4 Great Restaurants on the New South Wales Coal Coast

16-May-2018 12:06 PM

4 Great Restaurants on the New South Wales Coal CoastDubbed ‘The Coal Coast’ by local surfers more than a decade ago, this 30 kilometre stretch along the coastline between Wollongong and Stanwell Park in NSW, is one of Australia’s best kept foodie secrets. The Coal Coast includes Coalcliff, Wombarra, Coledale and Austinmer, each with it’s own beach and swimming pool - hand blasted by miners back in the day, or so the legend goes.

Over the last few years this sleepy little coastal stretch - a popular day trip destination for city folk wanting to see the whales as they migrate along the coast - has seen some big changes, but mainly in the ever increasing quality of its food and coffee - it still remains resistant to city polish. So where should you eat if you’re on the Coal Coast?

4 great eateries on the NSW Coal Coast

Baby Face Kitchen - 1/179 Keira Street, Wollongong - This smart-casual eatery blurs the line between casual and fine dining. With dishes inspired by Japanese and Korean cuisine, but peppered with Australian native ingredients, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more inventive menu on this little stretch of coastline. Try one of five house-made misos while you’re there - or pick something from the all-Australian wine-list. 

Earth Walker & Co - 749 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coledale - Located on the main street in Coledale, Earth Walker & Co is more than just a cafe, it’s a community hub offering night yoga, creative workshops and exhibits of local artisans. As for the food, their sweet potato burger with peanut sauce is a crowd favourite, and you can’t go past the Earthbowl - featuring heirloom beetroot and native succulents. 

Moore Street General
- 38 Moore Street, Austinmer - This little bohemian cafe, opposite the Bread Circle bakery in Austinmer, serves coffee in ceramic mugs handmade by local artists. The place has an unhurried vibe - so be prepared to relax and take your time. Try the doorstop sourdough toastie with cashew butter and roasted cauliflower, or the ricotta and fresh fruit muffins. 

Bread, Espresso &
- 190 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul - A relative newcomer, this eatery is a fantastic place to stop off for excellent coffee and a mid-morning snack. The menu boasts almond croissants, Portuguese tarts, cinnamon scrolls as well as some delicious gluten free options. As a bonus, the space is pet-friendly and with a keep-cup discount for coffee, and the option for take-away grounds for composting, eco-friendly too.