Where the locals go on the NSW South Coast
If you’re already on holiday on the NSW South Coast or in the middle of planning a vacation to visit the area, how would you like to step into our shoes, live like a local and do everything we love to do.
There’s everything you could imagine and so much more to discover where you can immerse yourself in the unique coastal culture of the NSW South Coast, exploring all the area has to offer.
It’s pretty easy to jump online & look for things to do, but here are some of our favourite suggestions that we are sure will make any holiday stay totally unforgettable. Here are locations that generally the locals are raving about & visit quite often.
Eat, drink & be merry
While the capital cities are already well know for their culinary choices, slowly but surely those influences are spreading to regional areas where forward thinking, food loving, entrepreneurs bring their flair to regional holiday locations.
It is helping areas on the South Coast of NSW to evolve from sleepy towns with a take away fish and chip shop to an absolute orgasmic feast of food, wine and desserts that are to die for. Best of all most of the produce is being sourced locally to create fresh tastes that are perfect for each season.
- Beer by tuk tuk – head to Jervis Bay Brewing Co by push bike or use their tuk tuk service
- Catch the ferry from Myola to the Huskisson Hotel for a boozy lunch at the Husky pub
- Spend a day touring local wineries with Wine Knot Tours
- Cook up a feast with supplies from Jervis Bay Shellfish Market
- Taste the region with a gourmet hamper from Flavours Shoalhaven
- Have a produce driven dinner delivered by Caterina KV
- Indulge on freshly shucked oysters direct from the farm at Jim Wilds Oysters
Adventure & exploration
For those who are seeking a bit of adventure and outdoor exploration you can’t get a better selection. The South Coast of NSW has this unique blend of pristine coastal areas that are just a short drive away from lush hinterland. It can satisfy even the most active traveller where you can do watersports in the morning and bushwalks after lunch.
- Spend the day on the water with Jervis Bay Stand Up Paddle
- Explore Jervis Bay with Woebegone Free Dive
- Hit the bay fishing or find a hidden away bay for a private picnic with your own BOAB boat
- Explore Callala Beach and Callala Bay by pedal power with Pineapple Hire – make sure you pick up a gelato from Mr Nobodys
- Enjoy a private luxury picnic set up in a allocation of your choice with Picnics Naturally
Shopping, craft & arts
If you have a creative streak and love using your hands, there are some great immersive experiences where you can make anything your heart desires.
- Shop at Few and Far located in Berry and Huskisson.
- Attend a candle making workshop with Willowvale Road
- Create a masterpiece in the comfort of your own holiday home with Luxury Clay Experiences
A spot of local culture & history
Not all holidays have to be all about fun, frivolity & food, there are some great cultural experiences available in the area as well. These provide a great opportunity to learn more about the history of the area & appreciate the way life used to be before smartphones & social media.
- Head out on a cultural adventure with Djiriba Waagura. Visit significant aboriginal sites, learn about bush tucker and ancient stories.
- Experience the true beauty of Jervis Bay with Timbery’s Cultural Bush Walk
Luxury accomodation choices
With all of these incredible local choices for things to do, the big decision is what accomodation do you choose. Fortunately we have a carefully curated group of luxury holiday rental houses that deliver a mix of styles, locations & function to cater for couples, families or even large groups.
We can help you organise an itinerary while you are away that can even include your own private catering, or private tour guide. Here are three of our properties that guests have been raving about recently
I am your Hamptons inspired blend of coastal meets luxe. With total beachfront access to the stunning white sands of Callala Beach, my oversized secure backyard is the window to your own sandy playground. Classic, breezy & spacious, accommodating up to 12 of your closest lovers of beachside indulgence. I encourage indoor-outdoor living, for gracious holidaying and relaxation. I am casual mornings and lively afternoons.
“We’ve had the pleasure to be the first guests in this wonderful home – and it was perfect! The house is super spacious, immaculately clean, the kitchen is beautiful and incredibly well stocked both in terms of dishes, appliances etc as well as pantry essentials. Travelling with our little one, we were delighted to find a high chair and extra travelling cod prepared for us. The highlight of course is the location itself – we felt like we had the beach for ourselves, it’s just a gorgeous, serene spot we’ll happily come back as soon as we can. Thanks Rob & Bede for hosting us!”
I’m an absolute beachfront stunner located in prime position on the white sands of Callala Beach, Jervis Bay. Peaceful, luxurious and majestic, my front deck is the perfect location to take in amazing sunsets over the pristine waters of world-renown Jervis Bay. Generous, warm and cheerful gatherings are at home here accommodating up to 12 of your nearest and dearest over 5 bedrooms.
