About The Captain's Cottage

The original cottage was built for Captain Beach who captained several steamships operating up the NSW coast, before being forced to resign due to poor health. The cottage was kept in the family and lovingly restored in 2010.

Whilst most of the original timberwork has been replaced with cladding timber which is an exact replica of the original timber boards, there is a small section in the middle of the house with the original wooden floor boards.

A memorial stone outside the cottage provides another link to South West Rock's history. Norfolk Island Pines and plaques along Memorial Drive (originally called Sturt Street) were planted from 1914 in remembrance of World War One soldiers who lost their lives. Only four of these trees remain, the rest were replaced with New Zealand Christmas bushes. It is perhaps a coincidental link that the plaque outside the Captain's Cottage is for Private Alexander Sanders (Sando) killed in the battle of Lone Pine, Gallipoli August 8th 1915. Sando's father was one of the pilots at South West Rocks, thus retaining the nautical link to the cottage. Incidentally, the house where Private Sanders grew up, one of the boat cottages up in Ocean St, still stands.

The Captain's Cottage is your home away from home, with a choice of 3 comfortable rooms and a modern, well-equipped kitchen. With so many places to eat close by there is no need to spend your holiday cooking and cleaning, but if you prefer to eat in, the kitchen is equipped with a convection microwave, oven, stovetop and a useful range of cooking utensils. Relax on the back deck barbequing your own locally caught fish or some fresh offerings from the nearby Jerseyville fish co-op.

With outdoor hot water shower, choice of 2 bathrooms, LED TVs in 3 rooms, free Foxtel movies and free Wifi throughout, you can relax in complete comfort.

History

The old pilot's cottage

Memorial to Private Alexander Sanders (Sando)

Standing high on a narrow headland, Smoky Cape Lighthouse is surrounded by the stunning coastal scenery of Hat Head National Park. .

The old cottage 1920?