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Travel guide South Coast

Exploring Narooma and surrounds
By Penny Parsons

Narooma is a well-known fishing destination, whether your thing is estuary, river, bay or deep-sea fishing, this is the place! Its proximity to the continental shelf and reef fishing around Montague Island (only 8kms from the mainland) make it a popular holiday spot.   Of course, there is much more to the area than just fishing and it's a lovely location that is worth exploring in more detail, from the heritage village of Tilba Tilba to the ‘mystery’ of Mystery Bay.   Top 5 things to do and see   Montague Island - www.montagueisland.com.au Montague Island is a National Parks and Wildlife Reserve with a historic lighthouse, huge seal colony, little penguins, great snorkelling and - of course - fishing (although some areas of the surrounding waterway ar... Read more

The best of Batemans Bay
By Penny Parsons

Part of the Eurobodalla area of NSW, Batemans Bay is around 4 hours south of Sydney, 2 hours east of Canberra and only 15 minutes south of Nowra. This is a popular Canberra holiday spot and a great family or weekend getaway with a variety of land and water activities for everyone.   Top 5 things to do and see   Fishing Batemans Bay is part of a marine park that extends down the coast, however there are many areas still open for fishing, particularly recreational fishing. There are a number of fishing charters based in Batemans Bay that will take you reef and deep-sea fishing – suitable for anyone over 12. Fish along the Clyde River from one of the jetties for whiting, bream or flathead, or out along the rockwalls into the bay. You can also hire a tinnie so you can enjo... Read more

A journey to Jervis Bay
By Penny Parsons

Part of the Shoalhaven area of NSW, Jervis Bay is 15 by 10km of crystal clear waters. It is dotted with towns, including Huskisson, Vincentia, Hyams Beach, Callala Bay and Sanctuary Point, and enclosed by Booderee National Park at the southern end.   Only 15 minutes south of Nowra, Jervis Bay is a great family and adventure getaway from both Sydney and Canberra.   Top 5 things to do and see   Beaches Jervis Bay is ringed by beaches from Callala Beach in the north, past the famous white sands of Hyams Beach to Greenpatch, which faces west. These are bay beaches, so perfect for  families and the water is very clear, and the rocky outcrops at the headlands are full of rockpools and perfect for snorkelling.   Diving Jervis Bay is famous for diving and there... Read more

Guide to Kiama, Gerringong and Gerroa
By Penny Parsons

Only an hour and a half drive south of Sydney brings you to Kiama, Gerroa and Gerringong, an area of lush green pastures, spectacular cliffs along the seaside and almost a dozen fabulous beaches.   Kiama is a vibrant and historic town with many landmark buildings and is a great spot to wander for the day or to catch a bite to eat.   Top 5 things to do and see   Minnamurra Rainforest The Minnamurra Rainforest is near Jamberoo, around 15 minutes drive from Kiama. There is a 1.6km boardwalk that takes you through the subtropical landscape where you can see huge ancient fig trees, massive ferns and native lyrebirds. A part of this walk is wheelchair-friendly, and it’s suitable for kids through to seniors - so long as you take it slowly, as it’s lovely and shad... Read more

Northcove Retreat
By Greg Ledwidge

Northcove Retreat is a truly restful beach escape. The house is situated in a bush setting with views of the ocean and direct frontage on the reserve. This peaceful beach house,completely clad in cedar, offers style and comfort in a peaceful and beautiful setting. Spacious and airy, the main living area features three sets of French doors that open out onto an expansive wrap-around deck. The deck is cleverly sheltered under the main roof canopy, which means that you can relax on the deck with your favourite beverage and enjoy the ever-changing views and animal life. Particularly pleasant when it's raining! Enjoy picnics and lazy afternoons on the nearby beaches. Pack your basket and walk to your choice of two beaches. Longbeach is an easy 5 minute walk and is particularly good for ... Read more

An artistic rural retreat
By Carol Joyce

Do you enjoy shopping, antiques, visiting wineries, fine dining, the beach, fishing, whale watching, golf, bush walking, art galleries, live theatre/music, magnificent rural and coastal views? The village of Milton on the NSW south coast and the surrounding area has all this and more. Only a 3 hour drive from Sydney and less from Canberra, Milton was founded in 1860. The town's historic buildings combine with boutique shops, cafes and galleries to create a contemporary lifestyle. A short drive to Mollymook and you can experience fine dining at Rick Stein's at Bannisters. Experience the best the area has to offer by staying at the peaceful artistic rural retreat Milton Country Cottages. Each cottage is architect-designed with high ceilings and every comfort including a spa bath... Read more

Review - Karralika Springs B&B Mountain Retreat
By Anita Lai

50c Keoghs Road Kangaroo Valley Karralika Springs has glorious views over Kangaroo Valley and a lovely welcoming feel. We were greeted by the hosts and made to feel at home straight away.   Overall rating? Great, with outstanding cleanliness   What makes Karralika Springs B&B different? Wherever you are – inside or out, the stunning views are a feature of this lovely property. We had a wonderful panorama of the mountains, which we could enjoy while lying in bed!   Accommodation overview There are three rooms, which can be booked separately or together. One room has a queen-size bed and can be booked with access to a large bathroom with twin showers and basins, spa, and separate toilet. The Queen Room can also be booked along with the Double Room, with sh... Read more

Review - Review – Lakesea Park
By Bruce Mumford

Durras Lake Road South Durras NSW   Lakesea Park is in a wonderful location, as the name implies, between the pristine beach and Lake Durras.   Overall rating?       Outstanding   What makes Lakesea Park different? The wonderful bush surroundings and the benefit of both lake and sea frontage are the standout features of this holiday park. Lakesea Park is serene and the plentiful wildlife is a bonus.   Accommodation overview Our Seaside Cabin had ramped access, although the entrance and interior is not really made for disabled access. While the cabin is roomy, there are no grab rails or wheelchair facilities.   The cabin was clean, modern and well appointed, with three bedrooms. Two bedrooms have queen-size beds and an ensuite each a... Read more

By Christine Kane

Historic and pastoral Berry is an inviting rural town south of Sydney, and the perfect spot if you’re looking for a fascinating, relaxing and food-filled sojourn or a pit stop on your journey to the rest of the beautiful NSW South Coast. Berry is an idyll of rich green pastures at the foothills of the Cambewarra Range, and was the perfect location to establish a town that thrived on a range of agricultural activities, much of the produce then shipped to Sydney on Shoalhaven River. Known as ‘The Town of Trees’ thanks to many old and beautiful English oaks, elms and beeches, which line the main street and stand guard in front of the historic, convict-built National Trust listed buildings. A stroll down Queen Street reveals a broad choice of food experiences from elega... Read more

Holiday in Jervis Bay
By Penny Parsons

Jervis Bay, NSW South Coast Walter Burley-Griffin drew up plans for parts of the Jervis Bay region, in the hope that it would become the port of Australia's National Capital. This goes back to the time when the inland site of Canberra was selected to be our capital, with the area being proclaimed as 'Jervis Bay Territory'. A scenic and natural wonderland Jervis Bay is one of the scenic wonders of Australia. It containes one of only three marine parks in NSW and is at least six times the size of Sydney Harbour. It is fringed by spectacular National Parks and lays claim to the whitest sand in the world at Hyam's Beach. Jervis Bay offers the opportunity to see an incredible diversity of wildlife; seals, dolphins, whales, penguins, kangaroos (even in the streets of some of the vil... Read more

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