THE WEATHER DIARIES - DECEMBER 2020

LA NIÑA CONTINUES IN THE TROPICAL PACIFIC. NOT SO GREAT FOR DRIVERS AND BIKERS AS INCLEMENT WEATHER MAKES FOR DIFFICULT PLANNING BUT QUITE A RIDE FOR BOARDERS.

AS WINDS, RAIN AND BEACH DISAPPEARANCES HAMPER THE SUMMER PLANS OF OUR NORTHERN NEIGHBOURS IN BYRON BAY, SPECTACULAR SWELLS DRIFTING SOUTH ARE BRINGING TO LIFE SOME HALLOWED BREAKS.

AWAY FROM THE BEACHES THERE IS A FLUSH OF NEW SEASON GOODIES HITTING THE LEGACY SURF STORES SUCH AS FINBOX IN THIRROUL. IT IS ALWAYS WORTH POPPING IN IF JUST TO  SIT WITH A COFFEE OUT FRONT AND ENJOY THE CARNIVAL OF PETROLHEADS PASSING BY.   OR TRY OUT NEWER BEACH BOUTIQUES LIKE FANGERZ IN EAST CORRIMAL, NEXT  TO THE EASTIES SURF BREAK.

NEW RESTAURANTS AND BARS ARE OPENING A PACE FROM MICRO-COFFEE HANGOUTS IN WOONONA TO A NEW ROOFTOP BISTRO BAR IN BULLI. YACHTIES IS A NEW FRESH DOUGHNUT DESTINATION IN WOLLONGONG HARBOUR AND IS DEFINITELY WORTH A STOP FOR THE VIEWS AND FRIENDLY SUGARY WELCOME.

ALTHOUGH COVID RESTRICTIONS ARE STILL IN FORCE THE BUOYANT LIVE SCENE IS IN FULL FLOW. THE SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON KICKED OFF WITH STANWELL PARK’S SPUNK RECORDS’ MIN-FEST COALCHELLA IN WOMBARRA COMPLETELY SOLD OUT. THE GIGS AT LA, LA, LA’S AND FRANKS WILD YEARS ARE AT CAPACITY EVERY WEEK AND ARE RELENTLESSLY EXCELLENT. THERE IS MUSIC EVERYWHERE ACROSS THE ILLAWARRA.

TRAVELS TOWARDS KIAMA WILL SEE MUCH-LOVED STREET FOODS TRUCKS OPENING UP FOR THE BEACH HOUNDS BUT IF IT’S A LITTLE SECRET YOU ARE AFTER THAN HEADING TO GERROA’S PRISTINE ‘SEVEN MILE BEACH’ WILL OFFER YOU THE BLUE SWIMMER RESTAURANT. TUCKED INTO BEACH SIDE WITH A PERFECT VIEW OF THE PACIFIC THE MENU IS A LOCAL DREAM. IT IS ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE RIDE STOPS BEFORE BERRY OR HEADING BACK AFTER A MORNING SURF AT COMERONG ISLAND.

WHEREVER YOU GO MAKE SURE TO BOOK AHEAD AS THE ILLAWARRA IS WELCOMING BUT MANY OF OUR TREASURES ARE SMALL INDEPENDENTS AND GET BUSY WITH LOCALS AND GUESTS.

AND IF YOU SPOT ANY PLASTIC ON THE BEACHES, EVEN IF IT ISN'T YOURS, PLEASE PICK IT UP AND BIN IT. WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

BE SEEING YOU!