My affinity with this beautiful part of Australia
My love for the South Coast of NSW started as a child when myself and family would spend our weekends in the summer at Thirroul and Austinmer beaches depending on the velocity of the surf. I loved getting “dunked” in the water so my preference was always Thirroul Beach as the surf was more intense. I use to love taking on the waves head on, I remember I would shout at the waves “Come and get me” and that they did. My family thought I was nuts!!!!
Many memories were made at these two locations, the sand castles, fish and chips from the takeaway across the road or chips on a bread roll with tomato sauce!!! My mum and sisters would love to bring a book, set up the beach chair or the towel and read, whilst I would annoy the hell out of my Father to either come in the surf or build a sandcastle.
As we got older we headed to Wollongong or North Wollongong beaches, I’m not sure when that change occurred but it set the scene for my parents relocating from the Blue Mountains to Shellharbour nearly six years ago.
My love for the South Coast grew when…..
My parents relocated to the South Coast in December 2012. I took it then as an opportunity to discover this pristine coastline (and whilst I had a car)!!! when my parents moved I discovered new parts of the south that I had never seen before. I would regularly make the trek down on weekends to the “holiday house” that my parents acquired near Shellharbour in a new estate called Shell Cove. I never got tired of the view from Mount Eusley road that showcased the beautiful pristine waters of Wollongong Beach and would have the window wound down to breathe the beautiful coastal air that emanated from the ocean.
Then down the highway I would go, Albion Park you may hit the weekend traffic, but for the rest of it the drive is scenic and a smooth ride. I discovered that once you go exploring from Shellharbour the beauty of the South Coast truly awakens.
The small beach town of Minnamurra where upon entry is a beautiful golf course on either side of you. Or the beautiful towns of Kiama, Gerringong which has the most beautiful beach “Werri”, and if that is not spoilt enough the pristine Seven Mile Beach in Gerroa always brings me a smile. But on multiple occasions I would discover further to these parts. I could backtrack towards Wollongong and turn off to the beautiful Kangaroo Valley, Robertson or Jamberoo, or drive to Berry the beautiful town that houses many B&B’s and is the beginning of a beautiful coastal drive towards many wineries, Shoalhaven coast and the gateway into Nowra, Huskisson or Greenwell Point just to name a few.
The thing I love most is that there is so much to explore and SO EASY to explore with the upgraded roads and highways with gorgeous views on either side of your drive.
My Happy place……
I remember when my parents first told myself and sisters they were moving down south the immediate joy we had. It was going to be a beautiful place that we could all gather albeit that it wouldn’t be as regular as we used to. The home my parents acquired is a beautiful place with unobstructed views of Killilea State Park and a beautiful “lush” golf course. The State National Park provides direct access to a unpatrolled beach the locals call “The Farm” which is a beautiful turquoise stretch of ocean where a steep descent is required to access this beautiful beach.
It goes for miles and I love to regularly walk to the location, down the steep wooden steps to the promise land. It’s just a sublime stretch of sand and calm surf and is a popular beach for learn to surf schools. I recently discovered as seen with the pictures above access to one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, Mystic’s Beach. It is also beset by the State Park bushland with the most beautiful golden sand.
Whilst I don’t drive anymore, it doesn’t mean I don’t continue to discover the hidden gems or treasures of the south coast of NSW.
My next blog or part 2 will be the beautiful townships beyond Berry and the many side trips you can take by not just following the coastline on either side of you. Yes for this part I will be hiring a car!!!!!! Shock Horror!!!!!!!