A Winters Escape Part 1: Sanctuary Point

With some time off in the most recent school holidays, it was a perfect excuse to venture out of Sydney and take a break from the mad rush of life. The South Coast is an excellent winter holiday spot for warm nights by the fire, whale watching, scrumptious food and glorious sunsets.

Come early July, our travel party set off from Sydney, and headed down the South coast. About 3 hours drive, just south of Nowra, we reached our destination, Sanctuary Point. We booked our accommodation via airbnb.com.au and found a great 3 bedroom house with a fireplace for just $110 per night.

Sanctuary point is a small hamlet with beautiful water views over the St George Basin, boasting wide streets and plentiful wildlife. We were delighted to make the acquaintances  of the local kangaroo family on more than one occasion. Most importantly, the area is blissfully quiet. As the aim of this holiday was to relax and enjoy some breathing space, Sanctuary Point was the ideal location.

A sunset to remember

A sunset to remember

After settling in, we decide to go for a walk to familiarise ourselves with the surrounding area. We came across Ray Brooks Reserve, which is just along the basin’s edge. Walking along the beach the water is gentle, the air crisp and the sky is clear. Across the water there is nothing but more trees and to the west, a picturesque mountain range. I came back for a walk many times, and was able to capture this glorious sunset.

For a pleasant lunch we walk down the road to Grevilles Corner Store, a cafe come corner store. While the cafe is lacking in decor (inside is more fish and chip fluorescence than anything else) the option of sitting outside and enjoying the sunshine is a definite asset to the ambience. The coffee, though nothing to write home about, is pleasant enough. The clear highlight, however, is the menu. Grevilles Corner boasts not only an extensive list of gluten free options from breakfast to afternoon tea, they also do a great burger. I order the peri peri chicken burger: the meat is tender, the salad simple and fresh, the gluten free bun is soft and dense with a light dusting of sesame and pumpkin seeds as counterbalance. It’s a pleasant surprise to find not only an allergy friendly restraint, but one that offers simple quality food for an affordable price.

A short drive into town, just hidden off the main street of Sanctuary Point behind Bendigo Bank is Time at Tiffs. This recently opened tea parlour offers an effortless charm, with excellent customer service.Nokia Lumia_20150710_14_18_11_Pro Owner Tiff specialises in allergy-friendly deserts, her passion extending from frustration at having nowhere to take her egg-and-nut-allergic daughter. The part-time swimming teacher is open and dedicated to providing the best possible experience. When asked if she had any wheat free deserts available, Tiff was not only able to offer a tasty homemade coconut slice, but she also went to the trouble of double checking all the ingredients to ensure that not a trace of wheat would be found.  This charming tea store is definitely worth a stop for some homemade deserts, and good cup of coffee or tea.

For more fun things – we head on a day trip to Huskisson.

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