Staying at Shellharbour means you get all the delicious benefits of being in a produce-rich area; including the freshest produce and meat and seafood of the highest quality. There are an abundance of restaurants to choose from in the area, but we’ll share a few of our favourites to get you started. First up is Nardi’s Italian for a carb-heaven mix of pasta, meats and bread. Take in the ocean views at Relish on Addison and dine on modern Australian fare or stop in for a cracking Sunday brunch. For fine dining that features Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, you’ll want to reserve a table at Branches Restaurant and order the three-course chef’s selection for a real treat.
You won’t be disappointed with the variety of restaurants, cafes and wine bars available in Kiama. For a fine dining experience to remember you need to eat at Silica. Take in the ocean views while you’re there. Dine in or takeaway gourmet pizzas from Olive and Vine. If you’re hankering for a burger you’ll want to order a Southern Fry from Hungry Monkey, or hit them up for brunch for an equally impressive menu of dishes to choose from. The Brooding Italian makes the best coffee in town and if you’re still hungry after all that there is also the Little Blowhole Art Bar, Milk & Honey, Penny Whistlers, Flour Water Salt and Bouqiniste to check out.
Spend the day nearby at Gerringong’s vineyard, Crooked River Wines for a tasting at the cellar door or lunch at their restaurant or brewery. Wrap up the afternoon with a gelato at Fern St Espresso and Gelato and then (if you can manage it) dine on fresh seafood at Blue Swimmer in Gerroa for dinner.
This quaint, lovely country town is famous for many things but the Berry Donut Van is known far and wide for their fresh cinnamon donuts. The sweet treat options don’t stop there. The Berry Sourdough Cafe has plenty more for you choose from – but get in early as this place is always busy. The Garden is a superb breakfast location. The Hungry Duck serves up the best Asian cuisine in town, while South on Albany, Queen Street Eatery, Silos cellar door and restaurant and Bussola offer a variety of cuisines to choose from.
If you’re staying further south in Shoalhaven heads we can’t recommend the restaurant at Bangalay Villas enough. They embrace the paddock to plate approach to cooking, source local produce and make use of native ingredients in their dishes. Coolangatta Estate is another standout in the region, with an appetising modern Australian menu alongside a cellar door.
If you’re heading towards Mollymook for a beach escape and wanting to treat yourself, or are celebrating something special, you can’t go past Rick Stein’s at Bannisters. Known for the incredible seafood on offer – with an Asian twist. The views are also stunning, so ensure you enjoy a long lunch on a beautiful day.
For amazing fish and chips or a big brekkie to satisfy a few too many vinos the night before, Mollymook Beach Hut Cafe is a winner.
If you’re in Bateman’s Bay for the weekend, there are a few spots you’d do well to try. For a great breakfast, head to Deli on Perry for some of the best bacon and eggs you’ll find on the South Coast. For dinner, you can’t go past Heat Woodfired Pizza Bar in Batehaven. Go for the Supremo! It’s also BYO, so bring a great bottle of red! Another must-visit is the Bateman’s Bay Ice Creamery. You can get amazing smoothies, all the ice cream and gelato you could want – plus frozen yoghurt with all the toppings.