I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the Fishing Monthly Group and Australian Fishing Network.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published February 3rd 2015
Have fun at the Walmer Weekender while fishing or walking
For five years now, a group of mates and I have been travelling down to St Georges Basin on the South Coast of New South Wales to compete in a number of bream tournaments. (Click here for information on what is a bream tournament). There are usually six to seven of us that go down for the weekend arriving Friday and leaving on Sunday and I have been given the job of finding suitable accomodation that can cater for the following:
At least seven beds.
Hot and cold running water.
A large TV.
Great a large TV to watch the fishing shows when you don't catch anything.
The place that we have been staying at is a house called the Walmer Weekender at Sanctuary Point on the Northern shores of St Georges Basin. The house has been lovingly restored by Mark and Karen Johnson.
It has everything that is listed above, plus beautiful water views through standing gum trees, plenty of wildlife (don't feed the possums, they bite), each bedroom has its own TV if needed to separate the kids, plenty of books and magazines to read, games to play, heater for those cold days and nights, there are two Queen beds, one double bed and 5 single beds. They also have a Foosball table on the back veranda.
Great covered area that over looks one of the bays in St Georges Basin.
When you walk into the place it just seems to welcome you with open arms with its fully fitted out kitchen (plenty of plates, knives and forks), big open spaces from the dining room through to the lounge room. For us, the veranda out the back is always a highlight on those hot nights where we can sit preparing our fishing tackle for the next day's comp.
You can dine inside or outside at Walmer Weekender.
The place is always immaculately clean when we arrive and to make sure that we are always welcome back again, I get the whip out to the boys to make sure that we leave the place as close to as it was when we first walk in.
If you are not into fishing (I don't know why not?) there is plenty for you to see and do while you are staying at the Walmer Weekender. You could try some of the following:
Nice tailor cught by Andrew in St Georges Basin. But Andrew they don't count in a bream comp.
If you want to go for a swim or you have taken a kayak down with you, it is a short walk of about fifty metres to the waters of St Georges Basin at the back of the place. You could try fishing from here at high tide and I would give prawning ago during the summer months. Make sure that you have a current fishing licence.
It's a short 50 metre walk to the water from the back of the house.
Walking the street of Sanctuary Point after tea or first thing in the morning will have you exploring the many shoreline walks that are found down there. You might find yourself at one of the local cafes to have breakfast and a cup of coffee.
A word of warning when travelling around the street after dark and just before sunrise, you will need to keep an eye out for the kangaroos, as they are pretty stupid. Some of them are huge and you will find that they don't tend to move off the middle of the road. I would hate for you to hit one.
Another thing that I did notice while staying at Walmer Weekender, is that the neighbours on each side were extremely friendly, while at the same time keeping a friendly eye on who was staying there.
I can't thank Mark and Karen enough for letting us stay at the Walmer Weekender and one other service they supply is that they are only a phone call way if anything is up. The place was roomy, had plenty of surrounding atmosphere, neat and tidy.
Once again it is one of the most well presented accomodation I have stayed in on one of my many fishing trips on the south coast of New South Wales. We have also booked the accomodation again for the Southern Bream Series rounds in 2015. Hope to see you there.
Competitors waiting for the final briefing of the bream tournament.