South Coast magic

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To be on the South Coast of New South Wales during the autumn months is such a treat. The beaches, coves and bays are some of the most magical in all of Australia. We have been lucky enough to visit this area 3 or 4 times over the last few years and each time we fall more in love with the region.

This time around we have lucked into one of the best swells on the east coast since last June and I can tell you there are stacks of spots that can handle the juice. Add to that some super warm water, days in the mid twenties and offshore winds and you have got a pretty epic surf trip combo.

One of the absolute highlights of our last 16 months on the road was swimming with Fur Seals off Narooma a week ago. I can’t believe we have been to the South Coast 4 times and this was our first experience with playful critters.



Narooma is a major draw card if you love animals. Seals bask on the break wall and huge stingrays fill the estuary on dusk. The bird life is prolific and if you are a little adventurous you can take a short boat ride to Montague Island and snorkel with New Zealand and Australian fur seals. This was a huge highlight for our family and we recommend it. The seals are curious, playful and seem really excited to have us visit their colony. We ventured out with the awesome guys from Underwater safaris, the Roobois tea and home baked blueberry and chia seed muffins were an added bonus!

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The whole south coast has spectacular rocks along the shore lines. You don’t have to be a photographer to appreciate the views. Australia Rock is the perfect place to watch the sunrise, then take a walk along the break wall and spot the seals. Glass House rock is another spot to check out along the coast,unfortunately for us, after all the rain it was like a giant mud slippery dip to get down the cliff…eeeek!! There are ample walking tracks to explore, so take your time.




The beaches are crystal clear and super inviting, Take a dip at the protected bar beach or venture to the other side of the break wall to get amongst the open ocean swells. There are many surfing options and so few people to share them with. We found some great beach, reef and rock walls setups south and north of Narooma.

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