Bawley Point: A Secret Aussie Town That's the New Byron Bay

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A truly charming coastal village nestled amidst pristine beaches and breathtaking national parks, Bawley Point is an idyllic location on the NSW South Coast that sets the stage for a multitude of adventures.

Families can go full throttle at a range of outdoor pursuits such as swimming, fishing, boating and more against the backdrop of seriously stunning scenery. The possibilities are as boundless as the beauty of Bawley Point—the ultimate South Coast gem that's being tooted as the new Byron Bay.

Bawley Point: A Secret Aussie Town That's the New Byron Bay

Bawley Point
Bawley Point is the secret Aussie town being touted as the new Byron Bay.

According to James Booth, families can "Banish Bendalong to the recesses of your memory, shut up about Jervis Bay, and let Byron die a peaceful Death By Influencer: there’s a new turquoise haven in town, and it’s not one you’re likely to have heard of." So, what's all the fuss about? 

A bounty of exquisite beaches, an unspoiled vibe, and a burgeoning winery and restaurant scene are just a few of the things that have Aussie travellers drawing plenty of comparisons between Byron Bay, the country's most popular and iconic beach town, and the lesser-known beauty of Bawley Point. 

In reality, however, it's more likely that Bawley Point is like an iteration of Byron Bay from years gone by before it became the tourist hub it is today. Bawley still feels relatively untouched, operating at a slower pace, making it the perfect family getaway for soaking up some outdoor fun. 

Where is Bawley Point?

Bawley Point is located just over three hours from Sydney or a 2.5-hour drive from Canberra. Nestled halfway between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay in the scenic Shoalhaven region on the NSW South Coast, there are plenty of breathtaking sights along the Grand Pacific Drive that are the perfect exploratory pitstop on your way to Bawley Point itself.

Things to do in Bawley Point

The Gantry
The Gantry is a popular fishing spot.

When it comes to things to do in Bawley Point, there really is something for everyone.

The Gantry is not only a popular fishing spot but also an excellent vantage point to watch the surf. With a plethora of beautiful beaches, Bawley becomes the perfect setting for a picnic, where you can relish the breathtaking coastal scenery or engage in a variety of beach activities. Whether it's scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, surfing, fishing, or boating, Bawley is the place to do it.

Kangaroos at Pebbly Beach
Spot some kangaroos at Pebbly Beach.

The natural beauty of the region is really something to witness, thanks to an abundance of beaches and national parks. Head to Meroo National Park and immerse yourself in panoramic coastal views by taking a stroll along the Meroo Head lookout walking track.

Heading south, Murramarang National Park boasts a series of pristine beaches, and the short yet scenic Pretty Beach to Snapper Point walking track is a fantastic bushwalk option. Also, don't miss out on the renowned Pebbly Beach, where eastern grey kangaroos roam freely! Head a little further north and you'll come to the pristine Lake Tabourie where the ocean meets the lake in a gorgeous symphony of colours. 

Lake Tabourie
Lake Tabourie

For the adults, try a spot of wine tasting at Bawley Vale Estate. As part of the Shoalhaven Coast wine region, the cellar door welcomes visitors every Sunday for a real wine-lovers' experience. And if you're up for a 30-minute drive west, Clyde River Berry Farm awaits, offering the chance to pick your own berries during the summer season. There's also a smattering of cafes and takeaway options in Bawley, meaning you needn't travel far for an easy bite. 

Bawley Point Accommodation

Bannisters by the Sea
Accommodation doesn't get much better than Bannisters by the Sea in Mollymook—a stone's throw from Bawley Point.

There are some gorgeous accommodation options in and around Bawley Point catering to a range of group sizes and budgets. 

The Jackson Ranch
The breathaking cabins at Jackson Ranch.

Perhaps one of the most renowned is the beautiful Jackson Ranch, where you can enjoy picturesque views of lush trees right from the comfort of your cabin, with the serene waters of Lake Willinga just steps away.

In nearby Mollymook, Bannisters by the Sea awaits with its luxury restaurants, tranquil rooms, and stunning location by the beach. 

Accommodation in Bawley Point
Accommodation locations don't come much better than the BIG4 Tasman Holiday Parks Racecourse Beach.

BIG4 Tasman Holiday Park's Racecource Beach park offers a range of premium beachfront villas to bunkhouse cabins, providing the perfect place to relax while on the stunning South Coast. There are also powered and unpowered sites if camping is your thing! 

Hero image via Sam Mozaffari

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