Gerroa is a charming NSW South Coast hamlet, situated on picturesque Seven Mile Beach. It’s a beautiful place for a getaway year-round with its gorgeous combination of ocean and rural views.
Gerroa is adjacent to Gerringong, fifteen minutes from both Kiama & Berry, and less than a two hour drive from the centre of Sydney (70 minutes from Sutherland).
Southerly Change enjoys a scenic & convenient location, making it one of Gerroa’s most popular holiday rental properties.
Stay within a short walk of these popular Gerroa spots:
Seven Mile Beach – 350m (less than 5 minutes walk) – patrolled during peak times; Crooked River joins the beach and is ideal for young children with its shallow, calm saltwater. The beach & river are popular for swimming, windsurfing, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkelling, kayaking, diving, boating & fishing. Kayaks & paddleboards can be hired from Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park (see details here) & there’s a boat ramp nearby.
Emery Park & Playground – 200m – shaded by towering Norfolk Island Pine trees and adjacent to the river, this park includes a play structure, covered & uncovered tables, BBQs and toilets.
Blue Swimmer Cafe & Restaurant – 150m – award winning dining for lunch and dinner as well as a delicious take-away menu.
Seven Mile Beach Kiosk – 550m – extensive menu plus general items. Outdoor seating. You’ll often see friendly chickens wandering about that will be happy to clear up any of your crumbs.
Seven Mile Beach Playground – 550m – adjacent to kiosk, fully fenced sandy park with covered play equipment. A nearby aviary is home to several talking parrots. Make sure you take the pedestrian tunnel underneath Crooked River Road to get to the playground or kiosk (its entrance is just near the in-ground jumping pillow); using the tunnel is safer than crossing the road, and young kids love it!
Gerroa General Store & Post Office – 420m – Handy place to pick up extra groceries, grab an iceblock or send a postcard.
Gerroa Fishermans Club – 550m – great food paired with stunning ocean views, always popular with locals. Its right next to the Kingsford Smith Memorial Lookout, which commemorates the aviator’s epic 1933 flight from Seven Mile Beach.
Black Head – 1.6k – this one is a longer walk (20 minutes), or a couple of minutes drive, to the end of the Gerroa headland. The black rock of the headland is famous for marine fossils (great for school excursions!) & popular for rock fishing (drummer, bream, trevally, snapper, salmon, tailor, kingfish, luderick, groper, mulloway & bream). Theres a grassy reserve up top which has lovely views.
Where can I get groceries & other stuff I need?
The nearby General Store (or the holiday park kiosk) is perfect if you only need a few basic items & don’t want to drive. For more substantial shopping, Gerringong is your best bet. Its only a 5 minute drive, and includes a supermarket, cafes, restaurants and many other interesting stores. If you don’t have much to carry, why not walk the scenic path from Gerroa to Gerringong? It’s just under 3.5kms from Southerly Change to the centre of the Gerringong shops; the path takes you right past the stunning Gerringong Golf Course.
What’s worth visiting in the local area?
Seven Mile Beach is a favourite for many, but Werri Beach at nearby Gerringong is also worth a visit. Once you’ve explored the Gerringong township, visit the beautiful seaside township of Kiama & the famous blowhole – it’s only a 15 minute drive. The delightful historic towns of Berry (12 minutes) and Kangaroo Valley (35 minutes) are also worth visiting if you have time during your stay. Kids love the Berry Treat Factory & you won’t find better donuts than at the famous Berry Donut Van. Taste local produce or browse the art & handicrafts during a stroll around one of the weekly or monthly local markets in Gerringong, Kiama or Berry. There are quite a few wineries nearby – the historic Coolangatta Estate is only 10 minutes drive, and picturesque Crooked River Wines is even closer. Get back to nature on the Kiama-to-Gerroa Coast Walk, (try the Whale Watching Platform!) or have a picnic in the Seven Mile Beach National Park. If you’re after some serious fun, hit the water slides & other rides at Jamberoo Action Park, it’s only a 30 minute drive.
What can I do in cooler weather?
There’s plenty to do out of the water, making Gerroa a great place to stay year-round. Explore local antique stores, markets, galleries & wineries (the Berry Heritage Walk is a great way to explore the town’s highlights). Try bicycle or horse rides, golf, bowls, fishing, tennis, squash, bird watching, walks, and of course, dining out. If the ocean is a little nippy (but you’re keen on a swim), check out the Kiama Leisure Centre’s heated indoor pool.