Accessible Accommodation – The best of both worlds just over 2 hours from Sydney.
Just two hours’ drive from the hustle and bustle of Sydney lies Bangalay Villas. A stunning resort nestled between the beach and the bush in Shoalhaven Heads NSW. Beach House (at Bangalay Villas) is an exceptionally accessible holiday home with sea views, offering you the best of both worlds. Ensconced in the privacy of your own holiday home, yet still a part of all the resort has to offer, such as fine dining, massages and beautiful swimming pool.
The owners Neil and Paola discovered this seaside village, Shoalhaven Heads in New South Wales and instantly fell in love with the tranquil seaside charm. They set about building a luxury holiday home with sea views and a strong focus on wheelchair accessibility that works well for multi-generational families. Both foodie lovers, the proliferation of farm to table cuisine added to the appeal of the region. The couple particularly enjoys beach fishing and long walks with their adorable Dachshund Dash along the pet-friendly beach. And, now you can do the same.
No need for wheelchair users to feel restricted to just one part of the home, as there is an internal 3-person lift. Glide fluidly from the entrance, through the several living spaces, outdoor BBQ area, bathroom and bedrooms. Included are low rubber ramps situated where there is a slight lip of 4 cm at the external doors to the level 1 BBQ deck. A Shower chair, fixed and adjustable grab bars as well as a roll-in shower, all complete the welcoming feel for people with mobility challenges. Furthermore, the crew at Bangalay Villas are happy to help you book a carer in the local area to assist you if need be, or if additional equipment needs to be hired. Picture yourself there by clicking on this video. Click HERE.
Neil and Paola are pet lovers too. Their beloved Dash is the star of the show. They welcome well-behaved puppy dogs who are past chewing stage and toilet trained. Furthermore, there are several pet-friendly walks and beaches. There is a 24 Hour off-leash exercise area on the beach which is 200m north of Surf Clubhouse, as well as Off-leash exercise area (with restricted times) at the Jerry Bailey reserve. There are some protected areas for bird breeding in a nature reserve where pets are not allowed. Click HERE for more details. Also, there is free beach wheelchair hire (for humans)!
The holiday house is managed by the adjacent resort Bangalay Luxury Villas. This is absolutely the perfect blend of privacy of your own large holiday rental yet taking advantage of the resort amenities such as in-house massages and fine dining.
Described as” devoted to creating dishes full of integrity with just a sprinkling of whimsy”, the restaurant pays detailed attention to Farm to Table ingredients, including Australian herbs and flowers such as Native Eucalyptus and Geraldton Wax. Start with a cocktail by the pool. Book HERE.
The surf club has beach wheelchairs for hire. With prior notice, Louise will come to the clubhouse in any daylight time to provide the chairs. To secure one, send an application to firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone Louise on 0466049650. Louise is there Wed to Sunday.
An Accessible beach viewing deck is just 75 meters from your accessible holiday house via a concrete path and bitumen carpark. There is a gentle gradient of about a meter in height in one section.
For kids, a skate park, council pool (summer only), resort pool, and brand new bike pump track is just a 3-5 minutes’ walk.
Shopping and restaurants in Berry is a 10-minute drive away, and wineries are within 5 to 10 minutes’ drive. Of particular mention is Mountain Ridge Winery which is wheelchair accessible. Click HERE for more info.
From the front of the accessible holiday house, concrete paths lead to the Bangalay Dining restaurant and café and it is 5 minutes approximately via wheelchair to the skate park and flat lawn area of the new pump track, to watch the kids and grandkids play. Shoalhaven Heads Native Botanical gardens is a 3-minute drive (in Celia Street). Nowra entertainment centre and Roxy cinema are 15-20 minutes’ drive.
A lovely day trip to Jervis Bay (which is 45 to 55 minutes away) is highly recommended, particularly during Whale Watching season. Whilst nearby, explore the bio-diverse environment between Currumbene Creek and the Maritime Museum by venturing along Mangrove Boardwalk Track. The beautiful 1.4km path is wheelchair accessible.
Plan ahead and download the app Wild About Whales, and be a part of the Whale spotting community. The app allows the user to plan your whale watching guide, and the best times of the year to visit. Find where they are, add your own sightings and share your experience on their social gallery with your own photos. The app also guides you, learning about the different species, and the best current vantage points too. Click HERE for the app info.
Who doesn’t love a food and wine festival? South Coast Food and Wine Festival is held in September, and essential you book accommodation well in advance. Australia’s traditional landowners welcome you on a Saturday morning. Afterwards, sample fresh farm to table ingredients, watch cooking demonstrations, learn trade secrets to making a badass burger, and sample the crisp wines of the region. HERE is the itinerary.
Be sure to book your accommodation at Beach House (at Bangalay Villas) for 2020! Click HERE.
Read more about the event HERE.
Return to your luxury holiday house for a nanna nap. After all, it’s one of the best parts of being on a holiday! Oh, and if you have an Electric Vehicle, the resort has an on-site EV charge station.
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