South Coast Escapes – August Newsletter

We’re finally in the last month of winter, which means it’s your last chance to squeeze in some cosy quality time away! With that freshness in the air, the heaters are enjoying their pride of place in the living room, and getting out of a warm bed in the morning still feels like a crime. Fortunately, a beautiful area like the Shoalhaven is stunning at all times of the year, and we wouldn’t want you to stay cold and bored at home.

The Palings living areaHave a look at the gorgeous properties on our website, like The Palings at Culburra Beach, a magnificent two-story residence with every comfort you could want. The central heating, fireplace AND woodstove will keep you cosy indoors whilst you enjoy the entertainment system or some old school vinyl, or you can take some wine and blankets out onto one of the many verandas to watch the sunset over the distant mountains turn to the most magnificent display of the Milky Way you’ve ever seen.

Milky Way over Shoalhaven Heads wharf

Milky Way over Shoalhaven Heads wharf | Photo Credit: Visit Shoalhaven


For some family-friendly theatre, the immensely popular musical production Wicked! The Untold Stories of the Witches of Oz is coming to the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. Presented by the Albatross Musical Theatre Company, the show promises a full orchestra and a cast of over fifty members, which is sure to do this powerhouse of a show justice. If you’ve never had the opportunity to catch this musical before, this is your chance.

The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour will be traveling down South to bring the Crème de la crème of comedy to the Shoalhaven! Boasting a line-up of veteran favourites, international stars, and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment will leave you sore from belly laughs.

Food & Wine

For a culinary indulgence, the Shoalhaven’s very own hatted restaurant, St Isidore, is closing its doors on the 24th of August! Last chance for culinary wonders and access to an extensive wine cellar! However, if you’d rather not do the drive, Jervis Bay sits smack bang in the Shoalhaven Coast wine region (that’s right, we have a wine region), and there are NINE wineries to choose from.

On the other hand, why choose? Pick one of the many wine tour companies in the area and do some vineyard hopping! Some of them, like Wine Knot, allow customisable tours depending on location and whether you’re a foodie or just thirsty, and will pick you up and drop you off to all your specifications, with a custom music playlist for the roads between. Whether you’re holidaying with your partner or in a big group, there is the tour out there for you.
wine knot tours


To work off all the excellent food and drink you’ll be having (perhaps not until the next day, if you did that wine trail), head out west to Kangaroo Valley and spend a day on the Three Views walking track in Morton National Park. Getting out in nature won’t cost you a thing except for some change for parking; it’s almost completely flat which makes it suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and the colder weather means you won’t overheat!

Three Views walking track in Morton National Park Kangaroo Valley

As the name suggests, Three Views walking track incorporates three cliff-edge viewing points, each boasting a different spectacular sight. Spend the day walking the easy 9.5km return track that follows the Brooks Plateau and Moolatoo Trig fire trails through open woodland and head to your choice of viewing points. You’ll enjoy incredible views of rivers and gorges, along with spectacular wildflower glimpses in late winter and spring.

Jerrawangala lookout in Jerrawangala National Park

Another option is the Jerrawangala lookout in Jerrawangala National Park. There are few more uplifting ways to start a day than taking by in a sunrise from the peak at Jerrawangala lookout, with its sweeping, panoramic views out over the hinterland to the coast.