Heavenly Hyams: Why Didn’t Someone Tell Me About This Place Sooner?

With unobstructed views like this, you'll wish you'd booked the holiday home for longer

hyams beach heaven

Get ready for some nauseating Instagram worthy images, because we’ve just come back from what has to be voted one of the world’s best beaches.

Hang on a minute, it has been voted as having the whitest sand beach in the world, and we can see why as we arrive on a cloudless stunning 28-degree autumn day.

Endless white sand, the clearest water (and a lovely sea temperature of 24 degrees), and barely a soul in sight.

hyams beach is heaven

We’ve arrived in heaven; how could this place exist and this beach loving aficionado not know about it?

Since arriving in Sydney five years ago, I had heard a few show-offs bleating on about it, but I never really took too much notice. Yes, I’m a bit slow on the uptake, but I get there eventually.

As a transplanted Kiwi, I pretty much had only really heard about Sydney, the Gold Coast and Melbourne before relocating across the ditch.

On the odd occasion Tasmania, would also pop up in conversation or in the NZ travel pages, but let’s be honest, when you are faced with a grim winter, grey skies and some pretty below par temperatures, the last place you want to escape to is somewhere cold.

Green whaler cottage at hyams beach

Now Hyams Beach is my new spiritual home – a small community, with one café (that could rival anything in Sydney) and the cutest cottages I’ve ever seen.

We stay at the Green Whaler Cottage, an old whalers’ cottage that retains its charm on both the inside and out, but has the all-important ‘it’ factors in the bathrooms. Its charming mix of rustic and modern is perfect.

The bedroom opens up to a deck and the sound of the ocean. I feel like lady of manor and quite frankly feel right at home. I am never leaving.

This exclusive spot is best enjoyed out of peak times, away from school holidays and weekends.

An easy three-hour drive south of Sydney, Hyams Beach packs a punch and is worth every cent we spent.

cottages at hyams beach

My tip is to get your family together, or a bunch of friends and share a three-bedroom cottage.

Spit the cost (it will set you back about $100 per couple a night) and enjoy a week away.

Bring supplies with you, there are little towns scattered about that offer a great selection of eateries, but if you want some time out from the real world, stay put and enjoy what surely has to be paradise.

The co-founder of 50SoWhat has been in publishing for most of her working life. She was general manager of successful boutique media publishing house in New Zealand for several years and boasts an impeccable sales, marketing and management background. When she’s not road-testing the latest cosmetic procedures, or investigating the hottest lifestyle, travel, fashion and beauty trends for over 45’s, Jo is often back home catching up with family and friends, or working on her golf swing!


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