September 5, 2020 | 3 minute read
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
There are plenty to spots to shop all along the coast and for coffee and cake try Perfect Break Cafe and Hyper Hyper Coffee in Gerringong, or Sourdough Cafe, The Garden Berry, and Milkwood Bakery in Berry. For to-die-for freshly baked scones with raspberry jam and thick, dollopy cream head for the Berry Tea Shop.
Restaurants to check out include Wharf Rd Restaurant and Bar in Nowra, located in a historic Harbour Master's residence on the Shoalhaven River, The Butterfactory restaurant at Pyree and World Famous Fish N Chips in Huskisson. The wait is long, but the steak fries and large fried flounder fillets make up for it.
However, if you’re up for a unique road-trip then ditch the highway crowds at Kariong, follow the winding Woy Woy Road down to the coast and let your coastal adventures begin. You’ll have plenty of places to visit, like Pearl, Copacabana and Avoca Beach, not to mention Terrigal and Toowoon Bay (a favourite among dog owners), before reaching the vibrant hub of The Entrance.
Top spots for coffee and food along the way include Three Donkeys Wholefood Cafe, Wamberal Beach, The Boy and the Rose Cafe, North Avoca, This Little Piggy, Point Clare and Pearl Beach Cafe, Pearl Beach.
Sydney’s Northern Beaches are D.I.V.I.N.E. and well worth a visit on your way to Palm Beach. Why not stop for a creamy Ben & Jerry’s ice cream at Manly Beach, a visit the striking Baha’i Temple and its beautiful gardens in Mona Vale, or take a short but resplendent coastal walk from Newport to the idyllic Bilgola Beach?
The Northern Beaches are awash with fantastic walking tracks, offering a ton of options for visitors who wish to mix it up a bit.