“Atra is a stunning property! Rob & Bede have thought of absolutely everything. To say this property is well equipped would be an understatement. Every thoughtful detail made this stay the perfect family holiday. We really appreciated the cold rosé, the sweets & muesli that were left for us and the kids even had frozen icy poles waiting for them to be enjoyed on the grass! This property is immaculately presented. The cleanliness was second to none. Waking up beachside and watching the dolphins while we had our morning coffee really topped off the experience.We can’t wait to book Atra again.”
Meet Mayfield Farm:
I am a stylish fusion of country and coastal living in a one-of-a-kind setting. Blanketed by dairy farms etched deep in my heart, I pride myself on my charm and elegance, a bygone era homestead with understated luxury and grace. Bradford pear trees line the drive as they welcome your arrival. I inspire comfort and lifestyle, easily accommodating up to 11 guests with my expansive 5 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.
“Wow wow wow! Above and beyond. Photos don’t do it justice. What an incredibly well put together holiday home, hosted by what can only be described as the best in the business; Robe and Bede were super responsive, accommodating and the ultimate professionals. The property was everything it promised to be, and so much more. It was ultimate luxury and in the most picturesque setting. There was nothing which hadn’t been thought of and we cannot wait to return again in the future.”
Belinda and Paul
If these outstanding properties don’t tantalise your tastebuds check out our entire portfolio of boutique holiday homes for the customary vacation experience. All of the Supercalla Private Properties are exceptionally equipped for an epic and memorable stay.
What makes a holiday in a Supercalla managed property family friendly?
We’re baby and kid friendly
We do our best to try to make things as easy as possible for parents by having useful equipment available. Having items like high chairs and cots means parents can travel lighter. We also provide cutlery for toddlers, toys, books and games.
Each property is equipped with a microwave for warming up baby meals and a dishwasher to help make sure everything is properly sterilised.
Kids are easily entertained
Our homes all have generous outdoor areas and if you’re lucky enough to secure a stay at Atra at Callala Beach and Shearwater, the beach is literally at your doorstep.
The larger properties have a separate playroom for the kids to make their own for the holiday. We provide SMART TV sets with easy access to Netflix as well as plenty of toys, games (expect a plethora of cards and classic school board games!), and beach equipment, so kids can amuse themselves and give overworked parents some rest. Handy information is at your fingertips
We appreciate that most families probably aren’t going to want to arrive at their holiday property with a week’s supply of food, so we let you know well in advance where the best places are to shop.
With enough notice, we can also coordinate for your food to be delivered to the door of your holiday home on the day of arrival so it’s in the fridge for when you arrive.
We know the best child-friendly places to eat and attractions nearby
Let’s face it, a holiday for families should be about getting away from it all and relaxing, so it’s likely guests will want to go out to eat at least one evening. We provide a digital compendium that includes information on any local cafes and restaurants that are particularly accommodating to babies and children.
Time for a bath!
We recognise that having a bath in a holiday property can be a godsend for parents of small children, so most of our properties include a full size bath and baby baths are available on request.
Our homes are meticulously maintained and fully equipped so parents can book with confidence knowing their stay will be easy and stress free. Guests often comment that a stay with Supercalla is unlike any other and they instantly feel like they have stepped into their home away from home
Dog friendly holiday rentals
Australians have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world and for many families a holiday is not complete without being able to take their dog with them. We have three properties on the NSW south coast that are dog friendly;
- Bay Keepers
What's the difference between a holiday rental and a luxury holiday home?
Luxury accomodation that is perfect for families
If you have never rented a holiday home before it can be a little daunting choosing the right house to stay in. These days you can find properties on Airbnb, Booking.com, Stayz and other booking platforms with thousands of rental accommodation choices available.
Although, there is a difference.
Obviously the very first thing you will notice is the price and how the property lookss. There are lots of holiday home rentals that are simply someone’s home where they are not currently staying. So things don’t match, aren’t new and it feels a bit like staying at your grandmother’s house.
Supercalla Private Properties has a carefully chosen selection of houses which are the absolute opposite of this. For a family renting one of our properties we want them to feel like it is their home, we exist to make sure you enjoy a holiday that is comfortable and a luxurious escape from the day to day grind. From the linen sheets, the luxury Appelles toiletries, the guest hamper you received or our signature Supercalla Gin and tonic that awaits you for your arrival.
We pay attention to every detail, we are doyens of hospitality and that is what makes the difference.
Why is renting a holiday house in NSW a good idea in 2022?
Renting a holiday house is safe for a family
One of the big considerations for families thinking about going on holidays in 2022 will be where is it safe to go. With the constant threat of border closures or needing to quarantine as the health of our society ebbs and flows it becomes a dilemma when it comes to choosing a location.
For people living in New South Wales, the South Coast becomes one of the top destinations to travel to in 2022 because of the abundance of wide open spaces available that makes it one of the safest locations to visit with a family.
Consider the options:
- Getting a motorhome means you can keep to yourselves, but then have to share space in a holiday park where other people are coming and going, maybe even shared toilets or showers.
