The SpaceThe house itself is cute and fills with sunlight and warm, fresh air. And the views, well that's what makes the space. It's easy to stay in a hopeful and positive mood here.
•Bedding: The two double beds are covered with a mattress protector, a fitted cotton sheet set and a cotton quilt set. There are 2 pillows with each double bed, both with pillow protectors and cotton covers. Additionally, big plush blankets and small comfy blankets are available in each room.
NB: Please do not eat in the bedrooms and definitely not in the beds.
•Towels: 2 baths towels are available in each bedroom.
•Bathroom: Complementary sanitary and cleansing hand wash is provided as well as shampoo/conditioner and 1 roll of toilet paper. You’ll find the hair dryer is in the bathroom vanity drawer.
•Kitchen: The kitchen is equipped with a fast cooking, fan forced oven, a bar fridge, regular cooking equipment and utensils, crockery and cleaning supplies. NB: There is no microwave oven and the overhead exhaust fan doesn’t work.
•Food & Shopping: For your enjoyment on arrival, a beautiful selection of teas and coffee are provided as well as organic raw sugar and milk.
Breakfast is NOT provided. So please bring whatever you think you will need.
Thirroul shops are a 5 minute drive away. The trading hours for the local supermarkets are:
Thirroul IGA: Mon-Fri: 6:30am-10pm, Saturday & Sunday: 6:30am-9pm.
Thirroul Bi-Lo: Mon-Sat 6am-10pm, Sun 7:00-10pm. Labour Day Monday 8am-10pm.
Thirroul fruit & vegetable shop on the ocean side has a great range of gourmet, organic and regular produce (open 7 days).
There is also a number of bakeries, a butcher, a health food store, an organic food co-op, plenty of cafes, restaurants and some great pub grub on offer in Thirroul.
NB: There are no shops in Wombarra
•Internet: There’s 200GB download per month, which is plenty for all the guests over the Summer months, please don’t go overboard and start downloading whole series of shows and other excessive download activities. We will all love you for it! The internet security key will be provided on arrival.
•Music: There is a set of computer monitors with a sub woofer on the desk in the main bedroom for playing music, videos or on-line TV.
•Washing: See instructions on the wall near the washing machine. Please do not use chemical cleaners in the washing machine. A washing ball (green and yellow ball) is provided. It does the job!
•Ironing: You will find the iron in the kitchen on the shelf. There is no ironing board. I recommend you grab a towel and iron on the kitchen table.
•Rubbish: Please take all your rubbish with you. General rubbish goes in the red top bin located down the side of the front fence and re-cycling goes in either one of the yellow top bins.
•Recycling: Please re-cycle. There is a box under the sink that you can put your recycling in. As well, on the bottom right hand shelf in the kitchen there is a box of washed up re-useable items. Feel free to use any of the re-useable stuff.
•Parking: There’s plenty of on street parking
•Smoking: Please smoke in the entrance or outside only.
Guest AccessYou will have access to a gorgeous home and a near private beach, with a regular surf break.
•Beach: At the end of the street, approx. I minute walk, is the North end of Wombarra Beach. The north end beach is ideal for surfing and kite surfing. Actually, ‘The Leisure Coast’ is home to a number of world class surfing breaks. You can swim between the flags or walk to the south end of the beach and swim in the historic Wombarra Ocean pools. Both ends of the beach have toilet and shower facilities.
•Drive to Beaches:
Driving (north) over the Seaview Bridge in the morning is a must. And if you can find a spot to pull over, a leisurely walk along the bridge is divine. Heading north you will find the famous Scarborough Pub and many more beaches, my favourite area is Stanwell Park. If you continue to drive north past Stanwell Park you can explore the whole Royal National Park and/or its many beaches.
Driving South, again there are many beautiful beaches. A nice little beach with trees and casual atmos is Little Austi, south of Coledale and North of Austimer Beach. Austinmer Beach is cute and small with lovely old rock pools. There’s a cafe, shops and a small playground as well. Swimming is easy at Thirroul. It’s a much bigger beach with surf patrol, a 50m Ocean pool, sun protected kiddy pool, fantastic children’s playground and a cafe on the beach. Further South is Macauley’s Beach and Sandon Point, which is great for surfing. Bulli Beach is good for swimming and has a lovely rock pool and cafe. Corrimal beach is long and great for a long walk or jog.
If you’re keen you can go for long walks at low tide from one beach to the next. Such a pleasure at any sunset or sunrise.
•Olympic sized, Ocean Pools: Thirroul Pool is an Olympic sized Ocean water pool that you can do laps in and has a toddler pool with shade cloth. Life guards are on duty 6am-7pm and it’s free! At North Wollongong the Continental pools are beautiful, with 2 X Olympic sized Ocean water pools and a toddler pool, hot and cold showers with life guards 6am-7pm and it’s free! And right alongside the pool is the beautiful Wollongong Harbour/ Lighthouse. Great for strolling, having a coffee or ice cream or eating a seafood lunch. And to the north of the pools is North Wollongong beach, which is very popular as are the cafes around.
