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South Coast is the name given to the coastal region of New South Wales immediately south of Sydney.  The area consists of a narrow hilly, coastal region bound by the Pacific Ocean on the east and a mountainous escarpment forming the eastern edge of the Southern Highland plateau, to the west.  The region is comprised of the Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, the Council of the Municipality of Kiama, Shellharbour City Council, Shoalhaven City Council, Wingecarribee Shire Council and the Wollongong City Council.

South Coast GenWeb County Coordinator: Cathy Dunn
Cathy is responsible for coordinating the GenWebs within the South Coast Region of New South Wales.  Those wishing to volunteer as a local co-ordinator in this region are encouraged to email Cathy for further information.

For South Coast County GenWeb see Cathy Dunn's Shoalhaven GenWeb


Join Rootsweb's AUS-NSW-SE mailing list - suitable for anyone with a genealogical interest in the South East region from Helensburgh to the Victorian border and inland to the Great Divide; includes the towns of Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Bowral, Picton, Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Appin.


Bega Valley (map) is located on the south-eastern coastline of New South Wales and extends from Bermagui in the north to the Victorian border in the south. Also known as the Sapphire Coast, the shire is the largest local government area in coastal NSW with an area of 6,280 square kilometres.  It is sparsely populated, largely because 75% of the area belongs to various National Parks and State Forests. The population as of the 2001 Census was 30,524, of which 6,956 (or 22.8%) reside in rural areas outside identified towns and villages.

The Bega Valley Shire incorporates the communities of Angledale, Aslings Beach, Back Creek, Bald Hills, Barragga Bay, Beauty Point, Bega, Bega South, Bega West, Bemoka,  Beramgui, Bermagui South, Berrambool, Bimbaya, Black Range, Bournda, Boyd East, Boydtown, Broadwater, Brogo, Brogo North, Brown Mountain, Buckajo, Bunga, Burragate, Candelo, Cathcan, Cattle Bay, Chiinock, Cobargo, Coolagolite, Coolangubra, Coolumbooka, Coopers Gully, Crystal Brook, Cuttagee, Daisy Hill, devils Hole, Dignams Bridge, Dignams Creek, Doctor george Mountain, Doctors Creek, Double Creek, East Boyd Town, Eden, Edrom, Erinna, Fairhaven, Frogs Hollow, Galba, Glebe, Glenbog, Green Cape, Greendale, Griegs Flat, Griegs Flat, Illawambra, Jellat Jellat, Jellat South, Jiguma, Kalaru, Kamruka, Kameruka Crossing, Kameruka Estate, Kanoona, Kiah, Kianinny, Kingswood, Knoxs Valley, Lochiel, Lower Kiah, Lower Towamba, Merimbula, Millingando, Mogareeka, Mogilla, Montreal, Morans Crossing, Mount Darragh, Mumbulla, Mumbulla Mountain, Murrah, Myrtle Mountain, Nadgee, Narira, Narrabarba, Nelson, Nelson Lake, Nethercote, New Buildings, North Bega, Nullica, Numbugga, Nungatta, Nunnock, Old Bemboka, Palestine, Palestine Creek, Pambula, Pambula Beach, Pambula Lake, Pambula South, Quaama, Ravenswood, Reedy Swamp, Rocky Fall, Shadracks Creek, Six Mile Creek, Springvale, Stony Creek, Tanja, Tantawangalo, Tarraganda, Tathra, Tathra River, The Peak, Timbillica, Toothdale, Toragy, Towamba, Towridgee, Tura Beach, Upper Brogo, Upper Kiah, Verona, Wadbilliga, Wallaga lake, Wallaga lake Heights, Wallagoot, Wallagoot lake, Walls Flat, Wandella, Wapengo, Wapengo lake, Warragaburra, Whipstick, Wolumla, Wolumla South, Wonboyn, Wonboyn lake, Wonboyn North, Wyndham, Yambulla, Yankees Creek, Yarranung, Yellow Pinch, Yowaka and Yowrie.

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Eurobodalla (map) is a local government area located in a largely mountainous coastal region on the South Coast of New South Wales. The shire chambers are located in the town of Moruya in the central part of the Shire.  Eurbodalla was originally the home of the Bugelli-Manji and Yuin people.

Formed in 1913, the council is responsible for administering local government functions along 110 kilometres of the NSW coast between Durras and Wallaga Lake. It administers a mere 30% of the area as the remaining 70% is non-rateable Crown Land held as national park and state forest.  The Shire is unusual in that nearly half of ratepayers are non-residents. Just over 17% of ratepayers are residents of Canberra. Although the permanent population is around 34,100 the visiting population (who stay more than 3 nights) is 3.1 million annually.

