Frequently Asked Questions

General

You’re very ‘safe’ in making a booking at Sea Horse Diamond Beach.

If your booking is impacted by a government mandated Covid lockdown, we provide you with ‘friendly, fast and full’ refund of all your payments to date.   Easy peasy.

So you can now happily keep organising your holiday.  

Standard Check In time is from 3pm 

If you’d like to be travelling your horses to Sea Horse during the earlier, cooler part of the day and so will arrive with your horses earlier than 3pm, please let us know in advance.  An early ‘horse drop off’ (from 12.30pm) can be arranged for you at no charge.  Then once your horses are settled in, you can head off and explore the area or enjoy some lunch before our standard 3pm check in time.

Check Out time is by 10am please. We often have other guests coming in the same afternoon.

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 until the early evening of your final day, this may be possible (scheduling permitting) for an extra charge.  Please speak with us about this.

No you don’t.  

You and your family/friends (and pups) have private and exclusive use of the whole beautiful house, tropical pool and fully fenced yard when you book either of our beautiful holiday homes for your next pet friendly 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.

Yes They  Are.

You’re on holidays.  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!  

Both Sea Horse Diamond Beach and Seafarers Diamond Beach are fully self contained, well equipped, relaxed luxury beach holiday homes. 

​You’ll find;

  • A fully equipped kitchen with pots, pans, quality crockery and cutlery, glassware and wine glasses, platters and 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, overlooking the pool.
  • At Sea Horse – 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 stack of cut and split firewood, basketful of kindling and firelighters ready for your use. 
  • Both Sea Horse and Seafarers have an instant gas heater, for quick warmth.
  • Luscious, quality linens and thick bath towels are provided for all guests, with the beds all made up ready for you on arrival.  
  • Dog drying/wipe down towels
  • FREE NBN WiFi
  • Private and Exclusive use of the whole beautiful home, tropical pool and property
  • At Sea Horse – Excellent Horse facilities and lush 2 acre paddock
  • TV Chromecasts – BYO streaming account details
  • Board games collection
  • Childrens books and toys

Both our Diamond Beach holiday homes are family friendly holiday locations.  A range of equipment is available for childrens use – and its Free of Charge.

  • High chair
  • Plastic plates, cups and bowls
  • A small range of childrens books, toys and games.

Diamond Beach is a short easy walk or ride away.

The golden sands of our wonderful dog and horse friendly beach – Diamond Beach – are just a few minutes away. A pleasant 14.5 minute walk or 12 minute ride from Sea Horse Diamond Beach and just 400m or 5 minute stroll from Seafarers.

Both Diamond Beach and Black Head Beach are patrolled during peak summer school holidays.

Diamond Beach is patrolled 7 days a week by a Council Beach Lifeguard. 

Black Head Beach is patrolled mid week by Council Lifeguards and on weekends by volunteer Surf Club patrol members.

Stay safe when swimming at the beach and swim between the flags.  These flags show you where the safest place to swim at the beach is each day.

Lifeguards know their stuff.  Take note of and follow any directions from the lifeguard on patrol.

Back Beach is an unpatrolled beach.  

 

General household cleaning items and equipment is provided for your use during your stay.

We ask that you leave the house and property in a neat, clean and tidy condition when you head home. 

This includes;

  • Put all rubbish bags (from the kitchen and all bathrooms) and the recycling out in the wheelie bins.
  • Leave the dishwasher clean and empty.
  • Return all appliances to their cupboards.
  • BBQ scraped and wiped clean (its much harder to clean when its cold).
  • Feel free to leave any left over food stuffs etc in the fridge or cupboard – our chickens or worm farm will love your donation to them 😊
  • For dogs – Leave the water bowls emptied and dog bowls clean.  Pick up any dog poo from the House Yard.
  • For horses staying at Sea Horse – Throw any left over feed, hay and manure around your choice of garden bed and empty the stable water bins. Leave the stable doors and all gates closed and latched.

