Visiting Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa, Berry, Huskisson, Kangaroo Valley, Burrawang and Bowral.
We left Sydney on a Saturday morning, hoping to stay a night in Huskisson. The plan was to explore the coast between Sydney and Jervis Bay over the next two days. It was what we call in our family ‘a flash tour’ – touching on many places in a short time, with a view to going back to where we liked the best.
Our first stop was Kiama – what a pretty place. We strolled along the waterfront (above Black Beach) to see the stalls of the produce market – held on the 4th Saturday of each month. On sale were home-made biscotti and delicious biscuits, honey, pastries, vegetables, herbs, etc. A very small market and items were a bit pricey (for example medium sized jar of honey $8).
We walked on to the historic Kiama Terrace Houses plus shops in Sandstone Walk. The terraces are a row of weatherboard cottages that were built in 1886 for workers in the local quarry. Loved the restored terraces that have been classified by the National Trust. We had coffee and delicious cakes at Amaki Cottage Café. Very pleasant sitting outside in the sun.
Kiama is famous for the Blowhole on the point, below the lighthouse. It’s spectacular when it’s “blowing”.
We also visited the Little Blowhole – really worth the visit as there was a good swell due to north-easterly winds.
Gerringong and Gerroa
From Kiama it was a short drive onto Gerringong. Great surfing beach and pretty main street. We found a very good homewares store called Oak Home – with friendly staff and good quality kitchenware.
Next stop was Gerroa and a walk on beautiful Seven Mile Beach.
It was getting late in the afternoon, but we had time to drive to Berry. Very cute town with pretty shops. We loved Huckleberry Home – a gorgeous homewares store at 94-96 Queen Street, Berry, telephone 4464 3881. Not enough time to explore here as everything was closing! Warrants a weekend on its own.
Huskisson (Jervis Bay)
It was getting late, the shops were closing, so we headed for Huskisson. Kate and Stephen run the gorgeous Huskisson Bed & Breakfast, a 1930s cottage that has been beautifully renovated. It is stylish, clean and comfortable – very welcoming. We were lucky to get a room as there had been a cancellation. There were three of us plus our little poodle and we were so happy in our “family suite”. If we had been dog-free we had heard great things about Seagrass Brasserie, Stonegrill Restaurant and the local Thai café. However we bought take-away from the local Indian restaurant and ate our dinner at the B&B. We spent such a pleasant evening chatting to other guests in the cosy lounge in front of the fire.