Chrissie and her partner Richard have been travelling to the south coast to their holiday home in Culburra for years. They’ve loved stopping at the Hungry Duck in Berry along the way, so they were really excited when they heard that the owners were opening a new establishment in Nowra. Wharf Road is the brainchild of chef Dave Campbell and his partner Nicole who’ve opened their dream restaurant and bar on the Shoalhaven River. Three hours south of Sydney, this new addition to the area is a great lunch spot if you’re heading south for the holidays. Make sure you book, I have a feeling these guys are going to have a busy holiday period!
Chrissie loves Wharf Road because it is so different from the relative austerity of the Hungry Duck, with a coastal Scandi/modern and funky feel to it. The paint dipped blocks of wood, chairs and other objects lend a really cool feel to the interior. Offset with the alpaca skin rugs to add some warmth to the cool interior, the design suits the country area.
Rebecca Riles from Roots and Wings in Berry has done a great job designing the space; nice and casual in a scrubbed back, modern kind of way.
Oh and did we mention that the food rocks??!! Wharf Rd’s commitment serving up seasonal, local and sustainable produce in a relaxed environment makes it “the” place to dine in Nowra. The restaurant has a custom built South American style parrila BBQ for cooking the Wagyu beef, alpaca and other gems…
We had a chat to Dave and Nicole to find out more:
Why Nowra? Nowra is a beautiful regional city! We have lived in Berry for the past 5 years and found that there was an opportunity to create a beautiful waterfront dining location on this particular site. This gave us an opportunity to create something that was different to Hungry Duck, (Dave and Nicole’s other restaurant in Berry) and showcased local, seasonal produce with a South American twist.
Why is Wharf Rd so important from a local business perspective? We moved here from Sydney because we wanted to be closer to the regional places where some of the most inspiring food is produced. We felt that there was an opportunity to create a space that celebrates this aspect of living on the south coast, and hopefully creates an added dimension to tourism for the area.
About the location: We did the research and found there were no other waterfront restaurants on this part of the south coast, which is crazy! The best part of living down here is the beauty of the coastline and its proximity to wonderful produce.
History of the building: It’s the original harbour master’s residence on the Shoalhaven. Over the years, it’s evolved into various shapes and purposes, but we wanted to celebrate its location and respectfully create a space that celebrates its history.
Why Chrissie loved it: The clever fit out, by interior designer Rebecca Riles of Roots and Wings Interiors, is stylish and relaxed and perfectly in keeping with the waterfront location. The low-key colour palette soothes rather than shouts at you.
Add this place to your list… you won’t be disappointed…