Eurobodalla incorporates the communities of Akolele, Barlings beach, Batehaven, Batemans Bay, Batemans Bay North, Belowra, Benandarah, Bendethera, Bergalia, Bimbimbie, Bingie, Ningie Beach, Bingie Bingi Point, Blackfellows Point, Bodalla, Bodalla Old, Bodalla South, Brou Lake, Broulee, Buckenbowra, Burrewarra, Burri Point Cadgee, Caseys Beach, Catalina, Catalina hegihts, Central Tilba, Clyde River, Coila, Coila Lake, Congo, Congo Point, Corunna, Cullendulla, Currowan, Currowan Creek, Dalmeny, Denhams Beach, Deua, Deua River, Deua River Valley, Dignams Creek, Durras, Durras lake, Durras South, Dwyers Creek, Edgewood, Eurobodalla, Forsters Bay, Garlandtown, Guerilla bay, Gundry, Jeremadra, Kianga, Kiora, Lilli Pilli, Long Beach, Maloneys Beach, Maloneys Flat, Malua, Malua Bay, Malua Beach, Mantle Hill, Meringo, Merricumbene, Modendoura, Mogo, Montague Island, Moruya, Moruya Heads, Moruya North, Mosquito Bay, Mossy Point, Mullenderee, Murrengenburg, Mynora, Mystery Bay, Narooma, Narooma North, Nelligen, Nerrigundah, Newstead, Noggarula, Olsens Creek, Potato Point, Rosedale, Rosedale North, Runnyford, South Head, Sunpatch, Sunshine Bay, Surf Beach, Surfside, Tilba Tilba, Tinpot, Tomakin, Trunketabella, Turlinjah, Tuross head, Victoria Creek, Wagonga, Wallaga lake, Wamban, Wimbie, Woodlands and Yarragee.

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Kiama (map) is a  town and local government area 120 kilometres south of Sydney on the south coast of New South Wale (population circa 20,000).  The traditional landowners called the area Kiarama; the blowhole was referred to as Khanterinteree.  The first European to explore the area was George Bass who stopped there on his voyage to Bass Strait in the late 1700s.  He noted the beauty and complexity of the Kiama area and was astounded when he first discovered the blowhole.

During colonisation Kiama was settled by farmers as the land was rich and fertile.  The Kendall family featured prominently and Kendall descendants still live in the area.  A number of places are devoted to the family including Kendall Cemetery in Kiama Heights and Kendalls Beach.

The Council of the Municipality of Kiama incorporates the communities of Beachside, Bombo, Broughton Village, Budderoo, Carrington Falls, Curramore, Foxground, Gainsborough, Gerringong, Jameroo, Jerrara, Kiama, Kiama Downs, Kiama Heights, Kiama South, Knights Hill, Minnamurra, Omega, Riverside, Rose Valley, Saddleback Mountain, Toolijooa, Werri Beach and Willow Vale.

Kiama GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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Shellharbour (map) is a city and local government area located on the east coast of Australia, about 100 km south of Sydney (population circa 60,000).

Shellharbour Shire incorporates the communities of Albion Park, Albion Park Rail, Balarang, Barrack Heights, Barrack Point, Bass Point, Blackbutt, Calderwood, Croom, Dumore, Flinders, Lake Illawarra, Lake Illawarra South, Lake South, Macquarie Pass, Mount Terry, Mount Warrigal, North Macquarie, Oak Flats, Oak heights, Shell Cove, Shellharbour, Shellharbour Square, Tongarra, Tullimbar, Warilla and Yellow Rock.

Shellharbour GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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Shoalhaven (map) is a local government area two hours south of Sydney.  It has two distinct communities - the northern Nowra district; and the southern Milton Ulladulla district.

"In 1797 the area was crossed by the survivors of the wreck of the Sydney Cove and then by explorer George Bass who, investigating their reports, followed Seven Mile Beach, crossed the shoals at the entrance to the Shoalhaven River and noted the fertile river flats. He named the shallow mouth of the Crookhaven River (as it is now known) 'Shoals Haven'." (smh)

NOTE: excludes Jervis Bay which, although is situated within the region, is a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia administered by ACT.

Shoalhaven GenWeb
Shoalhaven GenWeb Coordinator: Cathy Dunn

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Wingecarribee (3428′S 15025′E; map) is a local government area southwest of Sydney named after the Wingecarribee River, which flows through the region.  The pattern of development is one of small towns and villages. The eastern parts of the Shire are bounded by the Illawarra escarpment and Morton National Park, with some remnant rainforest and heath land.  The north of the Shire is characterised by rugged eucalypt bushland, with gullies, gorges and sandy soils. This area forms part of the catchment for Sydney's water supply and there are three major storage dams - Avon, Nepean and Cordeaux. The Wollondilly and Wingecarribee Rivers flow through the west of the Shire, through deep sandstone valleys and much of this area forms part of the catchment for Warragamba Dam. The south of the Shire is bounded by Uringalla Creek and is a sandstone plateaux dissected by deep gorges.

