Welcome to Spring! The bees have begun buzzing, and the weather is already starting to warm up—thank goodness! You might have already got stuck into some spring-cleaning, but if you’re anything like us, you’re already planning your beach days instead.
To get a head start on the warm days to come, check out our literally dozens of properties right on the water, dotted all over Culburra Beach, Callala Beach, and Currarong. Bluetongue is one of these; a classic beach house with a sixties vibe, with luxury outdoor amenities to enjoy the sun, such as the huge deck and woodfire pizza oven, as well as a heated outdoor spa and indoor combustion fire to keep you warm in case that Winter chill sneaks back when the sun goes down.
Enjoy the culinary delights of this area in the best way possible by joining the droves of food and wine lovers who’ll be descending on Berry for the South Coast Food and Wine Festival. Held on the 14th and 15th of September, the festival will bring together award-winning chefs, wineries, breweries, roasters, distilleries and restaurants to serve up anything from a casual tasting to a full-on masterclass. General admission tickets for adults are only $28, and include a tasting cup to take home!
If you visit after the festival, there are still plenty of reasons to check out Berry, including a visit to The Treat Factory. You can browse the retail stores in the historic Old Central Creamery to fetch yourself a range of gourmet chocolates, confectionary and preserves, catch a glimpse and a delicious whiff of production, and take a break at The Dairy Bar for lunch, with gelato for dessert!
The kids might not want to leave, but that’s okay, because they also have chocolate-making workshops for children in the school holidays. Their Bean to the Bar Children’s Workshop is only $25, where kids will don professional aprons and learn all about chocolate’s origin, taste different varieties, and make their own Belgian chocolate treats to take home. The best part is that you can enjoy a quiet lunch at one of Berry’s gorgeous restaurants in the meantime.
However you might like to do some of your own hands-on creation, in which case there are creative workshops all over, like this 3.5 hour macramé workshop, where you’ll learn popular macramé knots and come away with your own large wall hanging in your chosen colour, with enough rope left over to make another piece with the skills you’ve learned. All your Christmas gifts this year will be sorted!
If you’re keen on upcycling and remaking the outdated, you can haul out that old stool or coffee table you’ve had sitting in the garage to paint on a rainy day, and bring it to a 5-hour BYO Furniture Painting Workshop where you’ll be provided with all the materials and advice you need to finally finish it. You’ll learn how to achieve different looks through paints, waxes, glazes and professional tools, and come away with an entirely new piece of furniture (almost).
DIY isn’t for everyone, so if you prefer to leave the creating to the professionals, make sure to check out the Pyree Village Art & Handmade Market just a short drive away on the fourth Sunday of the month, and roam the stalls of local produce, crafts, pottery, woodcraft, baked goods, clothing and much more. You can meet the artisans and sellers and enjoy the sun, and go home with new pieces for the home whilst supporting local businesses, growers and creatives.