The surrounding area

Located in close proximity to Yellow Dog Cottage, discover a range of activities including local wineries, bushwalking, browsing through the shops in local villages, or simply lazing on the nearby beaches of the NSW South Coast.

Food & Shopping

The town of Berry, a ten minute drive from Yellow Dog Cottage, offers a superb range of local providores, dining, homewares, boutiques, craft and collectables.

Our favourite place for lunch (Fri-Sun) and dinner (Wed-Sun) is South on Albany, where talented chef John Evans and his wife Sonia run a modern Australian restaurant with a focus on regional food and wine - visit the website for menus, contact details or to make a booking.

For dinner, the asian-inspired menu at Hungry Duck showcases local and organic produce.

The Berry Sourdough Café is open for breakfast and lunch from Wed-Sun - visit the website for details, gallery and menus.

Beyond Berry, explore the picturesque nearby coastal towns of Gerringong and Gerroa.

Beaches & Valleys

Jervis Bay

The pristine waters of Jervis Bay are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, diving and other water sports. A number of businesses in Huskisson offer options for these, as well as dolphin and whale watching (in season).

Booderee National Park, at the southern end of the bay, is owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and has always been a significant place for Koori people. Booderee has fabulous beaches and a range of activities, and includes the beautiful Botanic Gardens, which are the only Aboriginal owned botanic gardens in Australia.

Information on other national parks in the area can be found at the Shoalhaven National Parks website.

Hyams Beach

Hyams Beach, in Jervis Bay, is our favourite place on the South Coast. The sand at Hyams has been rated as the whitest in the world. The water is perfect for swimming, especially during February/March, when the currents bring the warmer waters into Jervis Bay. Starting at Hyams, you can also walk to the southern point of the bay where the Naval College of Cresswell is situated. The walk to the end of the non-restricted beach area and back to the Hyams Beach carpark takes approximately 1 ¼ hours.

Kangaroo Valley

With its high sandstone escarpments and green river valley, the Valley offers everything from rugged bush walks and river based activities to scenic drives and idyllic picnic spots.

Much of Kangaroo Valley falls within the boundaries of Morton National Park, one of the largest parks in NSW. The National Trust has listed the landscape and many of the village buildings for their scenic beauty and cultural significance.

For more information please visit the Kangaroo Valley website.


The Shoalhaven Coast is a growing wine region, with more than 15 wineries producing a wide range of varieties including Chardonnay, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival is held each year on the June long weekend.

For more information on all the local wineries, please visit the Shoalhaven Coast Vineyards and Wineries website.

Take a Picnic


The shops at the historic town of Milton (near Ulladulla) are perfect for browsing for that special holiday purchase.

The village has a number of excellent homewares, furniture and clothes shops. It also has a number of well-renowned cafes and restaurants, perfect for a stopover on the drive if you haven’t packed a picnic.

Photo: Milton Guide

Further afield

Batemans Bay is a bustling coastal town with majestic seascapes. It's located on the estuary of the Clyde River.

Pigeon House Mountain was named by Captain Cook in 1770 as Pigeon House Hill. The climb to the summit of Pigeon House Mountain is becoming an increasingly popular activity with over 8,000 people making the effort each year.

Mogo Zoo is a privately owned zoo situated 10km south of Batemans Bay in the picturesque and historic gold mining village of Mogo.

Photo: Pigeon House Mountain from Mount Budawang