We purchased the “Angler’s Rest Riverside Caravan Park” in 2009 as a solution to escape the city and spend more time together as a family. Before then, we had been working in the corporate sector, the NGO sector and travelling. Since then, we have been improving South Coast Retreat whilst keeping the place unspoilt and beautiful.
South Coast Retreat now provides Waterfront Accommodation across over an acre of landscaped grounds in nine cabins, one house and six safari tents on the tip of Greenwell Point.
We are a member of Eco-Tourism Australia and follow practices that minimise both our and our guests’ environmental impact in line with “RRR” (Reduce, Re-Use, Re-Cycle). In practice what we do is work towards having positive impacts on the environment and on the community because it feels like the right thing to do.
Each year we improve our eco-tourism and community initiatives. We do little things like provide espresso coffee, free range eggs and more for guests by donation to Noah’s Shoalhaven. We use efficient appliances, recyclable, biodegradable high quality, eco-friendly amenities that are free of animal-derived by-products and are never tested on animals. We also have some herbs and leaves ready to pick from the garden behind reception.
We do bigger things like donating at least 10% of our profit to charities. In 2018 we each (Kim, Lauren, Simon and Liz) nominated four charities and these are: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia; Miracle Babies; Sea Shepherd; and AIME. Recognising that there are many deserving causes we have also decided to let you (our guests) choose which charities will get the next year’s donation. If you would like to vote just stay with us and then send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) nominating your choice with the subject “my vote”. We will then tally votes and advise progress via return e-mail and / or social media every month or so. In July 2019 we’ll announce the value of this year’s donations as well as the 4 charities that have received the most votes, which will then become the next year’s recipients and so on…
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller