Getaway to Greenwell Point for an inexpensive road trip
The stunning South of Coast of NSW attract hundreds and thousands of visitors each summer. As a result, all of the tourist attractions, cafes and accommodation venues are full to the brim and naturally their operators charge premium rates.
However if you decide to visit in winter, you can save yourself some cash as well as avoid all the hordes of tourists. You can still do and see everything the south coast has to offer (except maybe swimming and sunbaking at the beach, but hey think of the sun cancers you are avoiding!).
A road trip to Greenwell Point is the perfect cost effective south coast holiday for families, couples or friends. This sleepy little fishing village is famous for its seafood, particularly oysters, and is a fisherman's paradise. Only a 2.5 hour drive from Sydney, it is the perfect spot to get away from it all.
If you are travelling from Sydney make sure you follow the Grand Pacific Drive south. It is branded "Sydney's best escape route" and how true that is. The drive will basically take you most of the way to Greenwell Point. The scenery will be simply breathtaking especially as you drive over the Sea Cliff Bridge. You can stop in at all of the gorgeous little towns along the way like Kiama and Gerringong. These towns are bursting with hip cafes and quaint shops, so make sure you stop and enjoy your journey.
The Grand Pacific Drive finishes in Nowra. From here you have another 15 minute drive onto Greenwell Point. If you are feeling peckish make sure you stop in at the Deli on Kinghorne in Nowra. This is a fabulous café serving coffee and food as good as most cafes in Sydney. You can also stock up on supplies in Nowra. Both the large supermarkets are here plus the fabulous Nowra Fresh. Two stores make up Nowra Fresh, the first has fantastic fresh seafood and meats and the second houses a well-stocked deli and greengrocers. Once you have your supplies head south out of Nowra and follow the signs to Greenwell Point.
Yet again your drive will be scenic, past lush dairy farms. You will drive through a little village called Pyree. The historic Jindyandy Mill Village (circa 1830) is located here so make sure you check out this little gem at some stage during your holiday. It may look like nothing fancy from the road but trust me it is worth a look. The village is comprised of an old fashioned lolly shop, a couple of cafes, an antique store, gift shops and a picturesque garden.
My favourite is Slow Tempo, a beautiful gift store that has a café attached, which basically serves excellent coffee and biscuits overlooking green paddocks. It is also home to Oceans Breeze candles, locally hand made soy candles with the most heavenly scents. Greenwell Point is a five minute drive from the Jindyandy Mill Village so for all of you city slickers who can't miss your daily caffeine fix, this is where you will have to come for a decent morning brew.
The thing I like about Greenwell Point is that it is a bit more laid back than most of its neighbouring tourist hot spots on the south coast. It doesn't have all the fancy pants cafes and shops, just a couple of good fish and chip joints, a bakery and the local bowling club and the very friendly Greenwell Point Pub. The residents are oh so friendly in that laid back coastal way, so you really do feel as though you have escaped the big smoke.
Don't worry, there are still loads of things to do in Greenwell Point. Fishing of course is a major activity but so are other water sports like boating, kayaking and jet skiing – you can hire craft from local operators. There is a fantastic park and picnic area surrounded by a scooter/walking path that is ideal for families, plus a small beach that is ideal for little kids to make sand castles and dig for crabs. Loads of nature walks are close by, markets are held on the third Sunday of the month, and of course there are numerous day trips you can do all over the south coast.
Now for somewhere to stay. You have quite a few options; the Anchor Bay Motel, the pub (which has recently refurbished their rooms), The Waterfront Cottages or if you want the most central spot in town try the Anglers Rest – you can almost cast a line from your balcony!
Once you have completed your holiday in this little slice of heaven why not complete your road trip with an alternate route back to Sydney? Instead of heading back the way you came, turn off on the Moss Vale Road at Nowra and go home via the Kangaroo Valley and the Southern Highlands – yet again another scenically spectacular drive.