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Dr Rip’s Science of the Surf

The South Coaster presents your annual rip current survival guide, by Dr Rob Brander. It’s Summer and time for my annual Rip Current Survival Guide. Rips are the biggest hazard on Australian beaches causing more fatalities each year on average than bushfires, cyclones, floods and sharks combined and this year won’t be any different. There […]

Thirroul – top stop on the Coffee Coast

There’s a buzz about the seaside village of Thirroul. Possibly because its residents are fuelled by caffeine. Thirroul’s coffee obsession has resulted in about a dozen flourishing cafes in a town home to only about 5600 people. Good coffee is one reason to stop here on your tour of the Grand Pacific Drive. But there […]

Blooming marvels & a recipe for Apple Cider tonic

After the winter chill, spring has sprung at Glenbernie Orchard. Darkes’ Jo Fahey reports. The growth and development of stone fruit, apples and berries is strongly influenced by weather. While winter may look like a time of inactivity, many things are going on with the trees and canes, particularly with regards to the development of […]

Animal attraction

The fact that visitors to Symbio Wildlife Park can get up close and personal with animals has helped make this Helensburgh tourist attraction an international hit. And it just keeps getting better. It’s an exciting time for Symbio Wildlife Park. Helensburgh’s world-famous tourist destination is home to – take a big breath – cheetahs, Sumatran […]

7 Beautiful Wedding Locations

Prepare to be swept away! Award-winning South Coast photographer Anna Blackman picks her favourite wedding locations. (All photos courtesy Anna Blackman Images.) 1. The Escarpment Anna says: Panorama House has been around for a long time; it’s got a nice little pergola and a fantastic view. Altitude 1148 has got an amazing deck. It’s a […]

Meet Imogen the koala’s ‘dad’

The hard work and dedication of Symbio Wildlife Park staff have helped to make this wonderful Helensburgh tourist attraction an international hit. Matt Radnidge, the driving force behind it behind the park’s real-world success, had a chat to The South Coaster. Symbio Wildlife Park is world-famous for its cuter-than-cute viral videos of animals in the […]

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