Bawley Beachcomber guidebook

Jonathan
Bawley Beachcomber guidebook

Beaches

There are so many wonderful beaches to choose from. The main Bawley Beach is usually calmer when there is a southerly wind. You can jump off the Gantry if you are feeling brave. Check out the rock pools between the beaches at low tide- you might see starfish, sea anemones, octopus and even elephant snails and sea hares. There is a path from near the beach toilet block that goes through the bush behind the beach to Gannet Beach.
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Bawley Beach
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There are so many wonderful beaches to choose from. The main Bawley Beach is usually calmer when there is a southerly wind. You can jump off the Gantry if you are feeling brave. Check out the rock pools between the beaches at low tide- you might see starfish, sea anemones, octopus and even elephant snails and sea hares. There is a path from near the beach toilet block that goes through the bush behind the beach to Gannet Beach.
Cormorant Beach is the closest beach to Bawley Beachcomber (only a minute's walk) and is a designated 'off leash' beach for dogs. Your furry friends will love it! On calm days, there's nice snorkelling along the rocks.
Cormorant Beach
Cormorant Beach is the closest beach to Bawley Beachcomber (only a minute's walk) and is a designated 'off leash' beach for dogs. Your furry friends will love it! On calm days, there's nice snorkelling along the rocks.
The beautiful Gannet Beach is south of Cormorant Beach. It's fun to walk around the rocky headland between the two beaches, or you can cut through more directly. Gannet Beach is often a bit calmer than Cormorant Beach. On calm days, there's good snorkelling along the rocks at the northern end of the beach. The Flo coffee caravan is located on the headland at the southern end of Gannet Beach.
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Gannet Beach
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The beautiful Gannet Beach is south of Cormorant Beach. It's fun to walk around the rocky headland between the two beaches, or you can cut through more directly. Gannet Beach is often a bit calmer than Cormorant Beach. On calm days, there's good snorkelling along the rocks at the northern end of the beach. The Flo coffee caravan is located on the headland at the southern end of Gannet Beach.

Food scene

The local shopping centre on Voyager Crescent, Bawley Point, includes an IGA supermarket, bakery, newsagent, pharmacy, takeaway food shop, bottle shop and real estate agent.
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IGA
12 Voyager Crescent
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The local shopping centre on Voyager Crescent, Bawley Point, includes an IGA supermarket, bakery, newsagent, pharmacy, takeaway food shop, bottle shop and real estate agent.
Luci’s is a lovely new little cafe and bakery at 18 Murramarang road (7am-12pm, closed Sunday/Monday). Walk on up to get a coffee and bread.
Luci's
18 Murramarang Road
Luci’s is a lovely new little cafe and bakery at 18 Murramarang road (7am-12pm, closed Sunday/Monday). Walk on up to get a coffee and bread.
During weekends, Flo coffee and breakfast van sets up on the southern road above Gannet's beach. Check out their Instagram to see if they are open @flo_foodvanbawley. They are usually open from Friday to Sunday 8 am - 1 pm and every day during holidays. Signature Oysters can be purchased from Flo Foodvan, or you can contact Jase Finlay from Oysterlife directly on 0412473209 www.signatureoysters.com.au
FLO coffee van
71 Malibu Drive
During weekends, Flo coffee and breakfast van sets up on the southern road above Gannet's beach. Check out their Instagram to see if they are open @flo_foodvanbawley. They are usually open from Friday to Sunday 8 am - 1 pm and every day during holidays. Signature Oysters can be purchased from Flo Foodvan, or you can contact Jase Finlay from Oysterlife directly on 0412473209 www.signatureoysters.com.au
Bawley Vale Estate winery is sometimes open on Sundays for tastings (pre-booking required). During summer their ‘music on the lawns’ events are well worth attending. To organise a cellar door tasting on contact@bawleyvale.estate
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Bawley Vale Estate
226 Bawley Point Rd
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Bawley Vale Estate winery is sometimes open on Sundays for tastings (pre-booking required). During summer their ‘music on the lawns’ events are well worth attending. To organise a cellar door tasting on contact@bawleyvale.estate
Saltwood is a new cafe and homewares shop that has opened in Kiola. Enjoy coffee, great burgers and fish and chips in Bali-styled surrounds. 636 Murramarang Rd, Kioloa (02) 44572944 www.saltwoodcafe.com.au
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Saltwood
636 Murramarang Road
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Saltwood is a new cafe and homewares shop that has opened in Kiola. Enjoy coffee, great burgers and fish and chips in Bali-styled surrounds. 636 Murramarang Rd, Kioloa (02) 44572944 www.saltwoodcafe.com.au
Merry Street Restaurant & Bar
3 Merry St
Lagom Bakery has the delicious sourdough, pastries and local deli treats and coffee. They are located on the north side of the Burrill Bridge, just up from The Fish Shop. Open Wed-Sun 6.30 am- 3 pm www.logombakery.com.au
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Lagom Bakery
105 Princes Highway
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Lagom Bakery has the delicious sourdough, pastries and local deli treats and coffee. They are located on the north side of the Burrill Bridge, just up from The Fish Shop. Open Wed-Sun 6.30 am- 3 pm www.logombakery.com.au
MilkHaus is one of our favourite cafes in the area. It is in the country about 5 minutes from Milton and has a lovely garden to explore...and yummy food and coffee (www.milkhaus.com.au, 170 Woodstock Rd, Woodstock(02) 44557293).
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Milk Haus
170 Woodstock Rd
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MilkHaus is one of our favourite cafes in the area. It is in the country about 5 minutes from Milton and has a lovely garden to explore...and yummy food and coffee (www.milkhaus.com.au, 170 Woodstock Rd, Woodstock(02) 44557293).
Head to Gwylo for Asian street eats, classic tunes and delicious cocktails and house brews (www.gwylo.com.au, Shop 2/85 Tallwood ave, Mollymook Beach (02) 44540201).
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GWYLO
85 Tallwood Avenue
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Head to Gwylo for Asian street eats, classic tunes and delicious cocktails and house brews (www.gwylo.com.au, Shop 2/85 Tallwood ave, Mollymook Beach (02) 44540201).
Rick Stein at Bannisters is a fancy seafood restaurant that sits on the headland overlooking the water at Mollymook. You can also have a drink and pizza at the Bannisters pool bar. The Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar and Grill is a more laid-back bar on Tallwood Ave. (www.bannisters.com.au)
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Rick Stein at Bannisters
191 Mitchell Parade
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Rick Stein at Bannisters is a fancy seafood restaurant that sits on the headland overlooking the water at Mollymook. You can also have a drink and pizza at the Bannisters pool bar. The Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar and Grill is a more laid-back bar on Tallwood Ave. (www.bannisters.com.au)
Cupittt's Winery is a beautiful property just outside Ulladulla with a Winery, Brewery and Farm Shop. Book in for a fancy meal or have a woodfired pizza in the garden. Often on weekends they have a band on the lawns. It is a lovely setting. Open for Lunch Wed-Sun from 12pm- 2 pm and dinner Fri- Sat from 6 pm- 8.30 pm. Book in advance to take a tour of the winery and brewery. www.cupitt.com.au 58 Washburton Rd, Ulladulla (02) 44557888
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Cupitts Winery
58 Washburton Rd
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Cupittt's Winery is a beautiful property just outside Ulladulla with a Winery, Brewery and Farm Shop. Book in for a fancy meal or have a woodfired pizza in the garden. Often on weekends they have a band on the lawns. It is a lovely setting. Open for Lunch Wed-Sun from 12pm- 2 pm and dinner Fri- Sat from 6 pm- 8.30 pm. Book in advance to take a tour of the winery and brewery. www.cupitt.com.au 58 Washburton Rd, Ulladulla (02) 44557888

