In seeking the sea for our weekend away, the best option I came up with at short notice was a beachfront cabin at Easts Beach Holiday Park, located a few kilometres south from the centre of Kiama. It suited us as our aim was R&R rather than the touristy-restaurant dining thing. And, it was a good opportunity to further our nifty thrifty October and locavore endeavours.
To this end I packed a selection of goodies on hand from our fridge into a cooler bag with a couple of bottles of wine so we could have a leisurely picnic after our dinner time Friday night arrival.
Online reconnaissance indicated an Easts Beach Holiday Park Kiosk with good offerings including coffee, which covered off our needs for early Saturday morning.
When I discovered our visit coincided with Kiama Produce Markets an exception to the R&R rule was made and after walking the beach drinking coffee and exploring rock pools, we ventured out mid Saturday morning into Kiama.
The markets are in the park around the harbour walk. A nice surprise was Mr Apples from Batlow, usually at my local Eveleigh Markets in Sydney, who upon seeing me put aside the last half dozen pears the G.O. has become very fond of, and wouldn’t accept payment.
As our last stop for the morning was to be the Kiama Fisheries co-op, we bought Lime Infused Dijon Sauce and gluten free olive & rosemary bread to accompany our planned seafood dinner, and lemon curd cupcakes for afternoon tea with the kiosk’s excellent coffee.
Foraging put us in need of brunch. The gastronomic selection of market offerings made it difficult to choose but we settled on a homemade rabbit pie for me, and 2 duck pies for the G.O. which we ate sitting on the grass under a Norfolk Pine gazing out over the harbour.
On a last circuit of the markets I stumbled on a box of $2 books while the G.O. was buying fresh orange juice. I couldn’t go past a retro foodie gem, the Australian and New Zealand complete book of cookery, the last published 1981 revised and metricated edition (first published in 1970), which eBay lists as vintage and could be worth as much as $9.50.
After a wander around Kiama’s shops, we headed for the seafood co-op and on the way back were sidetracked by a walk around to the blowhole before we headed back to our cabin to spend a sunny afternoon strolling and contemplating the beach in the sunshine.
After the sun and a couple of glasses of wine went down we were ready for our D.I.Y. local seafood dinner: oysters, prawns, farmed yabbies and grilled scallops, which although the cool night and wind shifted us inside we dined with a prime and private view of the ocean.
Sunday morning found us moseying along the beach with coffees in hand, collecting a couple of overnight washed up beach rocks and shell souvenirs (which we borrow and return at a later date).
Later we took a short drive out to picturesque Jamberoo village to check out the Jamberoo Arts & Craft Markets, where the stall holders and merchandise appeared to be collectively remnants of the same era as my cook book purchase.
No joy at the markets so after a stroll around Jamberoo we headed back to our cabin to enjoy the sun and a typically coastie brunch of tasty works burgers from the kiosk.
Although we had the option of 4 pm check out, cloudy weather coming in signalled the end of our respite, so with sand between our toes and warmth still in our skin, we joined the flock heading back to the city and real life.