AT’s guide to the best cheap accommodation for summer and Christmas holidays


Why do we rate it?
Gerroa sits on the northern edge of the beautiful Seven Mile Beach National Park, an untouched swathe of white sand and placid surf.

Where is it?
130km south of Sydney. Hop off the Princes Hwy at Gerringong and head south.

Where to stay
Discovery Holiday Parks Gerroa is a five-minute walk from the beach but, even better, it’s right on the Crooked River. There are deluxe spa cabins, cedar cabins, holiday units and campsites. South Coast Holidays has lots of holiday homes and apartments that are affordable but more private and upmarket.

How much is it?
During peak periods, deluxe waterfront spa cabins at Discovery are $260 for four per night. That’s $65 a night per person. Prices drop in the second half of Jan. South Coast Holidays offers family-size houses from $250-$1000 a night depending on location.

Cabins at Discovery are available around Christmas but all the campsites are booked out. The powered sites are people’s top choice due to the balmy climate at this time of year. South Coast Holidays have affordable houses, set back a bit from the beach, during January.

What to do
Step out the front door of your waterfront cabin at Discovery, hop into a canoe and paddle down the Crooked River to Seven Mile Beach. Swimming, fishing and paddling are the main drawcards along this sheltered stretch of coast. The town comprises
a cluster of fishing cottages and beach shacks. It’s some of the best kite flying and windsurfing in Oz. You’re also just 10mins from the Gerringong shops.


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Discovery Holiday Parks //
107 Crooked River Rd.
(02) 4234 1233;
South Coast Holidays //
(02) 4234 2065;

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