Frequently Asked Questions

General

Check In time is from 3pm 

If you will be arriving with your horses earlier than this, please let us know in advance, so we can arrange for an early ‘horse drop off’.  Then once your horses are settled, you can head off and explore the area or enjoy some lunch at the beach until 3pm.

Check Out time is by 10am please.  

At times.

  • Late check outs are sometimes possible, but only by early prior arrangement and if bookings and maintenance scheduling allows.

  • Late check outs are more likely to be possible during the quiet off season periods, but we cannot guarantee their availability.  

  • No late checkouts are available during our very busy peak periods of school holidays, public holidays and summer/high seasons as we usually have guests coming straight in the afternoon after you leave.

  • Out of these peak periods, if you would like to stay at Sea Horse until the early evening of your final day, this may be possible (scheduling permitting) for an extra charge.  Please speak with us about this.

Yes They  Are.

You don’t want to be fussing around with linen and making beds when you’re on holidays.  So we do it all for you.

You’ll have;

  • Crisp, fresh linens and thick, fluffy bath towels waiting here for you on your arrival

  • All the beds (sofa bed excluded) made up and ready for you.

  • Plenty of doonas, blankets, quilts and pillows supplied for all beds.

  • Electric blankets in winter.

  • Fresh, clean tea towels.

  • You just need to bring your beach towels.

Almost everything!  

Sea Horse is a fully self contained, well equipped, relaxed luxury, beach holiday home. 

At Sea Horse you’ll find;

  • A fully equipped kitchen with pots, pans, quality crockery and cutlery, glassware and wine glasses, platters, serving ware and much more.

  • A comprehensive range of small appliances such as blender, toaster, juicer, frypan, carving knife and more.

  • Tea and Coffee station – Coffee bags, Nescafe instant coffee sachets, large and small coffee plungers (byo favourite ground coffee),  coffee bean grinder and milk frother.  Plus a variety of tea bags and individual sugar sachets.

  • Starter quantities of paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, serviettes, tissues etc).

  • General household items such as dishwashing liquid, dishwasher tablets, garbage bags, glad wrap, spray   cleaner, insect spray etc

  • Gas BBQ – all ready to cook on.

  • During winter months, the fireplace is laid, ready for you to light (if you’re arriving at night, we’ll probably have it lit for you), with a stupply of cut and split firewood, basketful of kindling and firelighter ready for your use.

  • Luscious, quality linens and thick bath towels are provided for all guests, with the beds (sofa bed excepted)all made up ready for you on arrival.  

  • Dog drying/wipe down towels

No you don’t.  

You and your family/friends have private and exclusive use of the whole beautiful house, tropical pool and huge yard when you book Sea Horse for your holiday.   It’s your very own mini resort to enjoy and during these stressful Covid 19 times, a wonderful location to enjoy easy social distancing.

Sea Horse Diamond Beach very comfortably accommodates up to 9 guests at any one time.

Sea Horse is primarily a wonderful location for friends and family holidays with or without dogs or horses.  

Couples, families (large and small) and groups of friends (with or without their fur family members – dogs or horses) all love staying at Sea Horse – for a weekend, a week or longer.   And Sea Horse is a regular venue for family reunions or families ‘meeting in the middle’ for Christmas or other significant family events.

Please note;

  • Our maximum guest numbers includes all adults, children and babies staying at any one time.

  • We do not allow children or adults to sleep in sleeping bags on the floor, tents outside or in caravans on the property so that the occupancy can be increased.

  • Sea  Horse is definitely not a ‘Party House’ – ie No Schoolies groups or Bucks/Hens groups etc are permitted.

Sea Horse Diamond Beach features natural air conditioning, not electric air conditioning.

  • At Sea Horse Diamond Beach we’ve made the deliberate choice not to install energy inefficient electric air conditioning, instead choosing to make the most of the ‘natural air conditioning’ features of the building, large windows, ideal northern aspect and prevailing cooling north easterly winds.  This dramatically minimizes our ‘energy footprint’.

