Escaping Sydney for a weekend adventure is like a full reset for the body and mind. To be in pristine nature, away from the city rush is something we need and cannot live without.
Our adventure this time was once again down the South Coast of NSW. There is just so much to discover, we are more impressed every time we venture south of the city.
We spent the long weekend in a stunning heritage house built in 1873 in Tullimbar. This beautiful property, set on 48 acres of rolling hills, has 360 degree views of the surrounding valley, cattle and gardens. Lucky us, it was actually the last time to be available on Airbnb.
Tullimbar is a little village located not far from Killalea State park and Shell Harbour. A great spot if you’re after a quite farm escape but still not far from the beach and small towns for exploring.
Explore the Southern Highlands
Imagine green hills, huge jurassic ferns and towering eucalyptus trees lining cliff side roads with a thick fog sitting just above the trees. Add cute little villages selling homemade cheese, wineries, waterfalls and stunning lookouts. This is the Southern Highlands of NSW.
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Visit cute tiny towns
Robertson was our first stop from Tullimbar and definitely worth a stop for a short visit. Along the road you can find a row of shops selling cheese and other local produce, a beautifully decorate cafe (must try their cheese platter) and even, in classic australian style, The BIG Potato.
Burrawang is the sort of town that you’ll instantly fall in love with and find yourself looking up property and the commute time to Sydney. The village is set at the top of a green valley and has a great pub, which definitely should be on your must visit list. Not only for its great interior redesign but also for its beautiful garden, incredible view down the valley and live music on weekends.
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Taste some delicious wines
A nice surprise for us was to find out there are actually many stunning wineries in the area. Not all wineries are open to visit, some of the smaller ones require appointments, but the big ones are open 7 days a week and I think we picked two of the best. Firstly, Centennial Vineyards, we were off to a great start with their delicious sparkling and if you like a full bodied red, try the Shiraz Viognier Vintage.
The next stop was Bendooley Estate, with a magnificent cafe, bookshop, and a restaurant where you can dine right next to the most impressive fireplace. The food and wine here was amazing and all set on a beautiful property amongst the vines. Go for their pizzas and charred corn with brocollini.
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The Southern Highlands is a blessed area. If you’re more into nature you can easily visit 3 waterfalls in one day. Fitzroy Falls, Belmore Falls and Carrington Falls with a picnic area and viewing point.
To compete our big day, we returned via stunning Kangaroo Valley, and my favourite little town Berry. One last winery just outside of Berry and of course the obligatory stop at the Donut truck in town. There is still so much more to experience in this area, it’s hard to believe at times that it’s still only a couple of hours south of Sydney.
If you decide to explore this beautiful area here is a little loop you should try and explore.