The South Coast has plenty to offer the adventure seeker, whether it’s kayaking on the Shoalhaven River, hiking through the rugged Morton National Park, spotting dolphins and whales on a Jervis Bay dolphin watch cruise or climbing vertical rock faces (or even having a picnic on one), we are sure you will find something to get the blood pumping and that adrenaline surging.
Bangalay has complimentary bikes on offer if you’d like to get outdoors and enjoy some physical activity. The Shoalhaven Heads Pump Track, located opposite Bangalay, offers family-friendly recreation of the wheeled variety. It’s a fun way to get outdoors, lure the kids away from their screens and enjoy some physical activity.
The Shoalhaven region stretches over 160 kilometres of spectacular coastline. It’s a paradise of marine life including whales, seals, dolphins, penguins, shorebirds which can be spotted during your stay.
Explore our abundant National Parks or challenge yourself on a nearby walking track. Reward yourself with breathtaking panoramas stretching from the country through to the coast.
A trip to Shoalhaven Heads wouldn’t be complete without a ride up Coolangatta Mountain on the huge yellow custom-built tractor called Bigfoot! Hold on and take in the view as you steadily make your way to 1000ft elevation on the summit of Coolangatta Mountain. Enjoy the incredible view of the coastline before travelling back down and through the historic village of Coolangatta Estate. Be sure to make time to visit the cellar door after your adventure and enjoy a delicious meal at the Estate’s restaurant, Alexander’s Grill.
Have you always watched on enviously as surfers took to the waters and glided back to the shore on a wave? Michael Chapple at Shoalhaven Heads Surf School is a patient and skilled teacher, ensuring you know all the basics before attempting your first run and he has an amazing success rate at teaching people to surf. With the beach only a few hundred metres away from Bangalay, book in a lesson with Michael and you’ll be up and hanging ten in no time!
If you’re a keen angler, you’ll know that fisherman come from far and wide to the South Coast to experience the thrilling fishing available in the area. St Georges Basin, near Huskisson, is a great place to catch dusky flathead and big bream in the calm waters. If you’re after a marlin or dolphin fish, you can go out to the cliffs off Currarong where the swell is huge but the rewards are bigger!
One of the best ways to get out and experience the local waterways is by kayak, where you can just sit back and listen to the birdlife calling, the fish jumping and the insects humming. It really is a beautiful natural orchestra! Explore little rivers and creeks or take your kayak out into the Bay or ocean, depending on your skill level.
Shoalhaven Zoo boasts an extensive collection of native and exotic animals, set in amongst the most spectacular natural rock formations and bushland, all on the banks of the beautiful Shoalhaven River.
Regal Horseriding School is based just on the outskirts of Shoalhaven Heads and is a great way to see Seven Mile Beach from a different perspective – on horseback!
Stand up paddleboarding (or SUP as it is often referred to) is a great workout for your core and is a fun and easy way to explore the waterways on the South Coast. Once you gain your balance, you’ll find yourself gliding over the water easily (and maybe even gracefully). SUP Downunder operate from Gerroa Beach, where you can hire a SUP and get a demo from their friendly staff to get you up and exploring the waves and creek.