Sweeping, soft-sand beaches define the oft-twinned towns of Gerringong and Gerroa. Some 20,000 years of habitation by the Wodi Wodi of the Dharawal people were interrupted by the Sydney Cove shipwreck in 1796, survivors of whom made their way to the area's promising cedar trees.
The lesser of the coast’s two Gongs, Gerringong (population 4404) is a pleasant little town surrounded by farmland above the impressive arc of Werri Beach. It’s popular with both retirees and surfies. Five kilometres south along the coast is Gerroa (population 645), an even sleepier huddle of houses overlooking Crooked River inlet and stunning Seven Mile Beach.