I’ve passed by the entrance of the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden many times, but have never found the inclination to stop. For one, the entrance comes up on you pretty quickly, secondly, you don’t expect a botanic garden in the middle of the bush on the Princes Highway, and thirdly, you’ve either fuelled up in Batemans Bay if you are coming from the north or in Mogo if you are coming in the opposite direction. What a shame, as this lovely little haven is a heavenly place to take a break from the bitumen. Admission to the 42ha site, which is part of the Mogo State Forest, is free, and there are several short walking tracks of varying distances, BBQ facilities, an arboretum, display gardens, a very small plant nursery and of course the Garden Cafe at the Visitors Centre. There’s quite an extensive menu, considering it’s location, and all sweets are home-baked, including the scones, which have a creamy and buttery texture. The jam is your average run of the mill strawberry but the thickly whipped fresh cream is a treat. The sprig of fresh mint garnish is a nice touch. Open Wednesday to Sunday 9-4pm.
Tea: A broad selection of Pukka and Twinning tea bags served in a classic teapot.
Overall: A chilled out space where you can feel a million miles from anywhere.