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A very warm welcome to “Metta” at Myola Beach Houses

Welcome to “Metta”, our beautiful cedar beach house nestled amongst the she-oaks and eucalypt trees. Metta means “Place of loving kindness” and we hope you can share special memories with those whom you are sharing your stay. 
 
You have arrived in a very special part of Jervis Bay.  Metta is a stone’s throw to sparkling Currambene Creek and a short stroll to the beach, but here you feel like you are a million miles from civilization. Myola is one of the quietest parts of Jervis Bay. On most days no-one else will be sharing the beach with you.
When you feel like more action restaurants, shopping, galleries and sporting options are a short drive or ferry ride away.
 
We hope you love your time spent around the property. It is the perfect setting to do nothing but relax and rejuvenate. There are many cosy spots to unwind like the outdoor decks and the hammock, or simply inside in front of the fireplace. From the deck you will be able to watch the tides, abundant birdlife and curious wildlife. Kangaroos usually visit in the early morning and early evening. They are sensitive to noise and movement, so if you keep quiet and still, you’ll be able to watch and enjoy them for longer. The deck is also a great place to watch our local bird performance in the late afternoon. As the night settles in, look upwards and a canopy of stars will be winking at you.


If you are feeling active and adventurous there is plenty to do. Jervis Bay is fantastic to explore on foot, by kayak, boat, bike, or car. You can hit the beach, paddle or kayak on the creek, and walk or ride in the surrounding bushland. From Metta there is a quiet road that takes you to Myola Beach and the Husky Ferry, and a paved pathway that takes you from Myola to Callala Beach. Each of these routes is perfect for a stroll, run or bike ride. The ferry stop is right next to the Myola Beach carpark (a short 10 minute stroll from the house). The ferry takes you across to Huskisson which has extensive water sports equipment available for hire, dolphin and whale watching tours, restaurants and cafes.

 

We are very happy to share our much loved beach house with you. Please enjoy, while treating Metta with the same care as your own home. We are located in a serene little village and request that you respect our neighbours by minimising noise after 10pm. 


Metta is not just a warm weather haven. The cooler months are also a beautiful time to visit when snuggling up by the wood burning fireplace and enjoying a bottle of red (or two) is hard to beat.  

If you would like to visit again with a smaller group or as a couple please consider “Myaree”, our holiday home located right next door. Myaree is a three bedroom cedar beach house which sleeps six but can also be let as a 2 bedroom, ideal for a romantic getaway.


The following pages provide helpful tips for your stay at Metta. Enjoy every moment.

Nicole & Gavin, Kylie & Dene
Myola Beach Houses

The beach

Myola Beach has incredibly fine white sand and calm turquoise water and is only 800 metres from the house. You can stroll there in 10 minutes, cycle in 5 minutes, or drive in 2 minutes. Turn right into Catherine Street (the only other street in Myola), and follow the paved road through the bushland which takes you to the small car parking area alongside the beach. Once on the beach, the strip known as Callala Beach is in the direction to your left, and Myola Spit and Huskisson are to your right. 

The creek

Currambene Creek (so named, but more like a river) is about 100 metres from Metta. Head left to the end of Cartwright Street. It’s a beautiful clean waterway that’s great for fishing, SUPing, kayaking, boating, swimming and watching the most amazing sunsets, especially in winter. It’s very tidal and we recommend www.willyweather.com.au to access tide information. Don’t be alarmed when the tide is high to see it creep towards the back garden.

 

In summertime you can hire stand up paddle boards from the ferry stop, which is near the beach car park at the end of Catherine Street.

 

When fishing please obey local fishing rules as we are located in a marine park, and get yourself a licence online at www.service.nsw.gov.au

Dolphin and whale watching

Jervis Bay is famous for its resident dolphins and migrating whales. There are around 80 dolphins living in Jervis Bay. Local pods visit most days. Spotting dolphins is usually as easy as going to Myola Beach. There are also seals who come to rest on Myola Beach from time to time. More extensive dolphin and whale spotting cruises depart from Huskisson wharf several times a day. Whales migrate along the coast and often stop in the bay from June to October. Culburra and Point Perpendicular are excellent land-based whale watching locations.

Wildlife

Myola has lots of kangaroos and wallabies, echidnas, possums and beautiful birdlife. Wildlife will often wander onto the road, so please keep an eye out when you are driving. They will also visit you here at Metta. We have a family of kangaroos who come by most days, especially around dawn and dusk.

 

The local wildlife are naturally attracted to the grasses, native flowers and trees so please do not feed them, there is plenty for them to eat and they will visit without encouragement. 

