The South Coast generally refers to the narrow coastal belt south of Sydney and Wollongong stretching to the border with Victoria. It is actually divided into 3 sub-regions: Shoalhaven, the Eurobodalla Nature Coast and the Sapphire Coast. Mainly populated and visited by residents from nearby Sydney and Canberra, the Shoalhaven region is a majestic stretch of coast endowed with white sand beaches, bays, interesting country towns and natural wonders. It is, after Sydney, the most popular tourist destination in New South Wales and over the last few decades, many people have chosen this tranquil area to retire. The crystal clear waters of the South Coast are famed for their fish, dolphins and migrating whales, but also for the unique surf arriving at the myriad of reefs, points and beachbreaks, providing a great release valve for Sydney surfers on a weekend mission.