Haven to Highlands

Taste the best of the South Coast on this five-day foodie adventure through Kiama, Jervis Bay, Kangaroo Valley and the Southern Highlands that combines delicious eats with natural wonders.

Key Facts

Journey: Haven to Highlands

Distance: 625km

Duration: 5 days

Highlights:

  • Drive across the Sea Cliff Bridge
  • Visit five breweries
  • Wine tasting in the Southern Highlands
  • Luxury accommodation at Bangalay Villas
  • Dine at Rick Stein’s signature restaurant
  • Taste freshly shucked oysters in Jervis Bay

Day 1: Kiama to Jervis Bay

The drive from Sydney to Kiama takes you along Grand Pacific Drive one of Australia's prettiest routes, winding past rainforests, seaside villages and curvaceous coastline.

 

Stop and stretch your legs at Bald Hill, one of the best coastal hang gliding locations in the world, then motor along the Sea Cliff Bridge, which extends over the ocean around the escarpment. In Kiama, eat at The Hungry Monkey there’s a range of classic burgers and super-sized salads. Stroll a short section of the spectacular Kiama Coastal Walk after lunch then head to Gerringong to visit the father-and-son-operated Stoic Brewing and try one of their handcrafted beers brewed on site.

Make your way south to Jervis Bay to embark on a dolphin cruise with Jervis Bay Wild or Dolphin Watch (both departing from Huskisson). Back on land, meet some of Jervis Bay’s new beer makers: Jervis Bay Brewing create beers to complement the area’s sunny skies (and different food trucks park in the brewpub every day); Flamin’ Galah Brewing Co. is run by a husband-and-wife team that offer growlers and six-packs to takeaway (with a brewpub in the works). Stay overnight in a coastal-luxe villa at Bangalay. Dine in their renowned on-site restaurant, with native, local ingredients gracing the menu.

 

Day 2: Jervis Bay to Mollymook

Today you’ll hit the foodie trail with oyster shucking, wine tasting and seafood feasting on the agenda.

 

Meet Jim and his family at Jim Wild’s oysters and sample his top-notch Sydney Rock and Pacific oysters. Venture to Cupitt’s Winery near Milton for lunch. Sip distinctive wines made by the Cupitt family and dine on meals crafted from produce grown on the farm. After lunch, it’s worth exploring the streets of Milton, lined with ornate 19th century buildings, galleries and gift shops. That evening, check into Bannisters by the Sea for a luxurious stay and dinner at Rick Stein’s signature restaurant with incredibly fresh seafood and sweeping ocean views.

 

Day 3: Around Berrima

Set off for the Southern Highlands with its cool climate wines and significant history.

 

Along the route, pause at Fitzroy Falls, where water falls 80 metres to the lush valley below. In Berrima, visit PepperGreen Estate Cellar Door housed in a former antique store, for wine and olive oil tastings and a cheese board. Visit Southern Highlands Brewing Co. to try their traditional and seasonal pours on tap, and stay for lunch at their tap house in the historic Toose's building on Argyle Street. Or go to Tractorless Vineyard for sustainable wines and the unique Tour, Tasting, Meet Our Woolly Workers experience the vineyard’s sheep are an integral part of the biodynamic practices.

As evening falls, arrive at eatery Eschalot with its hushed hues, seamless service and masterly menu with delicate seasonal ingredients. Bed down for the next two nights in a heritage room above the stables at The Loch estate; each room has an ensuite, luxurious living space and pretty rural views.

 

Day 4: Kangaroo Valley & the Southern Highlands

Today adventure awaits with a day of wine tasting, paddling and sampling local produce on the Paddle, Dine and Vine tour by Wild Food Adventures.

 

Deep in the Kangaroo Valley, on a freshwater lake, you’ll paddle a canoe then stop to sip local sparkling wine and eat native canapés. The next part of the tour is lunch at one of two innovative restaurants: Birch in Moss Vale or Mt Ashby Estate Vineyard. The Birch menu is innovative and technique driven expect dishes such as charcoal bread to start, black tiger prawns with local apple and Moss Vale chicken with black garlic puree. At Mt Ashby, local produce is given the French treatment, with twice-cooked gruyère soufflé and confit duck among other favourites. In the afternoon, the tour moves to Cherry Tree Hill Winery try the fume blanc, fermented in French oak for 13 months.

 

Day 5: Bowral & Mittagong

Stroll the streets of Bowral to admire the gorgeous manor houses.

 

The town is known for its excellent antique shopping Dirty Janes is an emporium of more than 60 shops with everything from cane furniture to old signage and taxidermy. Barbara’s Storehouse has affordable outdoor furniture, assorted ceramics, baskets, kitchenware and many other treasures for those with a keen eye. 

For a leisurely lunch, Harry’s on Green Lane serves rustic share plates in a plantation-chic room lined with bookshelves brimming with plants, travel bric-a-brac and well-worn novels. As you traverse back to Sydney, pop into Eden Brewery in Mittagong for bold craft beers and a community vibe; the team donate 10 per cent of profits to Oxfam to provide clean drinking water to those in need.