Husky Ferry

In the warmer months there is a ferry which departs from Myola taking a short 10 minute journey to Huskisson. The ferry stop is a 10 minute walk from the house, following the road along Catherine Street through the trees. The ferry stop is just before the beach car park. For the timetable see www.huskyferry.com or call Captain Dave on 0449 518 476. Huskisson is a great place to visit for restaurants and cafes, boutique shopping, a cinema, water sports, a public swimming pool, and the awesome Husky Pub. It’s also a great starting point for a cycle path culminating at Vincentia Sailing Club where you can enjoy a beverage outdoors on the grassy hill, often accompanied by live music. Bikes can be transported on the ferry.

Noise and neighbours

We are located in a serene little village. Please be respectful of our neighbours and keep noise to a minimum after 10pm. We are a strict no parties property.

First aid

We have a well-stocked first aid kit located on the small book shelf near the kitchen. There are essentials like bandaids and ointments for bites and stings. We’ve also included a small bottle of vinegar should you have a rare encounter with a jellyfish. We are surrounded by nature so please keep an eye out for spiders, snakes and ticks. The kit has information of what to do in the case of a more serious snake or spider bite. Apply pressure and bandage the whole area and phone 000 for an emergency. The closest medical centre is in Callala Bay (10 minutes away) and Shoalhaven hospital has an emergency department in Nowra (30 minutes away). 

Fires and safety

Please be mindful of our bush setting and the summer bushfire season. There is a total fire ban all summer in the area and no outside fires are permitted. There is a fire extinguisher and fire blanket in the kitchen if required. 

 

Please report all fires immediately by calling 000.  In the event of a fire the safest assembly point is next to the creek at the other end of Cartwright Street. If Myola Road is passable, please exit safely to Callala Beach which has less bushland. There are 2 exits to Nowra from Callala Beach. Forest Road is more forested and in most cases the other direction via Pyree (clearly signed) would be less affected by fire. The Rural Fire Service website is an excellent resource for bushfire information and safety www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

Parking

There is parking for two cars at Metta in the driveway in front of the garage. If your party has a number of cars, please do not park on the gravelled road as it needs to stay clear at all times for fire brigade access. If you do park there, you may get a visit from a ranger. Instead please park any additional cars in the cul de sac at the north end of Cartwright Street (up towards the creek). It is your responsibility to be mindful of trees and branches. Please drive slowly on our entrance road which children and wildlife enjoy. 

Gas

We use LPG gas. The tank should have plenty of gas for your stay. In the event that a tank runs out please switch it over. Feel free to call us for assistance on 0411 122 006 - Gavin can talk through the procedure with you. If you change the gas over without assistance, please let us know so we can order another bottle.

 

Should the BBQ gas cylinder require changing, please let us know so we can be sure to order a replacement refill. 

Electricity

We buy 100% green power. Please be mindful to turn off unnecessary lights during your stay. If you switch on the outdoor lighting, remember to turn it off when you go to bed, particularly for the benefit of our nocturnal friends.

Kitchen

Guests to Metta often tell us how much they love our kitchen with the natural cedar benchtops and large stainless steel island bench.  We’ve tried to set it up generously and hope that you enjoy cooking here. If you think we are missing a crucial piece of kitchen equipment please do let us know. 

Dishwasher

The dishwasher is easy to use and functions well. We find the dishwasher works best when it’s topped up with rinse aid which you’ll find under the kitchen sink.  Please rinse or scrape your dishes, as seeds and stones can get caught in the filter and hose under the sink stopping the dishwasher from draining. Please stack the dishwasher before you depart on your final day and turn it on. Thank you.

Garbage and recycling

We would really appreciate you recycling all paper, glass, bottles, steel cans and plastics numbered to 5. Please remember not to put plastic bags in the recycling. Many local towns are now plastic bag free, in order to protect our local dolphins and marine park. The yellow bin is for all recycling. The red bin is for other refuse. Garbage collection occurs on a Tuesday morning. If you are staying midweek we would appreciate if you could please take the bins to the grassy verge at the intersection of Cartwright Street and Arnott Lane as the garbage truck cannot make it down our small road.

BBQ

Please clean the BBQ after you use it. If every guest does this, then everyone benefits. If you leave the BBQ in a mess, it will attract an extra cleaning fee which we will pass on to you.

Fire & wood

When the weather is cool, the fireplace at Metta is cosy and warm. We will leave firewood out for the evenings during your stay. If you would like to burn the fire for longer, Bunnings in Nowra has firewood for sale. The IGA in Callala Bay will sometimes stock small bags of wood during winter. Please be mindful when using firewood... stay warm, but don’t overfill the fire, the glass will blacken and you’ll miss out on the pure joy of watching a fire.

