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Why you need to try Currarong for your next Aussie holiday

This foodie hotspot near Jervis Bay also serves up Aussie coastal scenery at its best.

One of the best-kept secrets of the NSW South Coast is the tiny town of Currarong. Surrounded by dense bushland on three sides and the glorious, clear Pacific on the other, Currarong (population 500) has retained the feeling of a sleepy coastal town despite being just two and a half hours from Sydney.

Currarong cuisine

Currarong cuisine is all about pop-up cafes. There’s a family that sells wood-fired pizza from their front yard of a Saturday. There’s Peel’s coffee van down by the caravan park. But the gem of the district is Alma’s Currarong Kombi Cafe in Lamond Street.

Peter Borbilas and Priscilla Boswell (who previously plied Sydney’s inner-city students and artists with their perfect, spicy chai and aromatic coffee at Cafe Ella in Darlington) have moved south. They’re only open till noon on weekends, but they’ve brought all the Ella favourites, including homemade baked goods like your grandma made, Greek specialties and a hearty lentil soup.

Alma’s Currarong Kombi Cafe.

Get Wrecked

Abrahams Bosom Reserve on the edge of Currarong offers spectacular walking trails through unspoilt bushland that teems with wildlife. The tracks begin at the gentle, turquoise waters of Abrahams Bosom Beach, and lead past other pristine beaches, such as Lobster Bay. Wreck Walk is a short loop trail that leads to Wilsons Beach via the wreck of the SS Merimbula, which ran aground in the early hours of March 27, 1928. Fortunately, the captain, crew and passengers escaped.

Beam me up

Point Perpendicular Lighthouse, perched on the edge of a 90-metre cliff and first lit in 1899, is a beautiful example of modest Victorian colonial architecture. The sheer rock walls are popular with climbers and views across Jervis Bay are spectacular. This is the Australian landscape at its most rugged and beautiful.

Point Perpendicular Lighthouse in Currarong.

Surfer girls

Sam White of Currarong Surf School offers a variety of surf lessons including school holiday clubs for kids and private classes for all ages. Sam’s enthusiasm is contagious and she has the patience of a mermaid saint. Every Sunday, she hosts a women’s surf group from 9.30 to 11am. Women of all ages and abilities encourage one another onto waves as Sam offers push-offs and instruction. Often there’s a coffee catch-up after.

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