Category Archives: Jervis Bay

The Jervis Bay Locavore

A box of local Jervis Bay produce from Source Food Co.- fruit vegetables, honey and coffee
Jervis Bay is slowly cementing its reputation for seasonal bio-dynamic produce, artisanal breads and cheeses. And a few innovative local eateries are showcasing these ingredients such as Hyams Beach Cafe and The Gunyah Restaurant at Paper Bark Camp in Woollamia.
Another exciting Jervis Bay enterprise is Source Food Co. which – as the names suggests – sources the best local produce and sells direct to the consumer from a rustic shed in Huskisson. No pesticides, no chemicals, no supermarkets. Source is also ambitious in its aims to teach people the lost art of how to grow food. The owner showed me a huge glossy purple eggplant grown by a 12-year-old boy in his backyard!Inspiring.
A little further down the road and on the Princes Highway is the Contadino Olive Farm where I always stock up on my extra virgin olive oil when I’m passing through. Their oil is a delicious all rounder with warm mellow flavours. The Morabito family use their traditional Italian farming knowledge to companion farm their olives with vegetables and flowers, and with chooks and turkeys scooting around providing that all-important rich manure.

Happy eggs from happy chooks
Because they look imperfect you just know they’re going to taste perfect
Zucchini flowers picked fresh that morning
sweet green peppers – I hope mine look like these!
Mr Morabito with a bottle of his wife’s fiery chilli
This sauce was pricey at $7 a bottle but made up the most delicious Bolognaise sauce.
And when we got home that organic tray of vegetables went straight into the oven with some of the Contadino olive oil and a few herbs from the edible balcony. This is how vegies use to taste – earthy, sweet with lots of flavour. A fitting way to end our south coast road trip.

Seaside Cottages, Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay

Sadly it’s time to head back up the coast to Sydney  – but not before a stop at one of the most idyllic hideaways on the planet.
The tour operators will tell you that Hyams Beach is famous for it’s entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the whitest sand in the world. True that may be. It’s pretty white. But its cool, crystal, clear waters have to been seen to be believed. To swim in these waters is to relive some of the better moments from Blue Lagoon.Not a stone on the beach. Not a piece of seaweed or debris in the ocean. Just deep refreshing endless water.
We snaffled some last minute accommodation at the Hyams Beach seaside cottages one street away from the beach.
The pastel-coloured ,weatherboard cottages were originally built to house seasonal whalers and fishermen.
After undergoing extensive renovations they are now a very comfortable getaway for couples.
Digital TV and heater in the lounge…
A lovely verandah to sit on while you have your morning cuppa and listen to the parrot symphony in the overhead gums.
A little kitchen with all the essentials – electric frying pan, toaster, microwave, fridge and crockery
Another comfy bed and great large shower
Off in the morning for a little dolphin spotting. We had to go as far out as the headlands to Point Perpendicular.
two hours and still no sign of the little critters…..
..and then a pod surfaces….