THE ES­SEN­TIALS

Country Style - - ON THE MOVE GERRINGONG NSW -

Ger­ringong is 130 kilo­me­tres south of Syd­ney via the Princes High­way or Grand Pa­cific Drive, with a drive time of close to two hours. There is a reg­u­lar train to Syd­ney as well as coach ser­vices that con­nect to Syd­ney and Mel­bourne. CLOCK­WISE, FROM TOP LEFT The pro­duce on of­fer at Buena Vista Farm; surfers af­ter the next break at Werri Beach; take the kids horserid­ing on the sand; pick up a surf­board at Nat­u­ral Ne­ces­sity; Boat Har­bour Rock Pool is made for swim­ming and snorkellin­g; Fiona Weir Walm­s­ley and one of her dairy goats at Buena Vista Farm. FAC­ING PAGE, CLOCK­WISE, FROM TOP LEFT Salesperso­n Mary An­der­son in Deer Wil­low at Kiama; Deer Wil­low spe­cialises in one-off pieces with an or­ganic ap­peal to suit coastal style.

REA­SONS TO VISIT

BUENA VISTA FARM Try your hand at mak­ing sour­dough bread, jam and yo­ghurt at this fam­ily-owned prop­erty. 0414 703 958; bue­nav­ista­farm.com.au KIAMA COAST WALK This route is a 22-kilo­me­tre track from Min­na­murra Rail­way Sta­tion to Werri Beach of­fer­ing dra­matic coastal views along the way. kia­ma­coast­walk.com MARY MAKER STU­DIO Learn the tra­di­tional art of macramé in Kiama. mary­mak­er­stu­dio.com.au SOUTH COAST EX­PE­RI­ENCES

can tai­lor a range of ac­tiv­i­ties or ex­pe­ri­ences in­clud­ing horserid­ing on the beach with a pic­nic, an out­door film night un­der the stars, and pri­vate yoga lessons and re­treats. 0411 614 486; south­coas­t­ex­pe­ri­ences.net.au

REA­SONS TO STAY

BEACHES Fab­u­lous lo­cal beach­side spots in­clude Werri, pop­u­lar for surf, and Seven Mile, plus the ocean pool at Boat Har­bour is a favourite.

KIAMA FARM­ERS’ MAR­KET Stock up on sea­sonal pro­duce each Wed­nes­day from 2pm-5pm at Surf Beach, Kiama. face­book.com/kia­ma­farm­ers­mar­ket THE SCHOOL­HOUSE holds a reg­u­lar tapas evening that fea­tures its own hand­made cheese as well as lo­cal pro­duce. Also avail­able for func­tions. 2 Vic­to­ria Street, Ger­ringong. (02) 4234 0050; theschool­house.com.au WINER­IES to check out in­clude Crooked River Wines and Roselea Vine­yard, both in Ger­ringong, and Moun­tain Ridge Wines up on Coolan­gatta Moun­tain. crookedriv­er wines.com; moun­tain­ridgewines. com.au; rose­leav­ine­yard.com.au

SHOP

DEER WIL­LOW Dis­cover home­wares, fashion and ac­ces­sories from around the globe. 12 Man­ning Street, Kiama. (02) 4293 1033; fol­low @deer­wil­low on In­sta­gram.

NAT­U­RAL NE­CES­SITY This surf shop stocks more than 500 brands. 115 Fern Street, Ger­ringong. (02) 4234 1636; nat­u­ral­ne­ces­sity.com.au THE PER­FECT BREAK CAFÉ Grab a bite right next door. (02) 4234 1211.

EAT

THE BLUE SWIMMER is open for break­fast, lunch and din­ner on the fore­shore of Seven Mile Beach. Try the Fish­er­man’s Stew. Open seven days from 7am-3pm, plus Thurs­day to Satur­day for din­ner from 5.30pm. 19 River­leigh Av­enue, Ger­roa. (02) 4234 3796; the­blueswim­mer.com.au DANDELION & MAL­LOW is a whole­food cater­ing busi­ness that also hosts cook­ing classes and events. 0411 439 602; dan­de­lio­nand­mal­low.com.au FERN ST. KIOSK This eatery of­fers great food and cof­fee. 100 Fern Street, Ger­ringong. 0411 061 961. WILD PATCH is a busy whole­food café in Kiama. The Nour­ish Bowl is pop­u­lar for brunch. Open 6.30am– 4pm week­days and 7am–4pm on week­ends. 14 Man­ning Street, Kiama. 0477 340 312; wild­patch­cafe.com

STAY

JERRYMARA is a ren­o­vated dairy cot­tage on 20 hectares in Wil­low Vale, ten min­utes from Ger­ringong. It sleeps 11 guests and has a ten­nis court and swim­ming pool. airbnb.com.au/rooms/ 20424977; fol­low @jer­ry­mara_es­tate on In­sta­gram.

OCEAN FARM for coastal views on a work­ing farm. 25 Princes High­way, Ger­ringong. ocean­farm.com.au SOUTH COAST HOL­I­DAYS has a range of pri­vate beach and coun­try re­treats avail­able. (02) 4234 2065; south­coasthol­i­days.com.au SOUL OF GER­RINGONG is a beau­ti­ful farm­house with a re­laxed beach vibe. With seven gue­strooms, each with an en­suite, it’s ideal for hol­i­days and func­tions. 143 Belinda Street, Ger­ringong. soulofger­ringong.com.au

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