Australian Capital Territory - Coast to capital

Brimming with the freshest red snapper, blue eye trevalla, yellow fin tuna, lobsters and oysters, The South Coast sources much of the region’s seafood. Visit oyster farms, kayak inlets and discover Australia’s capital while enjoying world-class dining. Australian Capital Territory - Coast to capital
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Coast to Capital

  • Three days
  • Australian Capital Territory

Brimming with the freshest red snapper, blue eye trevalla, yellow fin tuna, lobsters and oysters, The South Coast sources much of the region’s seafood. Visit oyster farms, kayak inlets and discover Australia’s capital while enjoying world-class dining.


What to Expect

  • Tour an oyster farm and cheese factory
  • Be spoilt at Rick Stein’s restaurant at Bannisters in the seaside town of Mollymook
  • Sample the famed yabby jaffle at Monster Bar and Kitchen in Canberra
  • Dates: Before event program

The picturesque south coast of New South Wales is a popular year-round playground for beach lovers, adventurers and foodies. Its seafood and other produce is widely used by cafés and restaurants just a two hour drive from Australia’s inland capital city of Canberra.

DAY 1: KAYAKS, SHUCKING AND GLAMPING

Fishing, Merimbula, New South Wales

Morning
Discover nature at your own pace with Kiah Wilderness Tours. You’ll kayak on the stunning Towamba River, just south of Eden, an estuary that wanders through stunning forests and green pastures to Twofold Bay. You can even throw a fishing line in and try catching a fish or two for tonight’s dinner.

Afternoon
After building up an appetite head into Merimbula to Wheelers Oyster Farm and seafood restaurant. Merimbula oysters are famous for their excellent quality and flavor. Wheelers Oyster Farm offers the opportunity to discover the complete oyster story with a tour of its state-of-the-art factory. You’ll leave with lots of knowledge about the history of oyster farming in the region.

Evening
After a walk on the beach, you’ll be taken to Tanja Lagoon Camp. This Luxury Safari camp with full self contained safari tent accommodation is located in a magnificent coastal wilderness location. Dine in or head to nearby Bermagui to The Saltwater Café or the Fishermans Co-op for freshly caught fish and chips. 

 

DAY 2: CHEESE, A COOKING CLASS AND SEAFOOD DELIGHTS

Bannisters, Mollymook, New South Wales

Morning
Head inland to the lush dairy farming country surrounding the quaint little town of Bega, famous for the Bega Cheese Factory. At the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, sample world-famous cheese and learn about the history of dairying and cheese production. You’ll then continue onto the historic town of Tilba Tilba.

Afternoon
At Tilba Tilba, head to Paul West’s farm which is the subject of the River Cottage Australia television program and now offers a Cooking School. Join a class and hear how Paul lives the ‘farm to fork’ experience. Afterwards, explore Tilba before heading up the coast to the seaside town of Mollymook.

Evening
Drive through farming country and back along the meandering coastal road and arrive at Bannisters by the Sea, a luxury beachside hotel in Mollymook. Enjoy dinner at the renowned Rick Stein at Bannisters, serving seafood-rich dishes such as Indian-inspired fish curry, Venetian-inspired John Dory alla Carlina and a Turkish-inspired roast chicken with sumac, pomegranate molasses, chilli and sesame seeds.

DAY 3: ARTISAN BREAD, ART AND SOFT SHELL CRAB

National Gallery of Australia, Lake Burley Griffen, Canberra

Morning
Enjoy an early morning walk on the stunning Mollymook beach before departing for Australia’s capital, Canberra. You’ll head inland and up the Clyde Mountain. Stop off at Dojo Bakery, in the country town of Braidwood, for coffee, artisan bread and sweet treats. Dojo Bakery uses the finest ingredients and traditional methods to make a selection of artisan bread. Grab a coffee, a sweet treat and take a short wander around the charming countryside town.

Afternoon
Braidwood is about an hour’s drive from Canberra. Get set to explore this vibrant, cool little capital which is known as a city in a park. See the world’s largest collection of indigenous art at the National Gallery of Australia; segway around Lake Burley Griffin or explore the National Museum of Australia for a snapshot of Australia from its past to present. 

Evening
Savour the seafood offerings from the South Coast at Akiba, winner of the Australian Financial Review Top Restaurant’s 2016 People’s Choice Award. Be sure to try their signature soft shell crab bun which melts in your mouth. Afterwards, head to Parlour Wine Room in NewActon which has an impressive list of Canberra District cool climate wines including Clonakilla’s Shiraz Viognier. 

 

DAY 4: BALLOONS, SMOKED SALMON AND COFFEE

Hot air balloon, Canberra, Australia

Morning
Rise early for a hot air balloon ride over Australia’s capital. Canberra is the only place where you might find yourself drifting over a capital city Parliament House! Celebrate with a breakfast at The Cupping Room in NewActon home to Australia’s current barista champion Hugh Kelly. After breakfast head to Pialligo Estate. Take a tour and then enjoy a lavish lunch featuring award-winning produce. 

Afternoon
Walk off your lunch on a stroll through the tranquil Australian National Botanic Gardens which features 6300 native plant species. Afterwards, take the short drive back to the city for a pre-dinner drink and oysters at A.Baker. Served either natural or baked with bacon jam and pangrattato, A.Baker sources its oysters from the south coast and other fresh produce from the Canberra district.  

Evening
Located in the awe-inspiring Hotel Hotel building, Monster Kitchen and Bar boasts a menu charting the seasons and using ingredients from nearby producers – oysters from Batemans Bay, truffles from Sutton and honey from the hotel’s own beehives. Try their signature yabby jaffle for your taste of the South Coast, and delve deeply into the wine list.