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The best lookouts along the NSW South Coast

If your family is anything like mine and hate long, boring car rides, follow this guide to get maximum joy at a number of destinations all along the NSW South Coast.

Being stuck in a car with the people you live with and see every day might sound like a nightmare, however, my goal is to change your mind with these fun places to visit to make that car ride worth it. Visiting the South Coast is something my family and I do most years, especially around the summer which in my opinion is the best time to go. On the plus side, doing a coast trip around the summertime gives you the best weather to enjoy the beach so you can make the most of this popular holiday spot.

1. Holmes Lookout, Batemans Bay

Holmes Lookout is a short drive from Batemans Bay. Head north over the bridge and turn left onto the Kings Highway. After a couple of kilometers, you’ll see Rotary Drive, which will take you up to the lookout, where you’ll find picnic tables and a fantastic view of the bay. Holmes lookout is a great place to come with friends to spend the afternoon enjoying each other’s company while overlooking the picturesque views.

Set amongst beautiful tall gums, it’s also a fantastic spot for birdwatching, particularly in the early morning and late afternoon. Look out for vibrantly coloured parrots and laughing kookaburras in the branches above. You’ll also see honeyeaters, treecreepers, yellow robin, and eastern spinebills.


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2. Big Bit Lookout, Batemans Bay

The Big Bit lookout can be tricky to find and isn’t as known or as popular as the other lookouts listed above, however, the view is worth it once you get to the top. You’ll find the turnoff about 14 km north of Batemans Bay on the Princes Highway, but the sign to Big Bit Road is easy to miss. Big Bit Road is unsealed, but it’s quite short (only 4km) and the 360° views from the top make the trip worthwhile. On a clear day, you can see the whole area before you, including Durras Lake and the coastline. It’s a great spot to catch the sunrise over the ocean or the sunset behind the mountains.


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3. Moruya Heads Lookout, Moruya Heads

Next on the list is Moruya Heads Lookout. From Moruya, turn onto South Head Road from the turnoff opposite the golf course on the Princes Highway. From the lookout, you’ll find brilliant views as well as the perfect whale watching spot. Moruya Heads Lookout is known for having whales swim past during the spring, so if you or your family are whale lovers, around September to November is the perfect time to visit.


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This place is making me want to never go home 💫🌊❄️

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4. Broulee Lookout, Broulee

Finally, you’ll find Broulee Lookout off Heath Street in Broulee. You can drive all the way, or choose to park your car at the surf club and walk up the scenic hill for a beautiful spot to watch the sunset. If you’re there during daylight hours, take a walk across the sand-spit connecting to Broulee Island Nature Reserve. It’s an easy walk through a magnificent coastal landscape. Broulee Lookout is one of my all-time favourite lookouts as it has one of the best views with options to hike or cycle.


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If you follow this road trip visiting all the lookouts along the way, you and your family are sure to enjoy the car ride. Fingers crossed you get a little bonding time in and haven’t killed each other by the last stop. Family time is one of the most valuable things people can share. That is why this trip such a brilliant idea, after all it’s about the journey, not the destination. But also, the destinations are pretty great too.

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