All shopping amenities are close to both houses, 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. 

​The Hallidays Point Village Shopping Centre is just 4 minutes (3.2 klms) south of Sea Horse and Seafarers and offers:

  • Large, comprehensive Foodworks Supermarket, with Bottle shop – online ordering and home deliveries available.
  • Quality Butcher (also has great, fresh seafood)
  • The Point Café  (dog friendly)
  • Hallidays Point Chemist (ever friendly and  helpful)
  • XStyles Hairdresser
  • Aqua Lotus Hairdresser
  • Lorellin Day Spa
  • Post Office 
  • Library (check out the regularly changing works of local artists on display)
  • Lions Club ‘Op Shop’ (always a good spot to find a bargain ‘treasure’)
  • 2 Real Estates

​Plus:

  • Hallidays Point Tavern (with delicious food, an awesome children’s playground and an outdoor dog friendly section too)
  • Black Head Bowling Club (with club Bistro​​).
  • Diamond Beach Pizza and Pasta
  • 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 also offers ‘Ride Up Service’ to our guests)
  • Diamond Beach Vet Clinic
  • Diamond Beach Hardware
  • ‘Stones Throw’ Homewares (here you’ll find many gorgeous items)
  • Hairdresser

Yes they can.

Local supermarket Foodworks has an online ordering facility and home delivery. And for a $10 service fee the friendly Foodworks staff will get your holiday groceries picked, packed and delivered to your door here.

Both Woolworths Tuncurry and Coles Forster also provide this facility.

  • Hallidays Point Foodworks – 7am to 7 pm Mon to Sat and 8am to 7pm Sun
  • Woolworths Tuncurry – 7am to 10pm
  • Woolworths Forster – 6am to 10pm
  • Coles Forster – 6am to 10pm

At the Butchers of course! 😊

Diamond Beach Butchery (located at the front of the Hallidays Point Shopping Centre has a range of fresh seafood available.

 

If you’re heading into Forster Tuncurry (15 minutes south), then the best place is Wallis Lake Fishermans Co-op – on the waterfront at Tuncurry   Ph 6554 6402

Open 7 days a week.

Mon – Fri 8am to 5pm

Sat – 8am to 3pm

Sun – 9am – 1pm

Pub Holidays – 9am – 1pm

You’ll find both Sea Horse Diamond Beach and Seafarers Diamond Beach to be well equipped, with pretty much everything you may need.  Including;

  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Electric Oven (Sea Horse)
  • Gas Oven (Seafarers)
  • Electric Frypan
  • Blender
  • Pots and Pans
  • Coffee Plungers – various sizes
  • Coffee machine (Sea Horse only)
  • Coffee frother   (Sea Horse only)
  • Coffee grinder   (Sea Horse only)

If you have a favourite coffee machine, we suggest you bring it with you.  Otherwise

  • Sea Horse – yes
  • Seafarers – no

BYO favourite coffee

Bookings can be paid with your choice of credit card – Mastercard, Visa or American Express.  A 1.8% merchant fee applies.

Payments can also be made by direct deposit – please ask for details.

We accept Mastercard, Visa and American Express.

A 1.8% Merchant Fee is charged on all credit card payments.

Accidents happen, despite our best efforts.  So rather than guests needing to pay an additional $1,000 security bond up front on top of their accommodation fee, our  Guests Accidental Damage Protection Fee (ADPF) is a one off, non refundable $100 (+gst) fee charged with each booking. 

This fee covers guests for accidental damage to the property and/or any personal items of the owner up to $1,000 aggregate per stay.  It is for accidental damage or breakages only and does not waive the guests liability for costs resulting from negligent or wilful behaviour.   It covers damage that could not reasonably have been foreseen and which is reported to the property manager before the holiday is completed.

If any damages over $1000 where found to have occurred, the booking guest would be notified within 24 hours, the issue clearly photographically documented and an invoice for rectification works provided (to be paid within 7 days.  Full details provided within our Terms & Conditions.

