The Sapphire Coast is around four hours south of Sydney. It is a real holiday-by-the-sea area and when Jason Dundas visited recently, he was treated to some great entertainment.
Up-and-coming country music singer Amber Lawrence has family in the region, and she grabbed the chance to visit them and do a few performances in the area.
Amber won the 2009 Australian Country Music People's Choice Award for Best Female Vocal, and her self-penned second album When it all Comes Down is selling well well enough for her to undertake a national tour.
Her school singing teacher suggested she try other genres of music outside contemporary, and so Amber discovered a love for country music. Two of Australia's most popular country singers, Lee Kernaghan and Adam Harvey, are most encouraging and complimentary about Amber.
Batemans Bay was one of the small towns to welcome Amber. She drew a crowd of a couple of hundred at the Batemans Bay Bowling & Recreation Club not bad for someone who's been in the industry for just five years.
Known to everyone as the Bay Bowlo, the club has four greens (two under lights) and has excellent food served in the bistro for lunch and dinner every day. There's also a coffee lounge, bar, snooker tables, barbecue facilities and TAB and Keno if you fancy a flutter.
Amber just couldn't visit the Sapphire Coast without an indulgent stop at Mogo Fudge. From just four basic recipes they create an amazing variety. Chocolate mint, cookies and cream, and Baileys Irish cream are just some. The good thing is you can order online and enjoy possibly the best fudge you have ever tasted.
They also have gelato, ice-cream, hot roasted nuts, gourmet pies, crepes, sandwiches, focaccia, coffee and cakes, and have an outdoor cafe for those needing a travel break.
Tuross Boatshed & Café is a popular stopping place for locals and tourists alike. They have a boat hire service and sell fishing gear, bait and tackle. They serve up award-winning fish and chips, hamburgers, cold drink and are very proud of their coffee. The beans are grown locally using beans from Papua New Guinea. The first day they brewed it they sold 120 cups before lunch time.
Amber and Jason's last stop was Narooma, famous for fishing, great beaches and whales, seals and penguins that frequently visit. The climate is perfect for outdoor cafes and there are plenty of places to buy seafood.
Narooma is mostly surrounded by the Wagonga River and has the wonderful backdrop of Mt Dromedary. It has an 18-hole cliff-top golf course recognised as one of Australia's best.
It's no small wonder Amber loves to visit her family as often as she can. It's the perfect place for a break after being on the road, performing and keeping up the frantic life of a rising star.
Her new album When it all Comes Down is heading up the country music charts, and it's highly unlikely she will be returning to office work any time soon!