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The nearest beach to Bawley Bush Cottages is 3kms (5 mins) drive away at Bawley Point. There are many easily accessible beaches stretching to the north and south. The best one on any particular day depends on a combination of wind, sea and sun conditions but all are beautiful and uncrowded (but busiest over Xmas/New Year). Good fishing, diving, surfing and body-boarding conditions can almost always be found. Most beaches (excepting National Park ones) allow dogs on leashes (means under immediate control) and there is also a beach where dogs can be legally off-leash.
See the Bawley Bush Cottages site map button at right for on-property walking tracks.There are 2km of lakeside, forest and wetland bushwalks within and accessible from our property. When the adjacent coastal lake is at the deeper stages of its cycle (it can become too shallow for navigation during droughts or when it opens to the sea and becomes slightly tidal) people 16 or over can borrow our 2 single-person kayaks to paddle to the ocean or up beautiful, everglade-like creeks. Kayak use is not included in our tariff and use of kayaks is entirely at the risk of the user, no warranty as to suitability of the equipment we own and you borrow is provided.
Hinterland drives and bushwalking
There are many coastal, National Park and hinterland bushwalking opportunities and forest drives to choose from. We highly recommend a day drive to the isolated and magnificent Clyde River hinterland (pick blueberries in season) and/or a climb up the iconic Pigeon House Mountain (great views, 2 hours return walk). Pigeon House was named by Captain Cook when he sailed past in 1770. Riverside picnics, birdwatching, river bass fishing, horseriding and bushwalking are also popular hinterland attractions.
There is a local BYO cafe (Bawley Beach Cafe, 3km) that serves excellent city-standard coffee, meals and high-standard pizzas (7 days a week during peak season and Thurs-Mon at other times). There is a licensed restaurant 9km away at Merry Beach and many good BYO and licensed restaurants 20 minutes or so away in Ulladulla or Batemans Bay. At Bawley Point please call and see Lee Daynes, our extremely talented wildlife and nature artist, at her Dulkara Gallery. At the shops 5km away there is an excellent IGA supermarket with butcher, also a newsagency, bakery, pharmacy, hardware and fishing store and a liquor shop. And don't forget to book the best massage money can buy with Renee Anderson at Bawley Massage and Beauty..