The south coast of New South Wales is all rather low-key and family-oriented, with green dairylands and small fishing villages. There are a few wildlife and amusement parks to keep the children happy, and plenty of opportunities to cast a rod or relax on a sunny beach. Exposed parts on this stretch of the coast are perfect for surfing, while the numerous coastal lakes, bays and inlets are suited for swimming, windsurfing, sailing or canoeing. Away from the ocean there’s some superb rugged scenery, with some great bushwalking and horseriding in the forest-clad, mountainous hinterland.

Give yourself four or more days to drive the scenic Princes Highway and appreciate the beautiful coastline. The area between Jervis Bay and Batemans Bay in particular can get busy during the summer months, especially from Christmas to the end of January, and prices rise accordingly.

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