When anyone say’s the word “Coast” in Canberra you automatically think somewhere between Huskisson and Eden. Over the warmer months the Coast is our second home, all heading to the beach their population doubles each weekend as we head to dig our toes into white sands. Now more than ever is the time the coast needs us Canberrans. Spend a day or overnight, explore different towns, shop boutiques and eat their local produce.
Read our travel secrets from an original coast girl who craves the seaside;
Jervis Bay/Huskisson –
Their beaches could beat those of the Whitsunday’s and they’re only 2.5 hours away, visit Hyams, Greenfields and Murray’s for a day of the whitest sands and aqua seas. Visit the main street of Husky for lunch at The Quarters (owned by a former Canberran), coffee at Dent street & shopping at Few & Far.
Packed full of homewares and boutiques Milton is the home of great coffee and great places to shop. For the adventurer among the group nothing beats a sunrise trek up Pidgeon house mountain followed by breakfast at Milk Haus on the way back. Make it a Girls weekend or weekend away with the boy at Bannisters (trust us it’s worth the hype). Splurge and stay at Bannisters by the sea and make sure to book in a spa treatment overlooking the rolling greens to the sea, enjoy drinks at the Pavilion and play at the pool bar.
Batemans Bay to Broulee –
Drive the coast road past all of the smaller towns stop at McKenzies Beach, Sunshine Bay and Lilli Pilli, each beach offers something a little different – perfect surf, a cove to sunbake and swim or the perfect walk along the beach making your way to explore the rocks. Stop at three66espresso for coffee and their mouth-watering choc fudge & cherry brownie. Visit Mogo and explore their emporiums of handmade and unique gifts, While some of the street was destroyed in the fires most are still there and need your support. Have a late lunch at the Mossy Café and back to Broulee beach to watch the sun set. For those with pooch in tow Broulee Beach next to Shark Bay is dog friendly and they are sure to make a friend while there.
Tuross Head is the place of school holidays past. Days spent on the One Tree beach, at the boatshed enjoying the water or fishing off the banks of the river. Walk past the memorial gardens, across main beach and along the boardwalks to Coila. Looking for something a little more “nourished” than fish and chips, Blue Earth in Bodalla is oozing Byron vibes, hearty eats and a chilled atmosphere that will take you from hangry to zen.
Narooma & Tilba Tilba –
Narooma is the home of natural beauty and probably the envy of the coast when it comes to views. Take a walk along the boardwalk and experience the wonderful marine creatures in the bay, if you’re lucky you may even see the resident seal waiting for the fishermen’s left overs. Dine at Bound to Earth for delicious locally sourced land to sea meals and a range of Vegetarian friendly options. Visit Tilba Tilba and relive the nostalgia of the lolly shop, cheese factory and toy shop full of hand made goods that will last a lifetime.
Bermagui to Merimbula –
No coast trip is complete without fresh seafood and Bermagui is the home to some of the greatest trawlers bringing in the tastiest of catches. The Co-op on the docks serves up the perfect family lunch that can be enjoyed on the grass, by Wallaga Lake while the little one’s paddle or take a drive to the sea pool. Head towards Merimbula through Cobargo and Bega – yes it would be rude to not stop for Cheese and spend a night on the Esplanade in Merimbula. They also have a hidden gem boardwalk around the inlet, oyster farms and sand that continues along to a friendly wooden café (look we love a food safari if you can’t tell) with delicious coffee and super friendly locals who love a chat.
Despite the recent tragedy the coast still has so much natural beauty, true heart and community. Visit the towns, talk to the locals and give back at their hour of need.
Have we missed your fav spot? Tell us what it is in the comments below.