5 romantic getaways on the South Coast NSW
Holiday ideas for you and your partner
The South Coast might just be one of the most romantic places in Australia. This is a place to experience all that’s beautiful about Australia in one trip: golden coastlines, turquoise waters, wildlife-rich national parks, endless open roads, wineries, and much more. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway on the South Coast, NSW, look no further. Here are five of the best places to escape to – with tips on what to do, where to stay and how to celebrate with that special person in your life…
1. SHOALHAVEN HEADS
Coastal walking, swimming, cocktails and relaxation – these are the best reasons to visit Shoalhaven Heads for a romantic South Coast getaway. This town lies at the tip of Seven Mile Beach – great for surfing and beach days – with the Seven Mile Beach National Park running alongside for exhilarating trails through the pretty foliage.
STAY: The Soul Haven
The Soul Haven is a labour of love from couple Kane and Meg Abbott, who have transformed a simple 1950s beach shack into a stylish two-bedroom coral cottage. There’s a lovely back deck off the lounge room for a BBQ – plus it’s pet-friendly, so you can bring your animals in tow.
EAT: Queen St Eatery
Queen St Eatery European style restaurant and wine bar has a French-inspired menu with a fresh coastal interpretation – great for a romantic night out 10 minutes away in beautiful Berry. Book Stoked Experiences to drive you to dinner in 1963 Holden EJ wagon.
DRINK: Cocktails to you
Organise for a drop off pop up cocktail bar for the two of you to enjoy at your leisure. With all the ingredients, the recipes and garnishes its a way to end the day, whatever the time!
With Outdoor Raw, you can head off for one of their world-famous Cliffnics: devour rustic, delicious picnics while suspended off the edge of one of the epic Shoalhaven clifftops.
Endless golden sand and verdant green hinterland – these are two of the most prominent features of Gerringong, a town once known for its rural dairy culture. The area is loved for Werri Beach, a cool surf strip with large sand dunes and even larger waves. For couples, it’s a lovely area to get lost among the countryside.
STAY: The Shore at Gerringong
The Shore stands on the shores of Werri Beach – great for couples looking to splash out on something large and luxe. This boutique home takes barefoot luxury to the next level, with multiple light-filled living areas, a gorgeous master bedroom and a cooling pool out front.
EAT: Just Grazin’
Organise a platter or romantic hamper from Just Grazin, full of decadent local produce. They can have the hamper waiting at your accommodation on arrival, or get it set up for a local picnic in the countryside nearby.
DO: Couples Massage with Soul Revival Spa
Enjoy a relaxing couple’s massage from the comfort of your own holiday home. Soul Revival Spa is a luxury mobile spa, with over 15 years’ expertise in the wellness industry. They come to you, bringing everything needed for a calming, restorative treatment during a romantic getaway on the South Coast NSW.
BUY: Blooming Lovely Bunches
Treat your partner to flowers on arrival. With posies at a set price of $35, Blooming Lovely Bunches is an affordable way to send a little gift ahead of time (or during your stay). Posies are beautifully wrapped and sent with a personal message – plus same day delivery is also available.
3. JERVIS BAY
Discover the natural beauty of Jervis Bay – known for having some of the world’s whitest sands. The near-translucent waters house an abundance of marine life, including bottlenose dolphins, fur seas, penguins and weedy sea dragons. At night, the sea literally sparkles: a result of the bioluminescent light show performed by the algae that live in the waters. It can’t get much more romantic than that.
STAY: The Villas of Huskisson
The Villas of Huskisson are Worrowing’s premier beach accommodation – an adult-only retreat, perfect for a romantic getaway on the South Coast NSW. The brand new white weatherboard villa is situated overlooking Huskisson park and beach, making it a short stroll across the road from a number of cafes, bars, restaurants and local attractions.
DRINK: Wild Ginger
Wild Ginger is a local wine bar from Head Chef, Kierrin McKnight, who worked under iconic Thai cuisine guru David Thompson. With a lovely outdoor area, it’s a great summer spot for a drink or bite to eat – especially if you’re looking for inventive cocktails like their ‘hot mess’ (gin, peach schnapps, lime, muddled ginger and basil, cranberry juice, egg white).
