Little more than a beach shack with a battered Hills Hoist on the lawn, Seakissed is unassuming to say the least.
South Coast, NSW
5 The Marina, Culburra Beach
Phone: 0414 294 840
The location With a wide arc of golden beach, a sheltered estuary and an unruffled lake, Culburra is a family getaway gem. Take the Princes Highway south from Sydney to Nowra and then head east for 20 kilometres. The Walter Burley Griffin-designed township has a supermarket, a bottle shop and a bowling club (and more besides), but it's sufficiently somnolent that you know you're out of town.
The place Little more than a beach shack with a battered Hills Hoist on the lawn, Seakissed is unassuming to say the least. Head inside, though, and you'll find a cheerful, mismatched 1950s interior with a classic Rotomaster oven, a vintage pot-belly fire and replica Eames chairs. A toy area, separate from the main living room, features a big roll of butcher's paper for drawing, a stack of kids' picture books, a chalkboard and shelves full of toys. With two double bedrooms, a bunk room and a cot in an alcove off one of the rooms - as well as washing machine and dryer - it's ideally suited to families.
The experience There's a point-blank view of sand dunes and sea from its front deck, so Seakissed would be a great place to spend a weekend doing little more than reading and gazing at the horizon. If you're travelling with kids, however, you're more likely to spend your time here hunting for sea shells during long walks along the beach, playing tennis at the local courts or fishing off the rocky headlands. In summer, you're likely to spot pods of dolphins and in winter humpback whales. If the weather sets in, feed the fire and try your hand at playing the piano to keep everyone entertained.
Don't miss It's worth the walk to the 104-year-old Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse at the northern tip of Culburra Beach for its expansive views to Shoalhaven Heads and Point Perpendicular.
Need to know
Cost: $700 for two nights.
Where: 185km (2.5 hours' drive) south of Sydney.
Wheelchair access: Yes.