Short Breaks and Quick Getaways
Being based in Sydney, sometimes we are only looking for a quick getaway, two, three or four days in comfortable accommodation and in a scenic destination.
We decided that Gerringong, which is just an easy two hour drive, south of Sydney and near Kiama, ticks all the boxes and more. In particular after reading what Visit NSW has to say about the area.
Visit NSW describes Gerringong as a hilltop village overlooking a great swathe of blue ocean that promises long days of sport and sunshine. Stay around town a while and you'll discover this atmospheric town also has a taste for the finer things in life, including wines, great fishing and golf. There are seven courses in close proximity to Gerringong.
Being mature travellers, we naturally avoided weekends and holiday periods and researched the accommodation options. It soon became a problem of what to choose, B&B, caravan parks, hotels and even a resort style hotel, the Mercure Gerringong.
As Mercure is part of the Accor group, a selection on hotels and resorts we always prefer to stay with, we booked into the resort.
Heading south from Sydney, we are on the M1 or Princes Highway, with few major choke points, which makes the driving enjoyable.
The M1 becomes the A1 and just to the south of the Kiama turn off, is the well sign-posted turn to Gerringong (Fern Street) and only a few hundred metres to the entrance to the Mercure Resort and a very pleasant surprise. Here we are in a semi-rural area and we drive up a slight hill into the parking area. The buildings have been designed to blend into the surrounding hill side, with manicured gardens, courtyards, swimming pools and tennis courts.
For those looking for a bit of extra pampering, the Bella Spa is to be recommended. As is the Bella Char Restaurant and Bar, the food and service here was superb, with locally sourced fresh ingredients. A long evening over a few drinks at the bar and then a scrumptious meal, in pleasant surroundings and soft background music. What more can I say!
The village of Gerringong is just along the road and offers all the facilities to make your visit an enjoyable experience. It also presents wonderful views across to the coast and over Werri Beach, a well-known surfing beach with a very impressive caravan park.
A visit to the historic town of Kiama, is more than worth it. We called into the Kiama Visitors Information Centre, which is on the headland, next to the famous ’Blow Hole’. The centre is very well stocked with all the maps and information you could need and the staff are well versed in and passionate about their little part of paradise.
Next door to the centre is the Milk and Honey Café where we enjoyed a delicious lunch and the views over the Boat Harbour and bay.
Make sure you have the time to walk through the Kiama township, with many historic buildings and interesting shops.
On reflection, our two days were not enough and if we hadn't run into some very bad weather, we would have stayed an extra couple of days.
Mature Traveller was a guest of the Mercure Gerringong Resort and Kiama Tourism.