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Go south for oysters and more

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Sun setting over Bulli Rockpool, Bulli.

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Go south for
oysters and more

Bulli Rockpool, Bulli CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sun setting over Bulli Rockpool, Bulli.

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Drive down the stunning South Coast to unearth excellent wines, cheeses and seafood — with oysters as the star ingredient. The local specialty is the native Sydney rock oyster, prized for its intense, complex flavour and lengthy aftertaste. 

Explore the Shoalhaven Coast wine region 

Stop for a morning swim or surf at one of the beautiful beaches around WollongongShellharbour and Kiama, all within two hours of Sydney, on your way to the Shoalhaven Coast wine region. Here the countryside, beaches and towering escarpment ensure the vineyards are among the most beautiful in Australia.  

Call in on cellar doors where you can try a wide variety of red and white styles. Visit Gerringong’s Crooked River Wines, which takes in a landscape that stretches from the mountains to the sea.  

Coolangatta Estate, near Berry, two hours south of Sydney, produces award-winning semillon on a historic site, where you can walk among the remains of a village built by convicts in 1822. Five minutes away, Two Figs Winery overlooks the Shoalhaven River inland from Shoalhaven Heads and offers a breathtaking view. 

Rejoin the main road at Berry and a short drive from town heading south you’ll find Silos Estate at Jaspers Brush. This slick winery has a restaurant and boutique accommodation, including spa suites, amid rolling green hills. 

Go from Berry to Bannisters 

The beautiful country town of Berry is famous for its pretty gardens and trees, art galleries, antiques shops, markets and food. Stock up on fabulous sourdough, pastries and cake from Milkwood Bakery and try a gelato at Il Locale, made by a local micro-dairy, The Pines Kiama. Half an hour south of Berry, meet champion oyster opener Jim Wild. He runs Jim Wild’s Oysters at Greenwell Point, where you’ll enjoy sublime, freshly shucked Greenwell Point rock oysters or Pacific oysters on the foreshore of the Crookhaven River.

Jervis Bay, an hour’s drive south of Berry, is famous for its fabulous swimming, snorkelling and dolphin-watching cruises, as well as the white sand of Hyams Beach, where you’ll find the Hyams Beach Store and Café, a famous spot at which to grab breakfast, lunch or just a coffee.  

Just over an hour further south, on a headland overlooking the ocean at Mollymook, is another iconic eating destination: Rick Stein at Bannisters. Mediterranean seafood cuisine combines with an inspired touch of Asian cooking and results in delicious dining experience in a relaxed coastal setting. After your meal, settle in to the luxury accommodation at Bannisters.

Try angasi oysters at Batemans Bay

At Batemans Bay, at the northern end of the Eurobodalla region, 45 minutes south of Mollymook, enjoy tasty Clyde River oysters at the Oyster Shed and the Pearly Oyster Bar and Farm. Try Sydney rock oysters as well as native, flat, angasi oysters, which are also farmed in the Clyde. Ten minutes inland, work up an appetite at Mogo, a one-time goldmining village that’s now home to Mogo Wildlife Park, dedicated to the preservation of rare and endangered species from around the world, and offering encounter experiences with animals including tigers, rhinos and emperor tamarins. For dinner, head to The Sandbar at the Quays Hotel in Batemans Bay for a five-course degustation from chef David Tinker that fuses French and Japanese influences exquisitely. 

Coolangatta Estate, Shoalhaven Heads CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sun setting over the scenic grounds of Coolangatta Estate, Shoalhaven Heads.

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Coolangatta Estate, Shoalhaven Heads CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sun setting over the scenic grounds of Coolangatta Estate, Shoalhaven Heads.

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Jim Wild's Oysters, Greenwell Point CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying freshly opened oysters with Jim Wild of Jim Wild's Oysters, Greenwell Point.

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Jim Wild's Oysters, Greenwell Point CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying freshly opened oysters with Jim Wild of Jim Wild's Oysters, Greenwell Point.

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Explore elsewhere in Eurobodalla 

Also in the Eurobodalla region, head to The River at Moruya, 20 minutes to the south of Batemans Bay, for French cuisine overlooking the Moruya River. You might catch your own if you hire a boat or a kayak from the Tuross Boatshed & Café and throw in a line on Tuross Lake, 20 minutes south of Moruya (alternatively, just buy some oysters and enjoy them on the shore).  

Eurobodalla’s dairy industry dates back to the 1860s. At the 1950s-style Bodalla Dairy Shed, 10 minutes south of Tuross Head, the “living” milk is non-homogenised, and pasteurised low and slow; try the living milk shakes, visit the ice-cream lab and cheese factory, feed the animals and stay overnight in a guest room.  

Twenty minutes further south, Narooma is the gateway to Montague Island, a haven for marine and birdlife and home to a fascinating lighthouse. Join a guided tour of the island to get up close to the sleek fur seals and little penguins that inhabit the pristine waters, and watch out for peregrine falcons, crested terns and silver gulls swooping.  

As your journey continues, sample more excellent cheeses at the ABC Cheese Factory in Central Tilba, and visit the Tilba Valley Winery & Alehouse, for wine tastings, craft beers, a legendary ploughman’s lunch and live music. 

Take a shine to the Sapphire Coast 

Half an hour south of Central Tilba, the fishing village of Bermagui marks the start of the Sapphire Coast, which runs all the way down the Victorian border. Dine at Il Passaggio, where Italian cuisine using fresh local seafood is served with flair at the fisherman’s wharf.  

As well as beautiful, unspoilt coastline, you’ll find lots of rolling green hills down here. Head to the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, in the Bega Valley, an hour south of Bermagui, to learn about the history of dairying, as well as sampling a wide range of Australian cheese.  

This stretch of coastline is oyster heaven, with a long list of opportunities to taste them freshly shucked at a wharf or oyster shed, at markets, and in cafés and restaurants. At Tathra Oysters, try fresh, multiple-award-winning Sydney rock oysters grown in the pristine waters of Nelson Lake in Mimosa Rocks National Park, known for its sea caves and towering rock stacks. Take the Mimosa Rocks walking track to see a shipwrecked paddle steamer and a large Aboriginal midden.  

Take an oyster tour or two 

Twenty minutes south of Tathra, stop for a coffee at Bar Beach Kiosk near Merimbula and lap up the views with the regulars who’ll be checking out the waves. If you’re here on over the weekend, have a long lunch at the divinely decorated restaurant Valentina on the waterfront in Merimbula, where a half-dozen oysters are a preamble to the pan-fried fish of the day.  

At Wheelers Seafood Restaurant in Pambula, another 10 minutes to the south, take a guided tour of the state-of-the-art oyster factory, then enjoy a drink and some Merimbula Lake oysters at the alfresco Wheelers Oyster Bar, or settle in for dinner at the restaurant.  

For more premium Sydney rock oysters, head to some of the welcoming farms selling oysters from Pambula Lake, including Broadwater Oysters and Hazelgrove Oysters, and head out on the water with Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tours — you’ll learn all about oyster farming and the pristine Pambula Lake environment as well as having a few laughs along the way. Complete your odyssey in Eden, once known for its whaling industry and now famous for its whale-watching cruises during the migration season (May to November). 

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Couple enjoying a day of fishing at Turross Head.

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Fishing, Turross Head CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a day of fishing at Turross Head.

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Tathra Oysters, Tathra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Freshly opened Sydney Rock Oyster at Tathra Oysters.

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Tathra Oysters, Tathra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Freshly opened Sydney Rock Oyster at Tathra Oysters.

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