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Published January 14th 2014
Discover Sandy Beach
The New South Wales mid-north coast is a popular stretch of coastline dotted with idyllic sandy beaches and majestic lookouts. While the usual haunts are rampant with holiday makers, you can venture off the well-worn path to find hidden gems that only the locals really know about. For those of you who have driven the Pacific Highway, you're probably familiar with Coffs Harbour – a sea-side town with shops and an array of accommodation and residential housing. However, if you're travelling from Brisbane, turn left off the highway about 20 kilometres north of Coffs and you'll arrive at a lesser-known destination: Sandy Beach.
Sandy Beach has a small population of around 2,000 residents and only has one local milk bar. The area is a surfer's mecca on days with good swell, and there are headland pathways to beach due north and due south for those that like exploring or watching the world go by from their beach towel. Sandy Beach is only three kilometres from the more built-up township of Woolgoolga if you need to stock up on supplies.
Enjoy an overnight stay at Frangi Breezes Bed & Breakfast at Sandy Beach which is situated less than 100 metres from the beach. The focal point is the big frangipani trees that overhang the front lawn, which provides ample parking for at least three cars. It is a traditional timber beach house with only one guest room located on the ground floor of the two-storey home. Being separate makes it feel quite private.
The large guestroom has polished timber floors, timber walls, and ceiling fans, one is positioned above the queen bed (which is essential for summer nights). There are also two comfy sofas in the room which form a little lounge area, along with a television/DVD player, stereo, microwave, jug, toaster and small fridge complete with chocolates! All linen is provided. The room contains a shelf with books and some pamphlets on attractions in the surrounding areas. There is also a DVD collection upstairs that you're welcome to borrow from.
The bathroom and laundry is just across the downstairs hall and is massive, with large sinks, a modern shower and a toilet sectioned off with a curtain. There is also a washing machine and iron for guest use. The backyard is fully-fenced and gated and there is an outdoor shower to rinse off after a swim. There are no internet facilities.
Di Ericson, your host at this humble little abode, has lived in the area for over 30 years. She also has a 12-year-old poodle cross terrier named Leo. Di is a very knowledgeable and a warm host, is also an artist who is quite nifty with handicrafts. The guestroom (and her entire house for that matter) is tastefully furnished with a creative range of eclectic shell art and beach-themed decorations such as shell woodwork, driftwood mirrors and cane table lamps. Some of Di's pieces are available for purchase and are very reasonably priced in comparison to similar items bought from retail stores.
Out the front of the house is a beautiful, leafy courtyard aptly called the fernery, and to the rear of the house is a seated garden area. You'll be treated to a continental breakfast in the fernery of crisp muesli with blueberry coulis, topped with fruit salad and natural yoghurt, served with a side of buttery croissants and jams, and freshly squeezed juice, plunger or espresso coffee and a variety of teas.
If you feel like indulging in a cooked brekkie, Di will put together a meal of eggs (poached, fried or boiled), bacon, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms, or scrambled eggs with fresh herbs from Di's garden, mushrooms, bacon, cherry tomatoes and feta on a variety of breads for an additional $15. The fernery also has a BBQ area and you are welcome to use those facilities.
The room costs $125 per night (including continental breakfast) in low season and $130 per night in high season. You can book the accommodation online. So make like you're semi-retired and go and enjoy the simple life for a weekend.