"South Solitary" is situated behind the dunes and wetlands at a beautiful ocean beach at the edge of the Solitary Islands Marine Park. From the beach you can see the famous island and iconic lighthouse after which the property is named. The house has won numerous awards for sustainable building and design, as well as top custom home design for NSW, and renewable energy awards.
The Coffs region was rated as the "most liveable climate in Australia" by the CSIRO, with a temperate to sub-tropical maritime coastal environment modulated year round by the warm East Australian Current.
A large rooftop Solar heating system provides all the necessary hot water in the home, as well as hot water used to warm the bedroom and bathroom floors in winter. On sunny days, any excess solar heat is used to take the chill off the lap pool. Another solar rooftop system provides most of the electric power required to run the home, with normal domestic city power backing this system up.
The end result is a gorgeous custom home which is warm in winter and cool in summer, with plenty of light and open space that lends itself to a relaxed and comfortable holiday break at any time of year.
This three bedroom open plan house features top-of-the-line furnishings, indoor and outdoor dining, and a solar heated lap pool for relaxation or exercise.
The ocean is only a short walk through beachside vegetation, and the sound of the sea can be heard through the house all day, as can the birdcalls from the coastal wetlands forest across the road.
An award-winning kitchen design with a beautiful blue gum breakfast bar cut from a solid tree trunk perfectly accommodates diners wishing to stay near the cooking action, or with the huge hardwood bi-fold doors opened, dining and relaxation can move outside to the covered section of the deck.
The kitchen can cook anything for anyone, having three ovens, and microwave, and two cooktops. There is an oversized three door refrigerator with ice-maker and chilled water dispenser, with a large Miele dishwasher ready for the clean up.
Water supply is pure rainwater from a large tank buried under the garage floor, and backed up by the normal city water supply.
All bedrooms and bathrooms are on the eastern and southern side of the house, and are hydronically heated in the short winter, or cooled by breezeways in the summer. The master bedroom ensuite has a generous shower, large triangular two-person bath, and twin hand carved granite basins, and is reached via a spacious walk-through wardrobe area.
The master bedroom has a king-sized bed, and when the drapes are opened, is bathed in early morning sunlight and reflections from the adjacent lap pool. Bedrooms two and three both have queen-sized beds and share an interconnected bathroom.
There is a large laundry with fully automatic washer and condenser dryer.
Entertainment comes via a 55-inch LCD television in the lounge.There is also a wall-mounted 32-inch LCD TV in the kitchen/family space. A Blu-Ray DVD player is available for your movies and music.
The 12-metre lap pool runs along the eastern side of the house.
Three large hardwood bi-fold and sliding doors open the entire northeast quadrant of the house to the outdoor decks and the covered outdoor entertainment area, which has a table seating up to six, and a large day bed seat.
If cooking is something you wish to avoid during your stay, the walkway to the beach has the delightful Beachstone Cafe and coffee shop halfway along. Excellent breakfasts, lunches and coffee can be enjoyed here in this covered outdoor patio cafe with adjacent park and children's playground.
Bed linen, towels and pool towels are supplied, as are the usual amenity items for bathrooms.
Coffs Harbour can be reached by air with numerous daily airline services from Sydney and Brisbane. A daily express passenger train service operates between Sydney and Brisbane stopping at Coffs Harbour. Driving from Sydney (about 6.5 hours) and Brisbane (about 4.5 hours) along the Pacific Highway is painless if you wish to bring your own car, or there are numerous rental car agencies at the airport and in the town.
The house has a strict "no pets" policy.
The rental rate is for any number of guests from 1 to 6 people. Maximum number of guests is 6 (any combination of adults and children).
Please note that the property is a conventional house and has no specific handicapped facilities or special handicapped access.
What to do on the Coffs Coast...
The beaches of northern NSW include some of the best surfing and beach fishing locations in Australia. Many of these beaches are patrolled during school holiday periods, and the main beaches at Coffs Harbour are professionally patrolled every day.
North Sapphire Beach itself is a three kilometre golden sand beach where a dozen people constitutes a crowd, even at the busiest times. The beach is a perfect location for a sunrise or sunset walk up the beach to Moonee Headland. There are excellent surf breaks all along the beach, and even on a bad day, catching a meal of fresh bream with a surf rod is usually more or less guaranteed.
Coffs Harbour is nine kilometres to the south, and 12 minutes after leaving the house, you can be at the well-known Jetty Strip, which has a variety of restaurants, or down at the marina, with it's Yacht Club restaurant, and the superbly located Latitude 30 restaurant looking out over the ocean and Solitary Islands while eating beautiful meals at sunset on the deck or simply having coffee and an omelette for breakfast.
The Coffs Coast is unique in being the only place on the east coast where the Great Dividing Range branches eastwards and comes all the way down to the sea.
The coastal hinterland is easily accessed, and a pleasant 40 minute drive takes you to the delightful village of Bellingen with its restaurants and old style main street shopping. Passing through Bellingen, another 30 minutes on the beautiful "Waterfall Way" allows you to climb up the escarpment to the township of Dorrigo, with surrounding National Parks, Waterfalls, trout fishing, and beautiful forest 4WD drives. Dorrigo is famous for its old country pub and what is probably the best junk shop on the planet.
Driving north or south on the Pacific Highway brings you to great rivermouth towns such as the village of Sawtell, Yamba on the Clarence River, Urunga on the Bellinger, and Nambucca.
Other Coffs Coast Activities
The Coffs Coast forms the western border of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, where the southernmost remnants of the prehistoric Barrier Reef are found, along with a huge variety of marine biodiversity.
Fishing is always rewarding, and many other activities such as scuba diving, whale watching, open ocean power boating, and sailing are always possible. Scuba diving tours to the reefs and the Grey Nurse shark protection zones can be joined most days.
Large numbers of the southern ocean population of Humpback whales pass close inshore for up to five months of each year as the whales migrate north and south in autumn and spring each year. The whales can usually be seen in large numbers from all the beaches and headlands during the migrations, and there are various whale watching trips and dolphin expeditions that can be joined daily for a close-up look at these magnificent creatures.
This coast is also the closest distance to the edge of the continental shelf on the Australian east coast, with the shelf averaging only 14 nautical miles from shore, where it is at least twice that distance from the coastline anywhere else, and often over five times that far away. This brings deep sea game fishing within easy reach, and with the Coffs Coast having a year round big game fishery where three types of marlin, several types of tuna, plus mahi-mahi, wahoo, spanish mackerel, and other sportfishing all within 30 minutes from the harbour, this is arguably a better big game fishing location than Cairns and the Barrier Reef.
Coffs Harbour Airport has sport flying and sightseeing charter services using both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. There is also a very strong skydiving club based at the airport.
The International Marina is where the whale watching and diving trips are based, and if you're bringing your own trailer boat, there is an excellent boat ramp, as well as very reasonably priced marina berths for trailer boats and large cruisers.
There are excellent sport and big game fishing charter services available at the marina, and game fishing trips can be arranged if requested.
There are numerous 4WD tracks through all the forests behind Coffs. These are so highly regarded that the World Rally Championships base one leg of its world championship series in the Coffs hinterland.
For golfers, Coffs Harbour has the top-rated public access golf course in Australia. Bonville International Golf Course is set in stunning hinterland forest with a challenging and diversified 18-hole course, award winning restaurant, and superb country club facilities. Coffs Harbour, Sawtell, and Nambucca all have excellent golf courses as well, and tee times for any of these courses are easy to arrange with limited notice.
Many of the activities noted above can be arranged and booked in advance for visitors to "South Solitary".