The SpaceA beach themed, split level, 2 storey, 3 bedroom home on a 5 acre property in tranquil surrounds, on a no through road, fronting Swan Bay (in Corner Inlet). The master bedroom has a queen sized bed, the second bedroom has a double bed, the 3rd bedroom has 2 bunk beds and a double sofa bed in the lounge. There is a split system air conditioner(hot/cold); a slow combustion wood heater in the living area; a flat screen TV and DVD player and an assortment of DVDs for our guests viewing pleasure and a few board games too! (Or hire DVDs from the BP Service Station). There are also ceiling fans and double BIRs in all bedrooms and an IXL tastic light/heat/fan in the bathroom (Shower over full sized bath). A well appointed, compact kitchen with Bosch electric oven and Ceran hotplates; a microwave, solar assisted large capacity electric hot water service (with boost option so you don't run out of hot water!) There is a large washing machine, dryer, vacuum cleaner, ironing board and iron. (Just need to BYO towels and bed linen or sleeping bags (we've left fitted sheets over the beds; just put your sheets over the top.- We also have some pillows spare blankets etc.) We have soap and shampoo, toilet roll, serviettes, dishwashing liquid, cleaning products, sponges, tea towels, tea, coffee, sugar, salt & pepper, cooking spray, crockery, cutlery, pots & pans etc. for you to use too. :)
Where the home is situated is truly a fisherman's paradise! The sea actually comes right to the sea wall at high tide (the sea wall has pampas grass planted along the edge and the mangrove trees grow on the sea floor - they have just grown quite high!) To access the sea reserve, walk down the paddock to the gate (please close gates behind you), then hurdle the fence into the sea reserve. Cross the small creek to the sea wall and you can fish among the mangroves in the shallows at high tide where fish breed and are in abundance - or at low tide, explore the silt flats and watch them come alive with little crabs scurrying around! (You can also access the sea wall from the end of Bucklands Road; (opposite the Water Treatment Plant) without having to hurdle any fences!!
You can also take a leisurely stroll along the nearby 'Great Southern Rail Trail' into town (about a 15 minute walk). There is a covered, heated pool within walking distance, parks, playgrounds, shops and eateries or in the opposite direction, towards Agnes and Welshpool (which is a country walk through farmland - with nice water views of Corner Inlet). A must see is the Toora lookout which is only about 2km from Grantara (1km off the South Gippsland Highway) to appreciate the breathtaking views of the inlet. Also visit the Toora Wind Farm which is just around the corner from the lookout and see the majestic wind turbines close up!
You can launch your boat at many locations along the coast to access the picturesque waters of Corner Inlet and beyond to Bass Strait. The Toora Boat Ramp is a 5 minute drive from 'Grantara' - (which you can just see in the distance from the balcony). There is a wetlands area adjacent with boardwalks, a bird hide/information hut and a small beach area out from the mangroves (at low tide). Port Welshpool Boat Ramp is an all-tide launching area, (unike Toora, which is not suitable for larger craft at low tide). Port Welshpool is only about a 10 minute drive from 'Grantara' further along the South Gippsland Highway heading towards Yarram - (turn off at Welshpool) which is a lovely fishing village with sheltered beach or there are various other launching locations along the coastline; Port Albert (Lovely historic port); Wilson's Promontory; Waratah beach; Walkerville and on the way to Venus Bay - just to name a few! There is also plenty of parking for your boat and/or vehicles on- site at 'Grantara'. Guest AccessAll areas of the home and surrounds are accessible (except for one locked cupboard and the sheds). All furnishings and amenities of the whole home are available for our guests' use during their stay. Interaction with GuestsYour hosts, Tessa and Thomas are readily available to call on (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) if any issues arise during your stay. The NeighborhoodToora is a peaceful, historic little town with some beautiful heritage buildings. (You can download (online) the 'Toora Times' which is a Community Newspaper to let you know current events and business contacts). Some of the businesses include a small but well stocked Foodworks supermarket, Pharmacy, Medical Centre, Hardware store, Bendigo Bank, Hairdressers and Massage Therapist. There are several cute and quirky specialty and Antique Shops and Cafes, Takeaway Shops, Restaurants and good old fashioned pub! (the Historic Royal Standard Hotel). There is also a Police station, Churches, Primary School, Kinder, Children's Playgrounds, Wetlands park at Toora Boat Ramp, (with board walks and bird hides for bird watching), a Tourist Park and Service Station which doubles as movie hire, fishing tackle and general store! For anything else, it's only a 10 minute drive from Toora to the township of Foster which has everything else you could need (and more cute, quirky shops and hospital). The larger town of Leongatha is only another 20 minutes on from there. Toora is noted for it's breathtakingly scenic landscapes, it's majestic wind turbines and close proximity to tourist destinations such as Wilson's Promontory, Waratah Beach, the picturesque Agnes Falls (rainforest water falls); Tarra Valley; Port Franklin; Port Welshpool, (a cute, and at times, bustling fishing village) which has a safe, sandy beach in a sheltered little cove with children's playground, picnic tables, fish & chip shop (general store), pub and maritime museum as well as the historic Long Jetty. There is also Port Albert, another fishing port situated towards the 90 Mile Beach with wonderful history where you can charter a boat or visit the museum and take in the pretty surroundings and historic buildings. The gateway to Wilson's Promontory is approximately 25 minutes drive and you can literally spend hours exploring the Prom! Also about 20 mins drive is Shallow Inlet, Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club at Sandy Point and Waratah Bay. Further on is Walkerville a sheltered, rugged, rocky, cliff type beach which looks back towards the Prom. The area certainly has some of the loveliest and most scenic beaches on the coast; (Waratah Bay being our children's favourite!- It has an expansive, sandy beach which is shallow for a very long way out to sea with lots of waves! :)
Search online to print a copy of the local Toora Times which is an up-to-date reference of current events and happenings around the district and local business contact details.
If you search youtube you can see drone videos of Corner Inlet, Toora Wind Farm and Agnes Falls. Getting AroundA car is really a must for the area but the newly opened Great Southern Tourist Rail Trail is only a few hundred metres from 'Grantara' which has just been newly opened with a new surface and is available for walking, cycling and horse riding. An easy bike ride or walk into town! It goes all the way to Leongatha (or to Agnes in the opposite direction). Public transport is via a V-line bus service which runs between Yarram and Leongatha or there are private taxi cab services. Other Things to NotePlease note that higher tariffs apply over December, January and peak season school holidays and some periods are minimum 2 night stays also. There is a ramp/wheelchair access to the lower level of the home (although there are several stairs inside the home to access the upper level living/kitchen area).