What’s happening this Winter on the South Coast?11 June 2020 – posted in: Winery, Craft Ales, Restaurant, Workshops, Rosie's Tips, Uncategorized

Our tops tips on what is coming up this winter on the South Coast

The locals have known it all along. But now the secret’s out – Winter is one of the best times to be on the South Coast. With gorgeous blue skies and pleasantly cool temperatures, South Coast winters a range of delightful activities, indoors and out for the whole family. So skip the Snow this school holidays and visit the South Coast instead. 

Let’s face it – winter is a great time to enjoy delicious food and wine.  It is also the perfect time to explore uncrowded surf breaks or bush hiking trails. There is plenty to discover on the South Coast in Winter.

Here are a few of our top picks: 

Enjoy Winter Wine and Cheese

While wine and cheese are wonderful all year round, however, there is something noteworthy about enjoying some bolder wines and cheese in the cooler months. Cupitt’s celebrates the wintertime with new releases including the 2019 releases of Barbera, Tempranillo and Little Red. We also asked the Cupitt Team to give some insights on there favourite way to spend the winter on the South Coast and their favourite tipples. Read about it here

Drink Winter Ales  

Cupitt Craft Brewers have been very busy creating a range of Winter Beers including dark ales, wine/beer hybrids,  and barrel-aged beers. Visit the Cellar Door or online store and pick up a few to try.

Eating at Cupitt’s

Cupitt’s Pizza Bar will be available every lunchtime during the Winter School Holidays. The kids will love running around on the lawn while you enjoy a glass of wine or beer on the lawn or covered deck with your pizza and many other casual menu items. We are restricted in patron numbers to secure a table you need to book the Cheese and Wine Experience.  Food Menu is available 12pm – 2.30pm daily during school holidays (Wednesday – Sunday)

Visit Cupitt’s Kitchen and sample the incredible ‘Garden to Plate’ Tasting menu. Our Tasting menu showcases the best seasonal produce from our garden and Fromagerie.

Eating & Drinking around Town

Most hospitality businesses around or near us are also open in a limited or modified capacity. We’re happy to share their news:

Bannisters Hotels are open for accommodation bookings and mid week dining at Rooftop Bar, in house dining for their guests only during the weekend. 

Tallwood Eatery – Weekend Bakery selling sourdough, bagels, and pizza bases. Restaurant open for in house dining (set menu) Thursday – Sunday 

Small Town Milton – Open for Dinner Thursday – Saturday with $75 Prix Fixe Menu and lunch on Friday & Saturday with a la carte menu.

The Ruse – Open Wednesday – Saturday for in house dining, takeaway and home delivery 

Italian Guild – Degustation Menu for in house dining and take away menu Tuesday – Saturday 

Treehouse Cafe – Takeaway and limited dining open from 8am-1.30pm. Pre-order takeaway dinner packs on Monday and Tuesday. 

Milkhaus – Thursday to Sunday 9am-2pm

Milton Hotel – Open Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunch $60 set menu 

Most shops and galleries are also opening with limited hours, with careful social distancing policies and other systems. It is lovely to see a little life back in the region.  

Whale Watching and other Marine Life

May to November is peak whale watching season in the Shoalhaven. Species including Humpbacks, Southern Rights, Minkes and Pilots begin their annual migration to their winter breeding and calving grounds in the warmer waters of the Pacific. There is a whale viewing area at the Ulladulla lighthouse known as Warden Head located 5 minutes. During the migration season, it’s often possible to see the whales quite closely from this vantage point so definitely bring your phone along for some awesome Instagram moments. With plenty of walking tracks close by that lead to tall headlands, the surrounding area is also bursting with other fantastic viewpoints. Nearby you can also make your way to Rennies Beach and Bannisters Head which are two other local hotspots.

In addition to whales watching there is Dolphin, Seals, Penguins, Sting Rays all in abundance. Check out this blog from Shoalhaven Tourism for all the inside tips.


Winter Surf on the South Coast

Surf conditions on the South Coast are consistently good all year round, but there is something special about winter surf and you’ll have more room in the waves. The water temperature is good and the swell is at its best.

Winter on the South Coast is a haven of blue skies and beaches to suit all surf levels. Learning to surf and catching the best breaks is all on offer within a short driving distance of Milton, Mollymook and Ulladulla.

Posted by Guy Turk on Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Go for a walk along the beach:

Now is an awesome time to go to the beach. There is plenty of marine life in the water and setting time aside for yourself to have a brisk walk along the beach will get your endorphins going. Sunrise has been particularly special this Winter on the beach. Our favourite picks are Narrawallee and Mollymook Beach, Bombie Beach and Rennies for off-Leash Dog action.

Revitalise with a Massage or Beauty Treatment

Winter in the Shoalhaven is the perfect time to relax and unwind. After a slow stroll on the beach or a lazy lunch at Cupitt’s,  there are plenty more things to do in August, such as relaxing at one fo the area’s great day spa’s, making time for a massage or a range revitalising treatments on offer.

Choose from many Ayurvedic treatments or a hot stone at Goddess Isis Day Spa.

Or make the most of Bannister’s clifftop location and ocean views for a couples’ massage or a girls’ group session. Bask in the soothing rhythm of the waves as their skilled therapists take care of you.