Published: 21 October 2015 by: Melissa Rimac

Enjoy the Coonawarra wine country at Highbank Wines; photo: South Australian Tourism Commission

On so many of the 70 plus beaches along the Eurobodalla Coast, the only footprints in the sand are very likely to be yours. This painterly landscape is unique for its multitude of waterways, pristine beauty and laid back vibe ideally appreciated by scenic secondary roads.

Some beaches, such as the pebbled little coves between Bateman’s Bay and Mossy Point, conjure images of the Mediterranean. Then there’s the orange lichen-coated Grey Rocks, where fairy penguins or cormorants might join your swim, or the sea-mist shrouded stretches of sand south of Narooma, accessed by driving through paddocks.

The trick to getting the most from this delightfully unpeopled region is to deftly slip off the Pacific Highway and know when to get out of the car to surf, walk, swim, snorkel, kayak, hire a tinny or check out a gallery.

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Historic Yallum Park Homestead, South Australia; photo: Adam Bruzzone, South Australian Tourism Commission

A languid breakfast or lunch at the retro Muffin Shop at Mossy Point is an ideal entrée to the local vibe. The formation of the Batemans Marine Park has enhanced the abundant snorkelling opportunities. Sheltered beaches such as Guerilla Bay, Broulee, and Tomakin feature captivating marine life and velvety soft corals. A walk towards the headlands of Rosedale Beach reveals splendid rock art.

A 15 minute drive from the heritage-rich Moruya, the unlikely named Congo leads to gloriously empty waterways and walks amidst a Jurassic forest of giant cycads in Eurobodalla National Park. Followed further south, Congo Road weaves through scented forest to reach Mullimburra Point where a series of calm bays surround a promontory popular with kangaroos. And then there's Binge Point, where sparkly granite boulders conceal rock pools shaped uncannily like spa baths.

Although a delicious sense of isolation prevails at these beaches, if you fancy a fine meal or a bottle of wine, Moruya is only a 20-minute drive away. Near the historic hamlet of Bodalla, there are two very worthy diversions: the sparkling Tuross Lake best appreciated by hiring a tinny and the bush fringed beaches of Potato Point. Lake Brou is perfect for a tucked away picnic; the drive through spotted gum forest a treat in itself.

The tranquil Moruya River, Eurobodalla; photo: Alan Nichols, Eurobodalla Coast Tourism

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