Walks

There is an easy 3.7 km, well-signposted walk in the Murramarang Aboriginal Area that is between Bawley Point and Kiola. There is a small car park on the left side of the road, with a little sign to Racecourse beach. Walk to Racecourse beach and turn left. The walk is circular and has information about the important cultural significance of this area for indigenous peoples of the Yuin nation.
Murramarang Aboriginal Walking Track
There is an easy 3.7 km, well-signposted walk in the Murramarang Aboriginal Area that is between Bawley Point and Kiola. There is a small car park on the left side of the road, with a little sign to Racecourse beach. Walk to Racecourse beach and turn left. The walk is circular and has information about the important cultural significance of this area for indigenous peoples of the Yuin nation.
We have done a couple of walks north to Meroo National Park. There is a lovely track from the car park at the north end of Bawley Beach that leads to Nuggen Point. Usually, you can cross the sand at the mouth of Willinga lake to get to the start of the track, but sometimes the lake breaks through to the ocean – the walk may not be possible if the water is deep or fast flowing. www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/meroo-national-park
North Beach
We have done a couple of walks north to Meroo National Park. There is a lovely track from the car park at the north end of Bawley Beach that leads to Nuggen Point. Usually, you can cross the sand at the mouth of Willinga lake to get to the start of the track, but sometimes the lake breaks through to the ocean – the walk may not be possible if the water is deep or fast flowing. www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/meroo-national-park
There are some beautiful walks in Murramarang National Park, including the Pretty Beach to Snapper Point walk, or for those wanting a full day out, you can walk to Snake Bay (during low tide on calm days) or Durras Mountain. https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/murramarang-national-park
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Pretty Beach
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There are some beautiful walks in Murramarang National Park, including the Pretty Beach to Snapper Point walk, or for those wanting a full day out, you can walk to Snake Bay (during low tide on calm days) or Durras Mountain. https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/murramarang-national-park

