Or Jervis Bae’s my friends like to call it.
It’s about a 3 – 4 hour drive from Sydney and was a great place just for a weekend getaway.
We headed down to Kiama for lunch and resumed the rest of the road trip for another hour whilst singing a whole bunch of Alt. Rock and Broadway songs.
I suggest looking on AirBNB as they do have quite a few apartments and houses that are in mint condition.
We stayed at Aqua Escape – It was extremely spacious, very clean and homely with 2 carpark spaces underneath the complex to use. Communication with the host was acceptable I guess? Mark mostly left it to agency (Raine & Horne) so there was not an issue.
There are quite a few options of water sports available that you can book on the main street of Huskisson. A few of us went scuba diving and kayaking which apparently I heard was fantastic. My group was also the first to capsize (ever), so if you hear stories about a loud bunch of uni students trying to ride waves and ending up capsizing, its probably them.
In regards to scuba diving, we went to Echo Point which is about an hours boat ride from the wharf. Gear was all set up and transferred down to the boat for us once you filled out all the paperwork. Unfortunately for us, the seas were incredibly rough. There were so many times I was lifted off my butt/feet when we rode through a massive wave. I’d take motion sickness tablets if I were you, don’t want you throwing up like my friend Melvin for 2 hours.
Stay away from the right side of the boat. It’s the bad side. I was soaked before I even reached the diving destination.
Visibility was fantastic – I could see 15 – 20m , quite cold at 19 degrees (it didn’t help that I just got back from Maldives diving in 29 degrees water) and was also the first time I took my Sony RX -100 down to take photos!!
Generally the dive is quite easy, with a few swells that pushes you back and forth however it mostly remains calm; you’ll catch up to the rest of the divers in no time.
We did two dives, the first which eased us into the waters and new conditions. We saw quite a few different species of fish, dived in some swim throughs and was meditative as I remembered it to be.
During surface interval, the crew are very accomodating. Clive the divemaster changed everyone’s gear, Warren served crackers, cheese, biscuits and made soup, tea & coffee. And hot towels. You have no idea how good those things felt.
Second dive was incredible. Seals, old bombs, caves. Simply stunning. Not to mention lollies at the end.
Oh yes, massive post. I’ll start off in Kiama –
The Stonewall Cafe – It’s quite a pricey cafe but the portions were quite generous and the food itself was quite tasty.
Tomato & Cheese Soup – This soup had a good balance, it wasn’t too tangy and sour, the cheese came through quite well and you could taste how the tomato cut through the richness of the cheese. It was seasoned well and was paired with buttered turkish bread. Always a winner.
“Dammit Alice – Let us eat! ”
I do apologise, I try to take food photos as fast as I can when I’m with people, but gosh, they just need to understand I NEED A GOOD SHOT. Other food bloggers understand my woes.
One of the greatest ways to save money is to eat in. That night, we just wanted to chill out in the apartment so we ended up cooking. We made 10 servings of Carbonara plus dessert (magnum) and drinks which worked out to be just under $8 per person. Not to mention we also made breakfast with the rest of the bacon and eggs (for 10 people!)
On Saturday however, we paid a visit to the infamous Huskisson Bakery.
Known for their pies and baked goods…I basically lost my shit.
Please ignore my shortness.
These apple turnovers were insane. The cream was incredibly light and fluffy, the pastry, flaky and crisp, with puffs of icing sugar smothering you lips in every bite.
Left : Custard Tart , Right: Fruit Tart
Chilli Con Carne
We also got the chicken & veggie pie, Steak and mushroom pie – both were fantastic as well. Both had strong flavours, the pastry was thick, slightly chewy but had a tiny bit of crunch at the end. All them mouth feels. 😉
Oh, we also got free breakfast pies.
We also headed down to Supply – a fish and chip shop. To me it wasn’t anything special but they did have good thick cut chips and fish was quite fresh. Unfortunately, the potato scallops were very salty.
There’s also one thing I was so grateful for, was a coles 2 minutes away from our apartment. Not only did I we have someone complaining about muscle pain and was demanding panadol, we were starving at 10pm since we had fish and chips at 4.,
Life of uni students. Mi goreng & brie cheese with crackers.
I think that was the best supper yet.
It’s definitely a place worth going down for. Not only is the drive easy, the scenery along the way is also exquisite.
Special mention to Rhyan and Melvin for some of the gorgeous photos on this post 🙂
I’ll leave you with a bit of landscape porn and candid shots (all taken by Melvin)
These people are my rock. Seriously.