Are you ready for a family adventure that’s as lovely as a spring breeze? We’ve got the perfect itinerary for families with kids under 12. Whether you’re starting your journey from Canberra or Sydney, this trip is designed to let you soak in the best of the South Coast just the way the locals do.
Day 1: Bateman's Bay - A Seafood Delight
As you hit the road, your first stop is the charming Bateman’s Bay. Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy some delicious fish and chips at Innes Boatshed. Before heading further south, make a pit stop at Bateman’s Bay Nut Roasting to grab some delectable nuts for snacking during the drive. Trust us; these little treats will vanish quicker than you can imagine! And while you’re in town, visit Deli on Perry to gather all the ingredients for a gourmet, home-cooked feast tonight.
But before you reach Moruya, there’s a perfect place to stay for the night – Mogendoura Farm. It’s a paradise for kids, with horses, chickens, and even belted Galloway cows. If the timing is right, you might even get to witness adorable calves! The wide-open spaces here are perfect for your little ones to run and play to their hearts’ content.
Day 2: Farm Fun and More
On your second day, let the kids enjoy a relaxed day on the farm, either outdoors with the animals or indoors with some classic board games. In the evening, snuggle up in your cosy cottage for a home-cooked dinner. If you happen to be visiting on a Tuesday, don’t miss a trip to the SAGE Markets in Moruya to stock up on fresh, local goodies.
Day 3: Bermagui - Beach Bliss
Now, it’s time to head to Bermagui. Book a stay at Seaview Beach Houses, a perfect family-friendly spot. En route, make sure to stop at Bodalla Dairy for some uniquely Australian ice cream flavours and to bottle feed the calves at 10am and 4pm.
As you enter Narooma, turn left toward the northern breakwater. Keep an eye out for stingrays and seals near the boat jetty, but remember they’re wild, so no patting or feeding. Enjoy the children’s playground and a scenic walk along the boardwalk before crossing the bridge for lunch.
Lunch at Salt is a must-try. While you enjoy a scrumptious meal with a view of the boats and Gulaga Mountain, the kids can watch fish and pelicans from the jetty. Afterward, if your kids are into skateboarding, Narooma’s skateboarding park is a hit. Head to the southern headland to spot more seals and, if it’s the right season, watch for whales heading south.
Before leaving Narooma, make two essential stops: Grandpa’s Garden in the main street for breakfast supplies and Mr. Bold for gourmet pre-cooked meals to reheat later. Don’t forget to pop into Pistachio next door for good coffee and cake!
Now, off to Bermagui, where your cottage offers a stunning view across the harbour. Quiet time can be spent playing board games and reading indoors, or if you prefer dining out, try Il Passaggio for delicious contemporary Italian cuisine.
Day 4 - 7: Local Delights Await
For the remainder of the week, soak in the local charm and flavours. Enjoy breakfast in your cottage or head to Boneless for a delicious start to the day. Or enjoy the best of European specialties at Eurolicious.
On your way back to Bermagui, visit the Cobargo General Store to pick up a home-cooked meal for dinner and a hamper of goodies for the next day. The park there is perfect for kids to burn off some extra energy before heading back to Bermi for the evening.
Another day, venture to Tilba, a National Trust village, and admire the charming buildings and stunning views. Take a leisurely walk through the Bellbrook Farm Loop Walk, starting at the back of The Drom. Enjoy lunch at The Drom and then explore Tilba Real Dairy to see milk processing and cheese production in action. Their cheese is made from local jersey milk, and you can truly taste the difference.
Don’t forget to treat your family to some homemade gelato at the Gelati Clinic in Bermagui. It’s crafted from local fruit, making it the freshest and tastiest treat around. You might even want to take some home for an after-dinner delight. And their traditional Italian coffee is incredibly smooth!
While you’re here, our family’s top beach picks are Mystery Bay, Camel Rock, and Cuttage. Mystery Bay is perfect for beachcombing with its coloured pebbles, shells, and sand. Explore the captivating rock pools while you’re at it. At Camel Rock, take a walk from Camel Rock Surf Beach to Murunna Point, passing Horse Head Rock on your way. Keep an eye out for birds, kangaroos, and even whales.
Cuttage offers opportunities for walking, drawing in the sand, building sandcastles, hunting for pippies, or fishing. The lagoon is also a fantastic spot to explore.
For a bit of extra excitement, consider booking a whale-watching cruise with Narooma Charters or a fishing trip from Bermagui. And if you’re into mountain biking, remember to bring your bikes and try out the trails in Bermagui or Narooma.
Bonus Fun Days
If you’re blessed with great weather, head down to Mogo Zoo and spend the day at this unique zoo. On days when indoor activities are more appealing, drop by Bateman’s Bay Water Park for a few hours of aquatic fun.
By the end of your week-long adventure, you’ll wish you had two! This family-focused journey along the South Coast offers a taste of local life that’s as sweet as spring itself. Enjoy every moment with your loved ones as you explore this stunning part of Australia. Happy travels!