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

Entertainment

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

Outdoors

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.

Crookhaven Heads, New South Wales

South Coast Escapes

Welcome to the first Professional Holiday Homes newsletter! In this monthly newsletter, we’ll be sharing some of the best events on the South Coast, as well as showing you some of our wonderful properties that we know will want to make you jump in the car and stay with us again.

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Crookhaven Heads, New South WalesWinter is here, if you can believe it! The rain and wind never seem to stay long, and with the sun shining and the ocean sparkling most of this week, it’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of everything the Shoalhaven has to offer in the off-peak season. Treat yourself to some private luxury, see live music, or just stroll around the gorgeous environment and enjoy the sights in the sun.

Mollymook, New South Wales

Whale Watching

One of the benefits of the cold weather is that we’re in peak whale watching season in the Shoalhaven, which is exactly halfway through their 4000km migration route! With so many beautiful properties right on the beach and lookouts dotted all over the coast, you’ll be spoiled for choice of locations to watch our favourite aquatic mammals go by on their long journey.

whale or dolphin watching

 

You can find excellent views from any of the various lighthouse lookouts in the Shoalhaven; including Crookhaven Heads, Penguins Head and Point Perpendicular; or book a guided tour out on the water with one of many local companies like Jervis Bay Wild to get up close and personal with the pods.

Penguins HeadIf you’re still feeling invigorated afterwards from all that fresh sea air, you can take advantage of your proximity to Jervis Bay National Park and take an easy stroll along the Hyams Beach trail, or head further into the National Park to catch a glimpse of protected native birds and animals, and visit the diverse range of preserved Aboriginal archaeological sites.

Live Music

If you don’t mind taking a trip down some back roads in Riversdale on the last day of June, you can enjoy an afternoon of live music at Bundanon Trust with Sydney duo The Clouds. Arrive in the late morning for enough time to wander through the iconic landscape that inspired one of Australia’s greatest artists, Arthur Boyd, and view the Bundanon art collection, then settle on the grass of the natural amphitheatre next to the on-site café and bar to enjoy the show.

Bundanon - Riversdale
Afternoon of live music at Bundanon Trust

Shopping

Keen to taste as much of this beautiful area as possible? Check out Vincentia Village Local Produce Pop Up on the 20th or Milton Produce Market on the 22nd for seasonal produce, fresh flowers, locally made preserves and pickles, and all the freshly-baked bread and pies you could hope for!

At the very north of the Shoalhaven is the wonderful town of Berry where you can happily spend a few hours browsing the shops and restaurants. The kids will love the toy shops, The Berry Bon Bon Sweet Shop, the delicious gelatarias, and the incredible fresh donuts from The Famous Berry Donut Van.

You’ll find lovely keepsakes at any of the many homeware stores, tea shops and boutiques, and keep an eye out for the slightly hidden but absolutely un-missable Bussola Restaurant, with delicious Italian food that won’t smoke a hole in your wallet.

Food & Wine

For the ultimate day at the beach in Jervis Bay, book a picnic through Hyams Beach Hampers for a luxury experience for two on the world’s whitest sand. Bring nothing but yourselves and your swimmers, and be supplied with a full set up with shade, loungers, sunscreen and towels, and a selection of gourmet local produce. For extra romance, there are packages for sunset and even proposals!

Hyams Beach
Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay

If you’d like a more traditional setting for dinner, you can book a table at one of the many highly-rated restaurants in Jervis Bay and surrounds such as Stonegrill Huskisson, which has a huge range of fresh seafood options, as well as the unique dining option of having your meal presented on a heat-retaining volcanic stone at your table!