Here’s a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions that we receive.
We update it regularly so be sure to let us know if you think we’ve missed something!
In case of an emergency call 000 to speak to emergency services.
The local Police (Huskisson) can be contacted by phone (02) 4441 5779.
The local public hospital is called Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital. The address is Scenic Dr, Nowra NSW 2541. They are open 24 hours and can be contacted on (02) 4421 3111.
The local Doctors surgery that we use is located at Vincentia Marketplace Shopping Centre. It is called Vincentia Bay Medical and can be contacted on (02 4333 9888).
These units use bottled gas (as town gas is not available in Huskisson). There are two gas cylinders for each property:
If you run out of hot water or the gas heater won’t ignite then it’s likely that the ‘in use’ gas cylinder is empty and it needs to be switched over to the full one.
There’s a small blue ‘switchover’ lever which also acts as an arrow inbetween the cylinders – you simply need to close the gas cylinder, turn the blue arrow to the opposite side, open the ‘standby’ cylinder and you’re done, almost!!
Please tell us that you switched it over. There’s no cost to you but that’s how we know to order a new one!!
It may take a minute or so after changing a gas cylinder for the hot water to come through. That’s quite normal.
It’s displayed in a frame on the wall of your property. It’s all lower case and, no spaces.
Note: the password will work with any of the guest networks so just pick the strongest signal.
It is sometimes the case that a guest has not told us that they’ve run out of BBQ gas… This is not helpful.
If the gas cylinder needs exchanging please send us a message [or call] on 0477 550 393. If for some reason we’re not around then you can ‘swap and go’ at the drive through bottle shop in Huskisson or at Vincentia service station. In that event please keep the receipt and we’ll happily reimburse you!
Please note: We ask that you leave the BBQ as clean as you found it; with the lid down and the cover on. We’ve had a few rare occasions where guests have left it with food on the grills, not brushed off etc. As our cleaning staff will charge us extra for cleaning the BBQ, we will pass on those extra cleaning charges to you.
We also ask that you don’t use the tea towels to clean the BBQ – seems obvious, right? You’d be surprised. Paper towel is provided under the sink, next to the cleaning spray.
Thanks for taking care of this and enjoy your BBQ!!
There are two beaches in the vicinity of Huskisson that are dog friendly; Huskisson Beach & Nelsons Beach (which is in Vincentia). Be sure to click on those links as the off-leash times vary between summer and winter.
Remember – dogs are prohibited from entering within 10 metres of any children’s playground and within 200 metres of identified shorebird nesting sites or of ‘flagged’ beach patrolled area.
Be warned – the Rangers are vigilant and active.
Shoalhaven City Council has a useful webpage that provides loads of info about dog friendly areas on the South Coast HERE.
With the growing popularity of the South Coast there are more and more cafes and restaurants on offer in Huskisson, Vincentia and the surrounding areas.
Of course, when we’re asked, “Where would you recommend to eat?” we’re always mindful that this is somewhat subjective as it is biased by our preferences.
With that said… here goes.
Given our preference for plant based food we are most commonly found at Pilgrims Cafe. They are a great team and have great coffee and a wide range of yummy, vegetarian food that they are happy to adapt for other requirements e.g. vegan, Gluten free etc.
Next, there is a long-standing cafe called ‘5 Little Pigs’ which has consistently great food and coffee available. Darren, the owner, is a trained chef and has a great crew behind the scenes turning out some delicious meals.
Locals tip #1: Make sure you look up towards the ceiling where you’ll see a range of specials available. These change regularly and are often pretty creative!
Locals tip #2: These guys sell Berry Sourdough bread by the loaf – it’s delicious (and local)
Interesting Fact: The name 5 Little Pigs is based on the reality that Darren and his wife have five kids!
Next, still in Huskisson high street is Salty Joes. John and Tiff, the owners are Husky locals and have been an active part of the cafe and restaurant scene for a long time. Salty Joes tips it’s cap to Southern California and has a great menu with something for everyone.
Salty’s are also spreading their wings with world-themed dinner options and a vast selection of cocktails and craft beers. It’s never boring with these guys and you will always feel welcome.
Now, this next one is very much a ‘locals gem’… It’s called Dent Street and is slightly off the beaten track. The two ladies running it, Amanda and Jo, and simply delicious and have produced a menu that offers visitors a range of yumminess that is not available elsewhere!
This is a more relaxed approach to providing a very social way of having some food and coffee. Seating consists of milk crates and wooden benches. What more do we actually need?
Locals tip: If you like hot chocolate… ask Amanda to make you a hot chocolate with Macadamia milk. Absolutely divine!
Just 2km up the road from Sea Mist you’ll find a small shopping centre that forms the centre of Vincentia. There are a growing number of cafes, but the one that we can recommend is called Albert ‘n Miso.
These guys are serious about their food. So much so, they bake their own bread and roast their own coffee beans! The menu is great and the food fresh.
Locals tip: Their hot chips could be the best on the planet. That’s a massive call but it could in fact be true!
Interesting Fact: Vincentia was originally known as South Huskisson… We wish it had kept that name, it just feels a bit more quaint that way.
Whilst it is technically the ‘only’ cafe at Hyams Beach, the team at Hyams Beach Cafe do a great job. Whilst it (unfortunately) does not provide views of the beach itself, it’s cute decor and great food options makes it worth a visit.
Locals tip: We often choose from their takeaway menu and go and sit on the beach to eat. It’s a cheaper and more fun way to go about life! Other times, we just like to go and kick back on their veranda and have a pot of tea on a sunny afternoon…
But what about evening meals?
That’s a great question…
As with the cafes, the following is biased towards our preferences but, in saying that, we’ve also included some generally accepted ‘local knowledge’ too.
