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Country Australia  
City Coffs Harbour
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Available in Spring Summer Autumn 
Exchange period Long Term (more than 3 weeks) 
Listing id# 5582
  The Home Our home features a large and accommodating living/dining room which opens onto an equally large and accommodating verandah, complete with barbecue, tables and chairs. An easy to use and well equipped internal kitchen is also situated at one end of this room. Two of our three bedrooms are also situated on this level, as is our well appointed bathroom and separate toilet. The office is also on this level and includes wireless internet connection. From the ground level of our home, an internal wooden staircase leads to our main bedroom, which also has its own, separate, toilet and hand basin. The views from the verandah leading out from this main bedroom will amaze you with wide vistas of a coastal creek, a coastal national park, the Pacific Ocean and the hills and mountains of the Great Dividing Range which rise up to the famous Dorrigo National Park, which is a World Heritage Park. The lower level of our house includes the laundry which features a Miele automatic washing machine, a second bathroom with shower and a toilet and a lock- up garage. On this ground level, we also enjoy a pleasant and private back- yard garden.

The Neighborhood During 2009, Sawtell was twice selected as the "most desirable place on the coast of New South Wales". Sawtell, the town, features restaurants, coffee shops, a hotel, a cinema, boutique shops, a large club and a very popular golf club, as well as a truly stunning beach and adjacent coastal area. You will love to swim in the surf, or in the two coastal estuaries, all of which are a 3-5 minute drive from our home. In addition, the "Solitary Islands" Oceanic National Park provides international- class diving. This famous, coastal National Park is a subtropical park in which both tropical and temperate fish and many other sea creatures can be seen by divers. You will also love the "Dorrigo National Park" which is a World Heritage Area, and features an amazing "Skywalk", as well as miles of well made walking tracks through pristine, sub-tropical, virgin rain forest. Because of Sawtell's location between the Pacific Ocean and the Great Dividing Range, the air in our region must be classed among the purest on the planet, while the water temperature is usually between 20-23 degrees Celsius in the summer and autumn months. The nearest larger town is Coffs Harbour which is eight kilometres north. Coffs Harbour is on the main north-south rail line in New South Wales, and also features a large, regional airport. Because if its size, Coffs Harbour also includes a Base Hospital and Regional University as well as a comprehensive range of shopping, tourist and medical facilities as well as a truly outstanding Bridge Club. Once you have lived in Sawtell, you will never want to go home again.

The People As retirees, our family is comprised of two active adults. Tad is a retired engineer and Pam's last job before retirement was at a regional university. We own a beloved red cattle dog, but she will be cared for by others while we are away from home. We try to grow some of our own vegetables, but, as this is a labour intensive activity, we will probably let our vegie beds have a rest while we are away. During 2007, we exchanged, for two months, our house for a house in Copenhagen, and we found this exchange an entirely happy and mutually satisfactory experience. We are now very keen to secure a house exchange within the British Isles, and hope to arrange this exchange for a mutually suitable period in 2010 or 2011.

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Learn more about our part of the world by visiting these informative web sites:

http://www.petporpoisep ool.com/abo ut.htm http://www.vis itnsw.com/town/Coffs_ Harbour/attr action.aspx

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