Life’s good at the top. Immerse yourself in beautiful rainforest warmth on a walk through the treetops or fly through the air on a zip-line at Illawarra Fly. The kids will have extra bragging points at school, with this activity officially the highest zip-line tour in the country. You can even do it after dark – an extra intriguing way to experience the mystical rainforest of the Illawarra region in a different light.
The first surf checks on your list should be The Farm and Mystics – two breaks inside the breathtaking Killalea State Park. If you’re not a surfer, take your togs – it’s a great swimming beach, too. Once you’ve been barrelled, take some time to check out some of the surroundings in the 265 acre park. From rainforests and wetlands to seabird breeding zones and serene walking tracks, the pristine coastal reserve is an ever-changing face of Mother Nature’s finest offerings. Try your luck with beach or rock fishing. Or, if you want to fish offshore, launch a boat from Minnamurra or Shellharbour.
The best way to see Kiama is on foot. Starting at Minnamurra, the Kiama Coastal Walk is a magnificent 22km journey weaving past headlands, rivers and beaches to Blowhole Point, then winding towards the bays and beaches around Little Blowhole and the rolling slopes of Gerringong. There’s a fitness level for everyone, and you can even stop and swim, snorkel or surf along the way.
Taste the fruits of the region with a tasty adventure to Berry and the Southern Highlands. Sign up for a wine tour and sip away on the cool-climate concoctions at one of the 60 vineyards. Or, drop into one of the classic country pubs for a delicious meal. Locally-grown produce reins supreme, with highlights including Angus beef, yabbies, olives and olive oil, truffles and cherries.
Take a trip to the home of cricket memories. Beeline to nearby Bowral for the The Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall. It’s dedicated to highlighting the importance of cricket’s past and future, including the incredible legacy of arguably the sport’s greatest player, Sir Donald Bradman. Afterwards, make sure you check out the surrounding eateries, boutiques and wineries. You’re in for a cultural and gastronomical treat!