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Amazing Family-Friendly Things to Do on the NSW South Coast

Are you ready to explore the NSW South Coast’s natural wonders? ANGELA SAURINE shares the best activities to do with your kids 

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A father and son going for a surf at Manyana Beach on the NSW South Coast. Image: Destination NSW

Each summer, Aussie families flock to the coast – and increasingly the mountains – to bask in the sunshine and spend quality time together as they enjoy a vast range of leisure activities during their annual break.

Fur seals swimming at Montague Island. Image Destination NSW
Fur seals swimming at Montague Island. Image: Destination NSW

Eurobodalla & Narooma

Eurobodalla is known for its natural and unspoilt beauty! Hire a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and head to the water, ride along cycleways, or snorkel with playful seals at Montague Island at Narooma. Birdland Animal Park at Batemans Bay is a great place for kids to meet native animals including wombats, emus and snakes. As well as having the largest collection of primates in Australia, here you can see zebras, rhinos and giraffes wandering its savannah plains, and get up close and personal with meerkats, lions and affectionate red pandas.

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Girls riding scooters at Huskisson on the NSW South Coast. Image: Ben Mack

Visit Bodalla Dairy and feed the poddy calves before sampling the amazing cheese, milkshakes, yoghurts and ice-cream produced here. The region is also known for its seafood, especially oysters, with many award-winning waterfront restaurants and family eateries.

Book: Enjoy a unique Oyster Tasting Kayaking tour in Bateman’s Bay

A mother and daughter at Orion Beach in the Shoalhaven region. Image Ben Mack
A mother and daughter at Orion Beach in the Shoalhaven region. Image: Ben Mack

Jervis Bay & Shoalhaven

In the Shoalhaven region there are plenty of fun activities that you can do with your kids! Visit Shoalhaven Zoo, on the banks of the Shoalhaven River, or fly through the air and get your heart racing at Nowra’s Trees Adventure. Take a wildlife cruise at Jervis Bay to spot dolphins, whales and seals, or go kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding in the beautiful inlets, creeks, rivers and basins. There are also lots of new offerings, including Currarong Surf School, Woe Be Gone Freedive in Jervis Bay and Djiriba Waagura cultural tours, with local Aboriginal man Matthew Simms.

Stay: 12 fantastic Shoalhaven region holiday parks for families 

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A family at Tathra Wharf on the Sapphire Coast. Image: @Davey_Rogers

The Sapphire Coast

Further south, the area is known for its pristine beaches and award-winning oysters. Go fishing at Merimbula Wharf or Tathra Wharf, take in the views from the new Headland Walk, meet native animals at the Potoroo Palace Native Animal Sanctuary near Merimbula and visit the Blue Pool at Bermagui. There’s also the new Camel Rock Surf School at Bermagui, and a new all-abilities playground at Tathra Beach.

More: How to spend a weekend in Merimbula with kids 


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