Surprisingly close to metropolitan Sydney, both the Central Coast and South Coast still harbour pockets of unspoilt natural treasures. The Central Coast nestles between Sydney and Newcastle, while the stunning South Coast runs from the state capital’s southern boundary to the Victorian border. The Central Coast’s Bouddi Peninsula contains some of the region’s last remaining stands of temperate rainforest as well as countless significant Aboriginal sites, whilst the South Coast is dotted with charming rural towns and home to the magnificent Shoalhaven region, where the wonderful White Sands Walk can be found.
With so many attractions scattered throughout them, the two regions are best explored by car. Roads in New South Wales are narrow but in good condition, and the route to the Central Coast’s Bouddi Peninsula takes you past sheltered bays and the majestic Brisbane Water National Park. Worthwhile stops along the South Coast include the Southern hemisphere’s largest Buddhist temple in Wollongong, the Kiama blowhole, and of course, the chain of blinding white sand beaches that ring Jervis Bay.