We are currently midway through July, which means we are in the thick of winter. The South Coast of New South Wales experiences average temperatures ranging from a low of 2 degrees to a high of only 16 degrees, making it the coldest time of the year. While many Australians choose to travel North to enjoy the dry season in the Northern Territory or Queensland, we believe that it is the perfect time to explore down South.
There are numerous reasons why winters on the South Coast are unique. The cold air brings with it a certain kind of magic that is hard to explain. Imagine misty mornings, breathtaking ocean views and crystal clear waters. One of the best things about the South Coast during winter is that you will have the beach to yourself, as fewer people tend to go there.
We have picked three locations for you that offer a diverse range of activities to keep you entertained and warm.
Located just 4 hours south of Sydney lies the lively coastal town of Batemans Bay. It boasts stunning beaches, a national park, and delicious seafood, especially fresh oysters from renowned oyster farms along the Clyde River. Why not treat yourself to this local delicacy?
Or if you are feeling more active, take your bike out and explore Batemans Bay Cycleway with its breathtaking surroundings. This 18 km trail stretches from Batehaven along the waterfront offering many opportunities to take breaks at restaurants, cafes or picnic spots along the way.
Interested in experiencing it for yourself? This holiday park is only 15 minutes from Batemans Bay
The charming seaside town of Merimbula is a bit further South of Batemans Bay, but is in no way inferior to it. If the rugged ocean beaches and tranquil coastal lakes of the Sapphire coast are not already convincing enough to visit Merimbula, the opportunity to catch a glimpse of tail-waving and fin-slapping humpback whales definitely is.
For those seeking a cultural experience, Merimbula also won't disappoint. On 19 August the Far South Film Festival showcases the region's film industry with regional and rural filmmakers from all over Australia sharing their stories.
Alternatively, you can just stay in a cozy accommodation and warm up with a delicious cup of mulled wine after a long winter walk. Snuggle up with a good book and savor the sweet and spicy winter beverage. What could be better?
Only a 30-minute drive from Merimbula is the coastal town of Eden. Voted NSW Top Tourism Town Silver Winner this year, Eden impresses with rugged cliffs and the third-deepest natural harbor in the southern hemisphere, making it an excellent location to explore marine life.
However, Eden is not just a place to explore the sea. As the southernmost town in New South Wales, it offers a stunning spectacle in the night sky. During winter, it's the perfect spot for stargazing sessions and spotting the Milky Way.
Want to see for yourself?