The ultimate guide to Currarong, NSW
The coastal fishing village of Currarong is a lovely spot to spend time in the sun, sea and sand. Just north of the main town, you’ll find Hammerhead Point, where you can watch humpback and southern right whales during their annual migration.
Make sure you bring your snorkelling gear: there’s also an expansive reef just offshore, teeming with dolphins, octopus and stingray. Abrahams Bosom Beach has rock pools to explore and from there great coastal walks to enjoy. Fishing off the little bridge is a right of passage for all the kids that visit and a sea kayak is a handy vessel to bring along.
Strolling around the Currarong area reveals much more than just paradise-like empty beaches; you’ll find spectacular sandstone cliffs, rolling green fields and miles of native bushland. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, whales off the coast, as well as the NSW local bird population.
For a leisurely hike, try the Wreck Walk – a two-and-a-half kilometre loop from which you can see the wreck of the S.S. Merimbula that ran aground in 1928. The longer circuit, Coomies, is a more challenging nine kilometres, encompassing the Wreck Walk along the way.
If you’re looking for scenic views, try walking to Lobster Bay and Point Perpendicular. Also don’t miss the small opening for Gosangs Tunnel – a narrow rocky tunnel that you need to crawl or crab-walk through, opening up to an incredible picnic spot on the cliff on the other side. Continue along the path for Mermaids Inlet for close-up views of the crashing waves.
If you’ve still got energy left after your beach crawl, make sure you hit the waves. Currarong Surf School offer surfing lessons for everyone from complete beginners to intermediates looking to brush up on their skills. Sessions can be private, for couples or for small groups of friends or family. You’ll find them in the small town of Currarong, not far from the beach.
The Currarong area is full of beautiful beaches to explore. The protected main beach, Abrahams Bosom, has picnic grounds with barbecue facilities and a great rockpool for inquisitive crabbers. Nearby, you’ll find great swimming at Currarong Beach, which extends from Warrian Beach.
If you find some beaches are getting busy in peak season, head to Cabbage Tree Beach; you’ll likely have this area to yourself on a sleepy afternoon. Don’t miss Honeymoon Bay and Bindijine beaches on the west side of Beecroft Peninsula; there are camping facilities at Honeymoon Bay if you can’t drag yourselves away. For those that need a sense of accomplishment to their beach explorations, take a look at Shoalhaven’s tourist information site for Shoalhaven’s 100 Beach Challenge – a 170-kilometre stretch of coastline home to 100 beautiful beaches.
Try a different kind of wine experience
The Shoalhaven area is known for its beautiful, historic wine estates and vineyards – a day trip seeing those a short drive away is well worth it. For something a little more ‘rustic’, head to Currarong’s Salet Wines where the owner, Micahel, uses traditional methods including room temperature fermentation and hand pressing in wood baskets to create ‘wine without compromise’.
Where to eat
The best restaurants in Currarong
Amazing views and friendly service make this seafood restaurant a must-visit whilst in town. The seafood platters are the highlight, but the burgers are also great. You could also grab some fish and chips to go and head to the beach for a real holiday treat.
Rosie’s Fire Truck
Join the queue of locals eagerly awaiting their pizza at this mobile, wood-fired oven-bedecked van. The team makes all their Napolitan-style pizzas fresh to order with homemade dough and local produce toppings. You can keep an eye on their social media pages for their expected location.
How to get there
The best way to reach Currarong
Currarong is a little over two and a half hours from Sydney by car, although it’ll take a while longer if you can’t resist stopping at the picturesque towns along the Grand Pacific Drive. It’ll take just under three hours driving from Canberra.
While driving is the best way to get here, you could also take a train from Sydney Central to Kiama Station and from there head towards Currarong by bus (you may have to change at Bomaderry). The whole journey will take at least four and a half hours. You’ll find timetables and alternative routes at transportnsw.info.