There’s something special about the South Coast. Stretching from Sydney’s southern edge to the Victorian border, it’s flush with national parks, rugged rainforests, and charming fishing towns, and some of the most idyllic, white-sand beaches in the country. It’s a wildlife-watching destination, where you can spot dolphins frolicking in the waves one day, penguins waddling on the sand the next, and kangaroos hopping among the greenery. Oh, and it’s Australia’s ‘Oyster Coast’ – just in case you needed another reason to take a trip.
This is the most luxury accommodation on the South Coast.
This chic South Coast home combines laidback coastal style and luxury finishings to deliver the ultimate beach house experience. Beach House Gerroa boasts four-bedrooms that sleep up to ten people, making it the perfect group getaway spot. The spacious open-plan living area that flows onto a balcony with uninterrupted views of Seven Mile Beach is where you’ll be when you’re not soaking in the hot tub or out exploring the local area. As the sun sets and the air gets crisp, fire up the BBQ for a wholesome feast while you relax in front of one of the sandstone fireplaces.
From $1400 per night
64 Burke Parade, Gerroa
Near Berry, Bellawongarah has two beautiful accommodation options. If you’re planning a romantic getaway, book the charming, one-bedroom cottage, which dates back to 1868. For larger groups, the three-level country home is perfect. Pluck a book from the private library, and read it on the deck while soaking up the rainforest views.
869 Kangaroo Valley Road, Bellawongarah
The once-sleepy town of Mollymook is now a holiday hotspot thanks to Bannisters, a gorgeous, 32-room luxury hotel overlooking the beach. It’s a coastal-chic escape, with a rooftop infinity pool, day spa, and nautical rooms designed by Collette Dinnigan. If you’re in the mood to treat yourself, book the Spa Retreat room, which has an outdoor Jacuzzi.
191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook
This resort’s beauty lies in its luxury. There are just five private suites, all of which feature a king bed, ensuite, living area, kitchenette and a deck that looks over the rolling green countryside. Outside your door, you’ll find landscaped gardens dotted with fruit trees, a giant chess set, a herb patch and a 33-metre indoor heated pool and spa.
260 Mt Hay Road, Berry
This South Coast hideaway sits on a working farm, and it’s as charming as it sounds. The main house is warm and welcoming, with room for 10 people, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, and a pool. You can also hire the one-bedroom Gatehouse or the two-bedroom Guesthouse. While there’s no real reason to leave (the chooks even lay eggs!), Berry is a short drive away.
98 Foxground Road, Foxground
Just over an hour south of Sydney, Soul of Gerringong is a rural coastal retreat. Having only recently opened, it’s already having an impact with its private oasis like setting. The Soul Farmhouse has four private guest rooms with a communal living and kitchen area, but if you want a bit more privacy, you can have the Soul Barn or Soul Cabana to yourself. They come complete with their own living space and kitchenette.
143 Belinda Street, Gerringong
For a chic, safari-style stay, look into Paperbark Camp. Nestled in the bush near Jervis Bay, you’ll find luxe canvas tents, each of which has a bed, ensuite shower or bath, and a wraparound verandah. After a day of swimming, snorkelling, kayaking or exploring the wilderness, watch the sunset while sipping on a glass of wine on your deck.
571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia