THE WEATHER DIARIES - JANUARY 2021

LA NIÑA IS STILL IN CHARGE AS SUMMER HEATS UP AND EVERY DAY BECOMES AN EXERCISE IN 'THE SEARCH', WHETHER THAT'S FOR DRY SKATE PARKS, DECENT WAVES OR PLACES TO EXPLORE TO DODGE THE RAIN AND HEAD FOR THE SUN. 

WE'VE BEEN CATCHING UP WITH FRIENDS, HANDING OUT THE NEW DROPS AND REFRESHED SIZES TO BRAND FANS AND CHECKING OUT THE KEY SPOTS ALONG GRAND PACIFIC DRIVE TO GIVE YOU GUYS THE INSPIRATION YOU NEED TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE LONGER DAYS.

AT THE FOOT OF 'THE BIG EDGE' ESCARPMENT ARE WINERIES THAT OFFER A GREAT ESCAPE FROM THE INCLEMENT. A GOOD STOPPING POINT IS THE VINTAGE VILLAGE OF BERRY WITH ITS MANY COOL STORES, GREAT CAFES AND AWAY FROM THE HIGH STREET, THE BOUTIQUE WINERIES OF CROOKED RIVER, WOODHILL MOUNTAIN AND SILOS ESTATE. HEADING SOUTH TOWARDS THE SHOALHAVEN ESTUARY OFFERS THE LARGER AND MORE FAMILIAR NAMES OF THE COOLANGATTA ESTATE AND THE CHIC TWO FIGS WINERY. THERE ARE AT LEAST EIGHT WORTHY WINERIES WITH CELLAR DOORS AND ACCOMMODATION IN THIS VITICULTURE HOTSPOT.

BUT IF IT'S VIEWS YOU ARE AFTER WHEN YOU ARE HITTING THE SOUTHERN REACHES OF THE ILLAWARRA THEN TAKING THE CAR OR BIKES TO A FAVOURED HIGHPOINT ON THE BIG EDGE SERIOUSLY PAYS OFF.  THE WINDING ROUTE PAST THE CAMBEWARRA WINE ESTATE RISES HIGH ONTO THE ESCARPMENT AND TWISTING OFF THE MAIN ROAD, ON AN ALMOST HIDDEN TRACK, TAKES YOU TO THE CAMBEWARRA MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT CAFE. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED TO ROLL IN FOR A LUNCH ON THE OBSERVATION DECK WITH VIEWS FOR MILES TOWARDS THE SAPPHIRE COAST. THE CAR PARK OF THIS LITTLE SECRET STOP IS ALWAYS PACKED WITH HARLEYS AND VINTAGE CARS BECAUSE THE JOURNEY IS AS GOOD AS THE DESTINATION. AND THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT, RIGHT? 

BE SEEING YOU!