DO: Go sailing
Experience the beauty of Jervis Bay in true eco-mode on board Jervis Bay Sailing Charter’s elegant catamaran. Jervis Bay abounds in wildlife, from seabirds to marine mammals, surrounded by majestic cliffs and the whitest sand beaches in the world. Jervis Bay Sailing Charters can also include catering for a picnic on the beach or whilst sailing.
DO: Guided eco-walk
Take a discovery walk on an award-winning eco-tour at Lake Conjola – not far from Jervis Bay. Kotahi Tourism’s 90-minute guided walks lead you through one of Australia’s most beautiful wildernesses, sharing stories of Conjola’s unique natural environment and intriguing history.
4. KANGAROO VALLEY
This might be one of Australia’s most beautiful valleys – a great place for a romantic getaway. Rich green pastures, lush rainforest, twinkling rivers and very few crowds make it one of the South Coast’s true hidden gems. Stroll the main street, dating back to 1870; kayak on the quiet rivers; or explore one of the local farms, where produce is always fresh and delicious.
Equanimity is a luxurious 3-bedroom home, just a short stroll from the picturesque village of Kangaroo Valley. Positioned amongst the trees with direct river access, you can enjoy calming views of the surrounding wilderness. Fish for bass or enjoy a swim in the river, with a picnic on the bank for a lazy afternoon.
EAT: Forage-fresh food
At The Farmed Table, all of the produce (except salt and pepper) is grown, nurtured or caught within a 30km radius. They offer private foraging mornings – collecting and learning about the local land and sea – after which you can enjoy a long leisurely lunch at your stay, getting hands on in the kitchen.
DO: Outdoor adventures
Go canoeing, kayaking, bushwalking, abseiling, rock climbing, or mountain biking in the beautiful Kangaroo Valley. Kangaroo Valley Adventure Co. lead you on guided expeditions, taking you to the heart of the valley – said to be one of only seven enclosed valleys in the world.
What could be more romantic than a couple’s horse ride, ending at a Champagne picnic? With Bella Cavallo, you can ride through the beautiful National Parks with a guide, enjoying trail rides that clear the mind and excite you.
5. THE SAPPHIRE COAST
The beautiful Sapphire Coast lies in the far southern reaches of New South Wales. As the name suggests, it’s all about the ocean, which sparkles next to the white-sand beaches. Visit for rolling wilderness, great fishing, exhilarating bushwalks, fresh-shucked oysters and one of Australia’s best whale watching destinations, Twofold Bay.
STAY: Lotte’s Hjem
This 150-year-old weatherboard cottage is located in the art hub of the Sapphire Coast – close enough to town to reach the shops, but far enough away to enjoy some peace and quiet. The home is filled with imported French antiques, with a cosy fireplace to snuggle up beside. The garden is also overflowing with fresh produce, which you’re welcome to harvest for dinners in the beautiful kitchen.
EAT: A locally-inspired picnic
A Pinch Of Yum creates picturesque grazing tables, boards and picnics across the Sapphire Coast. The food is abundant and beautifully presented, using local fresh fruit and produce. They can get a picnic set up for you on arrival with all your favourite treats – a unique way to celebrate a romantic getaway on the South Coast NSW (or maybe an opportunity to pop that special question?).
DO: Exercise together
For all the active couples out there, Tathra Beach PT Studio is a great spot for a private training session. They often work with couples holidaying on the Sapphire Coast, helping to inspire, empower, and highlight the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. Book a session while you’re in town and work off those holiday carbs.
Region X offer award-winning Guided Kayak Tours throughout the Batemans Bay Marine Park, not far from the Sapphire Coast. They also lead coastal walks, overnight stays, climbing, hikes and glass-bottom kayak tours. You might discover an army of soldier crabs for the first time, get close to stingrays and other marine life, or sample freshly-shucked oysters straight from the river.
WE CAN HELP YOU PLAN
Whether you want to pop that special question or organise a romantic anniversary weekend, get in touch. At South Coast Experiences, we’re here to help you plan the perfect trip – free of charge – so please speak to us if there’s anything we can do to make your planning easier.
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