  • Warm in winter and cool in summer, Sea Horse has been specifically and ideally designed to make the most of its northerly aspect, with all the main living areas of the house facing north and overlooking the beautiful pool area or to the sparkling ocean in the east.  This design allows for the maximum ‘capture’ and flow through the house of the cooling north easterly sea breezes during the warmer months, whilst its large, expansive areas of glass windows allow the warm winter sun deep into the house during cooler weather.

  • Additionally, low impact ceiling fans have been installed in most rooms for use during the occasional, still summer night.

  • Being located so close to the beach, also means that temperatures above 32 c  are rarely experienced here.

Sea Horse Diamond Beach is a family friendly holiday home and a range of equipment for babies and young children is available for your use – and its all Free of Charge.

  • Portable cot

  • Chair booster
  • Plastic plates, cups and bowls

  • Childrens books and toys

Diamond Beach is a short easy walk away.

The golden sands of dog and horse friendly Diamond Beach are just 800m away and a pleasant 14.5 minute walk or 12 minute ride from Sea Horse.

Simply turn left at the top of the driveway,  turn right at the roundabout and then continue until your feet get sandy and wet!

Life saver patrolled Blackhead Beach is a 5 minute drive to the south. Whilst quiet Back Beach is a just a minute over the hill south from Blackhead Beach.

We ask that you leave Sea Horse in a neat and tidy condition when you head home. 

This includes;
– Put all rubbish bags (from the kitchen and 3 bathrooms) and the recycling out in the wheelie bins (by the front gate).
– Leave the dishwasher clean and empty.
– Return all appliances to their cupboards.
– Leave the BBQ scraped and wiped clean.
– For dogs – Leave the Doggy Day Pen tidy with the water bowl emptied and dog bowls clean.  Pick up and 
  bin any dog poo from both the Doggy Day Pen and House Yard.
– For horses – Throw any left over feed, hay and manure around a nearby tree/garden and empty the stable water bins.  Please close the stable doors when you leave.

Sea Horse Diamond Beach has all amenities close by, so there’s no need for you to lug heavy bags of groceries with you, use up precious luggage space in the car with groceries, or need to drive into Forster or Tuncurry before you arrive here. 

Just 4 minutes away from Sea Horse you’ll find a large and comprehensive Foodworks supermarket with pretty much everything you could want. 

The Blackhead village shopping centre is just 4 minutes (3.2 klms) away and offers:

  • Large Foodworks Supermarket, with Bottle shop

  • Quality Butcher (also has great, fresh seafood)

  • ‘The Point’ Cafe (dog friendly too)
  • Hallidays Point Chemist (ever friendly and  helpful)

  • XStyles Hairdresser

  • Lorellin Day Spa

  • Post Office (say g’day to Al if you’re in there)

  • Library (often has works of local artists on display)

  • Lions ‘Op Shop’ (always a good spot to find a bargain ‘treasure’)

  • 2 Real Estates

Plus:

  • Hallidays Point Tavern (recently renovated throughout, with fabulous food and an awesome children’s playground)

​Whilst at Diamond Beach – just 2 minutes (1.1 klms) north of Sea Horse – you’ll find:

  • Diamond Beach Pizza and Pasta (with home delivery)

  • Diamond Beach Takeaway (great stop over for a coffee heading to or from the Beach.  The cafe even provides ‘Ride Through Cappuccinos’!

  • Cellabrations Bottle Shop (The bottle shop even offers ‘Ride Up Service’ to our guests)

  • Vet Clinic
  • ‘Stones Throw’ Homewares (here you’ll find many gorgeous items)

  • Hairdresser

  • Real Estate

Dogs

Being dog friendly is what Sea Horse is all about and we welcome up to 3 dogs (large or small) at any one time.

We are BIG dog holiday specialists.

YES – there is a huge fenced and gated 1 acre grassy house yard.

