Last Thursday my loving husband and I waved goodbye to our four teens and my slightly worried looking parents, as we screeched off down the South Coast, we headed to Merimbula which is a around 4.5 hours from our home or six hours from Sydney which is heaps better known than sleepy Gerringong ( that’s for the two followers I have that aren’t family, close friends and live overseas!)
It is always incredibly exciting for any parents to be given a leave pass for the weekend and we had more than just a weekend we had three nights and four whole days. Of course I was so excited I began taking selfies with Mark before we’d even left the driveway, which my ever patient hubby smiled through.
Then we were off! It was a great trip down with only one child in the car (me) we could indulge my every whim….it’s was awesome. We toilet stopped in some petrol station before Batemans Bay and I bought us both a gourmet ice cream, so much more affordable buying two extravagantly overpriced ice creams rather than six! By the way you must get a connoisseur icecream if you see them. The Murry River salted caramel with macadamias covered in rich chocolate is to die for! It is worth the $3.80 in fact I’d pay more.
Next stop was lunch in our Favourite south coast town, Narooma. We bought half a kilo of Crystal bay prawns and six local oysters for me……that was the start of me overindulging in oysters for the ENTIRE trip. Mark was thrilled with my oyster fetish as he’d heard their affrodisiac qualities could have a powerful effect on libido (that’s another story).
After a completely enjoyable drive down the south coast, passing picturesque towns like Bermagui and Bega we arrived in Merimbula and checked into our modest but very convenient Comfort Inn. By this stage I was starving again and worse, thirsty! We quickly found a charming cafe/ brasserie on the waterfront and ordered food and a bottle of wine. It’s called the Waterfront Cafe and truly should be tried. Sitting on the promenade with lovely water views and friendly service.
After rehydration was complete we met up with our charming friends and proceeded to have a rather fun, boozy, foody and relaxing weekend away. Highlights were the seafood ( particularly the oysters ) that is so so fresh and local, as well as the picturesque beauty of the area in general. Mark was singing the praises of the whale museum in Eden so we dutifully went. Valya and I were a trifle dubious but it was a lovely drive and rather interesting to hear about the whaling industry that was once upon a time the main financial boon of Eden. Thank goodness it is no longer! Below is me being thrilled to be inside a whale jaw….
I love exploring towns, villages that are within a reasonable distance from home, it makes traveling so much more accessible and easy. Don’t discount Merimbula as a fine place for a quick get away with a seafood theme. Below are a few shots of the lovely bay in Merimbula and some decadent desserts sampled over the weekend!
Here’s to romantic weekends away and the joys of oysters……..