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Canberra has had a rough run of it recently.

During the last weeks of summer we’re usually seeking sun and sand, but this year there are new things on our wish list—fresh air and greenery.

Luckily, we have the perfect solution.

Kiama, Gerringong and Gerroa were (thankfully) untouched by the recent NSW bushfire crisis and have fresh air and green hills in abundance.

The best part? They’re a stone’s throw from Canberra. Grab the girls for a road trip—here’s our ideal weekend itinerary.

FRIDAY EVENING

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Scallop Ceviche chicken jus, fennel oil, rice crisp

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Leave the workweek behind as you pop on that podcast you’ve been hankering to listen to and hit the Hume Highway for the 2.5-hours drive to Kiama.

Once you’ve arrived and checked into your accommodation, head to one of the region’s best dining destinations for sampling locally-sourced home-grown ingredients—Silica—a restaurant and bar in a two-storey heritage building, with stunning views of Church Point.

Indulge in local seafood, pair a perfect cut of beef with a glass of local red, or if you’re not feeling up to a full meal, unwind from the week in their upstairs bar.

With high ceilings and candlelit corners, relax into a leather lounge— cocktail in hand—and watch the moon rise over the water.

Silica Kiama | 72 Manning Street, Kiama | 4233 0572 | silicakiama.com.au

SATURDAY

Breakfast at Diggies

Perched on Blowhole Point with sweeping views across Kiama Harbour, Diggies is a dreamy weekend brunch spot.

Soak up the sun on the expansive terrace and fuel up your Saturday with zingy juices, excellent coffee and modern breakfast classics.

Diggies | 7022 Terralong Street, Kiama | 0436 353 370 | diggies.com.au/kiama

The Kiama Coastal Walk (or 6km of it, anyway)

Credit: Destination NSW.

The Kiama Coastal Walk stretches for nearly 20 kilometres across the coast, but 6km of strolling up lush rolling hills is a great weekend workout.

Start at Loves Bay (plug Kiama Coastal Path Car Park into Google Maps) and walk the designated path down to neighbouring coastal town of Gerringong.

While the track is fairly undulating (and should be given a miss in high winds or after heavy rain) it’s a walk suited to most fitness levels.

With uninterrupted views across the ocean and access to secluded coves and bays (including the last remaining patch of local rainforest that used to cover the area) it’s a diverse and incredibly scenic experience.

Allow 2.5 hours to make the approx. 6 km journey and take plenty of water.

Park at the Kiama Coastal Path Car Park. At the end of the walk you’ll arrive at the Werri Lagoon at the northern end of Gerringong. From there you can either call Kiama Cabs (4237 7505) to take you back to your car or, if you’re up to a challenge, walk back!

Hill Bar & Kitchen

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Why not stop by The Hill Bar & Kitchen?

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Boasting some of the best views Gerringong has to offer, Hill Bar & Kitchen is perfect for a post-walk treat or a long, lazy, lunch.

The perfect place to tuck into local seafood, you can order generous serves of fresh king prawns, Clyde River oysters, or beetroot-cured salmon gravlax. Or alternatively, order one of their famous burgers. You can’t go wrong, really!

98 Fern St, Gerringong New South Wales | 0402 345 348  | thehillbarandkitchengerringong.com 

ENDOTA SPA

After you’ve put in the hard yards (6km of them!) on the coast walk, it’s now time to unwind.

Walk your tired feet to Endota Spa (conveniently located in central Kiama) and put them up in the relaxation lounge when you first arrive.

You’ll love the menu—from organic and advanced facials to remedial and relaxation massages—you’ll find your regular treatments have all been upgraded. And you can expect the best here; they have got day spa’ing down to a science.

1/124 Terralong Street, Kiama | (02) 4233 1501 | endotaspa.com.au/find-a-spa/kiama

Hungry Monkey

 

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The decadent burgers on Hungry Monkey’s website are just the start.

