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Lifestyle : Harbour
1HERSA1 S009 Elders Jamberoo, 20 Allowrie Street, Jamberoo, 4236 0891 RESIDENTIAL & RURAL SPECIALISTS Culburra Beach 8/210 Penguins Head Rd Absolute waterfront property in a never to be repeated position • Private steps to Beach • Magnificent north facing ocean & mountain views. • 4 spacious bedrooms plus study • 3 bathrooms, hobby room • Ducted reverse cycle air conditioning $1.35 M WebID 436563 Contact Vivienne Marris 0402 101 343 HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION Beach Break - Kiama • 2 minutes to Main Surf Beach in Kiama • 3 bedroom/2 bathroom townshouse • Accommodates up to 6 people • 2 spacious living areas + BBQ area • Fully self-contained • Lock-up garage WebID 328544 Yellow Rock 513 Yellow Rock Rd Auction on site Sun 21 Nov 11.30am Seasons Ever Changing Beauty • 15 Glorious acres with freeform lake • Japanese garden with in ground spa • 3 beds, 3 baths, spacious living • 5 bay machinery shed, plentiful water • 1.5 hrs to Sydney CBD Auction WebID 433147 Jamberoo 1043 Jamberoo Road Country Retreat • 32 acre premier equine property • Substantial 4 bed/2 bath quality home • Double bay barn-style machinery shed, separate 2 bay hayshed • Plenty of water tanks, 2 bores, seasonal creek • Access from 2 road frontages $1.89 M WebID 359965 Jamberoo "Terragong" Grand Residence • Historic Residence -- Circa 1858 • 12 acres (5 hectares) of prime pastures • 5 bedroom Georgian Homestead • Magnificent gardens & est. trees, make fantastic B & B • 114 acres + DA Approval sold separately (ID409441) $1.95 M WebID 359974 Jamberoo "Beaconfield" Rural Retreat • 50 acres of undulating pasture with creek & river boundaries • Substantial home with wraparound verandahs • Plenty of farming infrastructure, machinery sheds, workshops • Nthn boundary Minnamurra River $1.98 M WebID 427687 Robertson "Fernstone" Attention to Detail • Classic Australian country style with a French influence on 100 acres • 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom rendered brick residence - 8 years old • Quality carpets, tiles, light fittings, timber floors through-out • 90% pristine rainforest $2.1 M WebID 394363 Jamberoo "Carburie" Perfect Location • 34 lush pasture improved acres • Beautifully presented spacious 4 bedroom residence + pool • Sunny north-east aspect with tree lined entrance • Town water, creek, yards & sheds $2.2 M WebID 430321 Jamberoo Sunrise over Stonewalls • 20 beautiful South Coast acres • Stunning water and rural views • Substantial residence with landscape gardens • 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms • 2 living areas plus dining • 3 self-contained cottages P.O.A WebID 391217 Slice of Heaven • Magnificient 4 bed/ 2 bath residence • Stunning rural location with coastal views • Sleeps 7, full week bookings only • 3 kms to Jamberoo Recreation Park • 6 kms to Kiama's beaches & cafes WebID 430747 Holiday in Style • "Glen Murcutt" designed 3 bedrooms residence • Situated high on Saddleback Mountain • Sleeps 6, full week bookings only • 3 kms to Jamberoo Recreation Park • 6 kms to Kiama's beaches & cafes WebID 394009 www.eldersjamberoo.com.au The Sydney Morning Herald Friday, November 19, 2010 HARBOUR 9 Explore the beautiful south It's one of the oldest settled areas in Australia but nature still holds its own around the Sutherland shire, writes Alyssa Robinson. It's not all about surfing . . . meandering on the shire's waterways can be a personal affair or a social occasion. We're laid-back, easygoing and definitely passionate about the area.' Brad Whittaker, council beach operations manager H ow very different things would be without Kurnell. Nestled between two national parks and bordered by Botany Bay, Kurnell is home to two vital Sydney institutions -- an oil refinery and a desalination plant. It's also the place where, 240 years ago, Captain James Cook first set foot on Australian sand. Kurnell is a Sutherland shire gem -- a hamlet filled to the brim with history and beauty but also the location of some of Sydney's most controversial facilities. It's the sort of place that challenges ''the shire's'' popular reputation as a beach hang that lacks