About This Listing
Looking for the quintessential Australian beach holiday within easy reach of Sydney? Kangaroos, possums and parrots galore? Depot Beach (2 hours drive from Canberra and 3.5 hours from Sydney) is the place!
The original 3 bedroom renovated cottage provides a lifestyle time capsule of 60's Summer holidays, with all the comforts of the 21st century.
Located on the fringe of Murramarang National Park, the verandah takes in the ocean views through the bush only interrupted by the multitude of birdlife and kangaroos.
THE COTTAGE is warm and cozy: there are two bedrooms with queen beds (one with a single also). The 3rd bedroom has a double bunk. Doonas and pillows are supplied. Linen can also be supplied upon request.
In addition to the front verandah, the is an outdoor dining area at the rear of the house.
Depot is Depot Beach is wonderful at all times of year. The winters are mild and usually clear and sunny -- great for bushwalking through the forrest or exploring the beaches to the north such as the famous Pebbly Beach. Nights can be cold but you will be snug as the cottage has a wood stove and is well insulated.
There is a large stock of books, movies & board games. There is also an ipod dock.
The kitchen is well equipped and there is an easy to use gas barbeque.
The bathroom is completely renovated and includes washing machine and dryer.
Depot Beach is a small village approximately 15 kms north of Batemans Bay.
Depot is a great surfing beach but is also safe for younger or inexperienced swimmers. North Durras Beach is another renowned surfing beach that is a short walk across the headland, or around the rock platform at low tide. The rock platform is home to vast numbers of rock pools with diverse marine life.
The South Coast is renowned for excellent fishing and Depot Beach is no exception. There are great spots for beach fishing, lake fishing and also rock platforms. Depending upon the time of year you can catch snapper, redfish, leatherjacket and flathead.
Durras Lake, one of the most pristine coastal lakes in NSW, is perfect for canoeing, prawning and boating.
MURRAMARANG NATIONAL PARK is a sanctuary for a multitude of wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, echidna, possums, goanna and spectacularly colourful parrots and other birds.
The park is home to over 207 species of birds and 39 native mammals as well as over 400 species of flora.
Look for lyrebirds, parrots, gliders, sea eagles and the endangered sooty oyster catcher.
Marine life is also abundant. Dolphins are regulars and whales frequently visit on their seasonal migration (heading north in April/May and south in October/November).
There are no shops at Depot, one of its many charms -- essentials such as bread and milk (and icecreams) can be purchased at the North Durras Convenience Store.
There is a Woolworths, Coles and Aldi in Batemans Bay, as well as a good butcher (at Stocklands) and terrific oysters and fish at the Pearly Oyster Bar. For excellent fresh fruit and vegies try the hydroponic farm on the South Durras Rd – about 500m from the turn off on the Princes Highway. You can also purchase marvellous family pies (an Australian specialty) of many different types (sweet and savoury) at East Lynne.
We are reliant on rainwater so please use water sparingly.
TURN OFF THE HOT WATER when departing
Barbeque: Please clean the bbq after use, ensure the gas is off and replace the cover to slow down the inevitable rusting near the sea. Please let me know if it runs out of gas while you are staying so that we can replace the gas bottle.
Cleaning: we have a cleaner who does the floors and bathroom as well as a general tidy. He does not do the washing up so please ensure you do it before you leave, and that you leave the benches clean.
Please pack away board games after use.
Suzanne provided clear directions about using the house; and there were basic supplies in the house in case you get caught short. We were there during rain, so it was great to have firewood supplied; and the house warmed up well. The location is fantastic, close walking distance to the beach, coastal and bush walks. It should be noted that when we were there the back bunk room smelled of damp and we weren't able to use it; but Suzanne explained that she was recently informed of the problem and is getting it fixed. I mention it here for anyone planning to use all rooms in near future -- just in case! Otherwise, we enjoyed a peaceful stay very much.
Hi Saskia, the handyman has fixed the screen on to the verandah (it had to be fixed as it is imperial size so can't buy a new one) and the gutters have been cleaned and fixed. So too has the damage on the verandah -- dry rot exacerbated by cockatoos!
As I can afford I will continue to upgrade but having invested in new roof, fixing electrics and plumbing, I think we are getting there! so glad you loved as much as we do
The place at Depot was so beautifully close to the beach, native animals and flora that it was fantastic to wake up hearing the rolling waves. The air was refreshingly clear and the neighbourhood was quiet pleasant and like stepping back in time.
We both slowed down and rejuvenated which was wonderful to be able to do. It was great to get there and have a cuppa easily with the supplies given. The native bird life was very friendly and the BBQ area was excellent to have and to be able to share our breakfast time with the kangaroos in the garden.
If you need to just stop and take in nature this is a brilliant place to be and the opportunities for a keen photographer is amazing from the sea eagles hovering overhead to the resident wood ducks who own the only road into Depot and make you realise that you are the ones who need to stop not them. The host is very accommodating with her information and her generous emails in what is around the area to investigate. So give it a go it is nice to find a place which just stops for you and time and makes it easy to relax. Thanks very much Suzanne for sharing your beach cottage.
Your place is charming and unique and we looked after it with the love it deserves.
This was the break I needed and the house was exactly what I wanted - rustic, quiet, well stocked (with great books and movies) and all the kitchen bits n pieces you could want. The big bonus was no internet or phone access - digital detox! Allowed me to completely relax. Will definitely be back.
We had a lovely stay at Suzanne's cottage. The kitchen was well equipped and the barbeque was great. We also really enjoyed the fireplace, and the range of games that were on hand. You can see the beach from the house, and there are lots of lovely walks close by. The two rooms in the house were very comfortable - our only comment was that the third room outside was colder, a bit musty and not as comfortable as the two double bedrooms. Overall, though, we had a great stay. Thanks Suzanne for being very helpful with local advice!
Depot Beach was an experience. The environment is just wonderful. By the house at every moment of the day, you see wonderful birds and kangaroo. The beach is just fantastic. While Depot Beach is a remote place in a National Park with nearest town 18 Kms away, it is worthwhile stopping here for some time. Suzanne was very nice though we did not meet. She provided us with useful information. The house is simple. We lacked somehow the absence of Internet and phone connection. It is I guess the price to pay when one wants to stay close to exclusive and remote places. Thanks for very thing Suzanne.
About the Host, Suzanne
I live in Canberra where I work for the Australian Government. My son and I love travelling. We are incredibly lucky to have a beach house only 2 hours away.
I am an avid reader and gardener.