Unspoilt Lakefront, between Sydney and Melbourne

Unspoilt Lakefront, between Sydney and Melbourne


Sep 2005

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Our home is on 1.5 acres, on the shores of Wallaga Lake, a coastal lake that enters the ocean about 3 kms from our place. About half the 300 km perimeter of the lake is National Park, so there is a feeling that the area is natural and unspoilt. The outlook is to Guluaga, a sacred mountain in Aboriginal folklore.For every house you can see there are a hundred trees.

Our home was designed by a well-known architect and constructed in the eighties. Approx 140 sq metres plus 100 sq. meters)verandahs. We have recently renovated the house. Each of the two bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom. The kitchen/living/dining is open plan, around 70 sq metres. There is a separate office with computer, printer etc. Every room except the bathrooms has a fine view of the lake. It is comfortable in all seasons, and sometimes utterly beautiful.

Our land, and indeed most of our neighbours, is without fences so a mob of around (friendly, non-dangerous) 25 kangaroos live in the area and usually visit at least once a day. The birdlife is extraordinary, and friendly. (about half the perimeter of the lake is national park). We sit on the verandah and look towards the lake (thirty metres away) and in a few minutes will see perhaps a dozen species of birds, from wrens to eagles.

The kitchen is new with high quality appliances, including dishwasher. There are paintings on the walls, and a good library. We are aiming to grow most of our own vegetables ( lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, cauliflowers, beetroot, chokoes, peas, beans, asparagus, parsnips, turnips, carrots and more)and fruit (fig, persimmon, lime, oranges, lemons, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, plums, grapes) so there is always something fresh and delicious for the picking. We keep hens in the rose garden, so we enjoy free range eggs. We can arrange for these to be looked after by friends if you would prefer not be involved. But the eggs are superb! We have a 2017 model car available for swap which can be used to explore the many national parks in the area.

Even during the winter months the days are normally from 16-24 degrees. It rarely gets below 12 degrees. Spring is good here, not only for the flowers and trees, but also because migrating whales pass close to shore and are often seen. Summer is warm, rather than hot (max usually 24-28) We usually swim all year-round, but the water temperature can drop to 16 degrees in winter. The weather is perfect for hiking through the dozens of National Parks. Although this area is halfway between Sydney and Melbourne it is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Australia.

The nearest town is Bermagui, famous for its fishing. Offshore: tuna, marlin, swordfish, inshore: snapper, bream, salmon, flathead. There are several good restuarants. As you can see from the aerial view we live on a peninsula that juts into the lake, we are a small but very happy community, and vistors will find a warm welcome. Canberra is 3 hours away, snowfields are 3 hours away, ocean beach is 3 hours away, and lake is 3 seconds away.


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More about us

  1. Keith and Trish are now enjoying their retirement from the working world. We have travelled extensively. Our children are independent and we are embarking upon some new adventures. We enjoy the outdoors, as well as city living. We enjoy reading, writing, photography, painting, music, gardening, bushwalking, talking, cooking. Our home reflects our interests. We will of course treat your home as we would treat our own.

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Where is it?


We are on the coast between Sydney (5 hours by road)and Melbourne. Canberra is 3 hours. There is an airport at Moruya, 50 minutes away, which connects to Sydney and Melbourne. The nearest town is Bermagui, a small, charming fishing village with a modest but strong art scene (Sculpture by the Ocean each year) some very good restaurants, and superb seafood. There is an excellent artisan bread shop, several restaurants including seafood, vegetarian, authentic Indian, African/Euro, German. Fishing charters are available, and bigame fish such as marlin and tuna are frequently caught. Our specific neighbourhood of a few dozen houses built on a peninsula that juts into Wallaga Lake. The neighbourhood is quiet and serene. We have travelled extensively in Australia and overseas and this is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt places we have ever seen. We have a double kayak which can be used. There is an excellent surfing beach within a kilometre and dozens more nearby including calm water swimming. There are a number of decent to spectacular oceanside golf courses within half and hour's drive. There are lots of beautiful walks around the oceans, estuaries and mountains. Kayaking in the lake is wonderful, with a sanctuary a short paddle away. There are large numbers of swans, and more than a hundred species of birds. Sometimes even seals will turn up in the lake. The main southern migration of whales to Antarctica passes Bermagui, and for a couple of months
it is easy to spot whales from the headlands. Or you can get close with with various boats that offer whale watching trips.

Buzzy restaurants
Bluewave, Octopii, Mimosa winery.
Cool bars
Not much, pub, occasioanal concerts
Cozy cafés
Honor, Mr Jones
Retail therapy
Bit of culture
Gold mines, 19th century whaling, Montague Island, Gulaga (sacred mountain), world-famous oysters.
Walks in the park
Ocean front Haywards Beach, Gulaga mountain.
Spot of exercise
Swimming at Blue Pool
Day tripping
Araluen, Narooma

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