A hidden gem: Culburra Beach

Image of old jetty on the Crookhaven River at Culburra Beach

Jetty on the Crookhaven River at Culburra Beach

Culburra Beach is an interesting place. Three hours south of  Sydney, it seems to be one of the few beach towns that have escaped the sea-change boom. Unlike places north of Sydney like Blueys and Boomerang beaches where fibro beach shacks have been replaced with million-dollar mansions, this place remains a quiet sleepy seaside village.

With the Crookhaven River and Lake Wollumboola providing still water recreation on one side and a fairly sensational ocean front providing the roar of the surf on the other, Culburra Beach has it all. And a very good surf break when we were there.

Image of oyster leases on the Crookhaven River taken from Greenwell Point

Oyster leases on the Crookhaven River at low tide

But there’s plenty more to find in this sleepy little beach town. The Crookhaven River has oyster leases a’plenty and the fishing fleet that calls the river home brings in fresh catches daily. Greenwell Point is the place that locals recommend for oysters and good ol’ fish and chips.

Greenwell Point is about a 15-minute drive from Culburra Beach. We were told to go to Pelican Point Restaurant. The take-away shop attached to the restaurant has fish and chips to die for. The locals were right! Lightly beer battered whiting with crispy chips made a great lunch in the park opposite the shop that overlooks the river and Culburra on the other side. At $16.00 for two people, great value too.

Image of people waiting for their takeaway fish and chips at Greenwell Point cafe and takeaway

Best fish and chips we’ve tasted by a long shot – worth the three-hour drive!

But wait there’s more. The shop supplied us with fresh local oysters and prawns for dinner and farm fresh eggs from the local egg farm to take home with us to Sydney.  The eggs tasted like eggs used to taste. It’s hard to explain but the egg white had a great flavour. Whatever do they do to the supermarket bought eggs – even the free range and organic ones!

It’s obvious that the locals love the lifestyle and we city slickers enjoyed the tranquillity. ‘Feel the tranquillity al la The Castle!

Image of surfer at Culburra Beach New South Wales

Great surf break at Culburra Beach

We stayed in the only motel with the original name of the Culburra Beach Motel. Pretty basic but all that we required to explore the region. It’s not on the beach and a good walk to the beach in fact and to the shops in the other direction. Some great little cafes for breakfast and a Woolworths no less.

Back to the fish and chips. I’d say it’s worth the three-hour drive from Sydney just to enjoy the delights of the Pelican Point Café fish and chips.


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