Sea Horse Diamond Beach has a huge house yard – 1 acre, of well fenced lawn and garden areas, where your dog (and children) is free to relax, explore and enjoy their holiday too, without the need for your constant supervision or needing to be tied up or on the lead constantly.   The yard is is secure (Houdini dogs excepted) with gates front and back.

The large fenced yard is also ideal for playing children, backyard games and epic family cricket or soccer games.

The pool area is, of course, very well fenced with a lockable gate to keep little ones out and safe.

YES It really is!

We LOVE dogs.  And Sea Horse is genuinely big and small dog friendly – both inside and outside.

We love dogs (we’ve got 2 of our own – Lily and Tasha) and welcome you to bring your friendly, well behaved dog here on holidays with you too.  The house is truly dog friendly and your dog is allowed both inside and outside the house with you.  Plus there is  a huge fenced house yard with expansive lawns and garden areas for your dog to enjoy, whilst they stay securely and safely on the property (canine houdinis excepted), so you’ll not have to tie them up or worry they’ll wander off when they’re outside enjoying themselves without you.

To add to the dog friendly atmosphere, we also provide dog bowls, dog blankets and soft snuggly dog beds if you happen to forget your dogs own special ones.

Plus, you might even find some delicious Ziwi Dog Treats waiting here for your pup when you arrive.

And there’s also a big dog bean bag your fur child will be able to get comfortable in too.

Both large and small dogs are welcome.   Maximum of 3 dogs at any time.

YES they are!

Dog Friendly Beach Walks With Your Dog – So much to be enjoyed!

Diamond Beach, Black Head Beach and Back Beach are dog friendly 24/7 – how wonderful! 
All you need do is just be aware and keep them away from any patrolled areas or turtle/bird breeding sites in the sand dunes and of course ensure you pick up any doggy poo.

Your dog will have a great time on their beach walks with you and love digging, running and exploring on the beach and going out ‘adventuring’ with you. They’ll love the rockpool and ocean swimming and other fun dog friendly beach adventures. Maybe they’ll even develop a ‘taste’ for natural seaweed ‘chewies’ – our dogs love finding just that special piece of seaweed to chew on.

Friendly local Diamond Beach residents can be met walking their dogs on the beach from very early in the morning. Feel free to say g’day – we’re a very dog friendly community here.

Doggie bag dispensers and receptacles are provided at many beach entrances – please make use of them and always ensure you clean up after your dog wherever you take them.  

When walking your dog on the beach off lead, don’t allow your dog to run up to and bark at other dogs (particularly if they’re on lead).  Most dogs are friendly (or at least tolerant) but a strange dog running up to them could cause an unnecessary hassle. At the very least an unrestrained dog continually barking at another dog being walked on the beach is an annoying nuisance for everyone and spoils our wonderful dog friendly ambiance 🙂


The Doggie Day Pen is our large, undercover and secure day yard/pen for dogs.

Situated under the verandah and next to the garages, it is protected from the hot sun by cool shady trees and a thick, sweetly perfumed, jasmine vine – which also minimises any rain and wind coming into the pen. Your dog will have a pleasant view of the front yard, driveway area and down into the paddock whilst in the pen.

Complete with a large, comfy dog kennel, trampoline beds & thick mats to lie on, the Doggy Day Pen is ready for your dog to use.

You can leave your dog in here anytime you have to leave them at home alone, knowing they are safe, secure and comfortable. They’ll be able to catch up on some sleep after a morning walk with you on the beach or an afternoon adventure down in the paddock whilst in here.

Giving your dog a ‘chewie’ or a bone when they are in the Doggie Day Pen helps to keep them occupied & prevent barking while you’re gone. We recommend you bring a pack of your dogs favourite long lasting chewies with you for this purpose.

Please check the water bowl is full prior to leaving your dog in the Doggy Day Pen and remove any dog poo from the pen after use.

Tick Prevention Measures Are Important.

The NSW eastern seaboard is a recognized tick zone. Please ensure your dog is treated with your choice of tick prevention measures prior to arriving and if necessary, during your stay here. Remember ticks are NOT dog friendly! And it’s not worth the risk to your dog’s health or spoiling your holiday, not to use tick preventatives.

