Discover a place untouched by time
just two and a half hours
south of Sydney.
The Springs Cottages on Swan Lake are about two and a half hours south of the Sydney CBD on the Princes Highway A1 (30 mins south past Nowra)
Turn Left at Sussex Inlet Turnoff from Highway and follow Sussex Inlet Road (13 km). Turn Right into The Springs Road (2.4km). Turn Right into Hoffman Drive (300m) Continue into Lake Drive (450m) following lake right along on your right.
When you get to the Council’s childrens playground at the end of Lake Drive you will see directly in front of you on the other side of the road a modest lemon coloured house with blue roll up garage door. To the left of the house is a motorised farm gate. Welcome – This is the Entrance Gate to The Springs Cottages on Swan Lake.
If you tire of resting, reading and watching the wildlife from your sun-drenched verandah, you can always take a two minute stroll to the beach 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”. It’s 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 a BBQ at one of the lakeside tables 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 Swan Lake is all about peace, quiet and safe swimming).
Despite the quiet location within the tranquil village of Swanhaven we are just 3Km from the coastal township of Sussex Inlet which is at the mouth of the largest village on St Georges Basin. You can hire boats and kayaks to explore the canals and waterways in Sussex Inlet or you can fish from one of the jetties or just stroll along the picturesque estuary. 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 if you wish to visit the clubs and choose not to drive.
The south coast of NSW is renowned for its pristine sandy beaches, natural bushland and abundant sea life ( whales are often spotted in August on their journey south to Antarctica). Holiday makers are drawn to the promise of great boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and other water sports.
Just 15 minutes bush walk from our cottages is Cudmirrah Beach which offers great surfing and in summer the northern end is patrolled by surf lifeguards. Five minutes away from Cudmirrah is another surf beach – Berrara which also has sheltered lagoons. 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 often walk to the neighbouring village of Bendalong.
Don’t, whatever you do, 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.
If you want to take a drive we are located close to all the major attractions, wineries, award winning restaurants and many areas of the Shoalhaven and South Coast including Jervis Bay, Berry and Kangaroo Valley to our north and the little townships of Milton, Mollymook, and Ulladulla to our south. Milton is a 35 minute drive away and a beautiful little historic agricultural town filled with bookshops, cafes and galleries and great little curio shops. Or if you want time out, 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? The climb to the top involves a final demanding ascent up ladders, but the reward is the breathtaking 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.
If you visit us in winter and the lake is too cold to swim then a visit to the Sussex Inlet Aquatic Centre with its 25m heated indoor pool, is a perfect alternative. For tennis lovers you can hire courts at Thomson Street Reserve, just 5 minutes away.
Location images from Destination NSW