Score: 7.91

Why are we broadcasting this? From Wollongong down through South Durras, Batemans Bay, Huskisson and whiter-than-white Hyams Beach, this stretch of coast is still sleepy, despite the occasional mall, the sands are silky, the seals and pelicans are cheeky, and you can still find a spot, not hemmed in, on whichever beach you choose. Like its southern sister the Sapphire Coast (see #63), the Shoalhaven is wonderfully relaxed – about everything, that is, except food (the produce scene here is really something). Ah, we’re feeling generous, sharing sandcastles and our fishing bucket, but not our bingo table at the bowlo – that would be going too far. More info: Visit NSW

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