Sightseeing

Willinga Park is a world-class equestrian centre that is set on 41 hectares behind Bawley Point. It is worth seeing if they have any events during your stay. Even if horses aren't your thing, the architectural design and sculpted gardens are worth checking out. 134 Forster Dr, Bawley Point (02) 44055666 www.willingapark.com.au
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Willinga Park
132 Forster Dr
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Willinga Park is a world-class equestrian centre that is set on 41 hectares behind Bawley Point. It is worth seeing if they have any events during your stay. Even if horses aren't your thing, the architectural design and sculpted gardens are worth checking out. 134 Forster Dr, Bawley Point (02) 44055666 www.willingapark.com.au
The Fish Shop at Burrill Lake is acclaimed with some of the best fish and chips on the South Coast. 107 Princes Highway, Burrill Lake (02) 4455 1906 Farmers at Burrill (FAB) Markets are held every second Friday from 5-7 pm (Nov-Feb) at the Lions Park Dolphin Point Rd entrance for local food supplies. There are some well sign-posted mountain biking tracks are just off the highway just south of Burrill lake. The tracks around Kings Point are not as well-marked but still fun. Check out www.trailforks.com for more details. Burrill Lake Standup Paddleboard Shop is open during the warmer months for SUP hire and lessons. www.burilllakesup.com.au
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Burrill Lake
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The Fish Shop at Burrill Lake is acclaimed with some of the best fish and chips on the South Coast. 107 Princes Highway, Burrill Lake (02) 4455 1906 Farmers at Burrill (FAB) Markets are held every second Friday from 5-7 pm (Nov-Feb) at the Lions Park Dolphin Point Rd entrance for local food supplies. There are some well sign-posted mountain biking tracks are just off the highway just south of Burrill lake. The tracks around Kings Point are not as well-marked but still fun. Check out www.trailforks.com for more details. Burrill Lake Standup Paddleboard Shop is open during the warmer months for SUP hire and lessons. www.burilllakesup.com.au
We love going to Milton. It is a lovely little town with lots of fun shops and café’s to explore. For bread and baked goods head to Flour Salt Water (www.flourwatersalt.com.au, 87 Princes Highway, Milton (02) 4454 2504). Milton Farm Shop sells incredible produce that is picked daily from local farms within a 100 km radius (127 Princes Highway, Milton, 0414 870 811). Pop into the iconic Pilgrims vegetarian cafe for brunch. The Milton Hotel has been recently renovated and has great food (www.themiltonhotel.com/02 44540727). For cocktails head to Harvest Bar Milton (www.therharvestbarmilton.com, 89A Croobyar Rd, Milton (02) 4444 8751) or Altar Wine Bar.
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Milton
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We love going to Milton. It is a lovely little town with lots of fun shops and café’s to explore. For bread and baked goods head to Flour Salt Water (www.flourwatersalt.com.au, 87 Princes Highway, Milton (02) 4454 2504). Milton Farm Shop sells incredible produce that is picked daily from local farms within a 100 km radius (127 Princes Highway, Milton, 0414 870 811). Pop into the iconic Pilgrims vegetarian cafe for brunch. The Milton Hotel has been recently renovated and has great food (www.themiltonhotel.com/02 44540727). For cocktails head to Harvest Bar Milton (www.therharvestbarmilton.com, 89A Croobyar Rd, Milton (02) 4444 8751) or Altar Wine Bar.
There is a free harbour pool at Ulladulla. It is cleaned and refilled on Tuesdays so Wednesday is great day to visit and do some laps. Head to the wharf and continue around the headland south of the harbour. For those archaeological enthusiasts, this is also a great spot for a guided fossil walk (www.gondwanacoastfossilwalk.com.au). There is also a signposted fossil walk on the north end of Ulladulla harbour. If you are a caffeine addict, pop into This Sunday Life on the main drag in Ulladulla. Open 6 am- 4 pm Monday to Saturday. Shop 15, 107 Princes Highway, Ulladulla Some of the best coffee in the area can be found at Maverick. As they put it “we’re a small batch roastery dealing in speciality coffees, and we love it. That’s pretty much it.” The setting is not ideal (next to McDonalds as you enter Ulladulla) but the coffee is great. Open 7.30 am – 1.30 pm (8.30-12.30 on Sundays). 8/171 Princes Hwy, Ulladulla. www.maverickcoffee.com.au (02) 4454 0677 Native cafe is a popular spot with a lovely view of the Ulladulla Harbour. Ulladulla has larger supermarkets (Coles and Woolworths) and many shops.
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Ulladulla
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There is a free harbour pool at Ulladulla. It is cleaned and refilled on Tuesdays so Wednesday is great day to visit and do some laps. Head to the wharf and continue around the headland south of the harbour. For those archaeological enthusiasts, this is also a great spot for a guided fossil walk (www.gondwanacoastfossilwalk.com.au). There is also a signposted fossil walk on the north end of Ulladulla harbour. If you are a caffeine addict, pop into This Sunday Life on the main drag in Ulladulla. Open 6 am- 4 pm Monday to Saturday. Shop 15, 107 Princes Highway, Ulladulla Some of the best coffee in the area can be found at Maverick. As they put it “we’re a small batch roastery dealing in speciality coffees, and we love it. That’s pretty much it.” The setting is not ideal (next to McDonalds as you enter Ulladulla) but the coffee is great. Open 7.30 am – 1.30 pm (8.30-12.30 on Sundays). 8/171 Princes Hwy, Ulladulla. www.maverickcoffee.com.au (02) 4454 0677 Native cafe is a popular spot with a lovely view of the Ulladulla Harbour. Ulladulla has larger supermarkets (Coles and Woolworths) and many shops.