Last weekend was the first opportunity I’ve had all year to escape to the coast.
I’m not a beach kind of person in the sun bake and swim sense, but I love the smell of the sea air, the sound of the waves, the fresh fish and chips and the laid back lifestyle of coastal towns.
When I posted a pic to Instagram, Liz from Good Things commented that it was a dose of vitamin “sea” and that’s exactly what it was.
The south coast of NSW where Canberrans flock to every long weekend and school holidays.
It’s less than two hours away, but we don’t make the journey very often because cricket and football take up so much of the year.
But last week we were football free, so we got up early on Saturday, packed the car and headed for Batemans Bay.
Along the way we called into Dojo Bread in Braidwood to buy some of their delicious bread and indulge in one of their famous pies, like lamb and fenugreek.
The bakery is tucked away behind the main street in a rustic little cottage with a battered old roof.
An hour later we were in Bateman’s Bay enjoying the milder weather and sea air.
Is there any better therapy than this?
We’d booked a house at Surf Beach through AirBnB, but were a little early to check in, so we drove over to Malua Bay for a walk.
And then went back to Bateman’s Bay for some fish and chips at Innes Boatshed.
Later we walked it all off on a long bush walk with spectacular coastal views and bonus whale watching.
By the time the sunset I was feeling tired, but happy as we settled in for a quiet night of pizza and board games.
The next morning we headed for Maloney’s Beach on the other side of the bay. It’s a windswept, rocky stretch of beach, but incredibly beautiful.
After that it was time to head home. We were only away for 24 hours, but it felt like much longer and reminded me that mini breaks have big benefits.
Where do you escape to the coast?