Gerringong was first used by European settlers for cutting red cedar, until the land was cleared in the early 1800s and dairy farming became the main industry. These days, the population is about 3,500 and includes plenty of retirees from Sydney and Canberra. Walk the streets of Gerringong and you’ll come across many ocean views, as well as tall trees and the occasional pastel-coloured building for variety.
Werri Beach has headlands on either side of its 1.5km stretch of sand, giving it a horseshoe shape from up on the hillside and decent waves from either direction. If you don’t surf, you can still explore the rugged rocks on the shore or have a safe, relaxed swim in Werri Beach Pool, a pool carved into the rock where sea water flows in and concrete walls protect you from waves and rips. Keen explorers can walk the Kiama Coast Walk, which starts at Minnamurra, winds along rivers, headlands and through Kiama town centre and eventually ends on Werri Beach. If you get tired on the track, there are some cool spots to stop for a swim or snorkel, such as Cathedral Rocks and Bombo Beach. Just a five minute drive away, Gerroa is a headland village where the Seven Mile Beach National Park is the main attraction. Seven Mile Beach extends all the way to Shoalhaven Heads and, due to its windy conditions, it’s great for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Nearby, there’s a lookout, picnic area, barbeque and walking tracks through the dune forest of the surrounding national park.
Gerringong’s town centre is beautifully green, with tall trees, views of the surrounding hills and old-fashioned buildings. You can find supermarkets, pizza shops, surfwear and local favourites like the Gerringong Heritage Museum, which has models and photographs documenting the town’s history. Not only does Gerringong have its own golf course, but there are several others in nearby towns like Kiama and Shoalhaven Heads. The Gerringong course has 18 holes and even more seaside sights. If you love wine, visit one of the vineyards in town or venture further out to other wineries in nearby towns like Berry.
You can get to Gerringong with a flight to Sydney and then catching a train to Kiama or hiring a car and driving along the Princes Highway. Book your Gerringong accommodation with us now and wake up in a stunning location right beside the sea.
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