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This charm­ing town on the NSW South Coast is nes­tled be­tween green moun­tains and sparkling surf.

IT MAY BE RENOWNED for its his­toric streetscape, bu­colic, ev­er­green set­ting and close prox­im­ity to the coast, but it’s the sup­port­ive com­mu­nity that makes the small town of Milton, in the Shoalhaven re­gion of the NSW South Coast, so spe­cial. “It’s the friend­li­ness — ev­ery­one looks af­ter each other,” says Jo Delly, who, with her chef hus­band, Alex, runs ac­claimed lo­cal res­tau­rant St Isi­dore, which sources many in­gre­di­ents from its large kitchen gar­dens. “There’s com­rade­ship be­tween peo­ple, and busi­nesses are re­ally great at sup­port­ing each other. It’s just so wel­com­ing and laid­back.” Jo es­ti­mates that as many as two new fam­i­lies are mov­ing to Milton each week, en­sur­ing the town’s vi­brant mix of food, re­tail, education and med­i­cal ser­vices con­tin­ues to de­velop and evolve. A pro­posed by­pass — which would see the high­way di­verted past Milton and Ul­ladulla — is also thought to be get­ting closer, with com­mence­ment of the project ex­pected in com­ing years. The Bu­dawang tribe are the orig­i­nal in­hab­i­tants of this part of NSW, and were sighted by Cap­tain Cook on his voy­age in 1770. The first Euro­pean set­tlers ar­rived in Milton in 1828, es­tab­lish­ing a cedar-cut­ting in­dus­try that drew more farm­ers and saw Milton be­come the com­mer­cial cen­tre of the district by 1875. To­day, the main street is a charm­ing mix of old and new, and the town is framed by rolling pas­tures, the majesty of Pigeon House Moun­tain and the Bu­dawang Range, and the oc­ca­sional glimpse of sparkling surf. With mild tem­per­a­tures year round, there’s plenty to en­joy. “The bush­walk­ing is amaz­ing,” says Jo. “You can re­ally en­ter­tain your­self — you can eat, drink, walk, med­i­tate, do yoga, do a cook­ing class…” For more in­for­ma­tion, visit mil­tonnsw.info

Fer­tile farm­land sur­rounds Milton on the NSW South Coast. RIGHT feasrigh­tacel­e­bra­to­ryfeast at St Isi­dore.

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