•Playground: Across from the BP at Coledale is a cute little playground by the Sea. Further south, at Austinmer Beach is a small playground and at Thirroul beach, adjacent to Thirroul Pool is a fabulous modern playground which has a flying fox.
NB: The Australian Sun: The South-East of Australia is right under the depleted ozone hole and therefore we do not experience a natural filter to the Sun like most parts of the world. The Sun feels a lot hotter and will burn your skin in minutes. Do not go into the Sun without 30+ or 50+ sunscreen on, protective clothing, glasses and hats. During Summer, I like to do my swimming, jogging and walking before 9am and after 5pm. Alternatively beach tents and umbrellas are good for shade in the day at the beach.
Best Fish n Chips: Jolly Rogers at the main shops (Bath St), next to Thirroul Fruit and Vegetables.
Best Thai: Arawan Thai on Lawrence Hargrave Drive, near the Health Food Store and Commonwealth bank and across the road from the IGA.
Best Pub Grub: Ryan’s at the corner of Phillip and George St, Thirroul.
Coffee: Best take away organic coffee at the JC’s Cakes & Pies, 285 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul. Just down the way from the IGA supermarket and butcher.
•Groceries: Best organic and gourmet groceries: Thirroul fruit and vegetables, Entrance from Bath St, Thirroul or council carpark behind the IGA.
•Markets: Further south there are a number of markets. Coledale Markets are on the last Sunday of the month at Coledale primary school (only a few minutes’ drive south). The Foragers Markets are on at the Bulli Showground on Sunday (9am-2pm) and the Farmers Markets are on at Wollongong Central on Friday (9am-2pm).
•Banks: There are a number of banks and ATM’s at Thirroul. The Commonwealth Bank is on Lawrence Hargrave Drive just after the Post office and across from the IGA.
•Post: There is a post box only a few minutes walk away. Coming from the house on foot just turn left onto Lawrence Hargrave Drive and follow the windy track for about 300 metres.
•Bushwalks: For a super easy walk, go for a morning drive over the Seaview Bridge up to Kelly’s Falls at Helensburgh. There is a car park and you can go for a short though exquisite walk into the bush for great look outs across the bush to the Ocean, you can even take a dip in the cold mountain creek. My favourite walk is the Wodi Wodi track from Stanwell Park train station or Lawrence Hardgrave Drive, Clifton. It crosses over a water hole system (45 minute walk on a not so well tended track). If you head west along the water hole system it meets up with a waterfall. Or you can go straight up the escarpment from Stanwell Park station to the Garden of Peace at Stanwell Tops. Another popular walk up the escarpment starts up behind Austinmer Station and reaches a peak called Sublime Point. For detailed information and maps for bushwalking go to: (URL HIDDEN) and download the pdf under the title, “Illawarra Escarpment Trails”
•The Royal National Park: is only a 15 minute drive away, for walking, cycling, eating, swimming & surfing. Please see:
Interaction with GuestsMy care-taker/neighbour Ali will greet you with a smile and the keys and will show you around and happily answer your questions. Ali will give you her mobile phone number so you have a local contact should you need it. As well I will be available through this website, my email address or (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) for contact. At the conclusion of your stay Ali will pick up the key and do a quick inspection. The NeighborhoodWombarra is a beautiful and quiet neighbourhood. It's the only place on the Illawarra Escarpment where the escarpment meets the beach. With spectacular views all round, here you'll smell the exquisite blend of sea air and the bush as well as hear the waves of the Ocean and birds in the trees. It's the perfect getaway to relax or go wild with surfing or bush walking. And only a short drive to the city, 60 minutes to Sydney and 25 minutes Wollongong. Thirroul is only a 5 minute drive away with a great array of specialty food shops and clothing boutiques. And if driving is not your thing, then the local train is only a short walk away and buses run up and down the leisure coast. Getting AroundWombarra train station and the local buses are a short walk from the house. Our caretaker, Ali can help you out with local transport details. Other Things to NotePlease note: there is no television or microwave oven. But rest assured there is 200GB of fast ADSL Wi-Fi to stream TV or download movies. And a great fast cooking fan forced oven.
Please note: There are possums outside and in the roof and walls of the house. NB: They are never in the house, no matter what it sounds like. They are active at night and can be noisey. They don't fight, just scratch, clump about and run. They don't make noise all the time or every night, just sporadically. This doesn't bother me in the slightest but can take a night or two to get used to if you've never lived with possums in the roof before. They also poop all over the yard, which I diligently collect for mulch for the garden.
BTW: Possums are very cute and native to this area. It's their home too.