Bendalong- An Unassuming Haven
Set on Red Point, a jutting section which was named by Captain Cook on his first voyage of discovery, the quiet, tranquil township of Bendalong is located in the beautiful New South Wales south coast about three hours drive south of Sydney; it is approximately the same driving distance to Canberra, Australia's national capital, to its west.
The small coastal village is well known for the quality of its surf beaches as well as for being a favourite swimming and fishing area. The mainstay of the economy in this small community is tourism, due to the excellence of its beaches and the fact that it is surrounded by National Parks. Because it is a favoured holiday by families, although the town is small, there is no shortage of holiday accommodation. Family accommodation, some of it pet-friendly accommodation is the most common holiday rental in the area.
Best Kept Secret- No Crowds on These Beaches
Because of its enviable location, occupying a headland spit, it is surrounded by beaches on three sides, there are beaches to its north, south and east which means you can choose whether you would like a beach with wind or not, depending on whether you're in the mood for surfing or swimming. So you'll always have beaches that are suitable for surfing and calm beaches which are safe for the younger members of the group to paddle.
Wherever your accommodation may be in Bendalong, anywhere in town is only minutes' walk from a fabulous beach with pristine waters for swimming, fishing, surfing, snorkelling, diving; the choice is yours. Your holiday apartment or holiday home will be surrounded by some of the finest beaches in NSW. Bendalong is an area ideal for families who enjoy beach life.
Shell Grit Beach is located between "the Reef" and Red Head which are the two Points that make up the main headland of Bendalong. For tranquil swimming waters, Boat Harbour Beach is situated in a protected north facing cove, it has picnic and barbecue facilities overlooking the azure waters, and also a boat launching ramp which provides calm launching conditions for fishing enthusiasts. For great surfing conditions, Inyadda Beach is one of Australia's best surfing beaches
Washerwoman?s Beach, a long sweeping stretch is another excellent family beach with azure blue waters and fine golden sand with a backdrop of native bush land, the southern end of the beach is sheltered and calm and therefore just perfect for the children. This tranquil beach is popular for swimming, fishing and sunbathing. There are coral reefs very close to the headlands providing the opportunity for snorkelling and diving. This beach is also home to one of Bendalong's major tourist attractions, the colony of giant sting rays which inhabit the bay, coming close to the shore for the scraps which fishermen feed them. An easy walk north along the beach will take the holidaymaker to the monument to the wreck of the Walter Hood, a ship which sunk on that site in 1870.
Bendalong is small and sleepy, and although during peak season the population swells, beaches are never crowded, and in the quieter times of the year, it is not unusual to stroll along a deserted beach or to sit under the shade of gum trees enjoying ocean breezes in complete solitude. This makes Bendalong the ideal location for that relaxing break for the holidaymaker who is looking to get away from it all. On this narrow peninsula, surrounded by sea, wherever your holiday house is, it will be close enough to the ocean to enjoy its breezes and soothing sounds. Sit on the veranda of your holiday villa or the terrace of your serviced apartment reading a favourite book while enjoying the sea breezes, or sleep to the calming sound of rolling waves crashing on the shore.
The Bush at your Doorstep
Bendalong borders the Conjola National Park, an unspoiled natural environment of bush land and heath providing a plethora of opportunities including bushwalking, bird watching and picnicking. The park is birdwatcher paradise where colourful rosellas and grass parrots, boisterous cockatoos, laughing kookaburras, galahs and honeyeaters abound, amongst many other species. The clean and unspoiled waters of Lake Conjola are Fisherman's paradise and are also great for safe swimming.
This national park, surrounded by bush land and state forests, with a mountain backdrop and a frontage of golden, sandy beaches and the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean, with the pristine waters of its tranquil lake, is a quiet, relaxing, location, to explore, swim, fish or surf. For a truly relaxing break, get up and close to nature in lake side self-contained accommodation with kangaroos and possums venturing as close as your back door.
This holiday haven that is Lake Conjola is also next to Green Island, one of the most famous surf breaks in all of the New South Wales Coast. Green Island, offers excellent board riding as well as plenty of spots for scuba diving. Swan Lake is a large coastal lagoon in Conjola National Park which is excellent for swimming, boating and fishing. The facilities at Conjola National Park include camping, public parking, public toilets, and picnic areas as well as a kiosk-takeaway.
The Perfect Destination All Year Round
With a temperate climate, Bendalong enjoys moderate summer temperatures with summer highs averaging 25º C and summer lows at approximate15º C. Winters are also mild and sunny, with the average high winter temperatures at approximately 16º, although nights can be crisp with winter lows averaging 6º C. and. The wettest months are the summer months, with some thunderstorms from November to March. Bendalong can be visited all year round for enjoyment of its beauty, tranquillity and for total immersion in nature; yet to enjoy all it has to offer as regards water activities the warmer months from November to February is the best time to visit.
The Accessible Hideaway
Sydney, the state capital and Australia's largest city, and Canberra, the national capital are its closest major cities, at approximately the same distance away, both within a three hour drive. The closest large centre is Nowra, a bustling centre of approximately 35,000 inhabitants, which is 57 kilometres to its north, approximately a 45 minute drive away. There are four premier buses per day, every day, on the Sydney to Melbourne route along the Princess Highway. From Canberra there are several coach operators offering services between the national capital and the south coast, with arrivals at Nowra. For those travelling from the UK, both Sydney and Canberra international airports would be suitable choices as the distance and driving time is approximately equal. The nearest airport is a small regional terminal at Moruya, approximately a one hour and thirty minute drive south of Bendalong. Rex Airlines fly into Moruya from Sydney and Hertz operate a car hire service at the airport, but arrangement must be made before you arrive.