As soon as we set foot on this land we knew it was incredibly special. Even after 15 years, the breathtaking beauty of this land still humbles us. While we were initially simply awed by the views, it was even more exciting to find out that the property had significant areas of rich basalt soil. And while the limited rainfall was challenging, we started growing a variety of vegetables and herbs, established an olive grove and a variety of fruit trees.
With strategic placement of shelter belts, the property is a string of sun traps and outdoor rooms creating a Mediterranean micro climate. Within these "rooms" we continue to increase the diversity of native plants. The changing landscape brings with it new visitors. The echidna, possum and blue tongue lizard are now joined by the occasional wombat, and pademelon.
Be it summer or winter, the sea dazzles and broods. Large schools of bait fish often flit through the shallow waters whipping sea birds into a feeding frenzy. Dolphin pods also like to herd the fish into the shallow bay by circle swimming to concentrate the fish between themselves.
Overhead, white bellied sea eagle, wedge tailed eagle and falcons glide. Yellow tailed black cockatoos make themselves heard amongst the magpies, wattle birds, rosella, honey eaters, robins, fantails and wrens. More secretive than others, the Black-faced cuckoo-shrike stands out when they do show themselves. More recently, the increased under storey and grasses have attracted a large family of native quail and are now residents.
When the sea is calm, black swans often travel along the waters edge between the Jetty and Cemetery Point and a pair of pelicans also like to hang out. It's certainly a feast for the eyes.
While managing and improving the property keeps everyone incredibly busy, we follow other pursuits such as bee keeping and brewing. As the Coopers Master of the Brewniverse State Finalist in 2019, Stephen was captured in the short video below. It really highlights what we love best about living and working at Saltwater River.
We love to share our little slice of Paradise. So come and find out why we made Saltwater River our home!
Christine, Stephen and Thomas