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Australia: South Coast
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The South Coast generally refers to the narrow coastal belt south of Sydney and Wollongong stretching to the border with Victoria. It is actually divided into 3 sub-regions: Shoalhaven, the Eurobodalla Nature Coast and the Sapphire Coast. Mainly populated and visited by residents from nearby Sydney and Canberra, the Shoalhaven region is a majestic stretch of coast endowed with white sand beaches, bays, interesting country towns and natural wonders. It is, after Sydney, the most popular tourist destination in New South Wales and over the last few decades, many people have chosen this tranquil area to retire. The crystal clear waters of the South Coast are famed for their fish, dolphins and migrating whales, but also for the unique surf arriving at the myriad of reefs, points and beachbreaks, providing a great release valve for Sydney surfers on a weekend mission.
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Around 220kms drive South of Sydney, on NSW’ pristine South Coast region, and hidden by a highway and a mountain range is the beautiful little seaside village of Bendalong. It takes about 3 hours by car, a little more by bus and about 4 weeks if you want to walk. It is known by most Sydney-siders that surf but by nobody from anywhere else. What gives Bendalong its charm is the fact that its so close to Sydney, but barely anyone goes there.
It’s surrounded by a National Park to the West so there is ‘heaps’ of Australian Wildlife and to the East.. well.. 6 of the most beautiful beaches with epic waves that you can find anywhere on earth. You see Bendalong is stuck out in the ocean on a Peninsular that used to be called ‘Red Head’. To the North there is the tranquil beach called Washerwomans that is absolutely perfect for learning. South of the point is Bendalong main beach which has perfect A-Frame style beach breaks right along it and catches almost every piece of swell that the ocean dishes up. Further South again (3 mins drive) is arguably the most beautiful beach of all. Conjola Beach sits at the entrance of Lake Conjola which glistens on sunset and is a beach break for all levels. But the main attraction at this location is Green Island and its very tasty 500 metre long left hand point break! Perfect walls that run forever and one of the South Coast’s hidden treasures. Woops.. maybe I shouldn’t have said…
Killalea State Park
The old farm that used to be here is now called Killalea State Park and the only history that can be seen are a few foundations of barns from a bygone era that used to stand here. While past surfers used to make the trek through the old farm and pay 20 cents at the gate to get in, it is now hidden from the road by a large housing estate that anyone can get to. It is managed by State Parks and is a beautiful mix of manicured grassland, lagoons, rolling hills, a campsite and two sensational surf beaches.
One of these beaches is called ‘The Farm’, for obvious and recently explained reasons and the other is called ‘Mystics’ aptly named after the fogs that roll over the cliffs in Winter time from which Mystical (and perfect) waves appear.
While Mystics is strictly for ‘advanced’ surfers only due to its incredible power and thick hollow barrels, ‘The Farm’ has a much more forgiving set up and presents beautiful lines of swell and turns them into peaks right down the beach. The South End here is the main break for the more advanced, but only a 5 minute walk up to the North End will give you long shallow rolling waves… perfect for beginners!
Welcome to Wollongong City’s premier beach location. Situated in the heart of Wollongong, North Wollongong Beach (North Beach as its known to locals) is surrounded by cafe’s, parks, bars and restaurants and is an ideal location for anyone seeking some sunshine and a day at the beach. There’s a bike track and walking path that runs along the ocean and is great for a bit of people watching, there are BBQ facilities that are free to use, wading pools to swim in, rock pools to check out and last but definitely not least, there are great waves!
Apart from the surrounding delights, theres great waves, a chilled vibe, plenty of free parking (which you don’t get at any other city beaches this side of the equator) and an EXCELLENT surf school. All this talk makes me want to go now! As far as city beaches go, North Wollongong Beach is pretty amazing.
It is on the Northern end of the Wollongong City coastline. In fact, it’s only about an hour drive South of central Sydney which makes it a perfect destination for a trip out of the city. Driving South along the Grand Pacific Drive you can get a glimpse of the beautiful coastline this region has to offer, stop and have some lunch at Scarborough Hotel (best pub ever) and be sitting on beautiful Bulli Beach before you even think about it. Coming from the South its only about 15 minutes drive from Wollongong City centre making it a perfect beach to escape the crowds.
Looking to the west you will see a beautiful cliff top escartment where you will often see the ‘crazy’ jumping off with hang-gliders and the surrounding point breaks make for a big surf scene in the area. There is also a beautiful tourist park right on the beach for anyone who wants to stay a bit longer.
To top it all off, Bulli Surf Life Saving Club is one of Australia’s strongest clubs with over 600 members and all of them help to maintain a safe playground for all beach users. With surrounding parks, a couple of lovely cafes with Ruby’s and Bulli Beach Cafe and a bike/skate/walk way the length of the beach its the perfect place to spend a day… surf lesson included!