Riesling to wash them down. If you’re short on time, buy them unopened to takeaway and enjoy at home. Top Tip: we can organise to have a dozen waiting for you in the fridge upon arrival, alongside a chilled bottle of fizz.

Just ask us about our concierge service.

7. Wine tasting.

Whilst in the area for lunch at Bangalay, make sure to add on some cellar door visits and sample some beautiful local varietals. We love Silos Estate Cellar Door, nestled in the lush countryside near Berry, Coolangatta Estate, Two Figs Winery and Cambewarra Estate Winery, situated at the foothills of the majestic Cambewarra Mountain.

If you want to leave the car at home, we can organise a luxury winery tour for you, or even a helicopter winery tour direct from your accommodation!

8. Sunset cruising.

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Jervis Bay Sailing Charters provide intimate access to Jervis Bay’s pristine Marine Preserve and Booderee National Park. Charter their beautiful sailing catamaran for a unique, unhurried taste of Jervis Bay under the quiet of full sail. Head out during the day and combine snorkelling and dolphin spotting or set sail at sunset for a truly romantic encounter.

After a day or early evening on the water, why not arrive home to a luxury dinner for two? We can organise a divine dinner to be ready at your holiday property with local caterers Dine In By Brook, Caterina, Season and Savour or Hampden Deli.

9. Sundowners at The Huskisson

This is where you’ll find the locals gathered on a Friday night. Overlooking the water, this relaxed vibey pub is the perfect place for a late afternoon drink. They have heaps of amazing weekly specials including happy hour from 3pm-5pm, $12 Aperol Spritz, meal deals and DJs serving up relaxed sunset tunes on a Friday night. Grab a seat on the deck, order a margarita and enjoy your front row seat for a spectacular sunset.

10. Dining at Paperbark Camp

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The Gunyah treetop dining room at Paperbark Camp is a dining experience not to be missed. Dine amongst the treetops and enjoy the beautiful breeze rustling through the leaves and soak up the atmosphere. Tables are strewn with candles so the whole place glows- totally romantic. With delicious food and specially selected regional wines served by the most professional and friendly staff… there’s no doubt that dining in the Gunyah is a highlight.

Top tip: keep your eyes peeled for the native possums that often come right up to the balcony in the evening!

Secluded and intimate accommodation

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Whether you opt for beachside bliss and a secluded forest hideaway, we have some of the most intimate and special places to stay in the South Coast.

Want to cosy up, relax and get back to nature? The Hideaway is a luxurious and unique ‘tiny home’ nestled in the beautiful Australian bush. You’re guaranteed privacy and seclusion – ideal for a romantic escape for two. This home is small, but perfectly formed. With a sundrenched deck, luxurious king size bed and gorgeous bathroom, it’s time to relax and reconnect. We know how little luxuries make all the difference, and as such, all Supercalla properties come with fluffy robes, slippers and luxurious bathroom amenities.

Hot tip: Let us organise a hamper to be waiting for you upon arrival with locally sourced cheese, artisan cheeses and a range of delectable treats.

If you want to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean and take sunset strolls along the beach, Minerva in Jervis Bay is the place for you. This stunning cottage near the beach is ideal for a couple’s getaway. The sun-filled rooms are bright and beautifully furnished so you can enjoy the view inside as much as out. When night falls, head outside to the outdoor fire pit and toast marshmallows under the stars.

Hot tip: Treat yourselves to a couples massage to start your holiday relaxed and rejuvenated. We can recommend the best local spas, or if you want to maximise time in this beautiful house, we can organise for a mobile masseuse to come to you!  

If you want to combine a romantic escape with some incredible foodie experiences; try Luna, nestled in a quiet pocket of Huskisson. Take a stroll from the house and you’ll find cute cafes, restaurants in tree houses and craft beer breweries to explore and indulge in. When you get back, sink into the huge free-standing bathtub – this is relaxation at its finest.

Hot tip: Elevate your beach day with a touch of luxury by indulging in freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters and chilled champagne. Return from a day exploring to find your fridge stocked with your favourite treats, all arranged by a personal concierge service.

Luxurious accommodation for life’s extra special moments

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Celebrating something really special? If you’ve got a big anniversary coming up, or even a proposal, these ultra-lux properties are an incredible place to make memories you’ll never forget.

The sticks is Kangaroo Valley’s most spectacular home. An architectural work of art, offering unrivalled luxury and indulgence for your special getaway. In Summer enjoy the generous entertaining deck with tiered seating overlooking the beautiful Kangaroo Valley River, and on colder evenings snuggle in front of the roaring fireplace and marvel at the wilderness outside.

Villa Salina combines beachfront luxury with Bali-inspired tranquillity. Just steps from Callala Beach, this stunning coastal home is made for relaxing and embracing the sun-kissed lifestyle. Villa Salina is made for sandy feet, salty skin, and that true holiday feeling. Watch dolphins cruise by in the bay and soak up the sunrise with your cup of coffee. Romance at its finest!

Romantic ways to travel to the South Coast

Getting there is half the fun! Whilst the South Coast of NSW is only a couple of hours drive from Sydney or Canberra, why not start the holiday the moment you leave the house and travel in style?

  • Hire a limo and stretch out, sipping your favourite drink as you wind your way out of the city to the coast. Kiama Limousines, South Coast Limousines or  Bayside Limousines all service the South Coast of NSW.
  • If time is of the essence, combine a pleasure flight with your holiday and arrive at the Southern Coast by helicopter.  Enjoy spectacular views over the coastline and Kangaroo Valley before arriving at your destination in no time at all. Barranca and the sticks can both accommodate a helicopter landing. 
  • Want to add a touch of old school glamour to your holiday? Board the famous Kiama Picnic Train from Sydney, Sutherland or Wollongong and relax in your heritage carriage as the beautiful 1952 steam train winds its way through the Royal National Park. We can organise transfers from Kiama Station to your accommodation to make the journey seamless and stress-free.
  • If you want the flexibility of self-driving, but want to take things up a gear, hire a prestige or sports car and enjoy the open road in style. Prestige Rentals has an incredible selection of vehicles from Lamborghini and Ferrari to Bentley and Rolls Royce.  

The NSW Coast has something to suit every couple looking to escape reality and reconnect. You’ll leave walking on a cloud and more in love than ever. To start planning your romantic escape, check out our range of properties or get in touch so we can help you plan your dream holiday for two.

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