6 original ways to celebrate on the NSW South Coast
Great ideas to help you throw any party or event
Had a long day on the beach but still looking for great evening entertainment? You don’t have to head out to have fun.
There’s a great collection of local, independent South Coast experience providers that can bring the party to you.
Read on for six unique ways to celebrate any occasion from the comfort of your own (holiday) home…
1. Bring the restaurant to you
There’s nothing worse than having to cook on holiday – especially if you’re feeding a big group. Mingle Meals was founded by Executive Chef Troy Simonsen as an affordable and delicious way to enjoy South Coast cuisine from the comfort of your own home. A personal chef will arrive at your accommodation to prepare and serve a three-course dinner from a menu selected by you. Dishes range from pan-fried salmon to seared pork loin, with banoffee pie, white chocolate cheesecake and sticky date pudding for dessert. The best part? They’ll do all the clearing up afterwards.
Great for: Birthday parties | Hen parties | Dinner parties
Pricing: Three courses from $65 per person
Coverage: The Illawarra region
2. Bring the bar to you
Drinking at a bar is great fun, but the drinks prices rarely are. Meet Mabel was created as a great alternative to the traditional bar setup: you provide the alcohol, they mix the cocktails – win win. They’ll simply roll into your garden and get the party started with spirits supplied by you. Their 1950s replica vintage caravan bar adds a splash of colour to any celebration, with pretty glassware, ornate bar stools, flowers and candles. Their bartenders are also a whizz when it comes to cocktail making, whether you want them shaken or stirred.
Great for: Garden parties | Weddings | Hen parties
Pricing: Bespoke, but starts from $700
Coverage: The entire South Coast
3. Bring the cinema to you
There are few better ways to end a day on the coast than watching a movie on a giant outdoor screen as the sun sets. The team at Wollongong Outdoor Cinema will organise a 2.5m inflatable screen for your garden, with 10 comfy chairs and a movie of your choice (or live TV if you want to watch a big game). They can throw in giant beanbags, a PS4, a Nintendo Switch, a popcorn machine and even a candyfloss maker for the ultimate entertainment experience. It’s a great way to bring a group together for an intimate night-in.
Great for: Kids parties | Family get-togethers | Sports screenings
Pricing: From $270
Coverage: From Sydney to Gerringong and most places in between
4. Bring the games to you
For all the big kids out there, Redbike Games organises hand-crafted games for your garden. The games are supersized, with options like giant kerplunk, noughts and crosses and an enormous tower of Jenga. They also have party favourites like beer pong and hoola hoops, or more traditional fun like chess and croquet. If you opt for their party packages, you can ‘graze and game’ with gourmet picnics, rugs, cushions and a table to sit at with candles and decorations – the perfect way to spend a summer’s day.
Great for: Big kids | Family get-togethers | Garden parties
Pricing: Three games for $200 | Party packages from $40 per person
Coverage: Illawarra, Macarthur, Northern Shoalhaven & Southern Highlands
4. Bring the spa to you
For those looking for a more low-key celebration, consider creating your own ‘zen retreat’ for some relaxing downtime. Soul Revival Spa and Beauty is a holistic mobile sanctuary that can pamper you in the comfort of your own home or accommodation. They use all-natural products to offer massages, facials, body scrubs and more. They also have ‘Soul Revival’ packages that provide two to four-hour wellness sessions for you and your friends.
Great for: Hen parties | Relaxation | Birthday breaks
Pricing: 60-minute massages from $110 | Two-hour packages from $215
Coverage: Illawarra and surrounding areas
6. Bring the ocean to you
The South Coast is all about the ocean: golden beaches, rolling surf and fresh-caught seafood. Get your own taste of the coast with Haven Island Oysters, who can shuck and serve locally-harvest oysters in your home. Their setup comes with their own bar, oyster forks, shell buckets and all the condiments, including organic lemons and tabasco. The oysters are plucked fresh from the South Coast by the very same farmers who will serve on the day, regaling you and your guests with exciting stories from the sea.
Great for: Hen parties | Weddings | Garden parties
Pricing: 60 minutes/ 120 oysters for $500
Coverage: Kiama and surrounding areas
At South Coast Experiences, we can help you plan the perfect event or celebration. Our service is completely free of charge: simply tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll connect you with the people who can make it happen. Talk to us now.
Still looking for a place to stay? See our range of beautiful South Coast accommodation.