You were thinking about doing some work in the garden this long weekend, weren’t you? Think again. It’s going to be sizzling hot at the South Coast and you could be lying on the beach at Broulee or by the infinity pool at Mollymook. With beaches like ours and weather like this you might be just as happy staying in one of the South Coast’s fine caravan parks or basic motel or even making it a day trip, and why not.
Just in case you’re thinking of treating yourself to something a bit more special, we’ve compiled our top six picks for South Coast break this weekend or next time you can get away.
Bannisters at Mollymook
If you’re feeling like spoiling yourself, look no further than Bannisters. This luxury resort hotel is high on a point overlooking the sea. You’ll want to spend the whole weekend lying by (or floating in) the infinity pool, but will have to drag yourself away to dine on Rick Stein cuisine in the restaurant or try a spa treatment.
Bookings: (02) 44545 3044
More information: www.bannisters.com.au
The Bower at Broulee
For a more private retreat in leafy surroundings, the Bower is your best bet. It offers stylish self-contained cottages each at least 100m from each other amid bushland. It’s a short drive from the some of the most stunning surf beaches on the South Coast.
Bookings: (02) 4471 8666
More information: www.thebower.com.au
Coast Resort, Merimbula
For larger groups and families looking for a luxury break, Coast Resort is a great option. It’s a 2-hectare site stretching from Merimbula Lake to Merimbula Beach. There are home-sized apartments, townhouses and even penthouses to suit your needs. Pack your tennis rackets and prepare to swim laps in the dedicated lap pool or just lounge by the resort pool or on the neighbouring main beach. Bookings: 02 6495 4930
More information: www.coastresort.com.au
Whale Motor Inn, Narooma
Would you love to get away, but just can’t bear the thought of leaving your beloved pet behind? Never fear, Whale Motor Inn is here! The Whale is an upmarket motor inn in the heart of picturesque Narooma and welcomes you and your furry friend to stay. The beaches around Narooma are perfect for sunrise walks and Montague Island (just 11km off the coast) is bursting with seals and sea birds for you to discover – although you will want to keep your furry friend away from the animals.
Bookings: (02) 4476 2411
More information: www.whalemotorinn.com
The Drawing Rooms, Berry
Look no further than the 15 acres on which The Drawing Rooms are set in near Berry to reinvigorate and revitalise you this weekend. Turn off your devices and enjoy the serenity with activities such as horseriding, kayaking, golfing and barefoot bowls. With Berry, Gerringong and Kangaroo Valley nearby, there are plenty of boutiques and gourmet eateries beckoning too.
Bookings: (02) 4464 3360
More information: www.drawingrooms.com.au
The Sebel Kiama Harbourside, Kiama
The views from the rooms of the Sebel at Kiama are so magnificant, you may never step outside! The hotel is located in the centre of pretty beach town, providing access to historic terrace shops and indulgent cafes and restaurants. Kiama’s most famous attraction is the blowhole, just a short stroll from the Sebel. Bookings: (02) 4230 7500
More information: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-8805-the-sebel-kiama-harbourside/index.shtml
If you’re looking for more on the South Coast, check out our articles on the best hotels and resorts, the best restaurants and bars and the best beaches the South Coast has to offer, or read 10 things to do on the NSW South Coast.