South Coast Escapes
Welcome to the new year! We hope you rung in 2022 with friends, family, food and drink of the best kind, and are ready for a whole new year of adventure. There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the holidays before work and school returns, so whether you and the family want a trip down the coast, or you’ve had your fill of relatives and want to run away for a week with your best friends, we’ve got you covered! There are dozens of holiday homes to choose from in the beautiful Shoalhaven area, and loads of events to keep you entertained during your time away.
Love Your Ride Motor Show & Horse Racing – 9 January
Enjoy fun for the whole family at the first Motor Show and Horse Race Day at Shoalhaven City Turf Club, where motor enthusiasts can show off their cars and motorbikes (and stand around looking at them, of course), and the whole family can watch horse racing, and enjoy a jumping castle and train rides.
Art Classes for Creative Kids & Teens – 10-12 January
Shoalhaven Regional Gallery is hosting a number of crafting workshops for kids of different ages to have fun and create ocean-themed crafts that they can take with them, including beach bags and beach balls! The workshops are tailored for kids from ages three to eighteen with tickets starting at only $10, and just a few blocks away is a Pinot & Picasso venue if the adults want to get artistic with a few glasses of wine as well.
School Holiday Ring Making Workshop – 12 January
Continuing the creative activities, adults and children can get artistic together at the School Holiday Ring making workshop at Apply Eye Jewellery Studio in Berry, learn traditional silver smith techniques including soldering, forming and texturing, and make a unique sterling silver stacking ring. Tickets are $40pp for the opportunity to learn how to use naked flame to work with fine metal and have a simple but beautiful reminder of your holiday together.
For the green thumbs out there (or those who like to give gorgeous plants as gifts) the Shoalhaven Heads Native Botanic Garden is holding a plant sale of Australian natives to fundraise for the maintenance and development of the garden. They’re also selling raffle tickets to win a deluxe kayak and generous vouchers, so not only can you get good quality native plants at modest prices, but you might also take some prizes home, all for a good cause!
Australia Day Duck Derby – 26 January
Start your public holiday with a fun day of racing rubber ducks at the beach! Buy your own duck in the race for the chance to win $500 and help support the Marine Rescue Jervis Bay volunteers’ surf rescue activities. Bring the family and a picnic rug, enjoy food trucks, market stalls, and entertainment, and watch your duck race to the finish line.