New South Wales has what is, arguably, some of the best coastline in the world, so getting the opportunity to visit this is a real privilege. There will be a huge amount to do on your trip along the coast and lots to entertain you, whether you enjoy bars or running on the beach in the early morning. To explore coastal NSW, you will need a vehicle and some accommodation to use as a base. This article considers exploring the coast in NSW and what you should look out for.
Relaxing in the City
Sydney CBD sits in the centre of the NSW coastline and it is an iconic place to start. Package holidays will almost always begin in Sydney because this is the ‘number one’ destination. Thankfully, Sydney is the perfect place from which to commence your exploration of the coast. Enjoying Darling Harbour and Circular Quay is a must before you head out for any wilder adventures. These harbours will offer you a wonderful insight into the developed coastline of Australia.
Viewing the City from Afar
No visit to Sydney will be complete without a visit to Port Macquarie. This is a hugely significant historical position and is named after General Macquarie, who was one of the first prison guards to settle in Australia. Staying in Port Macquarie hotels is a good option because this will allow you to explore the NSW coast and return each day to a perfect vantage point with a view over the city lights.
Cronulla, Manly and Wollongong
From Port Macquarie, you can head over to Cronulla with ease and enjoy some wonderful Australian culture. Cronulla has a North and a South beach, which are both brilliant to enjoy and there are plenty of shopping opportunities too. Whether you want to surf or walk around the peninsula, Cronulla can offer a beautiful environment that you will not be able to help but enjoy.
Manly is a wonderful coastal town that offers a different side of Sydney. It is a very cultural area, and you will regularly find bands playing on the streets and Aboriginal artists selling their wares. For an experience of a multicultural Australia, Manly is the place to go.
Wollongong is a township around 50 kilometres out from Sydney and it is a very pleasant place to visit. The town is surrounded by forest and is a small, but densely populated area right on the water. Wollongong is an excellent destination for tourists and there are many restaurants that you can enjoy whilst you look out along the coast.
The Royal National Park
The Royal National Park in Sydney is another wonderful place to visit and it is perfect to tie in with a journey along the coast. Starting at Stanwell Tops, you will be able to see out over the rugged coastline that you will be travelling across before entering into this forested valley. Driving through the Royal National Park is fantastic fun and you can stop to enjoy numerous waterfalls as you pass through too.
Exploring the NSW Coast
There is huge variety to be found along the NSW coast. From the bustle of Sydney CBD to the peace and tranquillity of empty beaches and calm forests, there will be plenty for you to do. Wherever you go along the coast, you will be sure to have a wonderful time, and your accommodation in Port Macquarie will provide you with great views to return to each night.