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We are so fortunate to live in such an abundant food bowl on the South Coast, and here at Bangalay Dining, we use many local producers to help us attain the best quality food for the best quality dishes in our restaurant. Here are a few of our marvellous suppliers.
The South Coast has plenty to offer the adventure seeker, whether it’s kayaking on the Shoalhaven River, hiking through the rugged Morton National Park, spotting dolphins and whales on a Jervis Bay dolphin watch cruise or climbing vertical rock faces (or even having a picnic on one), we are sure you will find something to get the blood pumping and that adrenaline surging.
The South Coast climate and geography provides ideal conditions for grape varieties including Chardonnay, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Bangalay Luxury Villas is positioned just a few minutes drive from some of the best wineries on the South Coast.
Enjoy a round of golf at the South Coast’s best golf courses during your stay at Bangalay Luxury Villas, with numerous golf courses dotted along the coastline. You can golf-hop your way down the coast with friends, spending your days chasing that elusive hole in one.
Ground yourself in nature. Step back from everyday life and take the time to reset and recharge. When we spend time in nature we restore our mental energy, improve concentration and develop sharper thinking and increase creativity. Immerse yourself in nature experiences on the South Coast with these suggested activities.
The South Coast is a year-round destination, spend your days window shopping through charming local villages. Meet friends for coffee and a bite to eat in the many local cafes making up the trendy café scene. Take a drive and explore the quaint country lanes and winding, leafy drives in the hinterland, South Coast villages are teeming with places to explore and things to do. Read on for our suggestions during your stay at Bangalay.
Here on the South Coast we are spoilt for choice with beaches. From gentle, child friendly swimming coves to epic barrelling wave beaches to test the keenest surfer, the South Coast is the watery backyard of many champion surfers raised on the South Coast. Read on for our pick of South Coast beaches to discover, and if you’re really feeling enthusiastic, take the Shoalhaven’s 100 Beach Challenge.
Are you passionate about good food? Interested in native ingredients and learning new skills and techniques? We are looking for apprentice chefs.
A trip to Shoalhaven Heads wouldn’t be complete without a ride up Coolangatta Mountain on the huge yellow custom-built tractor called Bigfoot! Hold on and take in the view as you steadily make your way to 1000ft elevation on the summit of Coolangatta Mountain. Enjoy the incredible view of the coastline before travelling back down and through the historic village of Coolangatta Estate. Be sure to make time to visit the cellar door after your adventure and enjoy a delicious meal at the Estate’s restaurant, Alexander’s Grill.
Situated in the seaside village of Shoalhaven Heads approximately two (2) hours drive south of Sydney. The course is bounded by Coolangatta Mountain in the west and Pacific Ocean in the east.
Coolangatta is the home of early European settlement in the Shoalhaven, and many historic buildings remain. You can take a tour in ‘Bigfoot’, Coolangatta’s custom built big yellow tractors which journey though Coolangatta Village, scaling up Coolangatta Mountain to the summit for a lookout over the Coast and then back down again where you can visit the cellar door, tasting their multi-award winning wines and enjoy a meal at the restaurant afterwards.
Have you always watched on enviously as surfers took to the waters and glided back to the shore on a wave? Michael Chapple at Shoalhaven Heads Surf School is a patient and skilled teacher, ensuring you know all the basics before attempting your first run and he has an amazing success rate at teaching people to surf. With the beach only a few hundred metres away from Bangalay, book in a lesson with Michael and you’ll be up and hanging ten in no time!
There are a few cooking schools in the area where you can use delicious local produce and turn it into a mouth-watering creation. Impress your friends at your next dinner party or spoil that someone special with a lovely homemade meal. Flavours of the Valley and Hampden, Deli and Dining at Kangaroo Valley both offer amazing cooking experiences guaranteed to make your mouth water!
The best way to experience the local wineries is through a winery tour- you don’t have to have a designated driver so you can all enjoy yourself and sample the area’s delicious drops! Kenny’s Escapes and Foodscape Tours are well regarded for their great tours, full of great banter and product knowledge.
If you’re a keen angler, you’ll know that fisherman come from far and wide to the South Coast to experience the thrilling fishing available in the area. St Georges Basin, near Huskisson, is a great place to catch dusky flathead and big bream in the calm waters. If you’re after a marlin or dolphin fish, you can go out to the cliffs off Currarong where the swell is huge but the rewards are bigger!
The Shoalhaven is the start of Australia’s Oyster Coast, so you know you’ll be spoilt with the delicious morsels who have grown up in the pristine Shoalhaven waters. A drive out to Greenwell Point will have you at the oyster growers location, where you can chat with the oyster growers themselves, have the oysters shucked and take home a few dozen to share (or not!)
One of the best ways to get out and experience the local waterways is by kayak, where you can just sit back and listen to the birdlife calling, the fish jumping and the insects humming. It really is a beautiful natural orchestra! Explore little rivers and creeks or take your kayak out into the Bay or ocean, depending on your skill level.
There is nothing more thrilling than seeing these beautiful creatures up close and swimming alongside the boat as you watch on. The Bay is home to lots of pods of bottlenose dolphins, who love the calm waters of the Bay, raising their little ones and playing host to the migrating whales on their way up and down the coast during migration.
The Shoalhaven Zoo, nestled between the cliff and the Shoalhaven River in North Nowra is a delight for all ages. Take a wander around and the exhibits and get up close and personal during the zoo’s daily shows. Our favourites are the lions and the marmoset monkeys. Relax with a bite to eat on the verandah of the café looking over the river after all of those animal antics!
Cambewarra Winery, sitting in the rural hamlet between Tapitallee and Cambewarra, is a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of life. Look over the vineyards and out to Cambewarra Mountain. Grab some friends and book in a high tea session or sample the wines and arrange a lift home (we can help you with that!).
Two Figs is perched on top of one of the foothills of Coolangatta Mountain, its gate near Broughton Creek Bridge. You can sit and watch the most magnificent sunsets here, looking down over the Shoalhaven River and out to the farmlands of Terara and further to Nowra and beyond. You must try their cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, chambourcin and verdelho, all made onsite in their working vineyard.
Mountain Ridge is just on the outskirts of Shoalhaven Heads, so is nice and close to visit for a sneaky wine tasting or a bite to eat. They sit on the base of Coolangatta Mountain, and look out over the farmlands and bush along Coolangatta Road. Every Sunday they feature live music and the atmosphere is relaxed and laid back.
Crooked River winery sits in an enviable position overlooking the farmlands of Rose Valley and out to the coast over Gerringong. Have some lunch in their restaurant which looks over their impressive vineyard – it is the largest on the South Coast. They make delicious red and white wines, as well as hand crafted beer, lovingly named Uncle Joe’s.
Step back in time with a tour at Meroogal, an historic house built in the 1800’s which is still in order from its final inhabitants. The story of Meroogal follows the lives of the women who lived in the house – four generations of women who kept the house in order without the modern conveniences of today and raised the following generation under the same roof – a fascinating insight into everyday life for the residents in Nowra in the 18th century.