Scenic Itinerary To The New South Wales South Coast NSW | Part 1
If anyone has had the pleasure of cruising down the Princes Highway to the tranquil South Coast of New South Wales, then you know already just how stunning this part of the world is. Australia is certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to beach escape destinations, but there’s something extra about this region.
This is where local produce is celebrated, the landscape is pristine and the locals wear a smile on their dial. It’s this unique elixir that has tourists and regulars (like me) coming back for more every time.
In part one of this three part series we start off at Milton and head all the way to Tomakin just south of Bateman's Bay, for a trip featuring a stop at a winery, a camp site all to yourself and much more.
Milton & Ulladulla
Anything but a sleepy village, Milton is a quaint town just outside of Ulladulla. The main street is bound by an array of local homeware shops, bakeries, cafes and local produce. There are many award-winning restaurants in the area and in nearby Mollymook which are worth making a trip down for just by themselves to explore.
Ulladulla has fast become a hub of the South Coast, making it a popular stop off point for travellers to stretch their legs along the journey, or to stay at one of the many accommodation options in and around town. Surf shops, cafes and a few local clubs to have a hearty pub feed, there is no wonder why so many families flock to this part of the coastline.
Appropriately named the Milk Haus is a whole foods cafe established in an old milk farm, with many of the neighbouring properties still in the dairy business. It’s full of character, with high ceilings, long communal tables and an open kitchen to take a sniz at all the action.
Local seasonal produce and baked goods ( from Kraken Bakery) are also available to purchase, perfect for that beachside picnic. The menu changes each month and is crafted around what local delights are available, bringing variety to the table.
If you’ve got little ones in tow or just a bit of a farmer at heart, take a walk around the vegetable patches and the chicken shed where you will be greeted by a mixture of chickens and feathered folk.
Open Thursday to Monday
170 Woodstock Rd, Woodstock, 2538
Making there mark on the Shoalhaven wine region, Cupitt's Winery offers some of the finest drops with a picturesque backdrop and food menu to match. Pop by for a wine tasting or a bite to eat at Cupitt's Kitchen or just soak up the view.
Regular markets are held at the property featuring local farmers, live music and dining events, there is always something to enjoy at the property.
Keep in mind that the secret is out and this once hidden gem is now on a fair few road trippers (and locals) radars, so it is worth booking ahead if you’re planning to dine here.
58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla
Little Valley Camping by the Creek
Fancy staying the night? If camping away from the main caravan parks and hustle and bustle is more your style, then book a night at this tranquil campsite.
One campsite means you have the space to yourself, expect maybe the resident rescue dogs, sheep and horses who will be sure to make you feel right at home. This is the type of place you come to get away from it all while still being a short drive away from civilisation.
You can find out more about the listing here
One of the fast growing city centres along the Princes Highway, there's plenty to see an do in this neck of the woods. If spotting a pelican perched on a street light post you will not be disappointed as there are abundance of these gentle bird giants to spot and feed.
The Oyster Shed on Wray Street
But if you're after a feed and with an appetite for oysters make sure you make a detour to The Oyster Shed on Wray Street. The cosy little shed located on the banks of the Clyde River is a oyster lovers dream with several varieties available to purchase all sourced from local oyster farms.
Take a seat out the back and watch the boats by with a tray of freshly shucked oysters, a squeeze of lemon and a sea breeze. Happy days.
Wray Street, Shed 5, Batemans Bay 2536
As you continue your way down south, there are two routes that can you drive along, there's the faster option of straight down the Princes Hwy, or you can take a detour at Batemans Bay for the scenic coastal tour by following the signs for George Bass Drive.
The Rivermouth General Store
If you choose the later make the time to stop into Tomakin, located about 20mins south of Batemans Bay. Relaxed and with a real holiday by the sea vibe, take a walk along the beach or enjoy the fresh flavours of The Rivermouth General Store.
Opened Wednesday to Sunday, you can find this neighbourhood favourite on a corner in the more residential part of town at 101 Sunpatch Parade. Stop by for breakfast or lunch, dine in or take away and eat by the sea, with inside and outside dining areas available.
Wholesome and comforting, the menu offers a great range of burgers (vegetarian included), fresh salads which vary with the seasons, sausage rolls and sandwiches.
101 Sunpatch Parade, Tomakin 2537
Stay tuned for the second part of this three part series as we continue onto the Eurobodalla region on the hunt for fresh oysters, rustic camping and a bay of mystery.