We like to keep our Cancellation Policy simple;

  • Up to 14 days prior to booking – 100% refund less $250 admin fee
  • 14 days or less – 50% refund less $250 admin fee
  • 7 days or less – No refunds
  • No refunds for part stays / guests leaving early
  • No refunds for horses booked not attending at the last minute
  • No refund of Merchant Fees 
  • No refunds for adverse weather impacts

Dogs

Wonderful dog friendly accommodation is what we’re all about and we welcome your well behaved dog – inside and out, 365 days a year;

  • Sea Horse Diamond Beach welcomes a maximum of 3 dogs (large or small) at any one time.
  • Seafarers Diamond Beach welcomes a maximum of  2 dogs (large or small) at any one time.  

 

YES.

Both Sea Horse and Sea Farers have well fenced, gated and secure house yards.

Sea Horse Diamond Beach has a wonderful, huge house yard – 1 acre – of well fenced, expansive lawn and garden areas, where your dog (big or small) is free to relax, explore and enjoy their holiday too – sniffing and snuffling, exploring, running and playing or just snoozing in the sun.
No need for your constant supervision or needing to be tied up or on the lead constantly or fear them getting away and lost.  
The yard is secure (Houdini dogs excepted) with gates front and back.

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

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

Seafarers Diamond Beach has a small residential size yard.  Well fenced and gated, with lawn and gardens, your dog (large or small) has room to wander, sniff and happily sun themselves outside, without the need for your constant supervision, having to tie them up or worry about them wandering away and getting lost. 
The yard is secure (Houdini dogs excepted) with gates front and back. 

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

Absolutely!  We LOVE dogs.  And both Sea Horse and Seafarers are genuinely big and small dog friendly – inside and outside.

​We love dogs (we’ve got 2 big dogs of our own – Lily and Juno) and welcome you to bring your friendly, well behaved dog (big or small) here on holidays with you too. The house is truly dog friendly and your dog is welcome inside and outside the house with you, plus there are well fenced and gated house yards with lovely lawns and garden areas for your dog to enjoy, whilst they stay securely and safely on the property, so you’ll not have to tie them up or worry they’ll wander off when they’re outside.

​To add to the dog friendly atmosphere at both Sea Horse and Seafarers, we also provide dog bowls and towels, dog blankets and soft snuggly dog beds if you happen to forget your dogs own special ones.

​And there’s also a big dog bean bag your fur child will be able to get comfortable in too.  The ideal spot for an after beach romp puppy snooze.

​Both large and small dogs are welcome.  

Yes!  24/7 Dog Friendly.

Dogs are welcome on all local beaches – Diamond Beach, Black Head Beach and Back Beach.

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 rockpools and ocean swimming and other fun dog friendly beach adventures. Maybe they’ll even develop a ‘taste’ for natural seaweed ‘chewies’ too – our dogs love finding just that special piece of seaweed to chew on.

Friendly local 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.

Please Note:   Don’t allow your dog to run up to or bark at other dogs (particularly if they’re on lead) when walking your dog on the beach off lead.  Most dogs are friendly (or at least tolerant) but in doggy language a strange dog running up to them is quite threatening and 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.  

Sea Horse Diamond Beach provides a unique Doggie Day Pen – a large, undercover and secure day yard/pen for dogs.

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 romp with you on the beach or an afternoon adventure down in the paddock.

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.

Situated under the verandah and next to the garages at Sea Horse, it’s 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.

Giving your dog a ‘chewie’ or a bone (doggy delicious fresh bones are available from the local Butcher) when they are in the Doggie Day Pen helps to keep them occupied & prevent barking while you are 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 – Your dog will appreciate it and be more settled

​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 dog friendly 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 definitely 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 – good coffee and lunches plus puppacinos for your ‘cafe society’ pup.
  • The Shop at Diamond Beach – head down to the beach for an impromptu beach picnic with your takeaway.
  • Pasta and Pizza at Diamond Beach.
  • Waves Cafe opposite Black Head Beach.
  • Hallidays Point Tavern – has an outdoor dog friendly eating area.  Bookings recommended for this area.
  • Plus you can enjoy fish and chips or ice creams 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.

