Experiences

South Coast Weekend – Road Tripper

October 28, 2015

Living in Sydney means we have access to some of the worlds most beautiful beaches. So many hidden gems right on our doorstep. We recently took off on an impromptu family road trip. You know those last minute; need to escape the routine kind of weekend. So we did.

We packed & loaded the car (over packed & over loaded), and headed South. With no preconceived ideas on what we would do or see, we hit the road like a family of excited nomads. Okay our accommodation was sorted but that was it.

Heading south the drive was picturesque as we passed through valleys and clung to the rugged coastline. Small towns aplenty, local boutique wineries and plenty of  ‘Moo Cows’ for Lola made for an easy, leisurely drive. We reached our destination in Jervis Bay as the weather turned wild, so we embraced the street cafe scene in Huskisson.

‘Husky’ is one of those small marina/port towns that is on the verge of change. Strong history & heritage, a lot of original buildings and an impressive array of marine life. A handful of cool shops & modern eateries have started popping up and the vibe of the town is shifting (in a good way).

Our picks:
For breakfast or lunch, check out Supply Jervis Bay (also a great selection of local produce to purchase) or the famous Pilgrims (hearty vegetarian cafe, the original is in Milton), always a fave. The Huskisson Pub has had a refurb & its done wonders. The restaurant serves up ‘bistro style’ fare, family-friendly with great views from the large deck. Outside the hotel, a well paved footpath hugs the coastline all the way down to Vincentia, a great track for the kids to scoot and take in the scenery. There are a few playgrounds along this track that cater for all ages.

Husky is the main departure point for whale & dolphin watch cruises, a myriad of sea life. Definitely a must if you’ve not seen these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. Snorkelling, diving and SUP’s are just a few of the aqua activities on offer in Husky, it’s one of those places that you can really experience the outdoors. Weather permitting of course.

Beach time was fairly limited but Hyams Beach was a must (even in beanies & scarves). Known for its pure white sand and completely unspoilt surroundings. Perfection. We played with giant sticks, had a quick hit of beach cricket before running for the hills when the weather turned again. And, if movies are your thing, the very quaint, original Husky Picture Theatre is open 7 days a week, showing a collection of newish releases.

Travelling inland we arrived in beautiful Berry, the perfect place when the weather isn’t so grand. Berry is one of those historic towns that’s gotten a bit ‘hip’. A younger generation of sea changers has carved a new wave of cool cafes, homewares & fashion boutiques. The rustic village charm still remains but it’s finally embracing a new and modern creative twist – I love it.

Our picks:
Hands down the best breakfast and coffee goes to Berry Sourdough Cafe. Freshly baked artesian breads and local produce make this place a crowd favourite. So much love, hubby is calling it ‘Best Eggs Benedict ever’.  We spent the day enjoying the Sunday local farmers market and the many funky little shops that now call Berry home.

For interiors, decor and homewares check out Haven & Space (a Berry institution with an impressive collection of brands). New kid on the block, The Picnic Shed, incredibly charming with a boutique collection of homewares & decor. They support some of the bespoke, up & coming brands which is always a big plus in my book.

The best ‘old-school’ toy store award goes to Goldfish.  An imaginative, visual feast with so many unique toys, crafts, books and creative goodies. It had something for everyone. I was just waiting for Mr Magorium (aka Dustin Hoffman) to jump out from behind a curtain.

For an afternoon treat, il Locale is a winner; freshest of fresh authentic gelato. They also have a really cool street art mural across the building facade. For beautiful blooms, candles, decor & wall art, The Shady Fig is a must. A beautifully curated store with a focus on ‘shop small’. For a casual, family friendly Italian experience (lunch or dinner), Mezzadellas is perfect. Authentic pizza, pasta, great friendly service & a super cozy atmosphere, they also do takeaway.

Wrapping up the weekend, we made the leisurely drive back to Sydney. The South Coast was a really ‘easy’ weekend mini-break for the family. The weather was less than average but it forced us to explore some of the great eateries and boutiques this part of the world has to offer. We ate and then ate some more.

It’s a very quiet part of the world, which was good for a quick weekend refresh. The kind of place that would be ideal for a few families travelling together, very chilled out – lots of good wine & conversation!
For accommodation, check out STAYZ for some beautiful beach homes, apartments and cabins.

Now to plan our next getaway. Hopefully a hot one this time around.

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