Difference between revisions of "South Coast (New South Wales)"
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The South Coast  region of New South Wales has an interesting and engaging mix of tourists and a rural environment. The area is rich in rural charm, having a strong dairy industry (for example cheese-making in Bega). Most of the coastal areas are popular tourist destinations, and are especially popular with weekend visitors from Sydney.
The south coast of New South Wales is a major local holiday destination and in peak holiday periods the population swells to between more than three times the number of long-term residents.
Two major local government areas administer the region: Eurobodalla Shire to the south and the Shoalhaven Municipality to the north including Nowra.
Jervis Bay is a territory of the Commonwealth Government (The Australian Capital Territory instead of being a part of the State of NSW) and is administered separately with a Federal Police Force and housing a naval base/military airport. An small access toll is usually charged to enter the area.
80% of the Eurobodalla shire is national park or state forest with extensive stands of spotted gum forest.
The coastal region has a reputation for locals who are easygoing and friendly, environmentally conscious and are even mix between politically liberal and conservative.
You can get to the South Coast by car. Many areas are also accessible by train and bus.
Be aware that traffic can be very slow around Kiama, south of Wollongong, at the start and end of long weekends or school holidays.
You can catch a Cityrail  train from Sydney Central platforms 4-15, or at Hurstville or Sutherland. You can catch a train as far south as Bomaderry, on the northern bank of the Shoalhaven River. Nowra is is on the southern bank of the same river, but the railway bridge that was constructed for the continuation of the railway line was converted into a road bridge before rail services could begin over the river. Along the way Kiama, Gerringong and Berry are easily accessible by train, and are interesting destinations for visitors.
The Premier bus does the Princes Highway route a few times a day, stopping in most major towns en route.
The best way to get around is to drive. The Princes Highway travels the length of the South Coast and most places aren't far from it.
For most of the year, this is a very safe area. Locals are almost always willing to help and and welcome friendly conversation with visitors. During summer months, however, there has been a history of major violence on the New Years and Australia Day celebrations in many tourist-popular areas. There is now a total alcohol ban in all public places during these holidays.
Also, in the locale of Nowra, visitors should be advised to stay away from the areas of Junction Court and Nowra East due to higher-than-average cases of pickpocketing, muggings, and other crime.
Beaches are usually patrolled by lifesavers, but ask locals about dangerous surf and bluebottles. Sunburn is also a risk for visitors not accustomed to Australian summers.
Roads are busy during summer; often people will walk to beaches along the road. Caution is advised during peak periods.