- Renting a room in a hotel means you are sharing facilities with other people including stairs, lifts & dining areas.
- Booking a unit or studio on Airbnb could mean you are sharing common facilities and spaces in a building block or other common areas like stairs etc.
All of these holiday options pose potential health risks. Although, by renting a holiday house you can avoid all of these issues because you will have exclusive use of the property with plenty of space for people to enjoy themselves and most importantly it is the best way to enjoy a holiday while keeping safe compared to the alternatives.
Our team also practices the highest levels of accommodation cleaning by taking the following precautions:
- Wearing protective gear while cleaning. We use disposable gloves, aprons and facial coverings.
- Ventilate rooms before cleaning. We open doors and windows while using ventilating fans to increase air circulation in the space before beginning to clean and disinfect.
- Washing hands thoroughly before and after each clean. We make sure to use soap and water, washing for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean, then disinfect. We use detergent or soap and water to remove dirt, grease, dust, and germs. Once the surface is clean, we spray with a disinfectant. We let it stand for a few minutes, then wipe. We will always use a new cleaning cloth for each new guest.
- Avoid touching face while cleaning. We prevent the spread of germs by not touching our face, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands.
- Use the right disinfectant. Most common household disinfectants registered by the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as cleaning solutions with diluted household bleach or at least 70% alcohol, are believed to be effective against the coronavirus. We pay special attention to frequently touched surfaces, like light switches, doorknobs, remote controls, and faucet handles.
- We don’t forget about sofas, rugs, curtains and other soft, porous surfaces. We carefully remove any visible dirt or grime, then clean with the appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. If possible, we will machine-wash items according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Wash all linens at the highest heat setting recommended by the manufacturer. This includes bed sheets, mattress covers, hand and bath towels, kitchen towels, and blankets. We will always wear gloves when handling dirty laundry, and take care to avoid shaking laundry, which could increase the spread of germs.
- Clean and disinfect laundry baskets and hampers.
- Empty the vacuum cleaner after every cleaning. We wipe down the vacuum cleaner with disinfectant, along with appliances like the dishwasher and washing machine.
- Dispose of cleaning supplies. Paper towels, disinfectant wipes, and other disposable cleaning supplies are disposed of.
How can you travel to the South Coast in NSW?
There are many options available to get to the south coast
Getting a family to the South Coast of NSW is really easy, it is less than two hours drive from Sydney, about four hours from Melbourne or around two hours from Canberra. Obviously most people will drive their own car, but renting a vehicle is also an option, the roads are safe, wide and there isn’t much traffic.
You can catch a plane to Shellharbour Airport & then get local transport, although hiring a car or SUV after you land will be your best bet so that you can enjoy some of the locations in the area. If you are planning on just spending time in the holiday home we can organise transfers for you.
You can drive your boat down to Jervis Bay if you have a vessel that can be taken on the open ocean. If you have a trailer boat it can be towed down and put in the water as there are mooring options at Huskinson or Jervis Bay Boat Storage with plenty of boat ramps located around the bay that can be used too.
There are boat transport companies who can also move your boat from another location if you don’t want to drive it or tow it. They can even put it in the water for you, ready to use as you need it.
If you are thinking about treating the family (or a loved one) then you can create the ultimate luxury experience and get a helicopter transfer down to Wollongong which takes as little as 25 minutes to get down there. It’s the ultimate way to maximise your holiday time.
What is the best place to go for a weekend in NSW
A family holiday for a weekend
For many families in 2022 they will be juggling university, school, full time work and most likely a mix of working or schooling from home. It will mean families are under each other’s noses more than ever before.
So while it may not be possible to take an extended holiday during the year for a week or so, you might be trying to figure out what is the best place to go just for a weekend with the NSW South Coast one of the best choices considering its close proximity to Sydney.
You could take a day off on Friday & if you left early in the morning you’d arrive by morning tea time to create a really laid back long weekend. We offer late check out options which means you can stay until late Sunday and make it home with plenty of time to kick off the week on Monday.
A weekend getaway in southern New South Wales is easily to achieve while giving you plenty of time to relax and enjoy yourself. So many people think about Byron Bay, Port Macquarie or Taree but they are between four and eight hours hours drive away thus taking up too much time from a weekend.
What is the best time to visit?
The NSW South Coast enjoys a lovely climate, year round.
Summer is perfect with plenty of sunshine and limited humidity.
Winter is mild with highs of 18-20 °C and lows of around 10 °C
Average summer temperatures hover around 27 °C with lows closer to 15 °C making it a great location to visit any time of year. With the ocean and hinterland so close to each other you can enjoy either location whether that is cosy log fires in winter or fresh ocean breezes on a lazy summer afternoon.
School holiday 2022 dates are;
Autumn: Friday 8th April – Monday 25th April
Winter: Friday 1st July – Sunday 17th July
Spring: Friday 23rd September – Sunday 9th October