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Published May 15th 2016
Escape the City and Enjoy the Coastal Life
The Shoalhaven region of New South Wales is known for its beautiful beaches, quiet beachside villages, native wildlife, whale and dolphin watching, bushwalking and much more. And being only a couple of hours south of Sydney it is a great choice for a weekend getaway.
Our coastal view for the weekend
The only trouble is how do you choose where to stay. I faced this dilemma recently when scouting for a holiday house to rent for a celebration with our extended family. Our needs were quite specific - a house on the water, to sleep ten people with three separate bathrooms. I headed straight to the internet to find something suitable and discovered Shore Thing, a holiday rental property in Currarong.
Currarong is a small coastal village on the northern side of the Beecroft Peninsula and is a popular fishing, swimming, camping, bushwalking and holiday destination.
The location of this property was the standout feature for us as it is only a short walk to Currarong Beach but it is also on the water, backing on to a tidal creek with crystal clear water perfect for swimming.
Shore Thing is a two-storey house comprising 5 bedrooms, sleeping a total of 12 people, and 3 bathrooms. It was the perfect size for our family gathering.
The living area upstairs is open plan with a lounge, large dining table and kitchen opening up on to a lovely sunny balcony and featuring those stunning water views.
The upstairs balcony overhangs the backyard and faces the water. There are views of the creek and also out to Currarong Beach.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms. The master suite includes a king bed, large ensuite and a lovely balcony and deck area.
Master suite (Image Credit: Shore Thing)
Master ensuite (Image Credit: Shore Thing)
The second bedroom includes a queen bed and the third upstairs room has a trio bunk. There is a spacious main bathroom upstairs which includes a bath, an enormous shower and toilet.
Bedroom 2 (Image Credit: Shore Thing)
Bedroom 3 (Image Credit: Shore Thing)
Main bathroom (Image Credit: Shore Thing)
Downstairs you will find a further two bedrooms, one with a king bed and the other with a trio bunk, and another bathroom.
Bedroom 4 (Image Credit: Shore Thing)
Bedroom 5 (Image Credit: Shore Thing)
We found the house to be very comfortable, beautifully decorated and well-stocked with plenty of plates, cups, cutlery and cooking utensils. The galley style kitchen had everything we needed, with a large oven, dishwasher and microwave. For convenience we took our own coffee machine with us. We did however find the kitchen quite small especially when there were more than two people trying to prepare a meal.
Galley-style kitchen (Image Credit: Shore Thing)
For our large group we liked that there were plenty of options to sit and relax - on the balcony or the upstairs lounge, at the dining table, downstairs lounge or patio outside. Similarly it was great to have a TV both upstairs and downstairs for when the adults and children wanted, or should I say needed, their own space.
Another great feature was the little kitchenette downstairs with a bar fridge, microwave, sink and cupboards adjoining the rumpus room. Our group enjoyed playing a few games of pool and the kids loved the well stocked games cupboard.
Pool table (Image Credit: Shore Thing)
There is also a laundry with washing machine and dryer, an outdoor shower (required after a trip to the beach) and a BBQ which is upstairs on the balcony.
My favourite part of the house was the large balcony with beautiful views of the creek and out to the beach. We had daily visits from friendly kookaburras and the balcony was the perfect place to relax with a coffee or a wine and appreciate the natural setting and water views. We also enjoyed some alfresco meals on the balcony.
Out the back door is a patio area with more seating and a grassy slope to the waters edge. From this property you can sit in the backyard and watch the kids have a swim or a paddle in the creek or drop in a fishing line when the tide is high (unfortunately there is nothing to report on the fishing card for us).
There are actually a couple of beaches nearby to choose from - Currarong Beach is the closest or just a short drive away is the more protected Abrahams Bosom Beach. For young children there are a couple of parks with play equipment in Currarong.
We only had a couple of days at Shore Thing but we managed to do a bit of sight-seeing while we were there. We visited the nearby Point Perpendicular Lighthouse and also went for a bushwalk to the wreck of the S.S. Merimbula.
Whilst in Currarong another item for your To Do list is a visit to the beautiful rock pools along the foreshore reserve.
At Currarong there is a small grocery store, takeaway food and Zac's Place Seafood Restaurant. However if you require a larger supermarket the closest one is in Nowra. Currarong also has a Bowling and Recreation Club.
To find out more about staying at Shore Thing Currarong click here.
Currarong is 33 km south east of Nowra and is a 2.5 hour drive from Sydney.
Our stay at Shore Thing was comfortable, enjoyable and a refreshing escape from the city, where we could slow down and enjoy the natural surroundings of the coast, with all the comforts of home.