Wingecarribee Shire incorporates the communities of Alpine, Avoca, Avon Dam, Aylmerton, Balaclava, Balmoral Village, Bangadilly, Barrallier, Barren Grounds, Belanglo, Berrima, Bong, Bong, Boronga, Bowral, Box Hill, Braemar, Bullio, Bundanoon, Burrawang, Buxton, Calwalla, Canyonleigh, Colo Vale, East Bowral, Est Kangaloon, Elm wood, Exeter, Fitzory Falls, Gelncoe, Glenquarry, high Range, Hill Top, Hoddles Cross Roads, Jellore, Joadja, Kangaloon, Kelston, Lake Avon, Lower Mittagong, Manchester Square, Mandemar, Medway, Meryla, Milton Park, Mittagong, Moss Vale, Mount Lindsey, Mount Murray, Myra Vale, Nepean Dam, New Berrima, Paddys River, Penrose, Pheasant Ground, Robertson, Rosedale, Sutton Forest, Wanganderry, Wattle Ridge, Welby, Werai, Wildes Meadow, Willow Vale, Wingecarribee, Wingello, Wollondilly, Woodlands, Yarrunga and Yerrinbool.

Wingecarribee GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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Wollongong (map) is the third largest city in the state of New South Wales.  Located on the eastern coast of Australia, 82kms south of Sydney it is known locally as the 'Gong' (population circa 274,072).  The name Wollongong is said to mean 'sound of the sea' in the local Aboriginal language, although some suggest it may mean 'great feast of fish'.  The area has a long history of coal mining; the production of steelworks; and an industrial port.  The city is also a regional centre for the South Coast fishing industry.  It has two Regional Cathedrals and numerous churches of many denominations, including the well-known land-mark, the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple, the largest in the southern hemisphere.

Wollongong Shire incorporates the suburbs of Austinmer, Austinmer North, Avon Dam Upper, Avondale, Bald Hill, Balgownie, Balgownie Heights, Bayview Hills, Bellambi, Bellambi Creek, Berkeley, Boora Flat, Brownsville, Bulgo, Bulli, Bulli Heights, Bulli North, Bulli Pass, Bulli Tops, Burning Palms, Cataract Catchment Area, Cataract Creek, Cataract Dam Upper, Clifton, Coachwood Park, Colacliff, Coalcliff South, Coledale, Coledale Heights, Coniston, Coniston Heights, Cordeaux, Cordeaux Dam, Cordeaux Dam Upper, Cordeaux Heights, Cordeaux River, Corrimal, Corrimal East, Cringila, Dapto, Dapto Heights, Dapto South, Dapto West, Darkes Forest, Dombarton, Era, Era South, Fairy Meadow, Fairy Meadow West, Fairymeadow, Farmborough Chase, Farmborough Heights, Fernhill, Figtree, Figtree Heights, Flat Rock Junction, Geards Hill, Gwynneville, Haywards Bay, Helensburugh, Helensburgh North, Hell Hole, Horsley, Illowra Hill, Kanahooka, Kanahooka Point, Karingal, Keiraville, Keiraville Heights, Kembla Central, Kembla Grange, Kembla Heights, Kemblawarra, Koonawarra, Lake Avon, Lake Heights, Lakelands, Lilyvale, Lindsay heights, Little Garie, Lysaghts, Madden Plains, Mangerton, Marshall Mount, McArthur Heights, Millbrook, Mount Brown, Mount Drummond, Mount Keira, Mount Kembla, Mount Ousley, Mount Pleasant, Mount Saint Thomas, Nareena Hills, North Corrimal, Otford, Otford Heights, Pacific Heights, Port Kembla, Port Kembla North, Primbee, Primbee South, red Cedar Flat, Reidtowm, Russell Vale, Scarborough, Stanwell Park, Steeltown, Stuart Park, Sublime Point, Tarrawanna, Thirroul, Thirroul Heights, Towradgi, Unanderra, Unanderra East, Unanderra West, University of Wollongong, Warrawong, Warrawong North, Warrawong South, Windang, Wollongong, Wollongong Central, Wollongong East, Wollongong North, Wollongong West, Wombarra, Wombarra Heights, Wongawilli, Wongawilli Upper, Woonona, Woonona East, Woonona Grove, Woonona Heights, Woonona Mountain and Yallah.

Wollongong GenWeb Coordinator:  Volunteer Required

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