The perfect three day itinerary to visit the south coast of NSW
Seachangers Lachie & Rose from Somethings Wild have helped us craft a dreamy three day itinerary that is perfect for couples or families. As locals, they have chosen their favourite destinations on the south coast that are within easy driving distance from Canberra, Wollongong or Sydney.
Day 1 - Kangaroo Valley and waterfall spotting
Morning coffee and breakfast at The General Store in Kangaroo Valley before spending some time looking in the lovely gift shops.Mid morning Head up to Belmore Falls for a half day hike and swim at the base of the waterfall.
There’s another waterfall called Fitter Falls which is also great but a little more touristy.Afternoon Head into Robertson for a bite to eat and a beer at the Robinson Public House & Kitchen while you enjoy the last of the South Coast sun. You definitely earned it after that hike back up from the water fall.
If there’s still some light left and you’re driving back through Kangaroo Valley. Stop in at Bendeela Recreation Area to see the Wombats grazing on the grass. The Closer to dark to more chance of seeing them!
Day 2 - Jervis Bay and Booderee National Park
Do yourself a favour and wake up early to catch sunrise over the bay while you enjoy your morning cuppa. Our favourite spot is Greenfields Beach. If you’re racing to see the sunrise you can stop at the beach carpark on Beach St at Huskisson Beach. Walking along the path here is just beautiful! Keep your eyes out for pods of Dolphins that often swim past.Morning: Head into Husky for break at one of the many cafes. Our favourites are 5 Little Pigs and Pilgrims Cafe. Stock up on some snacks for a full day of exploring Booderee National Park.
Start driving out to the Booderee National Park. You’ll need to grab a parks pass at the gates which is super easy. You can do this online to save time. The pass is for 2 days so you can finish your exploring the next day if you didn’t fit enough in.
Start your adventure with a short walk to the historic lighthouse (Cape St George Lighthouse). This feels like you’ve just stepped back in time. The ruins of the old lighthouse sit up on massive cliffs that overhang the ocean, a must do as part of your NSW South Coast itinerary.Next stop – Steamers Beach. A short 20 min walk from the carpark, this beach is pretty wild. You’ll likely be the only ones there! It can be a bit rough with big swell, so be careful here. There’s just something so nice and rugged about this beach and if you walk all the way down to the end there’s some really cool rocks and coves.
Head over to Hyams Beach Cafe for lunch and another swim at the whitest sand in the world! (Hot TIP: most of the beaches in the bay have the same sand!) If Hyams is busy which it usually, take a left at the cafe towards Chinamans Beach. This one is just as nice or even more beautiful in our opinion.Stop in at the Botanical Gardens for a short walk. If you were prepared and packed lunch you could set up a picnic here which would be super nice under the trees. Theres usually Kangaroo hanging around the gardens too!
There aren’t too many high spots to catch sunset around the bay so we usually like to head to the Jervis Bay Brewing Co for an arvo of craft beers and live music. They have a different food truck serving goodies every night.
Day 3 - Milton and the Mountains
So depending on the energy levels and how many beers went down a the brewery we would highly recommend driving down to Milton. There’s plenty of cute gift shops, cafes and bakeries. We would suggest Peach Cafe for the best coffee and breaky. ( The Mushroom toastie is epic! ) Load up some pastries and grab yourself a loaf of fresh sourdough at the bakery up the street called Flour Water Salt.
If you’re up for a hike, jump in the car and drive 20 mins Southwest to Pigeon House Mountain. This hike is a pretty intense 3-4 hour return walk. The views from the top make it all worth it! You can see over the whole coastline. Our biggest recommendation would be to do this hike for sunrise. But honestly, anytime of the day you’ll still have gorgeous views!
Coffee stop – Milk Haus On the drive back towards Milton, there’s a cute little farmhouse cafe and BnB called Milk Haus. Stop in here for a coffee or fresh brewed chai and see which homemade cakes the lovely ladies have whipped up. This place feels like you’re going to your mums or grannies for afternoon tea. It has such a lovely homey feeling about it.
Swim – MollymookIf you’re still panting and hot from the hike back down the mountain then we would suggest heading into Mollymook for a swim at the beach. Everyone goes to North Mollymook beach but parking can be horrendous. Anywhere long this beach is beautiful and it’s huge so you’re spoilt for options here.
Afternoon/sunset – If you took the early morning sunrise hike and still have some time in the afternoon, we would suggest going to Cuppits Estate for a tasting and cheese board.
We love the Viognier, Rosie’s Rose and the Dusty Dog Shiraz. This is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the countryside and finish off your long weekend itinerary of exploring the lovely NSW South Coast.