 

Tip: dry leaves and sticks are great fire starters, but newspaper is not good for the stove and pipe due to the type of ink used.  Once the fire is going, shut the flue to keep the heat from escaping up the chimney. Our wood is fallen timber, not chopped down trees. Use only what you need. Please be careful with the fire and supervise your children as the stove gets very hot.

Supplies and local shops

Metta has a coffee machine and we’ve provided you with a starter pack of pods. Extra Caffitaly or Map pods can be purchased from Woolworths.

 

We have provided you with a starter pack of supplies i.e. detergent, dishwasher powder, toilet paper, tea bags, sugar, condiments etc. If you require more, the shops are not far away. At Callala Bay (10 minute drive) there is a well stocked IGA supermarket with ATM, a bottle shop, chemist and bakery.

 

There are a couple of casual dining options including a takeaway Chinese “Bingo” (Callala Bay shops) and an Italian pizzeria / pasta restaurant “Calabrisella Woodfired Pizzeria" (Quay Road, Callala Beach) offering dine-in and takeaway.

 

Further afield in Culburra (20 minute drive) there is a larger Woolworths.

 

Nowra is a thriving township (30 minute drive or a short ferry ride) where you will find supermarkets, large chain stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Check out Hyper Hyper coffee, recently awarded one of the 5 best coffee joints in NSW.

 

Farm gates in the Terrara/Numbaa area, 20 minutes away, sell local seasonal produce. 

Hairdryer and iron

You’ll find a hairdryer in the cupboard in the upstairs bathroom.

 

In the upstairs bedroom is a wardrobe where you’ll find an iron and ironing board … if you are so inclined while on holidays. :)

Laundry and clothes line

There is a laundry room just to the right as you exit the back door. We have provided laundry detergent but if you need more you can get this from the IGA at Callala Bay.  There is a clothes rack in the laundry and a line outside by the bike shed. Pegs are in the laundry.

DVDs, Games, Books

We’ve provided a generous collection of DVDs, board games and books for you to enjoy. Most of these can be found in the boxes under the stairs. Please ensure all of these are left at Metta when you depart. 

Smoking

We kindly request that you do not smoke whilst staying at Metta, however if you do feel the need, please only smoke outside and dispose of your cigarette butts thoughtfully and safely. There are butt bins in the bottom drawer in the kitchen.

Problems or breakages

Please let us know if anything breaks or isn’t working so we can get it fixed for you, or our next guests, as soon as possible. Just phone or text Kylie on 0412 340 850. Any unreturned missing items and serious breakages through misuse will be billed. Should you have spills during your stay there are cleaning supplies under the sink (kitchen and bathrooms). 

Checkout time

Checkout time is normally 10am on your day of departure, however if we don’t have guests arriving straight after you we’re happy to offer you a late checkout. We will let you know if this is possible when you check in. Unfortunately due to summer holiday popularity we are unable to extend checkout during summer.

Before you leave

Please put the last of your dishes in the dishwasher and turn it on, and take out your garbage and recycling. Please clean the BBQ.

 

Please leave the thong keyring in the kitchen where it was on your arrival, and ensure the key inside the key safe is in place.

Dinner in Restaurant

Places to enjoy in the local area

For the foodies

  • The most beautiful country drive to Terara is less than 20 minutes away. Farm gates provide seasonal and often organic vegetables and farm laid eggs. In the summer holidays there are delicious in-season cherries, apricots and peaches.

  • The closest fish and fruit market is in Nowra on the highway or there’s a small fish shop at Greenwell Point. They always have some local seafood including flathead, oysters and lobster.

  • Don’t forget local oysters at Greenwell Point and mussels sold off the boat at Huskisson.

  • There are many local markets and fairs. Don’t miss the enormous Berry market, it’s amazing. More information on Berry markets can be found at www.berry.org.au At the time of writing the market program was:

    • Berry Country Fair. First Sunday of the month (but not in February)

    • Berry Produce Market, Every second Saturday and fourth Sunday of the month

    • Berry Flea Markets. Every third Sunday of the month.

  • Kiama seaside produce market is also sensational but you have to get there early. There is a fish Co-Op near the blowhole selling fresh local seafood.

  • Shoalhaven nursery on the way has native plants, and strawberries in October.

Local cafes and restaurants

  • The Gunyah Restaurant at Paperbark Camp is one of the best restaurants in Jervis Bay.  It is located at Woollamia which is just up the river if you have a boat, or a 30 minute drive around if you go via road. It’s well worth the drive. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting 4441 7299.  We note however, that they sometimes close over winter.