No.
But we do welcome all size and breed of dogs, 365 days a year.

Horses

Horse Friendly Holidays

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

Yes.

A $75 (+gst) Horse Fee applies for each horse staying at Sea Horse.

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

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!

Ahhh ……..You’re going to LOVE it!

It’s a dream Bucket List Experience!  And one you’re going to want to experience again and again.

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 out to sea as you canter along!  Beach riding on your own horse along Diamond Beach is a truly every 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 yourself – 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 along 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 a ‘horse friendly beach’ 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 them 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 🙂

There are 3 wonderful horse friendly beaches in the Hallidays Point area.

  • Diamond Beach – Our favourite, no floating required.
  • Back Beach – requires floating to.
  • Nine Mile Beach – requires floating to.

Three Large, Airy Stables.

3 large, concrete floored, airy stables are available for your horses use – Free Of Charge.   Located close behind the house (20 steps in fact!) – Fancy a midnight pyjama run down to visit your horse in the stables? Yep – Just because you can 😊

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

With such a lush, lovely paddock available for your horses during your stay, we find that most of our guests prefer to leave their horses out in the paddock to enjoy the lush grazing as much as possible, using the stables (without bedding) as individual feed up bays only.

If you would like to stable your horse overnight during your beach holiday with your horse, that’s no problem. Just BYO bedding.  Or let us know in advance so we can have some bedding, ready in the stable for your horses use when you arrive at Sea Horse (additional fee applies). 

A private, lush, well fenced,  2 acre paddock awaits your horse.

The paddock is located close behind the house and in view of all the main living areas of the house and 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!  Sundowners drinks on the verandah, whilst you watch your horses grazing anyone?

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 horse fencing.

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

(Note – Please leave the curved branch in bath tub – its there so native birds can get down to splash and drink from the water trough as well.  And get out safely).

Yes You Can.

You’re welcome to bring your own electric fence yards (push ins and tape) to use for horses not stabled, or 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 – Both Feed and Water Bins Are 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 plastic tub type 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 – but by prior arrangement only.

If you’re wanting to get on the road early and travel your horses in the cooler part of the day and so may arrive early, please let us know. 

You’re welcome to arrive early (from 12.30pm), unload your horses and get them settled into the paddock and your float parked. Once your horses are settled, you can then head off for a coffee or lunch, or maybe even a first wonderful ride on the beach before our standard Check In time of 3pm. 

Horse Float Parking Is Easy And Drive Through.

3 individual horse floats can be parked in the paddock parking area close to the house.

When you arrive, you’ll come through the gate into the driveway and I’ll be there to meet and guide you.  We’ll unload the horses in the driveway area and get them settled in the paddock or stables. I’ll then guide you where to park your float in the paddock parking area.  It’s all easy and straightforward – no backing of floats required.

Any additional floats will need to be unloaded  and then taken and parked at the rear of the property on Vincent Close, Diamond Beach.  This is a quiet cul-de-sac and under regular surveillance.   

We recommend you try and travel your horses together, as having all your horse floats and gear at the house is much more convenient for you.   

If you have an extended horse float or horse truck, please check with us first.

 

No, there is no truck unloading ramp available.

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 or carrots are provided for your horse on arrival, to help it relax and settle in quickly.

You will still need to bring your horses’ normal feed.

If you need feed whilst you’re here or would like to have feed  delivered prior to your arrival, the closest produce store is Mustang Saddlery in Tuncurry.  They stock good quality hay (lucerne and teff), chaffs and a wide range of bagged complete feeds as well as supplements. 

Hay and feed deliveries can be arranged prior to your arrival if you desire, so it’s all here waiting for you.  Contact Simone at Mustang Saddlery direct to arrange.

