South Coast

Along the coast, spotted gums, hundreds of years old stretch their branches to the sky, while waves crash against deserted beaches. The south coast offers some truly remarkable nature experiences. From the breathtaking Illawarra escarpment to the wildlife wonders of Jervis Bay Marine Park, the South coast never ceases to amaze.

The region is also home to many great land based whale watching spots including:

Jervis Bay (Jervis Bay NP, Booderee NP, and Jervis Bay Marine Park)

Location and Access

Jervis Bay is located 179km south of Sydney, Jervis Bay measures about 15 km from north to south and about 10 km across. To get there turn off the Princes Highway at Forest or Woollamia Road.


There are no fees for Jervis Bay Marine and National Park, however Booderee National Park charges vehicle entry fee


  • Whale and dolphin watching is a thriving industry around Huskisson. Numerous operators head out from here to the Jervis Bay Marine Park. 
  • Great opportunities for viewing whales are found along much of the foreshore, with viewing platforms, walking trials, and picnic areas located throughout the park.

Top Experience

Starting at Greenfield Beach, the White Sands Walk goes along the coast to Hyams Beach and return via the Scribbly Gum track.

Water based whale watching activities

Once you have explored the many land-based whale watching opportunities that this region offers, you may want to go on a whale and dolphin watching cruise.


  • NSW Government
  • National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW