If you want to see the best spots, you'll need to pay the park-entrance fee of A$11 per day; a standard NSW National Parks Pass doesn't work here. Places to visit include Hyams Beach, reputed to have the whitest sand in the world. Notice how it squeaks when you walk on it. Wear sunscreen! The reflection off the beach can burn your skin in minutes, even on a cloudy day. Hole in the Wall Beach has interesting rock formations and a smell of natural sulfur. Secluded Summer Cloud Bay offers excellent fishing.

Dolphin Watch Cruises, 74 Owen St., Huskisson (tel. 1800/246 010 in Australia, or 02/4441 6311; www.dolphinwatch.com.au), runs a hardy vessel out of Huskisson on the lookout for the resident pod of bottlenose dolphins. A 2-hour dolphin watch and bay cruise leaves at 10am and costs A$35 for adults and A$20 for children. It's possible to see humpback and southern right whales in June and July and from mid-September to mid-November. A 3-hour whale-watch cruise leaves at 9:30am and costs A$65 for adults and A$35 for children.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.