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Top Choice Cafe in South West Rocks

Malt & Honey

An urban sensibility combines with beach-town warmth and charm at this busy cafe. Pick up an early-morning latte (made with Toby's Estate beans) or grab a seat for crumpets with macadamia crumble, house-made muesli …
Museum in South West Rocks

Trial Bay Gaol

Occupying Trial Bay's eastern headland, this sandstone prison was built between 1877 and 1886 to house convicts brought in to build a breakwater. When nature had other ideas and the breakwater washed away, the impos…
Thai in South West Rocks

Thai on the Rocks

At this better-than-average holiday Thai place, dishes have authentic spicing (which can be dialled down on request). Interesting chef's specials such as fish in tamarind and a dry stir-fry of pork belly are joined …
Pub in South West Rocks

Surf Life Saving Club

The best place for a beer and a quick bite to eat, with a perfectly positioned balcony for ocean views.
Gelato in South West Rocks

Chillati Gelato

Every beach town needs a good ice-cream shop, and this one has a colourful range of 30 flavours. While the range isn't entirely authentic, the gelato has a lovely texture and is made on the premises with local milk.
Cafe in South West Rocks

Trial Bay Kiosk

Sit on the terrace and soak up the views from this cafe near the gaol. At lunchtime the menu wanders into bistro territory, traversing the likes of steak and mash, risotto, and groaning seafood platters.
Pub in South West Rocks

Seabreeze Beach Hotel

Catering to families, sports fans and surfers, this big boozer serves tap beers and other summer-friendly drinks plus standard pub nosh on a very pleasant deck.