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by Carole Liivrand (subscribe)
I love to explore & share my experiences and photographs with others on the off-chance that they too get a buzz out of simple things at their own back door. www.instagram.com/photoopportunity/
Published January 9th 2019
Sometimes the best places are on your doorstep
Who needs to travel far to escape the city, or to be by the seaside?

Airports are jam-packed with people with suitcases on wheels checking in for their distant 'getaway'.

We live in Sydney and recently chose to drive past the airport to explore our immediate South Coast. Shellharbour was our first stop. It's a stone's throw from Kiama, a short 20-minute drive from Wollongong, and only one and one half hours from Sydney airport, and definitely worth visiting. Sadly we only booked three nights. Not enough! Not if you want to walk, swim, sleep, read, ride bikes and play golf and just chill out. It's fine if you want to rush around and fill every minute of your day, or if a weekend is all you have.

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Sheltered Boat Harbour at Shellharbour


As soon as you arrive in Shellharbour Village, there's a feeling of the bygone era of a beach-shack holiday town that was around in the 1960s and 1970s. I say 'the feeling' because it's relaxed and evokes the feel of kicking back a gear or three. All the things you were going to run around and do become less important as you slow down. Yet, when it comes to food, service and accommodation we're right up here in the 21st century.

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Ocean Beach Hotel, Shell Harbour, A simple pub meal


We booked our Pelican's Rest accommodation online through a booking agency. I thought I was booking a four-star boutique hotel and was totally confused when the GPS guided us into a suburban cul-de-sac, to a house with manicured lawns and pristine driveway. The sign read 'Pelicans Rest' so we rang the doorbell.

Our host, Laurie extended a very warm welcome and led us to one of two a perfectly private, gorgeous studios that he and wife Barbara had purpose-built as part of their house. It was ideal, perfectly clean, and with everything that one would want for self-catering.

There's a small courtyard with a BBQ, a kitchenette, refrigerator and cooktop and microwave. The large bathroom has a spa bath and shower, with toiletries provided to get you started for your stay.

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Studio and Courtyard Pelicans Rest


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Pelicans Rest Accommodation


Pelican's Rest is a short 3 minutes stroll from the foreshore, beach and pool. The village, pub and shops might take you 5 minutes to reach.

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Ocean Beach Hotel


We enjoy cycling so explored the village on two wheels and ventured further afield by car. Pelican's Rest is a great base for this as we could safely leave our bikes in the yard or inside.

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High Tea at White House Cafe


Day trips might include Kiama; the Aviation Museum at Albion Park, the hilly beachside village of Gerringong or Bass Point to discover the story of the South Coast's most tragic war-time shipping accident. Bass Point is also known for one of the two most important archaeological sites on the NSW coast. Referred to as The Indigenous Cultural Walk, you can take in the coastal views and read a series of interpretative signs providing information about Indigenous occupation of Bass Point and Shellharbour City.

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Bass Point - Boston Shipwreck Memorial and Signficant Indigenous Site


Barbara and Laurie have plenty of tourist information in your studio to help with your planning, or you can research ahead of time by visiting the Shellharbour Tourist Information Centre.

To book directly with Pelicans Rest, visit their Website or call
P: (02) 42 964 571 M: 0437 964 571 or email them: pelicans.rest@bigpond.com
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Why? Good studio accommodation, excellent hosts, lovely holiday spot
When: Any time of the year
Phone: (02) 42 964 571 or 0437 964 571
Where: 7 Boollwarroo Parade, Shellharbour NSW 2529
Cost: $150 per night at time of Publication
Your Comment
Thanks for your lovely article Carole. It brought back memories of my idyllic childhood living in Shellharbour.
by May Cross (score: 3|5382) 276 days ago
This sounds like a perfect place for two. Anniversary coming up for my 'other half' and me in February 2019. This will definitely one of the spots for us. 2 hours maximum to travel from Sydney is ideal. Normally it's Kiama. Have stopped in Shellharbour in the past en- route from Ulladulla and had lunch at the park near the beach. Quiet little village - a gem on the South Coast of NSW.
by Gloria (score: 2|275) 276 days ago
I can well recommend Pelicans Rest. We have stayed there a couple of times and itís fabulous. A short walk down to the water, olympic size pool for that early morning swim. I got up to catch the sunrises. A cafe to get your morning coffee. The hosts are wonderful, the room we stay in is perfect for a couple. Shellharbour has a lovely village atmosphere and great cafes and restaurants. All a walk away from the B&B. We wonít stay anywhere else now.
by sarah (score: 1|12) 274 days ago
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