NSW South Coast walking tour: Summer (Bermagui)
Staying in luxurious accommodation surrounded by a national park and pristine beaches, this seven-day walking holiday in the perfect summer escape: excellent accommodation; fine good; great walking and good company
We believe the south coast of New South Wales is very special place: mountains covered in eucalyptus rainforests, rolling green farmlands; breathtaking coastline made up of stunning beaches and pristine lakes; and sleepy heritage villages and coastal towns. There are four national parks and a nature reserve in the region.
In fact, we think the South Coast is so special, we have decided to offer two tours down there, one (this one) for spring/summer based in a luxurious seaside retreat south of Bermagui (which has a pool and is short walk from a pristine beach) and one for autumn/winter (which is based in a lovely country estate a short walk from Central Tilba). Click here to see the details for the Central Tilba (winter) tour.
This tour is based in luxurious accommodation, a private retreat that is a short drive south of Bermagui on the NSW south coast. The beautifully appointed house is in the middle of an eighty acre eco-paradise, bounded by the Mimosa Rocks National Park and a pristine stretch of coastline. It has a swimming pool and is a short walk from the beach. Based here for six nights, we’ll explore the best this exceptional area has to offer.
Why is this area so special? When major highways and train lines were opening up the rest of the Australian mainland, the South Coast relied almost exclusively on shipping. When the shipping stopped, the South Coast slipped off the map. The gorgeous little towns and villages went into a long slumber, spared the ravages of developments further north. The area has a long history of environmentally minded activists dating back to the 1970s, national parks were declared and large sections of coastline were bought by philanthropists who later gifted the land to the community. Finally, for millennia it has been under the custodianship of the Yuin people, who are still directly involved in the management of several national parks.
The first half of this seven-day tour will head north, exploring the farmlands, forests and lakes around Central Tilba and Narooma. It includes a spectacular walk up Mt Gulaga, the sacred mountain that overlooks charming Central Tilba; a long ramble through spotted-gum forest to Narooma inlet; and a boat trip out to Montague, followed in the evening by a cooking lesson in Bermagui. For the second half of the tour we head south to do a beautiful loop walk through the Mimosa Rocks National Park. The tour finishes with a lovely walk up the rugged coastline of the Bournda National Park, finishing with lunch at the historic Tahtra Hotel.
We will be staying in luxurious accommodation surrounded by unspoilt bushland and pristine beaches. The well-appointed bedrooms have en suite bathrooms. There is a large living area, generous verandah, a BBQ and beautiful gardens. There is a swimming pool and the beach is a ten-minute walk away.
“Words cannot describe this retreat. Four couples stayed here and we were all gob smacked! It’s amazing how Andrew and Janine have built this heaven on earth together. Thank you so much.”
The food on this tour is a highlight. This special region is rightfully very proud of its produce including the cheeses and diary products of Central Tilba; the rock oysters of Narooma inlet; the freshest seafood; and the locally grown fruits and vegetables. The tour includes a hearty breakfast each morning served on the verandah; lunches and several dinners prepared by a gifted local caterer; as well as visiting some of the region’s excellent restaurants. We will also enjoy a fabulous cooking lesson, conducted by the chef behind the River Cottage TV series.
The walks are walks, not hikes. They range from 14 kms to 9 kms. They include a beautiful, long climb to the top of Mt Gulaga; a long ramble through spotted gum forest; a walk along the spectacular coastline. They are not hikes but you will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy them. Boots aren’t necessary but we’d recommend good quality walking shoes and poles, if you use them. See the itinerary for more details on the individual walks.
Bermagui is on the coast of southern New South Wales, approximately six hours’ drive from Sydney and approximately six hours from Melbourne. The roads are good but we would recommend breaking the drive into two days, there are plenty of good places to stop along the way. The closest airport from Sydney is Moruya while Merrimbula has the closest airport for Melbourne.
Health and safety:
All aspects of the tour will comply with the NSW government recommended health, safety and cleanliness procedures. including: the maintenance of social distancing (in the accommodation; in the transport; at meal-times and during activities); regular deep cleaning of the accommodation and transport, compulsory hand sanitizer use entering and leaving the accommodation, transport and restaurants. Each member of the group will be provided with surgical face masks, disposable gloves and a bottle of hand sanitiser.
We require a $500 per person non-refundable deposit to confirm the booking. Should government COVID-19 travel restrictions prevent the tour from operating, the tour will be rescheduled. In the event the new dates are not suitable, you will have the option of a credit note for the amount paid which can be used towards future tours or a full refund, minus the deposit which will be held as credit for future tours. Click here for full T&C’s
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A seven-day gourmet walking tour on the NSW South Coast
20 November to 26 November, 2021
Single supplement: $350
- 6 nights’ accommodation in 4-star accommodation (a short walk from the village
- All breakfasts, all lunches and dinners with wine included (see itinerary for details)
- All transfers listed in the itinerary
- 4 guided walks (with two guides)
- A half-day trip to Montague Island
- A professional seafood cooking lesson in purpose-built kitchen
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