“We have just returned from NSW having had 2 wonderful exchanges. There were many emails exchanged, before we actually exchanged homes, to sort things out and answer questions. The contact continued whilst we were in each others homes. I think this built up a relationship between us and we didn't feel like strangers anymore, more like friends who hadn't met!!! We fell in love with Paul and Nicky's home; it is beautiful and in a serene location. They kindly left a meal for us which was very much appreciated, after driving for 8 hrs. We found a box full of information booklets and street directories which were all very helpful. There are so many beautiful beaches, the coast line is fantastic. You couldn't wish to stay in a better location. At the end of each day we looked forward to the comfort and tranquility of their home, and to watch the birds come to feed. Thank you so much Paul and Nicky for making it all possible, it was like a dream come true.”
Country and coast
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Where is it?
We live on the south coast of NSW, 150 km (about 2 hours drive) from Sydney. The area is known as the Shoalhaven, (see www.southcoast.com.au/shoalhaven/) - a coastal region with beautiful beaches, bush and country landscapes, rugged highlands and friendly people. It is a popular holiday area.
The village of Berry is just 4.5 kilometres away - minutes by car and only a little longer by bike. Berry is a favourite weekend destination for folk from Sydney and has an excellent choice of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants.
There are four golf courses nearby, all within 20 minutes drive.
The village of Shoalhaven Heads is 10 kilometres down the road. As well as having a beach, it is located beside the Shoalhaven River, a beautiful estuary for swimming, fishing and walking along the shore watching the bird life.
Nowra, a town of 32,000 people, is just 20 minutes drive south along the Princes Highway beyond Berry. It has all the services and facilities you might want, including a shopping mall, banks, ATM's, library, a modern entertainment centre, theatre, cinema, restaurants, hospital - all we ever need day to day.
Our home may be reached by train from the International Terminal station at Sydney Airport, changing trains at Kiama for the last two stops to Berry, then a short cab ride from Berry station to our home just outside the village. Alternatively, if timing is right we can pick up exchangers from Kiama station, 20 minutes away.
The nearest large city is Wollongong, about 50 minutes drive north. It is the urban centre of the Illawarra area, with theatres, galleries, many restaurants and shopping malls. It also has miles of very scenic coastline, bike paths, beaches and parks.
ITINERARY FOR EXCHANGERS.
If you're wondering what there is to do when you exchange to NSW, just tell us how much time you would like to spend and what kind of things interest you. We would be happy to put together several suggested day trips or longer ones. This exchange can be as relaxed or as busy as you would like! We could even do this for you before you make a final decision to exchange.
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