One thing is certain when living in Canberra…when the weather warms up, Canberrans move out.
The inner city, a place that is usually a hive of activity becomes …still. Quiet. You can smell the freshly cut grass and hear the gentle buzz of cicadas as you pick up your morning coffee. It is only as you drive up Northbourne Avenue without hitting a single red light that you realise …it's the long weekend and you are one of only a handful of people left in Canberra!
Whilst that may be a slight exaggeration, it is a well-known fact that most Canberrans spend their summer long weekends and holidays on the NSW South Coast. As such, my husband and I made the most of the Canberra Day long weekend and migrated south for what would be our first typically Canberran getaway. We packed up the car and made our way towards Dalmeny, a tiny village about 6kms north of Narooma. On the way, we stopped at the Moruya Markets for a spot of browsing and Mogo, a quaint village with a wonderful zoo that both the big kids and little ones are bound to enjoy.
Upon arrival in Dalmeny, we were pleased to discovered a wonderfully laid back seaside town with an IGA, a boutique seafood café, newsagency and real estate agency. Our accommodation was perfectly position on the headlands so that we had uninterrupted 280 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Our time in Dalmeny was spent swimming, cycling, walking, and reading a book; however, the area is famous for its fishing, diving, and dolphin and whale watching (especially in October). In Narooma, my husband made use of the spectacular golf course that overlooks the ocean, whilst I went paddle boarding down in the marina.
On the way home we had an incredible seafood lunch at the Starfish restaurant in Batemans Bay.