The South Coast is widely regarded as having some of the best beaches in all of Australia, and one look at the crystal-clear, brilliant blue water and white silicone sand will totally convince you as well. Perhaps most notably of all, Jervis Bay is just 90 minutes down the coast from Wollongong and is nothing short of paradise. Here are some of the South Coast’s highlights:

Hyams Beach

Perfect for snorkelling and diving, Jervis Bay is home to one of the most famously beautiful beaches in all of NSW, Hyams Beach. With its squeaky white sand, turquoise water, and shelter from large waves, you’d be hard pressed to find a better spot to spend a day (or a weekend).

Booderee National Park

Also in the Jervis Bay area, there’s an awesome national park filled with campsites for the best beachy weekend away. Green Patch and its beach of the same name are especially fantastic; expect to pay about $30 for two people to camp in a tent site with room for 1 car. That includes entrance to the NP, which is usually $11.

Cathedral Rocks

About 30min south of Wollongong, Kiama is an absolutely adorable little coastal town with some amazing things to see. Besides the awesome Kiama Blowhole, it is also home to another famous spot, Australian Traveller’s #9 Best View in Australia: Cathedral Rocks.