The Gorgeous Southern NSW Coast

Would it be uproar if it is suggested that the NSW coast, south of Sydney rivals the beauty of Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road? Let’s call it equally stunning!! It has been a lovely journey up from Tathra to Wollongong via Bermagui, Bateman’s Bay, Jervis Bay (Huskisson) and Kiama. The Booderee National Park has lots of beautiful spots and the Kiama coastal walk is hilly but hugs the rugged coastline. There is an unexpectedly large and beautiful Buddhist temple complex and gardens in Wollongong.

Bermagui Point
Booderee National Park
Booderee National Park
3 kangaroos at Booderee National Park
Booderee National Park
Booderee National Park
Booderee National Park
Huskisson Beach
Kiama Blowhole
Kiama Coastal Walk
Kiama Coastal Walk
Kiama Coastal Walk
Kiama Coastal Walk
Kiama Lighthouse
Minnamurra Rainforest Trail
Minnamurra Waterfall
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong
Nan Tien Temple Main Courtyard, Wollongong
Nan Tien Temple Pagoda, Wollongong
Towradgi Beach Wollongong

Summiting Mount Kosciuszko and Enjoying Jindabyne

Mount Kosciuszko is mainland Australia’s highest mountain, at 2,228 metres above sea level. Reaching the top of this sounds like an impressive bucket list type achievement but surprisingly it wasn’t that difficult. We drove to Thredbo and then got on the chairlift and from there walked the 13km round trip to the summit and back. The trail was very well marked and well traversed. It’s amazing that summiting the highest peak in Australia has been made so accessible.

On the day we went, it was beautiful blue skies but only about 4C. The temperature would have been freezing overnight as there was some icy snow on the ground.

This is not a serene trail where you can be alone with nature. There were lots of people at all parts of the trail and especially the summit. There were also lots of hardcore mountain bikers riding down trails of varying difficulty down the mountain. It’s great to see this winter town thriving at times when there is no snow.

Most of the walking trail from the top of the Thredbo chairlift to the summit is non slip grid mesh.
Snow by the walking trail
View from the Mount Kosciuszko walking trail
Icy crystals forming on rocks due to the low nighttime temperatures
Lake on the top of the mountain
The summit of Mount Kosciuszko. Lots of people were enjoying it on this day.

Jindabyne is the town that serves as the hub for the surrounding towns including Thredbo and Perisher. It sits by the beautiful Lake Jindabyne.

Lake Jindabyne
Sculpture by Lake Jindabyne
Polish Explorer Strzelecki who named Mount Kosciuszko in 1840
Fall colour in Jindabyne in late April

Not far from Jindabyne is the Gaden Trout Hatchery. The government breeds trout and salmon to restock cold water lakes for anglers as sport fish. The tours are really interesting and informative.

An hour drive from Jindabyne is Adaminaby. This tiny town hosts the Snowy Scheme Museum which contains an interesting collection of items and information of the project. The opening hours are extremely limited. These information boards are available outside the museum if it is not open.

Snowy Scheme Museum in Adaminaby

After visiting the museum, it’s worth a drive to Old Adaminaby to see a small part of the massive Lake Eucumbene, a dam, part of the Snowy scheme.

Lake Eucumbene from Old Adaminaby

It has been a pleasure to see Australia’s alpine regions and to understand a bit more about how large and complex the Snowy hydro project was and is.

Wilson’s Promontory National Park

Stunning scenery, curious wildlife and a lovely campground for a national park. The main campground at Tidal River has great amenities. There are rubbish bins, toilet and shower blocks, visitor centre, small shop, BBQs and picnic tables. Additionally, in a lot of areas there is good mobile signal and many campsites includes the sound of the nearby ocean. Magic! Watch out for wombats at dusk, possums at night and the colourful rosellas that are always loitering hopefully when you eat meals.

Near Tidal River Footbridge
Near Tidal River Footbridge
Tidal River Footbridge at Sunset
Tidal River at Sunset
View from Pillar Point trail
Pillar Point Trail
Pillar Point
Squeaky Beach
Tidal River Footbridge
Rosella after my lunch!
Rosella
Lilly Pilly Trail
Picnic Bay
Whisky Bay
Whisky Bay