If you want a lovely little getaway, not far from Sydney to escape all the craziness that is Covid19, we can thoroughly recommend the South Coast.
Our drive saw us go inland and then south since our departure point was Camden. You’ll find plenty of quaint little towns to pass through on the way down; we stopped at a winery – Artemis wines for a wine tasting, at Joadjda Distillery for a tasting.
We also drove through Moss Vale and stopped for lunch at Berrima at the General Store.
Berry is also a must visit town for shopping, cafes and certainly a donut too.
When visiting the south coast, our accommodation preference is Bangalay Luxury Villas. It is located amongst the backdrop of the Shoalhaven Heads beach, golf course and national park. It has a laid back and comfortable vibe, and you feel worlds away from the city.
We reached the site early afternoon to check in and because of the social distancing measures in place, we were texted a code for the entrance gates and our room. We love that the property has also sent an email earlier explaining the stringent cleaning and protocols in place for guests’ health.
The site is comprised of 16 luxury villas, all connected by wooden boardwalk decking, flanked by beautiful native plants, re-vegetated on site. There are 1 or 2 Bedroom villas with either a garden or golf course view, as well as a 4BDR holiday house. Having individual villas means that you can pretty much stay to the confines of your apartment with little to no contact with others if you prefer.
The spacious villas has all the comforts of home, so there’s no need to leave. They have laundry washing machine/dryer, iron, ironing board and vacuum. Each villa is self-contained with a kitchen; a stovetop, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, and coffee pod machine.
Bedrooms are large with wardrobes and drawer space. Each villa has air con and ceiling fans as well as plenty of charging stations and free wi-Fi throughout the site.
The combined lounge and dining has a comfortable couch, tv with internet facilities so you can catch up on all that Netflix and Stan you’ve been meaning on watching.
If you do choose to head out and about, at the property’s back gate, it opens out into the Bangalay Sandforest where you see an area rich in plant life including eucalypt, banksia, lily pili and other Australian natives. Follow the decking straight out to Seven Mile Beach and take a walk on the beach.
You can still stay outdoors with plenty of solo leisure activities like golf on the course which backs onto the site. Swim in the stunning Bangalay pool, and relax on their pool lounges. There’s also bikes to take a cycle around the local area.
In terms of food, the property also has on site at Bangalay dining, where we’ve dined multiple times before. It is open to the public and they have a well sanitised environment. The restaurant is large, and open, enabling social distancing between groups.
The restaurant offers tasting menus, ala carte, as well as breakfasts created by Head Chef Brent Strong, whose focus is on showcasing the beautiful natural ingredients of the Shoalhaven region. They are now also offering in room dining of items from the bar menu, so that you can distance yourselves from others if you prefer. We chose to do this and ordered the damper bites, inspired by bao but made into a local version filled with braised lamb and served with a Shiraz vinegar dipping sauce.
In addition, we enjoyed the bbq pallidus octopus salad, beautifully cooked with greens and a delicious Davidson plum sauce. The food was outstanding and reasonably priced at $16 and $18 respectively.
If you’re getting impatient being at home and socially isolating, then book a weekend down here. You can have that weekend getaway, whilst still staying to yourselves. It’s a win win in our opinion.
Don’t forget to stay well and remember to keep 2 m from others, wash your hands regularly and don’t touch your face!
A: 30 Staples Street, Shoalhaven Heads NSW 2535
T: +61 2 4448 7729