NO.  

The pool is for people only!
Do not allow your dog in the pool at any time – swimming in the clean ocean or rockpools is much better for them!

Your dog can also enjoy swimming in the rainforest creek at the bottom of the paddock.

Dog hair clogs pool filters! We clean our pool filters after every booking and finding dog hair in the pool filter after your stay will impact your security bond.

Absolutely!

Feel free to walk your dog in the paddock and to explore our ‘wild’ rainforest creek area together.

The rainforest creek area at Sea Horse Diamond Beach is a great area for your dog to adventure around in and a fun place for your dog to swim and wade. Your dog will find all sorts of fascinating smells that will tantalizingly tingle their nose.

Dogs love to gallop and leap around in the longer paddock grass too and it’s great fun to watch their antics.

Yes.

​In an unfamiliar environment (such as being away on holidays) your dog will find the sight and smell of their own bedding and bowls etc to be comforting and settling, making it much more relaxing and homely for them.

We do provide dog bowls, blankets & towels for your dogs use if you happen to forget to bring your own. Plus your dog (or the kids) can enjoy the ever popular and super comfortable bean bags we have available.

Please do not use our human utensils, crockery, blankets or white towels for/on your dog – these items are NOT dog friendly!

Yes.

The whole Hallidays Point region (incorporating Diamond Beach, Redhead and Black Head) is very dog friendly. You’ll find these cafe’s are all dog friendly:

  • The Point Cafe at Hallidays Point Shopping Centre
  • The Shop at Diamond Beach
  • Pasta and Pizza at Diamond Beach
  • Waves Cafe opposite Black Head Beach
  • Hallidays Point Tavern – has an outdoor dog friendly area
  • Plus you can enjoy fish and chips or icecreams under the Blackhead Beach pine trees overlooking the beach with your little mate; at the Diamond Beach lookout or on the beach itself. They are all great places for a picnic or just to watch the surf/ers with your dog by your side.

Wallabies occasionally quietly pass through the Sea Horse paddock or can be spotted grazing the grass around the rainforest creek area (by keeping the area ‘wild’ we do our best to encourage this). Please be aware of this and restrain your dog from barking at or chasing them if they are spotted. The smell of a wallaby is very exciting to dogs. This also applies to any other visiting wildlife eg echidnas, possums, water dragons etc.

Apart from the huge variety of native birds that also call Sea Horse home eg Lorikeets, King Parrots, Native Doves, Rosellas, Pink Galahs (etc) and who often come in to feed from the bird feeder hanging outside the dining room glass doors, we also have a resident family of friendly Magpies. Just be aware they can become a bit ‘anxious’ when they have babies in the nest or who have recently fledged, so please keep an eye out that your dog doesn’t chase them or accidently corner one on the ground.

At different times there may be cattle, horses or sheep in neighbouring paddocks which you and your children are welcome to feed carrots or apples to – but only from our ‘safe’ side of the fence.

In the unlikely event you need a vet whilst you’re here enjoying our pet friendly accommodation, these are their contact details:

  • Windan Sea Vet Hospital, Forster – 6555 2275 (our own personal vet)
  • Diamond Beach Vet Surgery – 6559 2277

Worming and Vaccinations – We do our best to maintain high standards at our pet friendly homes, to this end, we would greatly appreciate you worming your dogs approx 1 week before visiting Sea Horse or Seafarers and that their vaccinations are up to date.

Pick-Up Bags – We have spare pick-up bags if you run short – you’ll find them in the Doggie Day Pen. Please clean up any dog poo and leave the Doggie Day Pen and house yard clean when you leave. Used bags can be put in the general (red lid) garbage bin.

Horses

Horse Friendly for up to 6 horses.

Sea Horse is truly and uniquely horse friendly.  Where else can you take your horse on holidays, let alone enjoy a beach holiday with your horse and you can bring up to 6 horses to stay at Sea Horse with you at any one time.