Yes you can.

Mustang Saddlery (& Feed in Tuncurry) now stocks Teff hay.

At times.

The NSW 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 bottom of 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 or other 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

We recommend you have your horses feet/shoes done comfortably in time for your horse holiday here at Sea Horse.

Local farriers (although happy to attend) need to be booked and may not be readily available if you need them during your stay.

No we don’t.

Sea Horse Diamond Beach is strictly BYO horse.

Yes, Horse About Tours in Tuncurry offers non horse owners, trail rides through the bush and onto Nine Mile Beach at Tuncurry.  

Sea Horse Diamond Beach guests receive a discount on their booking.

Accessibility

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

Please let us know if you have any special requirements for, or during, your stay eg mobility issues, babies equipment,  wheelchair access etc.  This will help us ensure that we can recommend the property that is most suitable for your needs.  Then, if there is any other way that we can help you during your stay, we’re happy to do so.  

  • Seafarers Diamond Beach   = Wheelchair & Dog Friendly
  • Sea Horse Diamond Beach =  Dog & Horse Friendly 

Yes it is.

Seafarers Diamond Beach is a resort like, fully self contained accessible holiday home.  It has been purposely designed to cater for and provide people with a spinal cord injury, paraplegia or anyone that uses a wheelchair, and their families easy accessible accommodation ideal for a fabulous beach holiday.  

Separate, private Carers accommodation is also available on site, if required.  Plus, Seafarers is dog friendly too!

Man-in-wheelchair-with happy-dog

Seafarers also provides a quality accessible short term accommodation location for Respite Services and their clients or the ideal location for a supported holidays.  Seafarers facilities and spaciousness make it easy for Respite services staff,  comfortable and enjoyable for clients and satisfying and reassuring for clients families.

Yes there is.

Quality accessible holiday accommodation on the NSW North Coast is hard to find – add the desire for a private pool and a pool hoist and that’s one rare find indeed.  But wheelchair friendly Seafarers Diamond Beach can tick all those boxes for you.

Seafarers Diamond Beach, just north of Forster on the NSW Mid North Coast,  has a delightful accessible pool that is yours to use – exclusively – during your stay. 

The private tropical pool enjoys a ‘sun trap’ position, surrounded by lush foliage and gardens, at the rear of the house.  

Aside from providing all the delights that a pool brings to your holiday, its ideal for water rehabilitation exercises.  Plus, even when it’s a bit chilly for a swim, it provides a delightful outlook from all the main living areas and a perfect location for Sundowners drinks and evening meal with its wheelchair friendly poolside cabana and BBQ area.

And, because …. what sort of accessible beach holiday accommodation would it be if everyone couldn’t make use of the gorgeous pool ….  we’ve installed a Wymo pool hoist for disabled guests or wheelchair users use.

So, come and get yourself wet – in the funnest possible way!

Pool with pool hoist 

Yes there is.

Get your cozzies ready, ‘cause even if you’re a wheelchair user that hasn’t been in the water for years, accessible holiday accommodation, Seafarers Diamond Beach, has wonderful pool accessibility with its own solar powered Wymo pool hoist for disabled guests use. 

Enjoy the pool as often as you’d  like – morning, noon or night.  Enjoy the soft, balmy summer evenings floating in the pool, looking up at the stars.  How about a relaxed swim or float time before lunch or dinner?  Or make it a ‘splashing good time’ with the kids.   An accessible pool with its own pool hoist makes these things all possible for you.

So when you’re booking your wheelchair friendly holiday, just you let us know you’d like to use the pool hoist and we’ll ensure its ready for you to have a splashing good time during your stay here on the NSW North Coast. 

Sunscreen anyone?

Accessible pool hoist

No.

But due to its ‘sun trap’ position and northerly aspect at the rear of the house, it captures most of the days sun, staying warm longer throughout the year.

Yes it is.

