Patricia Newell-Dunkley – Photographs Reginald J. Dunkley



Greetings from down under with more suggestions for your bucket list. February is a very warm month in Australia and usually very humid, so the best place for holidays is the coast.

This time it will be the South Coast of New South Wales, which is relatively undeveloped by comparison to other parts of the State. There are pristine beaches, beautiful National Parks and Reserves, small quaint fishing villages and rural towns.

It is divided into three regions. Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and the Sapphire Coast.  Each has its own charm, but all are well worth a visit.

One of the main features of the South Coast are the Restaurants. For a long time, it has been a favourite place for talented chefs to make it their permanent home base.  Consequently, the fresh gourmet foods grown in the region, along with the local wine industry, have benefited from their expertise.



Shoalhaven runs southward down the coastline from Kiama to Batemans Bay, each are worth a stopover.

Kiama is famous for its Blowhole, which is exciting to watch, and care needs to be taken not to be sucked in. A ninety-minute drive from Sydney it is a popular day trip just for a gourmet meal, and some adventure on the way. Unspoilt beaches lush rolling hills, world class waves, ancient rainforests, picturesque towns, vibrant villages and always a warm welcome. A memorable day can be had.

Batemans Bay has truly magnificent beaches, and there is a myriad of water sports to be had in this vibrant seaside town, perched at the entrance of the sparkling Clyde River. Natural beauty abounds in the region. It is the heart of Australia’s oyster coast. Succulent Clyde River oysters are available from oyster bars, farms, and the oyster shed. Needless to say, with fresh seafood at all of the restaurants.

Enjoy wildlife encounters, and follow ancient walking tracks, go swimming, surfing, kayaking or fishing.

Batemans Bay was named by Captain James Cook, and you can learn the fascinating history at the Heritage Museum.

Eurobodilla means ‘Land of many waters’ in the local Brinja Yuin dialect, and it is certainly that, with eighty-three beaches, sixteen lakes all sitting at the base of forested mountain ranges. It enjoys a reputation as a water and nature lovers paradise. It is said to be the ideal destination for those with an open mind, a healthy appetite and a passion for life. It is also the home of award-winning dairies, famous for their milk. Fresh, simple, and sweet.

The Jewel in the Crown of Eurobodalla is Montague Island. This is a sanctuary for wildlife and home to New South Wales largest colony of fur seals, and one of the largest ‘Little Penguins’ breeding sites in Australia.

It is mecca for whale watching, seal viewing, penguin tours, scuba diving, snorkelling, seal dives, Grey Nurse Shark dive, wildlife cruises, and bird watching trips.

The area abounds with indigenous tales.

The Sapphire Coast starts in the town of Bermagui, right down to Eden. Passing through Bega and Bombala, and it really is the colour of blue sapphires. It is known as Australia’s wilderness coast, half way between Melbourne and Sydney, and three hours from Canberra.

Clean beaches, clear water, and great life quality. Relax and enjoy fresh fish and chips at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Shoalhaven boasts one hundred beaches, with plenty of surf instructors for beginners or professionals.

They also have the glorious Kangaroo Valley which is perfect for a nature escape.  An ideal holiday destination. Rich green pastures, sparkling creeks, and rivers along with lush rainforests. It is a favourite haunt, and famous for, romantic country weddings.

The South Coast of new South Wales has much to offer, and a perfect place to keep cool.

Here at Shelly Beach, we are spoilt with golden sunshine, and sea breezes.  The garden is as busy as ever with flocks of birds mainly lorikeets at the moment.  Charlie the Pomeranian is enjoying the warm weather, and his morning walks.

My books “Letters of a Travelling Lady, The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain, Wallis the Woman I love,” are available on Amazon and Xlibris.

Cheers.  Patricia