This allows for each of the horses to have plenty of paddock room to move, graze and relax and generally enjoy their holiday too

The Beach is Just A Quick and Easy Ride Away!

Beautiful Diamond Beach is an easy 12 minute ride away from Sea Horse, along wide grassy road verges and down through a quiet little village.

Turn left at the top of the Sea Horse driveway, ride down to the roundabout, turn right and then its straight ahead until your horses hooves are in the sand.

Once you’re settled here at Sea Horse, there’s no need to hook your float up and load your horses again to get to the beach or forest trails – they’re all in super easy riding distance.

You might even want to stop for or pick up a “ride-through” cappuccino on the way back from riding on the beach!

You’re going to LOVE it! It’s a dream Bucket List Experience!

Salty sea breeze in your hair, sun warm on your face, sparkling waves rolling in – maybe you’ll even spot some of our resident dolphin pod or migrating humpback whales breaching and spouting! Riding your own horse on Diamond Beach is a truly horse owner’s dream come true.

Horses are welcome on Diamond Beach at any time… 6 kilometres of glorious golden sands, where you can ride all the way up the beach to Saltwater Lagoon.

You’ll probably have most of the beach to just you and your horse most days – particularly out of peak holiday times. Turn right once your horses hooves hit the sand for a short easy ride down and around the little head land to the rocks and back. Turn left for a long ride up the beach and up to Saltwater Lagoon.

No fear of motor vehicles disturbing your beach ride – vehicles are not permitted on Diamond Beach and after approx 500m there is no access to the beach except by walking along the beach, so it’s mostly just you and your horse.

It’s important that every rider reads and follows the Beach Riding Etiquette Guidelines sheet we’ll give you on arrival (or find it in our Welcome Folder) so you can help keep our beautiful Diamond Beach ‘horse friendly’ and welcoming for many years to come.

Sometimes horses that haven’t been on the beach or seen the ocean before, may require a little confidence building/encouragement from you to start with, but they usually settle quite quickly.  Take them quietly to start, introduce them slowly and be generally aware that sometimes the waves are noisier than other times and that that water coming towards could seem like something to be wary of to start with 🙂   Oh, and I always think that low tide is  the nicest time to ride on the beach.

Most people enjoy seeing horses on the beach, so give them a smile and wave as you go past. Sometimes it will be a highlight of their holiday in the area (particularly those horse mad little girls).  And please remember, pedestrians on the beach always have Right of Way.

You can ride on the beach as many times as you like during your stay here at Sea Horse.  Morning, Noon and Night. Be there on the beach early and welcome a spectacular sunrise to start the day or how about a beach ride with friends on a bright full moon night?  Enjoy 🙂

Yes.

A $60 Horse Fee applies for each horse staying at Sea Horse.

This fee is per horse, per stay (not per night).

Three Large, Airy Stables.

3 large, concrete floored, airy stables are available for your horses use – Free Of Charge.

The stables each have solid concrete feed bins, plastic water bins plus bright lights and water with each stable opening directly into the lush, grassy 2 acre paddock.

The stables are located close behind the house (just 20 steps in fact!).  Toast your horse and holiday with a cool ‘sundowners’ drink from the verandah whilst watching them contentedly eating in the stables before you let them out to graze in the paddock or how about a moonlight visit/pyjama run to your horse in the stables – just because you can.

Bales of prepacked shavings can be ordered in (additional fee applies) if you would like to stable your horse overnight during your beach holiday with your horse.  We do find that most of our guests prefer to leave their horses out in the paddock as much as possible, to enjoy the lush grazing , using the stables (without bedding) as individual feeding bays only.  

Lush 2 Acre Paddock Just for Your Horse.

The paddock is located close behind and in view of all the main living areas of the house and the pool. You can float in the pool or sunbake on the pool deck and watch your horse happily grazing or playing in the paddock! How cool is that!

Your horse(s) have exclusive use of our lush 2 acre, pasture improved paddock during their stay.

