Start off with breakfast at Kiama’s Otis Deli, a cafe by the ex-head chef of Ottolenghi in London’s Belgravia – it’s not everyday you find those kinds of credentials on a little shopfront on Kiama’s main thoroughfare. The shakshuka is a standout, as is the scrambled saffron tofu – and later on in the day, there are warm, roasted vegetable heavy salads and pomegranate and harissa aplenty. Stop in for a farm tour and cooking class in the bucolic surrounds of Buena Vista Farm (classes range from $195 - $250), where Fiona will take you through the property’s sustainable agriculture practices. Book in for a sustainable gardening course, a cheesemaking course, or even a biscuit-making course, where a whole hands-on morning involves gathering for morning tea, walking around the farm and picking up rhubarbs, eggs and other necessities, and then baking your gathered ingredients into a tray of home-made bikkies.
When lunchtime rolls around, The Blue Swimmer on nearby Gerroa’s foreshore is your next port of call. The bistro’s menu is bursting with freshly caught seafood – think oysters in a zesty mignonette, mussels, kingfish ceviche with mandarin and scattered with micro herbs, and a fisherman’s stew in the style of a French bouillabaisse with calamari, fish, shellfish, chickpeas. With its pretty waterfront location and rustic interiors, it’s the perfect waterfront spot to swish down a glass of Shoalhaven semillon. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try a picnic suspended on a craggy cliff face with the folks at Outdoor Raw (from $400). Later, head over to Endota Spa for the cap on a luxurious afternoon – choose from massages, spa remedies and facials, for the real high-roller treatment (facials from $100).
Check into your abode for the weekend at the Soul of Gerringong ($500 - $750 per night), a white-washed, sprawling home just minutes from the heart of the town centre and a scenic cliffside viewpoint. Waft around the airy, high-ceilinged rooms and sink into huge, plush sofas and pouffes – its generous proportions will make you feel small, but it’s a lovely kind of diminishing. Wake up to Leif products on your bathroom counter, a stock of herbal teas and coffee pods for the perennially switched-on. Heaven. Otherwise, try the phenomenally located Latitude 34 in Gerroa ($1,100 per night), whose glistening, expansive pool makes it the perfect summertime villa, or settle in amongst the Georgian facade and vintage-style bookshelves of Terragong in Jamberoo (from $350 per night).
When it’s dinnertime, settle in for the seven course menu at Silica ($99 per person) Kiama’s fine dining destination du jour – it’ll take you from gingery Sydney Rock oysters through to a glazed duck breast, and finish on a minty dark chocolate brownie with banana cream (with a whole lot more in between).