With extensive revegetation work undertaken, this unique stretch of undeveloped coastline has substantial environmental assets as well as important cultural significance. Pleasant Banks homestead, dairy and restored farm buildings can be found towards the eastern end of the reserve.
Charles Basham purchased the land in 1856 and a homestead was built using timber from wrecked ships. More rooms were subsequently added over the years.
Basham Bros traded butter, cheese, eggs, bacon and flour in return for wheat and wool. A dairy was built and used for hand milking in the first half of the 20th century. Milk fetched approximately eight pence per gallon, but how would you like milking at 3am in the morning?
Other interesting stories, including one about their draught horse and an attempted rescue mission, are also being told via a sign art onsite. Do take the time to read them.
When visiting the reserve, you are encouraged to "leave only footprints and take only memories" to ensure the continued preservation of the area. Best access is, I believe, via Basham Beach Road where parking and toilets are also readily available.