Paddock fencing is predominantly 5 strand wire and timber post fencing.

A large ‘bath tub’ water bin also provides paddock drinking water for the horses.

Yes You Can.

You can bring electric fence yards to use for horses not stabled, if you feel you need/would like to separate any of your groups horses during your stay at Sea Horse.

Please ensure your horses are experienced with them before arrival.

No – They’re All Supplied For You.

Each stable is equipped with solid concrete ‘wash tub’ type feed bins and generous sized water bins for your horses use during their stay at Sea Horse.

Large feed bins are provided for any horses fed in the paddock and a large ‘bathtub’ water bin is located in the paddock for additional water.

Yes.

Standard Check In time is from 3pm.

If you are travelling and arriving early with your horses, please let us know as you are welcome to unload your horses and get them settled into the paddock from 12.30pm and your float parked prior to check in time.

You can then head off to the beach for a swim, coffee, lunch etc until 3pm.

Parking For Up To 3 Floats At The House.

Up to 3 horse floats can be parked in the paddock near the house.  

Space restrictions at the house mean that any more than 3 floats will need to be parked at the back of the property. 
Horses are unloaded at the front of the house and then (once your horse and gear is unloaded) your float will need to be moved and parked at the back of the property in the quiet cul-de-sac of Vincent Close.

Here you have 24 hour access to your float and it will usually be under the surveillance of an alert Doberman and Boxer.  

Please note that we do not have a truck unloading ramp.

Yes – Forest Riding!

Many miles of lovely forest roads and tracks are just a short ride further down the road – we’ll give you directions.

No.

Insurance restrictions prohibit you riding on the property at any time.

Simply lead your horse up to the front gate and go from there.

Yes.

Complimentary lucerne hay is provided for your horse on arrival, to help it relax and settle in quickly.

Hay and Feed deliveries can be arranged prior to your arrival if you desire, so it’s all here waiting for you.

Please ask for details.

At Times.

The eastern seaboard, north of Sydney, is a recognized tick zone.

Ticks are not an issue for horses – more a nuisance, but your horse may show up in small lumps. These little lumps subside after a couple of days, but can be unnerving for those horse owners not used to them.

Please investigate tick prevention/control measures prior to arriving if you desire – usually a tick rinse or insecticide wash type product (such as Permoxin etc) is quite suitable.

Sea Horse is located below the official Hendra ‘zone’.

Fruit bats are a native Australian mammal and readily found throughout Australia.

If your horse is not vaccinated, please educate yourself on and implement sound feed/water practices in line with the recommended Hendra guidelines whilst you are here.

We would greatly appreciate you worming your horses approx 1 week before visiting Sea Horse and that their vaccinations are up to date.

Wallabies occasionally quietly pass through the paddock or can be spotted grazing the grass around the rainforest creek area (by keeping the area ‘wild’ we do our best to encourage this). Horses are generally not disturbed by their presence.

Apart from the huge variety of birds that also call Sea Horse home eg Lorikeets, King Parrots, Native Doves, Rosellas, Pink Galahs (etc) and who often come in to feed from the bird feeder hanging outside the dining room glass doors, we also have a resident family of friendly Magpies. Just be aware they can become a bit ‘anxious’ when they have babies in the nest or having recently fledged, so please keep an eye out for them. They do not interact with the horses.

At different times there may be cattle, sheep or horses in neighbouring paddocks.

In the unlikely event you’ll need a horse vet whilst you’re here, these are their contact details:

  • Taree Veterinary Clinic – 6552 2633
  • Adrian Owen, Mobile Veterinarian – 0419 276 794

Accessibility

People of all abilities, ages and stages are welcome to holiday here at Sea Horse Diamond Beach.

Please let us know if you have any special requirements for or during your stay here eg mobility issues, babies equipment, weighted blankets,  wheelchair access etc.  This will help us ensure that Sea Horse is suitable for your needs and if there is any other way that we can help you make the most of your stay at here.