Bomaderry is probably not on the top of everyone's list when they are deciding where to stay on the South Coast. Our children literally thought we were going to bomb a dairy when we told them where we were off to for the weekend. There isn't really much to see and do in Bomaderry - but it is definitely a central spot to stay if you like doing little day trips to the more picturesque spots in this beautiful part of NSW. We actually wanted to stay in Berry, but realised that for a family of four that this would be a really expensive option.
So that is how we found Treehaven Tourist Park in Bomaderry. It is located right on the Princes Highway, so it is easy to access and it is surprisingly quiet.They have reasonably priced cabins, they do not have any minimum stay requirements over weekends and they were a 5 minute drive to Berry. We chose the deluxe cabin which cost less than $200/night. The cabin can sleep up to 6 people and it looked brand spanking new - so quite good value, especially for a long weekend. They do have cheaper cabins available that aren't as modern or you can camp or take along your own caravan.
Our 4 star cabin contained everything we needed for our weekend away. It had enough space for 4 people (it would be a bit squashy if there were 6 people in the cabin), comfortable beds (queen, bunks and trundle), a modern and well equipped kitchen, large bathroom (shower only), heating, TV/DVD and a balcony so that we could enjoy a glass of local wine in relative peace when the kids were inside. I need to also say that the whole cabin was spotlessly clean.
The cabin only came with linen for the main bed. So we had to take our own sheets and towels for the children's beds. This really irks me! We could have hired the linen from Reception for $11.00 per bed, but I still would have had to make the bed. The best thing about going away is that you don't have to do as many household chores as you would if you were home for the weekend.
Now to the park facilities - there is an undercover BBQ area (with herb garden), a pool (not heated), a TV room with vending machine and a very old playground. Treehaven is a small tourist park. The majority of the cabins in the park are private residences. They are beautifully maintained (as is the whole park) but it felt as though we were staying in a retirement village. We were worried about our kids making too much noise and disturbing the residents - and I'm sure you all know how much noise 4 & 5 year old boys can make.
We spent most of our time out and about whilst staying in Bomaderry. We went on a little explore to Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Mt Cambewarra and our favourite spot Greenwell Point. There is so much to see and do in the region and the South Coast Wine Trail is a must to place on your to do list.
For supplies we headed into Nowra. They have both a Woolworths and Coles as well as Nowra Fresh Farmers Market. Nowra Fresh is split into 2 buildings. The first houses a meat and fish store and the second building has a deli and fruit & veg store. They also both contain cafes. We were amazed by the quality and prices of the produce in each. We stocked up for dinner and took our supplies back to the cabin (much cheaper than eating out).
McDonalds and a few other fast food joints are located just down the road from Treehaven in Bomaderry and in Nowra you can find a few other family friendly restaurants like the Nowra Steakhouse, located right next to the visitors information (behind the big helicopter you see on the highway). Make sure you allocate a little bit of time to wander down Kinghorne Street in Nowra, as there are some lovely shops and cafes. If you are after breakfast or coffee try the very fabulous Deli on Kinghorne - it's a little bit of the city in Nowra.
So if you are after cheap and centrally located accommodation on the South Coast I would definitely recommend Treehaven Tourist Park at Bomaderry. If however you like your tourist parks to have a few more facilities and activities for the kids than you may have to cough up a few extra bucks and head to a park closer to the water.