There’s something about the South Coast of NSW, from the rolling hills to the vast sea. A couple of hours drive south of Sydney, we pass by Wollongong to the picturesque Shoalhaven Heads.

The South Coast stretches from Shoalhaven in the North to the Sapphire Coast in the South. Long coastal roads, wind in and around quintessential beachside villages all the way down to the southern tip of Eden, making the South Coast a popular destination from Melbourne to Sydney.

On good advice we break the trip into two parts, first stop Shoalhaven and we choose to stay at Bangalay Luxury Villas. Decadent in design Bangalay is naturally beautiful and is a subtle yet stylish addition to the beachside village of Shoalhaven Heads.

Bangalay is owned and operated by a local family who have captured the essence of the South Coast in their exclusive property, which includes stylish beach abodes, well appointed family bungalows and award winning Bangalay Dining.

Built adjacent to the Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club, Bangalay has everything you need in one tranquil space. Ideal for the whole family, the villas are a home away from home, where you can unwind and immerse in the natural surrounds.

Bangalay Dining, is a hive of activity from breakfast to dinner and is the central heartbeat to the contemporary property. An emphasis on native ingredients, ensures the seasonal menu reflects the South Coasts abundance of produce, with a thoughtfully curated wine list, the flavours are natural and the ambience is sublime.

We sample dishes like smoked crocodile and green ants, roast emu and pepper berry sauce and cherry and ribery sorbet. Head Chef Simon Evans is inspired by indigenous flavours and has fused ingredients to create a uniquely Australian menu that changes with the seasons.

From Shoalhaven Heads we head into the hills of Milton, destination Cupitts Winery passing by Rick Steins Bannisters along the way. Chefs and foodies have been flocking to the South Coast in droves, such as Justin Hemmes well known for reinventing old spaces and landmarking an area, like Quarterdeck in Narooma and the soon to be renovated Whale Inn Hotel.

We stop off at Hamilton on the outskirts of Milton to a quaint dairy farm that is home to Milk Haus, a paddock to plate experience that offers great food, roasted coffee and a pop-up produce store. A short drive to the stunning Cupitts Winery in Ulladulla and we decide to book a last minute pod to stay awhile and enjoy all the region has on offer.

The Cupitt Family know a thing or two about hospitality and working the land, having previously owned and operated the Berry Hotel, a family of wine and cheese makers they have created a working farm, winery and popular destination restaurant.

The recently opened accommodation pods are tastefully dotted around the property to capture the rolling grapevines and valley views over yonder. Sustainable in design the custom made pods are styled for comfort, with all the modern cons such as supersized outdoor bathtubs, where you can sip a glass of Cupitts wine or beer and watch the sun go down.

The South Coast is a nature based destination, rich in diversity with pristine beaches and green acres of fertile soil, making it a foodie’s paradise. Book a long weekend away to Shoalhaven or take your time and meander your way down the Sapphire coast, stopping at Tathra, Merimbula and Eden along the way.

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