The NSW South Coast town of Milton is stunning, says Collette Dinnigan. “It’s not as ‘secret’ as it used to be but it’s still very low-key and there are plenty of places you wouldn’t know about unless you go there regularly.” And here are Collette’s pick of the Milton bunch…
Narrawallee Beach is gorgeous – there are no houses built onto the beach, it backs onto native bushland and you have to walk down a little bush track to get to it. If you don’t know to look for it, you won’t find it.
Former world champ Pam Burridge gives surfing lessons there – they’re 30 bucks for the kids! pamburridge.com
There are several reasonably priced antique stores in Milton Village that offer great shopping – I like Turnbull Bros. There’s also a fantastic retro furniture store called Revival, which stocks original works by designers like Charles Eames.
Cupitt’s Kitchen has excellent food and great setting in a vineyard. Take the kids and dog and enjoy the bar and the setting. St Isidore is also well-worth a visit; chefs Jo and Alex used to be the chefs at Circa in Melbourne.
The Clyde River has several oyster farms including [prominent grower] Ewan McAsh’s, so we’ll often hire a flat-bottomed boat (try Clyde River Houseboats) and take it upstream, picking oysters off the rocks as we go. The oysters have drifted from the farms, so they’re growing everywhere. The water is crystal clear, there’s amazing birdlife and you’ll see plenty of old shacks where people used to process oysters – it’s a beautiful day trip.
Termeile Point Campground is 4WD access only, but the site is virtually on the beach and at low tide, there are rockpools where you can go and pick out abalone and lobsters for that night’s dinner. Like most South Coast beaches, it’s also stunning.
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