Our wheelchair accessible poolside cabana provides a pleasant shady spot, bordered by lush tropical gardens, on a hot summers day for holidaying guests and their pups alike. 

Cool drink anyone?

Yes there is.

Located on the wheelchair accessible back deck, the 4 burner gas BBQ is easily accessible and centrally located between the house, pool and cabana. 

Mmmmm, can you smell the onions frying? 

One.

Of the three bathrooms at Seafarers, it’s the large main bathroom that is wheelchair accessible. 

This accessible bathroom features an open wide, hob free, roll in shower, with an adjustable shower hose and large lever taps.   There is also a ‘roll under’ hand basin with a large, appropriate height mirror.  It has both fixed grab rails and suction grab rails adjustable for individual guests requirements.

The ensuite bathroom and Carers suite bathroom are not wheelchair accessible.

Yes it is.

The main accessible bathroom has a wall mounted ‘roll under’ bathroom vanity sink, with a large, appropriate height mirror.

Yes.

A shower chair is provided free of charge for guests use. Just let us know when you book, that you’d like to use it.

Yes they are.

Large sized, single handed lever taps, which can be easily turned on and adjusted, have been installed throughout our accessible holiday home. 

Yes.

A toilet frame is provided free of charge for guests use.  Just let us know when you book that you’d like it available.

Yes there are.

Seafarers accessible bathroom has both fixed grab rails and adjustable suction grab rails which can be located for individual guests requirements.

As every persons situation and individual NDIS package is different, the answer is ….. possibly. 

We recommend you speak with your NDIS Local Area Coordinator or Support Coordinator to discuss what short term respite disability accommodation options are covered in your particular NDIS package.  

If appropriate, as a specialist disability accommodation provider, we’re happy to provide you with an invoice suitable for NDIS purposes.

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Seafarers Diamond Beach was designed as disabled accommodation.  All bedrooms  are designed to be accessible, but it’s the main queen bedroom and twin single bedroom that are the most easily accessible bedrooms. 

Yes there is.

Hoist ‘feet’ can easily fit under both the 2 queen size and 2 single beds.  All beds have at least 12cm clearance underneath.

Yes they are.

Oversize ‘rocker’ light switches and power points have been installed, at a raised height, throughout Seafarers, which merely have to be bumped with your elbow or foot to use.

Yes you can, within reason, within an individual room.

As a specialist disability accommodation provider, we understand that disability accommodation needs to suit each individuals requirements as much as possible.  So, if you do need to adjust the furniture placement in an individual room during your stay, that’s fine, but please protect the floor and lift the furniture up, don’t drag it across the floor. 

Also, please ensure that you’ve returned all moved furniture back to its original location before you leave.

No. 

Our beds are comfortable, residential type beds and aren’t able to be height adjusted. 

No.

Our beds aren’t able to be ‘changed out’ for other types. 

Absolutely – happy to.

We do our best to make your wheelchair friendly holiday here at Seafarers as easy and stress free as possible.  We can provide you with photos of individual measurements of most furniture items and room/doorway widths etc.  If we don’t have it on file already, its no problem to get it for you. 

Disabled accommodation suitable for wonderful holidays, doesn’t always have all the independent living equipment individual guests need during their stay.  So to make it easier for you, we’ve teamed up with Vital Living, Forster, who have an excellent range of independent living equipment available for hire and they’re happy to deliver it to Seafarers Diamond Beach, ready for your use.  

So you don’t need to try and fit it ‘all’ in the car – it can be here, ready and awaiting your arrival.  Check out the range of accessible equipment available on their website, choose what you need, then simply order and schedule it.   Easy, peasy.  Contact them direct on P:1300 917 630

Yes it is.

As a specialist disability accommodation provider, we wanted to make things as easy as possible for you, so we deliberately chose a fridge with the freezer at the top.  This way the majority of the fridge (and its contents) is accessible for our wheelchair user guests.

