The NSW South Coast doesn’t stop at Batemans Bay, nor does it close down after major holidays such as Christmas or Easter. Go a little further and you'll find an abundance of cold-weather charms that lie south of the Clyde River
The cooler months are the perfect time for exploring the countryside. South of Batemans Bay, most towns haven’t experienced the population explosion necessitating major road upgrades, so much of the Princes Highway still feels like a tourist drive, especially in winter, as you wind through valleys and past shimmering indigo seas. But what exactly is there to see and do in the far south coast’s ‘off season’? We’re glad you asked.
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Day 1: Murramarang to Narooma
1hr 22mins | 92.6km
The Original Gold Rush Colony recreates the old town, which was founded during Australia’s 19th century gold rush and boasted 37,000 fortune-seeking residents at its peak. This attraction features a miniature mine shaft, barber’s shop, police station, jail cell, pub, and even a fully operational crushing machine. There’s still plenty of gold around Mogo and you can try your luck panning in the creek that runs through the colony.
Day 2: Narooma to Mystery Bay
1hr 30 mins | 95.9km
Day 3: Mystery Bay to Tathra
1hr 38mins | 107km
If you’re looking for a cafe dedicated to local, healthy fare, then you’ll love Sprout Eden Cafe. Offering up Eden’s finest fresh produce, the food is delicious, nutritious and pesticide-free. It’s dog-friendly and you can sit street-side with your dog or enjoy a more relaxed experience in the secluded back garden.
Day 4: Tathra to Green Cape to Merimbula
3hr 12mins | 182km