WIN An Action Packed Trip To Thirroul For You & Three Friends Valued At Over $700

Competitions, Eat, Play, Restaurants, Summer Guide, Travel / 23 August 2022

You and three friends will be heading down south to enjoy a $150 brunch voucher at Blackbird Thirroul, a 2-hour session at The Sip Studio & a 3-course Italian dinner at Franco Pizza Bar.

To celebrate spring’s arrival and the beginning of weekends spent exploring the south coast, we are giving you the chance to score an action-packed day trip with three friends to one of our favourite coastal towns.

Thirroul is located about 1.5 hours south of Sydney CBD and is renowned for its delicious dining spots, pristine beaches and great community vibe. We have partnered with a few of our favourite local businesses to give you an exciting day trip featuring the best local cuisine and activities.

You and your friends will take the coastal route for a leisurely drive to Thirroul on a weekend of your choice this Spring. You will visit iconic Thirroul cafe Blackbird for brunch before taking a trip to The Sip Studio in Wollongong where you can unlock your creativity. After you’ve worked up and appetite, you will head to Thirroul’s newest Italian restaurant Franco Pizza Bar for dinner to enjoy their signature set menu.

Find out more about the places you will be visiting and enter below – just tell us your favourite thing to do down south, whether it be lapping it up on the beach, visiting the incredible regional restaurants, taking a hike or perhaps being one with nature on a camping trip.

$150 Voucher For Brunch at Blackbird Thirroul

Blackbird is the town’s adored family-owned cafe situated on a cosy side street. With Seven Miles Roasters on pour and a menu of breakfast and lunch dishes inspired by seasonal produce, there’s no surprise why it’s a favourite amongst the locals.

You and your friends will score a $150 voucher to use for breakfast, brunch or lunch. With a menu of breakfast classics, burgers, salads, paninis and weekly specials, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes. Choose from breakfast staples including Smashed Avo, Corn Fritters, French Toast, Eggs Benny or their popular Truffled Up which is a combination of poached eggs, roasted mushrooms truffle oil and parmesan. If you’re visiting for lunch, enjoy one of the wholesome salads including the Grilled Chicken or Winter Green Bowl. There’s also a Shawarma Lamb Panini, the Thirroul or Austinmer Burger and Fish & Chips made with market fresh fish.

Find out more about Blackbird Thirroul here.

2-Hour Paint & Sip Session at The Sip Studio

The Sip Studio is located just a short 20-minute drive from Thirroul in the heart of Wollongong. This fun and creative space is designed to help you unleash your creativity with a glass in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. The classes are designed for beginners so no experience is needed as one of the teachers guides you step by step through the painting.

You and your friends will enjoy a 120-minute session with the option of BYO booze (valued at $65pp). Choose from a bunch of different artworks to recreate like Mt Fuji, fluffy animals, flamingos, sunflowers or autumn leaves and be taught the tips and tricks by one of the local artists. All the art materials, brushes and aprons will be provided and you will head home with your very own masterpiece on canvas.

Find out more about The Sip Studio here.

3-Course Set Menu With A Spritz On Arrival at Franco Pizza Bar

Franco is Thirroul’s newest Italian restaurant offering an ever-evolving list of antipasti, pizza and Italian-inspired desserts. The menu is constantly evolving to showcase the best local makers and growers, which means you can expect to taste the best of the season with every visit. From the team that was once behind The Wine Library in Woollahra (Owner Sam Jones and Chef Matt Taylor), expect a delicious menu and an impressive wine list to match focusing on natural and minimal intervention varieties from around the globe. This is paired with great service and a buzzing atmosphere on the main street.

You and your friends will enjoy dinner at Franco featuring a spritz of your choice (Aperol, Bizzaro or Yuzu) on arrival, followed by a 3-course set menu (valued at over $80pp). The menu is designed to share in the true spirit of Italian dining and will allow you to taste a selection of Franco’s most popular dishes from the antipasti, pizza and dessert menu.

You’ll begin with dishes like house-made Focaccia, Stracciatella, Proscuitto and Tuna Crudo. You’ll then choose two pizzas for the table which come with crust dippers and a side salad. Pizza choices could include the classics like Margherita, Pepperoni or Funghi, as well as inventive combinations like Southern Calami and Spicy Chorizo, Potato with gorgonzola or Franco with pork fennel sausage and olives. Finish on a sweet note with your choice of their famous Tiramisu with mascarpone cream or a Vanilla Panna Cotta with rhubarb.

Find out more about Franco Pizza Bar here.


Sponsored Love. This post is proudly brought to you in partnership with Blackbird Thirroul, The Sip Studio Wollongong & Franco Pizza Bar. Thank you for supporting the partners that make Eat Drink Play possible.