As part of our local getaways series, we’re visiting and sharing some of the beautiful regional towns that were hit hard by last year’s bushfires and lack of tourism due to COVID-19 lockdowns. We asked our local branches to show us around and tell us why their communities are worth putting on your holiday list for 2021.
The final stop on our #BBlocalgetaways series is Milton, located on the NSW South Coast, a three hour drive from Sydney. The beautiful seaside community was unfortunately hit by destructive fires in January 2020, which was particularly devastating for the town which relies on their summer trade. As Australia opens back up, Milton is ready to welcome visitors once again. There is plenty to do at this gorgeous coastal town, full of beaches, bushwalks, shopping and restaurants to name a few! As usual, we started our exploration with our local Branch to get some tips on where to visit.
First stop was for coffee at Maverick Coffee House and Roastery. We spoke to Renee, who explained that Maverick is ‘a local family run roastery…we create our own products and roast all our beans on site!’ Maverick is a lovely spot to enjoy a coffee and a sweet or savoury snack or purchase a bag of beans to take home.
Freshly caffeinated, it was time to explore! The Nulladolla Pottery Group is a shared space studio and gallery, allowing local artists to share their unique work. Their art is also available to purchase, so be sure to stop by and perhaps even find a souvenir to take home!
After getting our art fix, it was time to do some shopping at the nearby boutiques.
Our first stop was Nikki B’s, a giftware and homewares store full of vintage treasures. You could spend hours browsing the shelves of this boutique, whether it’s old school memorabilia or one of a kind vintage dresses from the 1950s.
Next up is a women’s clothing boutique, Sarah Gabrielle. We spoke to the owner Sarah about her store, ‘I’ve got some beautiful and iconic Australian, New Zealand and Canadian clothing brands covering from casual to formal… and we serve bubbles on Saturday afternoons!’ Speaking of the neighbouring boutiques, Sarah added that Milton ‘has the best stores, there’s so much to choose from! Milton is the best place for shopping, coffee, eating out… pretty much everything!’
Speaking of eating out, we were spoilt for choice with lunch options! For fresh seafood, the nearby Ulladulla Fish Traders is your go to, with everything from prawns and oysters to your classic fish n chips which you can enjoy on the pier.
Lee, one of the owners, told us to grab some take away and enjoy it outdoors. ‘The scenery is magnificent…we are in a pristine location’. Speaking of the local area, Lee praised the many options available for tourists, ‘we’re known for beautiful beaches, great restaurants, wineries, Pigeon House Mountain, lots of walks…it suits all people of all desires’.
Next, it was time to explore more of the food options in Milton. If you’re after café style food, look no further than Pilgrims. This vegetarian café is open breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves everything from fresh juices and granola, to burgers, pies, tacos and burrito bowls.
And if you’re after dessert or a treat to take home, Scrumptious Sweets is a must visit! From sweets galore to fresh handmade chocolates, including a whole wall of lollies plus jams and teas – it’s a sweet tooth’s dream. The store is a Milton fixture, having been trading for the last 22 years. The owner Jana told us, ‘David and I have been the owners for 12 years! The community have been very good at supporting local business through hard times like the bushfires of 2020.’ Shopping at Scrumptious Sweets is a great way to support the community as they sell ‘locally made jams, relishes, chutneys and sauces and the largest range of herbs and spices on the South Coast’.
After a long day of exploring Milton, we stopped by the Star Hotel. This community pub was established in 1860 and is still going strong. With drinks and live music it’s the perfect place to unwind with the locals.
If you pay a visit to Milton, be sure to use the hashtag #BBlocalgetaway on your socials so we can share your pics and help support the community.