This chic monochromatic eatery offers a fresh and innovative breakfast and lunch menu, but why not head there for dinner, when you can order large plates like Beef Short Ribs alongside Turkish Bread with Burnt Butter and Prosciutto with smoked eggplant?

Pair this with one of the drops from their extensive wine list and you’re in for a good night. And to finish, how about Toasted Marshmallow with espresso, chocolate and lychee sorbet?

Hungry Monkey | 5/32 Collins Street, Kiama | 0403 397 353 |  thehungrymonkey.com.au

SUNDAY

Emergence Yoga

 

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Warm up your winter morning with a visit to Emergence Yoga. The studio, housed in a gorgeous art deco building, has so much character thanks to aged floorboards and waves of grey fabric draped above.

Allow Emergence’s warm and personable instructors to take you through a class complete with complimentary mat hire, bolsters and even blankets.

42 Terralong Street, Kiama | 1300 053 435 | emergenceyoga.com.au

Shop ‘til you drop

Credit: Dee Kramer Photography.

After yoga, not take a leisurely stroll around Kiama’s shopping district and visit some of its many boutiques.

Bombo Clothing Co offers visitors two levels of curated fashion, footwear and accessories as well as works from local artists, or browse chic local and imported homewares, such as candles by Husk and clothing from Assembly, at Deer Willow.

Is there an art lover among you? Beachside Emporium sells original paintings, prints and photographs as well as sculptures and one-off pieces of artisanal jewellery.

Deer Willow, 12 Manning Street, Kiama

Bombo Clothing, 55 Collins Street, Kiama

Beachside Emporium, Shop 15/106 Terralong Street, Kiama

THE DRIVE HOME

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On the way back home, take it slow. Cruise through Robertson (and if you’re peckish, why not visit their award-winning pie shop?) or grab a lunch in Bowral.

The Press Shop’s Insta-perfect exterior is only surpassed but it’s gorgeous interior – and don’t forget that behind the café is a gorgeous stationery and letterpress shop.

5/391-397 Bong Bong Street, Bowral | Open Sundays from 8 am – 4 pm | thepressshop.com.au

ACCOMMODATION

NOVA KIAMA

 

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After a boutique stay, right in the middle of the action?

Nova Kiama is a fresh new face on the town’s accommodation scene, with chic modern rooms, a gorgeous rooftop plunge pool and even an adorable Kombi coffee van downstairs!

Nova Kiama | 31 Bong Bong Street, Kiama | novakiama.com.au

HINDMARSH COTTAGE

Hindmarsh Cottage, Image via: kiama.com.au.

This gorgeous historic cottage is more than 150 years old but has all the modern comforts you’ll need such as central heating, dishwasher and recently renovated bathroom.

Retaining the charm of a bygone era, Hindmarsh Cottage is also smack-bang in the centre of Kiama, giving you walking access to almost all the locations in this article.

stayinkiama.com.au

TERRAGONG

If you’re after a true escape to the country, look no further than the elegant Terragong. An old school BnB surrounded by rolling hills, Terragong is only 10 minutes from the centre of Kiama but feels miles away.

terragong.com

SEACLIFF HOUSE

If you’re planning a special occasion in Kiama, Seacliff House’s country chic interiors, pool, expansive grounds and wood burning fireplace should do the trick. A private house surrounded by lush pastures and views of the sea, Seacliff House sleeps up to 12 and even has an outdoor fire pit and games room.

seacliffhouse.com.au

THE SHED

Modern, minimalist and featured in House & Garden Magazine, The Shed. Gerroa is a barn-like space that features floor to ceilings windows overlooking 100 acres of farmland.

With room to sleep eight, and three separate bedrooms, this is perfect for a getaway with your whole family or friendship group.

theshedgerroa.com

Want more options? Check out www.kiama.com.au

The author travelled courtesy of Destination NSW, however, her opinions remain her own. Feature image: Dee Kramer Photography.

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