Oh Won­der, Jus­tice and Bastille are the best gigs this month

Sleep in a sa­fari tent, slurp fresh oys­ters and sail along­side dol­phins as you take a road trip up the coast of New South Wales . By

Time Out Singapore - - Inside - Michelle Ng

TAK­ING PATHS LESS TRAV­ELLED can be very re­ward­ing. This is es­pe­cially ev­i­denced by the idyl­lic town­ships south of Syd­ney. If you’ve snapped enough self­ies with the Syd­ney Opera House and Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge, take a scenic pro­pel­ler plane ride down the coast of New South Wales to reap the state’s ru­ral re­wards – un­du­lat­ing hills, un­touched wild­lands and clear blue wa­ter lap­ping against the whitest sand you’ll ever lay eyes on.

Mer­im­bula

We rec­om­mend start­ing your north­bound road trip to­ward Syd­ney from Mer­im­bula, a quaint but breath­tak­ing coastal town whose name is de­rived from the Abo­rig­i­nal word for ‘two lakes’. The rea­son why the south­ern­most coast of New South Wales is known as the Sap­phire Coast be­comes ap­par­ent once its hori­zon is in sight. Where the end­less deep blue sea merges with the equally stun­ning azure sky, vis­i­tors are wel­come to lounge out­doors at The Water­front

Café, which of­fers both a view of the lake as well as crisp fried cala­mari and gi­gan­tic field mush­room burg­ers. Then stroll down the Mer­im­bula

Board­walk at sun­set, when sun­rays weave through man­grove beds and eu­ca­lypt canopies.

Is a visit to any coastal town com­plete with­out a sump­tu­ous seafood meal? If its freshly har­vested and shucked bi­valves that you’re han­ker­ing for in par­tic­u­lar, Cap­tain Sponge is your man. Book a spot on the Cap­tain Sponge Mag­i­cal Oys­ter Tour and the gre­gar­i­ous farmer him­self will bring you

Camp­ing for grownups comes with a touch of lux­ury and com­fort

Pam­bula Lake Syd­ney Rock Oys­ters (right) are farmed here

Cap­tain Sponge

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