sophistication. At 39, Brad Whittaker has lived around Sutherland all his life and works as manager of beach operations for the local council. He's the first to declare his love for the shire, though he has reservations about the nickname. ''I don't think the locals attach that name with the area in the same way that people from outside do,'' Whittaker says. ''People think we're insular and we're all some throwback from Kathy Lette's Puberty Blues story but I think we're really more laid-back, easygoing and definitely passionate about the area. We definitely want people to enjoy and respect [it].'' As an avid surfer since the age of 12, Whittaker has no shortage of tips for making the most of Sutherland's waterways. Although Cronulla Beach gets crowded on a weekend, he says that it's surprisingly peaceful on weekdays -- and easily accessible, since it's Sydney's only beach on the Cityrail network. Just 100 metres out from its shores is Shark Island, a dangerous reef with heavy waves that lure surfers, especially during the annual bodyboarding challenge. ''[The competition] is unique in that it's a world-class surfing event but it's also in a pretty dynamic surfing location that's close to the shore,'' Whittaker says. But the shire isn't all about surfing. Its channels along Botany Bay and the Hacking, Georges and Woronora rivers offer up a palette of activities to make pulses race or relax. The tourism manager of Sutherland Shire Council, Jenny- Lee Stefas, is more than happy to experience her job in-field. With her outrigger canoe, she enjoys visits to nearby Como and Kurnell and could even travel by water to work. ''You can actually paddle from Sans Souci, where I live,'' she says. ''I just bring my kayak down to the water and you can paddle to the Woronora River.'' The river bank offers a bed-and-breakfast establishment, as do many of the shire's waterway stops. Activities such as wreck diving serve as a reminder of the area's rich history. Although it's the first part of Sydney touched by Europeans, it remains largely unscathed -- the sprawling Royal National Park has protected the shire's greenery since 1879 and is the second-oldest national park in the world. Its grounds can be explored through bushwalks or by scaling the waterfront. Riverside picnic spots are also plentiful. As Whittaker says: ''You can go down the river and there's bushland. You're not bound by inner-city factories.'' Meandering on the water can be a personal affair or a social occasion, with several kayak-hire businesses and houseboat hirers. Ferry cruises take in the beauty of the national park, while whale-watching tours defy belief that these waters are less than an hour outside of the city. While the shire offers breathtaking activities, from scuba diving to sandy four-wheel drive expeditions, Whittaker remains a fan of its simple wonders. He looks forward to ''some fish and chips with the kids on a summer's evening at Cronulla Park [and] sitting on Cronulla Point when there's a big swell running, watching the surfers catch some waves''. Shire hideaways Kurnell Kurnell village is the sleepy cousin to the nearby industrial area, where protests against the Kurnell desalination plant stretched on for years. Hemmed in by Towra Point Nature Reserve as well as the Royal National Park, it offers four-wheel-driving along the beach and scuba diving. Audley This Royal National Park suburb is a bush getaway where nature reigns supreme. Kangaroo Creek and the Hacking River meet here and the calm waters are populated by leisure boats operated by visitors. Audley Boat Shed, established in 1893, hires out floating vehicles, from kayaks to aqua bikes. Como Named after the majestic Italian town of Lake Como, this Georges River suburb features quaint European street names (such as Verona Range). Boats are available for hire from the marina, while the historic Como Hotel --- twice damaged by fire --- is a place to relax once your feet hit land. Bundeena Perched at the southern reaches of Sutherland shire, Bundeena relies on a passenger ferry as one of its major modes of transport. With no hotels to stay in, it's ideal for adaytriptosoakupthesunon the beach or spot deer in the national park. SPECIAL REPORT