We’re torn between Taj Indian restaurant which probably where you’d find us most regularly but we are partial top Pilgrims Cafe (see above) Mexican on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Taj Indian has been in Huskisson for almost two-decades and is run by a father and son team. The food is fresh, delicious and served with a smile. They are licensed but BYO is possible to. If you mention that we recommended you go there, they’ll look after you…
We’ve mentioned Mexican at Pilgrims already. It’s always a relaxed vibe, reasonably priced and yummy food. It’s not ‘hardcore’ Mexican and, on that basis, there’s something for everyone.
If you’re looking to take things up a notch (or feel a romantic theme is required for the occasion) The Quarters is a great option. It has an interesting menu that changes regularly, a cool bar area if you fancy a pre-dinner drink and the whole place has a great vibe.
For the meat eaters – Stonegrill in the main street take their meat seriously. Tony, who has owned the restaurant for two-decades or more is very particular about sourcing his beef. You have the chance to cook your own on a ‘hot rock’ or they have in-house chefs who can prepare other meals.
For something more casual, maybe sitting at Husky Wharf watching the world go by, then you have the ‘World Famous Fish and Chip’ shop on the main street. Whilst this is a massive claim… they certainly serve some pretty awesome fish and chips! Be warned, if it’s holiday season you could have a 40-60 minute wait – but they’re worth it!
Before we get the sand between our toes, we’d like to give a shout out to a local photographer who is simply super talented; Jordan Robins. The photo above is just one example of his talent – you can check out his collection HERE.
Okay, it’s no secret that Jervis Bay has incredible white sandy beaches. In fact, the most infamous of all (thanks to the amazing work of Shoalhaven City Council tourism team!) is Hyams Beach which allegedly holds the title of the ‘whitest sand in the world’ as per the Guinness Book of Records.
Now, regardless of whether this is pure folklore or fact, Hyams Beach is indeed a very white sandy beach, the above notoriety has come at some costs. These include receiving huge numbers of visitors each year, particularly during the summer holiday period.
In fact, in recent years the council have had to take the extraordinary step of closing the road into Hyams Beach to all but residents. This kind of takes the fun out of it.
But worry not. You’re here to learn about the secrets of Jervis Bay that only the locals know…
There are lots of local beaches that enjoy the same white sand that Hyams does!
And, with that in mind we can tell you this, you don’t find many locals chillaxing at Hyams Beach.
Without question, the most frequently asked question we receive from guests is, “Which beaches do you recommend?”.
The answer looks like this…
If we have some time to kill and want to indulge ourselves we most commonly drive into Booderee National Park and head to either Scottish Rocks beach or Hole in the Wall. They’re adjoining beaches on the left as you drive straight through the National Park – well signposted – and just before you reach Murrays Beach (and boat ramp).
‘Hole in the Wall Beach’ is called such because it used to have a large rock structure that formed ‘a hole’ (go figure)! But whilst the top of the hole has long since collapsed, the white beach and remaining structure are still beautiful to visit!
Parking to both of the adjoining beaches is easy and it’s just an easy stroll down onto the sand. Whilst we can’t guarantee it, we are often the only people on the beach when we head down there (peak summer season may see a handful of others there, but nothing like Hyams!)
Handy Hint: If you are only likely to go into Booderee National Park once then the day pass is the way to go. However, if you think you’ll go back more than once it would be worth considering a 12-month pass.
If we are a little less flush with time then we head to a little known gem of a beach in Vincentia, just 2km up the road from Sea Mist Jervis Bay… It’s called Orions Beach and whilst it’s not a large beach, most people don’t know it exists
The best access is by parking where Twyford Street and Minerva Street intersect and then take 30’ish steps along the pedestrian track (away from Huskisson) and you’ll see a narrow set of stairs which will take you straight down to Orions beach.
There’s just a taste of which beaches to visit when you’re in Jervis Bay.
From taking a cruise to see the Dolphins and Whales, to walking on the trails in the National Park to taking a dive with the Seals… the possibilities are almost endless.
Of course, whatever you do, there’s something comforting about knowing you’ve got your beautiful ‘home away from home’ to come back to after a day of exploring.
Here’s some ideas and links to some great resources:
Things To Do – click HERE
Dolphin and Whale cruises – click HERE
Take a drive and (short) walk to see the ruined lighthouse
Trail walk options – click HERE
Snorkelling and SCUBA Diving – click HERE
Stand-up Paddle Boarding or Kayak hire – click HERE
This is great for a wet or cold day – click HERE
If you’re staying in Villa 1, you do not need a code as you have a dedicated charger inside your adjoining garage.
If you’re a guest in our other villas then, we apologise for you having to padlock the charger but, we had so many Tesla owners who just rocked up and charged without asking or indeed offering to contribute for the electricity they consumed…
That said, the code is ‘TESL’.
Please be sure to return the padlock as you found it. You are welcome to charge as you need to but ask that you park in front of Villa 1’s garage to avoid blocking the driveway.
PS. You can leave a note on your windscreen if you like in case Villa 1 guests need to contact you.
If you are in Villa 1, 2 or 3 and you can’t light the gas cooktop, there may be a really simple ‘fix’…
There is a third button on the plug socket on the wall (in the middle of the two plug ports). It’s an isolation switch that was a council requirement and sometimes the cleaners knock it by mistake.
Flip the middle switch the other way and try to light it again.
Failing that – call Mat on 0477 550 393
Sometimes it is the case that the cleaners have inadvertently caused the oven to enter ‘safe’ mode…
If the clock on the front of the oven is flashing, simply hold the two touch buttons above it for a few seconds and it will unlock it for you.
Failing that – call Mat on 0477 550 393