The south coast of New South Wales is full of clean ocean beaches, waterways, bushland which is home to wildlife and birdlife and plenty of accommodation to suit all budgets and occasions.
Swan Haven, on the shores of Swan Lake, is where you will find The Springs Cottages. The cluster of six restored 1950s cottages is a delightful place to stay for large gatherings or intimate weekends. A large house called Grandma’s Cottage sits in its own garden. There is also a large mudbrick Studio with its own garden. Made from recycled materials, it is great for intimate weekends, workshops or group gatherings.
Phyllis Dyball and her husband created the haven in 1952 and now, aged 98, they have many memories of families enjoying blissful summer holidays. Grandma’s Cottage was built for Mrs Dyball’s mother so they could be close to each other. Julie Read is now the owner and she has not really changed things at all. It is as though time has stood still, right down to the tea cups and saucers.
All accommodation holds eclectic memorabilia, 1950s furniture, fittings and art-deco features, just the way they were when the cottages were built. The same families return year after year, requesting the cottage they have always stayed in. And of course, for many there is the added bonus of an annual reunion with Mrs Dyball.
The beautiful rambling gardens follow The Springs owner’s commitment to eco-tourism and are environmentally and culturally friendly. The gardens, with the natural rainforest and flowing springs of the property, provide a sanctuary for animals, birds and humans.
The 4.5-hectare property is backed by high dunes which lead to the ocean. It is surrounded by Jervis Bay, Greater Conjola and Morton National Parks and the owners strive to maintain its natural, cultural and historical integrity.