  • Greendale’s Cafe and Restaurant at Pyree boasts delicious fresh meals in an imaginative style that showcases the Shoalhaven & South Coast’s produce at its very best. It is a superb location overlooking the lush green grazing land, countryside and the mountains surrounding Berry. They are open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and offer devonshire teas and housemade soda scones and jams.

  • The best fish and chips are at Husky Fish Shop or Zaks at Currarong. Both have great views. Currarong is our favourite, as you can follow lunch with a visit to the beach which has an abundance of rock pools.

  • Huskisson has a wide range of cafes and restaurants to choose from. Wildginger does amazing Vietnamese. The Pavilion at Husky Pub is always a crowd pleaser.

  • In Nowra, there are great cafes on Kinghorne Street. Hyper Hyper Coffee is Nowra’s touch of cool located on North Street. Earnest Arthur (located next to Bunnings) also does great coffee, pies and cakes.

Dining a little further away

  • The Milkwood Bakery in Berry has great coffee, bread and pastries. They are open for breakfast and lunch.

  • Also in Berry is South on Albany, a neighbourhood restaurant owned by the very lovely John Evans and Sonia Greig, formerly of The Three Weeds in Rozelle.

  • Silos is a small vineyard near Berry which does yummy lunches best enjoyed with a bottle of their finest.

  • Pilgrims cafe is full of locals enjoying homemade vegetarian fare and can be found in both Huskisson and Milton.

  • Cupits Estate in Milton (45 minutes) has lovely slow food overlooking an idyllic vineyard, fromagerie and micro brewery.

  • Take a road trip south to Mollymook (1 hour) enjoying lunch or dinner with the finest seafood at Rick Stein’s Bannisters. You won’t regret it.

  • Blue swimmer at Seahaven Cafe, Gerroa (about 45 minutes) has delicious food and great service. It overlooks seven mile beach. Why not stop by on your return home? 

  • Stop in at Shellharbour on your drive north and visit the new marina. For delicious food in a low key restaurant try Relish on Addison.

  • The Nan Tien temple next to the Princes Highway at Wollongong has beautiful Buddhist food and noodle soups in the downstairs cafe for lunch. Don’t miss the giant lotus ponds behind the temple and both shrines.

Shopping

  • Huskisson has lots of lovely shops on the main street from fashion to homewares.

  • The Jindy Andy Mill at Greenwell Point Road in Pyree (on the way to and from Nowra) is a cute place to stop. The mill was built by convicts and the now quiet farm setting offers an antique store, toy and lolly shop, and the Greendale Cafe and Restaurant. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or devonshire teas www.jindyandymill.com.au 

  • Huskisson Pictures is a gorgeous little cinema, worth a visit particularly if the weather isn’t favourable. Session times are at www.huskipics.com.au

  • Berry has all kinds of craft, art and homewares stores. A gorgeous, upmarket store (located in both Berry and Huskisson) is Few and Far Home.  For the sweet tooths you can’t miss the Famous Berry Donut Van, or the Treat Factory where you can enjoy an icecream and browse through their large range of condiments and treats.

Enjoying the beaches and waterways

  • All the beaches in Jervis Bay are amazing. Whilst it is hard to beat the local beach at Myola, Nelson’s Beach near Vincentia, Hyams Beach, and Greenpatch within Booderee National Park are well worth a visit.

  • Honeymoon Bay on the northern end of Jervis Bay is a gorgeous spot and great for children. It’s on the way to the lighthouse which is also worth a visit. Honeymoon Bay is usually only open on weekends and during holidays. Access is via Currarong Road through the Navy gates, but note that beyond this point there are dirt roads.

  • Local surfing spots include Culburra, Seven Mile Beach & Shoalhaven Heads.

  • Local fishing spots are everywhere. One of the best is just 50m away in our backyard. Follow the track to the right at the back of the house. Make sure you have a license and read the catch rules for a marine park near the boat ramp.

  • There are boat ramps at Myola just down the road, Callala Bay and Woollamia. Callala Bay has a fish cleaning table near the jetty.

Art

  • The south coast has a rich history of art and artists (including this property which was formerly built-by and home-to five time Archibald finalist Noel Thurgate). Arthur Boyd is the most famous local artist and his beautiful property “Bundanon” is located just behind Nowra and open to the public on Sundays. The Bundanon Trust includes the Riversdale Education Centre, designed by Glenn Murcutt and definitely worth a visit.

  • Milton, Mogo and Berry are good places to start looking for local art. Shoalhaven Art Gallery in Nowra also features local emerging artists and regularly shows some of the incredible Arthur Boyd collection.

Thank you for visiting Metta. We hope you've had the opportunity to unwind and create some wonderful memories. We wish you a safe trip home and hope you come to stay at Myola Beach Houses again soon. 

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