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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.
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.
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.
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.
I can well recommend Pelicans Rest. We have stayed there a couple of times and it’s 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 won’t stay anywhere else now.