Local supermarket, Foodworks Hallidays Point, is only 5 minutes drive away and offers online shopping – click and collect or click and delivery.  Foodworks Hallidays Point provides a comprehensive range of products, including a bottle shop.  So there’s no need to pack groceries for your stay or drive into Forster/Tuncurry when/before you arrive, if you don’t want to.

Alternatively, online shopping with delivery, can be arranged from Woolworths, Tuncurry or Coles, Forster.

You’re on holidays – let someone else carry the groceries for you.

Of course.

At Seafarers we believe that an accessible holiday is all about bringing people together, enjoying good times and making happy memories.  The large timber dining table encourages just that.  It accommodates up to 6 people, with room for a wheelchair at the table.  So there’s plenty of room for everyone to sit around, enjoying a good meal together. 

The adjoining living room can also accommodate a wheelchair beside the leather lounge.  Plus, a standard and an electric ‘easy lift’ leather, recliner chair are also provided – for anyone who may find it a bit tricky getting up out of that comfy chair.

Disability holiday accommodation definitely needs to have easy care flooring.  Consequently, easy roll, easy care, vinyl plank flooring has been installed throughout Seafarers.

Yes there is. 

Off street accessible vehicle parking is provided at the front of Seafarers Diamond Beach.  It is connected to the home by extra wide, easy roll, concrete pathways.

We recommend backing your accessible vehicle in for easy unloading of people, wheelchairs, assistive equipment and luggage.

Off-Street-Accessible-Vehicle-Parking

  • Hallidays Point Tavern
  • Black Head Bowling Club
  • Kranky Goat Bistro , Tallwoods
  • The Point Bakery, Hallidays Point

The Carers Suite is a large, private bedroom section located off the main living area.  It has a separate entrance, ensuite bathroom and huge bedroom/sitting area.  It’s designed to provide private/separate accommodation for independent carers staying with guests or Respite Services staff staying with their clients during a period of short term respite accommodation or a supported holiday, if necessary.  Available by prior arrangement only, with additional $100 +gst fee applies per use / stay.

It is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Chemist – 3 Beaches Chemist, Hallidays Point Shopping Centre  P: 6559 3593
  • Closest Doctors – Nabiac Medical Centre, Nabiac – P: 6554 1150

                                       Access Health Centre, Tuncurry – P: 6555 5464

  • Closest Hospital – Manning Base Hospital, Taree –  P: 6592 9111
  • 24 Hr Medical Centre – Manning Base Hospital Emergency, Taree – P: 6592 9111
  • Ambulance Station – Manning Street, Tuncurry – P: 000

A beach wheelchair is available for free hire from Black Head Surf Club during patrol season / times.   

What local outdoor activities are wheelchair friendly?

·       Whale watching – Amaroo Cruises – P: 0419 333 445

·       Dolphin and lake Cruises – Amaroo Cruises

·       A day out at the races Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club – 0490 427 239

·       Ocean & deep sea fishing – Reel Ocean Adventures – 0412 104 921

·       Lake fishing – Aussie Boatshed – P: 6555 4477

·       Boat hire – Aussie Boatshed

·       Lake Explorer tour – Aussie Boatshed

·       BBQ & pontoon boats – Aussie Boatshed

·       Forster Farmers Markets – 3rd Saturday of each month

·       Tuncurry Markets – 4th Saturday of each month

·       Nabiac Farmers Markets – last Saturday of the month at Nabiac Showground.

·       Black Head Markets – 1st Sunday of each month, September to May

·       Hallidays Point Car Boot Sale – 1st Sunday of each month

·       Forster Town Markets – 2nd Sunday of month

·       Wingham Brush Boardwalk

If you’re looking for specialist disability accommodation for your next holiday – its Seafarers Diamond Beach you want.

Seafarers provides you with genuinely accessible accommodation that includes being wheelchair friendly throughout, a large roll in shower and bathroom, private pool with pool hoist and easy access with ramps and pathways.

Plus its dog friendly too!