It's certainly time to start thinking about your next weekender, and if you're a foodie or love a lazy beach day, Shoalhaven is worth considering. We spent a weekend in the region and have selected our picks for the perfect mini break.
STAY: Paperbark Camp
Tucked away in dense bushland, Paperbark Camp feels like it's in the middle of nowhere - in the best way. You'll wake to the sound of birds, fall asleep as native animals rustle in the bushes, and feel totally rejuvenated from being just a little off-grid.
The camp has multiple glamping tent options, and while you won't have wifi or charging stations in your rooms, the luxe restaurant and lounge area will have you connected to the outside world.
Eat: Bangalay Dining
Bangalay Villas opened only a couple of years ago in Shoalhaven Heads, but have already caused waves in the tourism industry. The villas themselves are gorgeous for a stay (and you'll be super close to Berry, another great town in the area) but if you can't stay there, definitely visit the restaurant on site.
Expect fresh seafood, delicious desserts and fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.
Do: Wine Knot Tours
Love a good winery but hate the stress of finding and booking tastings? Book in a tour of the Shoalheaven region with Wine Knot Tours - they know all the best people at all the best wineries and will take you to each in a comfortable minibus, so you can have the best winery-filled day ever - without having to worry about alcohol intake.
Visit: The Beaches
Look, we wanted to pick one but honestly there are too many to choose from. Our advice? Spend a day driving from beach to beach - even in winter, the Shoalhaven region has beautiful sandy shores to walk along. The best part? Many are dog friendly - try Nelsons Beach if you've brought your pup.