So much to see and do – or nothing to do at all – it’s entirely up to you!
The reality is that you never really need leave the comfort of your cottage at The Springs on Swan Lake to rest, relax and re-charge your batteries. If you tire of resting, reading and watching the wildlife from your sundrenched verandah, you can always take a two minute stroll to the sandy shores for a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of Swan Lake. The locals boast that Swan Lake is “the biggest swimming pool in the southern hemisphere”. Its certainly safe – an enclosed waterway with no nasty stingers or sharks. Every few years the shallow lake fills up and pushes through the sandy banks to the ocean.
There are plenty of places to picnic, and if you really want a magical experience, fire up the BBQ at the lakeside while the sun is setting. The sunsets on the lake are so stunningly beautiful they attract photographers from all over the world. The lake is also a wonderful place to kayak, sail and windsurf,
(like most of the ‘locals’ around here, we encourage wind-assisted water toys because The Springs on Swan Lake is all about peace, quiet and safe swimming).
But if you really want to get out and explore…
The south coast of NSW is renowned for
- its exquisite natural beauty
- its many pristine sandy beaches
- its natural bushland and abundant sea life ( whales are often spotted in August on their journey North and in October to November travelling South with their calves).
Despite the quiet location within the tranquil village of Swanhaven we are just 3 kilometres from the coastal township of Sussex Inlet which is at the mouth of the largest village on St Georges Basin – 46 km south of Nowra and about two and a half hours drive from Sydney or Canberra.
Sussex Inlet has full shopping services, a quaint little historic cinema, a golf course as well as a bowling club and an RSL. There is even a courtesy bus that picks up and drops off at Swanhaven for those that wish to visit the clubs and choose not to drive.
In Sussex Inlet You Can:
- hire boats or kayaks to explore the extensive canals and waterways in Sussex Inlet
- dangle a fishing line from one of the jetties
- walk along the picturesque estuary where you will find boats, fishing, canoeing and other water sports in action.
- Just 15 minutes bush walk from The Springs On Swan Lake is Cudmirrah Beach and another five minutes from there is Berrara Beach which also has sheltered lagoons. These beaches are great for surfing and beach fishing.
Conjola National Park can be accessed at the end of the road in Berrara and is great for those who love to bushwalk along the many trails dotted throughout the park. Bushwalkers can walk to the neighbouring village of Bendalong. There is an enjoyable bush walk a few beaches south of Berrara that takes you to the Walter Hood Monument (locally known as Monument Lake). The ‘Walter Hood’ was a sailing vessel bound from England to Sydney which sank in 1870. The Captain, Andrew Latto, nine of his men and one passenger, Joshua Haynes, were drowned.
- Local Wildlife Sighting
Don’t miss taking a trip to Cudmirrah and Berrara at dusk to watch the large groups of kangaroos and wallabies that congregate on the pathways and front lawns of houses. It’s a magical experience especially if you have overseas visitors in your group.
Driving and Exploring:
Visit nearby Jervis Bay, Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Milton, Mollymook, Ulladulla
We are located close to all the major attractions, wineries, award winning restaurants and many areas of the Shoalhaven and South Coast. Milton is a 35 minute drive away and is a beautiful little historic agricultural town filled with bookshops, cafes and galleries and great little curio shops. Visit picturesque Ulladulla Harbour, home to the largest fishing fleet in NSW. Order fish and chips from the Fisherman's Co-op and sit in the park overlooking the spectacular harbour with all the boats. Or if you want time out from civilisation, what about a trip to Pigeon House Mountain which is situated to the west of Milton and one of the most striking features in Morton National Park. Pigeon House Mountain is easily seen from Swan Lake as the landscape is easily recognised by its rock spire. The ascent to the top of the mountain involves a final demanding climb up ladders, but the reward is the sublime view.
If you aren’t up to a drive then don’t forget to bring your push bikes along because at The Springs on Swan Lake we are on the gateway to the bicycle track which takes you to Cudmirrah and the Conjola National Park. In 5 minutes you could be enjoying a fabulous cappuccino at the Cudmirrah Cafe which looks out over the lake and if you cycle fast enough you may have expended enough calories to indulge in one of the many delicacies on their menu. If you’re serious about cycling you won’t be disappointed either – there are many places to ride.
For those that love to swim, The Springs on Swan Lake is a great swimming place in summer or in winter. If the lake is too cold to swim then a visit to the Sussex Inlet Aquatic Centre is a perfect alternative. The Centre offers a range of facilities including a 25m heated indoor pool. For those who love tennis you can hire tennis courts at Thomson Street Reserve, just 5 minutes away or from Cudmirrah Courts behind the Community Hall.