The perfect road trip destination: Traveller discovers ‘the Whitsundays in NSW’ just over two hours from Sydney – complete with white sand beaches and crystal water
- NSW version of the Whitsundays has been discovered 2.5 hours from Sydney
- The picturesque spot is Huskisson, a beachside town of just 786 residents
- A pristine white sand beach offers world-class diving, snorkelling and surfing
- The ocean is turquoise and crystal clear, just like the waters of the Whitsundays
A videographer with a passion for travelling has discovered New South Wales‘ answer to the Whitsundays just two and a half hours’ drive from Sydney.
Andrew Zhao recently visited Huskisson, a picturesque beachside village on the NSW South Coast that looks almost identical to the iconic islands known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef in northeast Queensland.
In a clip posted to his TikTok account ‘Andy Escapes‘ – which has 2.1million ‘likes’ – Mr Zhao showcased the similarities between the two locations that include white sand beaches, world-class diving and and crystal clear turquoise waters.
‘The Whitsundays in NSW?’ he captioned the video.
Huskisson, a beachside town of 786 residents two and a half hours’ drive from Sydney, has been described as NSW answer to the Whitsundays
The tiny beachside town (pictured) looks almost identical to the iconic islands known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef in northeast Queensland
While some are discovering Huskisson for the first time, it’s been a go-to holiday spot for Australians – chiefly those from NSW – for many years.
The top attraction in the tiny town of just 786 residents is the pristine stretch of sand which acts as a base for a host of activities including snorkelling, kayaking and standup paddle boarding.
Award-winning wineries are between 25 and 40 minutes’ drive from the beach, while a quaint country pub serves up tasty Australian fare and thirst-quenching sundowners overlooking the ocean.
The top attraction is the pristine stretch of sand (pictured) which acts as a base for a host of activities including snorkelling, kayaking and standup paddle boarding
The revelation is sure to be welcomed by NSW travel enthusiasts frustrated by snap border closures, which have scuppered countless holiday plans since the pandemic began last year
Things to do in Huskisson
* Sunbathe on the white sand beach
* Eat and drink at the Huskisson ‘Husky’ hotel
* Go stand up paddle boarding and kayaking
* Take the Husky ferry around the bay
* Go whale watching across the water in Jervis Bay
* Visit the Flamin’ Galah Brewing Co
* Go for dinner in The Quarters, Stonegrill or Pilgrims restaurants
Popular with families and couples, Huskisson has a variety of accommodation ranging from budget-friendly motels to boutique resorts, with three nights costing anywhere from $440 to $1,782.
Mr Zhao’s video, which was filmed with a drone and has been viewed 54,700 times, has drawn dozens of stunned responses since it was uploaded online on February 1.
‘Part of one of the most stunning areas in the world,’ one viewer wrote.
‘The Shoalhaven has beautiful beaches that are world class.’
Viewers called the beach (pictured) ‘one of the most stunning places in the world’
Three nights accommodation in the coastal town (pictured) ranges between $440 and $1,792
‘This beach is amazing I was there last week,’ said a second, while a third called anyone who lives close to Huskisson ‘so lucky’.
Others called the town the ‘best place on the South Coast’.
The revelation is sure to be welcomed by NSW travel enthusiasts frustrated by snap border closures, which have scuppered countless holiday plans since the pandemic began in early 2020.