MAP - NSW maritime heritage sites
Europeans arrived on the south coast mainly by ship and came ashore in small south coast harbours.
The region developed slowly as a pastoral area. Dairy farms have dominated but pigs, maize, sorghum and fishing have also been important.
A shore based whaling industry operated from Twofold Bay for many years. This was an industry in which the Aboriginal community was effectively an equal partner. The whale industry closed in the 1920s.
The tuna then became a major source of income and the Narooma cannery was built in 1937. Today, whale watching and game fishing, attracts many tourists.
Lanercost wreck site, Twofold Bay
Many important shipwrecks lie in the waters off the South Coast. They are evidence of over 150 years of coastal and international trade and of the impact of WWII on shipping in Australian waters.
Page last updated: 31 August 2012