South Coast hotspots to visit this summer

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As travellers make daily pilgrimages into Sydney to view the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the South Coast has quietly cemented itself as the ideal weekend getaway destination, boasting idyllic landmarks that the entire family can enjoy.

From Sunday, 5 January 2020, weekend train customers can expect more than 19,000 extra seats on South Coast services in response to a nearly 40 per cent increase in demand since 2016 on popular weekend trains. With further improvements on the way, journeys up and down the coast will be more comfortable than ever, offering a service to match the beautiful vista outside.

If busy roads make you grimace or if trying to find prime real estate on crammed Sydney beaches just isn’t your style, you can take advantage of the post-Christmas capacity boost and enjoy the scenic rail route from Sydney CBD to any number of tranquil South Coast destinations.

Don’t know where to start? Here are some must-see places for your next trip to the unspoilt South Coast.

Blowhole Point, Kiama

With sea water sprays reaching 20 metres, Kiama Blowhole is one of the largest in the world. As south-east swells surge into the famous passage, mighty rumbling seas herald a vast display that never fails to delight and awe. Nearby, Kiama Lighthouse stands vigil. A towering local beacon stationed on Blowhole Point, it was first established in 1887. Though the lighthouse was demanned in 1920, the Assistant Keeper’s House is now a museum.

How to get there: It’s just a short walk from Kiama Station. Train services operate between Kiama Station and the City via the South Coast Line. The fastest trips from Central Station are about 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Kiama Blowhole

Science Space, Wollongong

Keen to leave the city far behind? Whether you’re flying solo or travelling with the kids, the University of Wollongong’s Science Space caters to all ages, providing an immersive escape to infinity and beyond. Pack a picnic and your space boots and spend the day discovering two floors of interactive displays and planetarium, one of Wollongong’s most visited indoor attractions. While there, visit Moonbase One, its newest virtual reality adventure unearthing the hidden secrets of the moon.

How to get there: It’s a 20-minute walk from North Wollongong station. Train services operate between North Wollongong Station and the City via the South Coast Line. The fastest trips from Central Station are about 1 hour and 26 minutes.

Science Space Wollongong

Scarborough Hotel, Scarborough

Fancy a leisurely lunch in beautiful surrounds? The heritage-listed Scarborough Hotel is a local treasure perched on the north Illawarra coast and dating all the way back to 1886. With dazzling views from its sea-cliff garden, you can sample fresh, local produce or kick back with a relaxing glass of wine, craft beer or seasonal cocktail.

How to get there: It’s just a short walk from Scarborough Station. Train services operate between Scarborough Station and the City via the South Coast line. The fastest trips from Central Station are about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Scarborough Hotel

Travel all day on Sundays on metro, train, bus, ferry and light rail services and pay no more than:

  • $2.80 a day for an Adult
  • $2.80 a day for a Child/Youth
  • $2.80 a day for a Concession
  • $2.50 a day for a Gold Senior/Pensioner

Plan your trip at transportnsw.info/trip.

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