We (myself, husband, 12yr old son, and dog) have just had the most relaxing & wonderful time at Greenwell Point - and in particular at Anglers' Rest.
We had a deluxe cabin along the front of the property - which meant we could sit on the deck outside and watch the world go by! Which we did - especially at the end of the day with fresh local oysters (Shoalhaven Oyster Service recommended) & a beer (or bubbles).
There was heaps of room for all of us and everything we needed - added to that with the park, little beaches, cycle/walking pathway, pontoon and boat ramp, river, bbqs, and a local pool right across the road there was plenty to do if we so chose. I swam in both the pool (lovely first thing in the morning) and the river at high tide (my preference) - and the dog enjoyed the river also. The nearby activity of fishermen returning on various boats was fun to watch - as were the pelicans in the water.
The day after we arrived, there was a kids fishing workshop (run by the Dept of Primary Industries - "your fishing licence fees at work") across from us in the park - and there was 1 space available - so that kept our son happy for a few hours, and then he was pretty keen to put all that knowledge and expertise into practice. A new generation of fisherfolk!
The following day we took the tinny out (Anglers' Rest have 6 for hire) - and wandered both up the river and around and about. The dog came briefly - but moving vehicles are not really his thing! Maybe a kayak (also can be hired here) would be easier. Or just walk!
Another day sees us driving around the area - just to explore - but we loved coming back to Greenwell Point - a little less 'busy' and more relaxed and had everything we really needed - great butcher, bakery, IGA, fresh oysters & prawns, several takeaway places for fish&chips, burgers or breakfast and a bottle shop for drinks.
There is off course the 'really big fish that got away' story - on the pontoon directly across from our cabin there was a final morning of fishing to get in before we left. I swam in the river, the boys threw lines in . . . and apparently a big fish snapped the line and took off. At that point I got some bacon & egg rolls and coffee from the local Pelican Rocks cafe just opp the pool (in fact we had them every morning).
Thankyou Liz, Simon & Mick - you are great hosts - and knowledgeable about your little spot on the earth. There were other things you recommended we could do - but in the end it was nice just to 'do' not much and enjoy what was on our doorstep. I did take one of your 3 new cruiser cycles out and explored the river front and back streets which was lovely.
Until next time.
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