The Home was architecturally designed by Bennet Design and built in 2006 and completed in early 2007 by a local builder Peter Duffy. Architects, builders and engineers who have stayed have been unable to fault the construction.
The tropical home is designed to catch and engulf the ocean breeze no matter which direction it is coming from and to take advantage of the ocean views.
On completion dual occupancy certification was granted for hosted accommodation and residential living. This dual occupancy certification is still valid.
The two wings of the home are divided by a 9m x 9m Veranda with majestic ocean views. The veranda has ample space for a large lounge and dining area. A built-in BBQ (connected to the main gas supply), sink and food preparation area provides the perfect spot to keep the heat out of the kitchen, relax, unwind, dine, drink and catch up with family and friends.
The western wing features an open lounge, dining and kitchen area, office/store room, a large bedroom - ensuite, and separate area for the robes. The attached carport allows for covered entry into the house. There are banks of wall cupboards in both the kitchen and office for abundance of storage. All rooms in this area have ocean views.
The eastern wing features a large living area, 3 large bedrooms (1 has its own Bali style ensuite); a large bathroom (with individual bath and shower), a separate toilet (with hand-basin) and a large laundry. Adjacent to the laundry is a covered area and clothes line. The lounge, bedrooms and ensuite have ocean views.
The second covered outdoor living area is adjacent to the eastern wing. It features a spa and is the perfect spot to sit, relax and just veg out.
The 6m x 9m Garage/Shed has a 9m x 9m extended carport to house boy’s toys. 3 phase wiring is connected. A backup generator in the garage with a simple switch system to the mains enables continuing power supply in case of an electricity outage. The garage also has its own kitchenette shower and toilet.
The garage roofline is the water catchment for 4 Water tanks holding 76,000 litres. Additional water if required can be drawn from the local reservoir.
The septic tank is an environmental enclosed system which requires little to no maintenance. The processed water provides green grass on the eastern side of the property.
The large gardens have been planted with mainly local native plants for easy care, low maintenance and water free during the dry season.
The property runs adjacent to a Coastal Reserve. This area has restrictions and is never to be built on.
The design of the home allows many different styles of accommodation from:
Situated on the Western side of the entrance to Darwin Harbour, Wagait Beach is approximately 11 kilometres from Darwin city in a direct line – 5km by road to Mandorah jetty and then 10 minutes by ferry.
For those who live at Wagait Beach it is Darwin's best kept secret. When describing the area they laugh and say they “live overseas” and “live in paradise” with the benefits of both rural and city living rolled into one.
The Sealink ferry service provides approximately 14 return services on a daily basis. Check out the timetable and fares on the webpage.
Once used to the timetable residents find the ferry is the most relaxing form of transport to destress after a long day at work.
It is a myth that many of the ferry services are cancelled because of bad weather. This may occur on rare occasions when there is a cyclone in the area and the harbour is closed. Occasionally a service is delayed but not cancelled because of strong winds. On extreme low tides an early afternoon service may be cancelled as the ferry is unable to navigate the exit from Cullen Bay. Sealink sends SMS messages to locals informing them of any changes and updates.
The ferry service that leaves the Mandorah Jetty at 7am and the service that leaves Cullen Bay at 3pm are designated as a school run for the children. Adults can catch these ferry services but the children are given priority. A school bus service is provided at Wagait Beach to pick up and drop off the local children with the driver supervising the children on the bus and walking to and from the ferry. A bus at Cullen Bay then conveys the children to the local schools. A #14 Bus also connects with each ferry service to take people to and from the city.
Shopping – There is a local convenience store, hardware shop, postal service, Centrelink service and fuel outlet owned and run by locals who employ many locals from teenagers to retirees. Wagait Beach Supermarket Facebook page keep locals up-to-date with specials, important notices and what is happening in the area.
Alternatively people plan their needs and carry product from Darwin on the ferry, or to do a big shop by driving around the harbour to meet their needs.
Darwin City by Road – is a 128km trip by sealed road and depending on traffic it takes approximately 1:30hrs to reach the CBD. It is rare for this well-drained road to be flooded. If the road is impassable many areas south of the Elizabeth River on the Stuart Highway and on the Cox Peninsula are also impassable. Coolalinga is just an hour away and many locals do their major shop there and in Palmerston.
Wagait Shire Council – The shire is one of the smallest in Australia. It employs a number of locals to maintain the area and to work in the office. A youth worker is employed to organise regular activities with the children after school and of a weekend. These are mostly held in the Community Centre or Cloppenburg Park with its large sports oval, numerous courts and undercover area.
Wheelie Bins are collected every Wednesday and rubbish taken back to Darwin. A larger waste area and transfer station is under construction. Property rates are currently the lowest in the outer Darwin Region.
A free well-stocked library is also attached to the council office. The Council also has its own website and Facebook page to keep the community well informed of its activities.
Medical Services - Attached to the community centre is a Community Clinic. Nurses who also work at the Belyuen Clinic (15km away) offer a service for Wagait Beach residents on a Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5 – 8pm. Should urgent medical services be needed outside of these times it is just a quick call to the Royal Darwin Hospital and the District Medical Officer will arrange appropriate action or contact with the medical staff at Belyuen. An ambulance is available and in severe cases a plane or helicopter is sent to transport the medically ill person to RDH.
Cox Country Club – the area also boasts its own club for locals to socialise with a few drinks, play darts and have a meal together. The Club not only offers a place for locals to relax and meet others it also provides employment for locals.
A local Bush Fire Service is very active and volunteers are always welcome.
The Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival (MUFF) is a fun time for locals and hundreds of visitors. It is usually held in June at the Country Club. It too has its own website and Facebook page www.mandorahukulelefolkfestival.com.
The area has attracted the most amazing array of Artists, so much so that an art exhibition is held annually attracting over 200 people. The group encourages the local Belyuen people to also display their art. Prior to and during the exhibition locals offer workshops run by the artists. A Council supported youth workshop is held at Cloppenburg Park for the Wagait Beach and Belyuen youth. The WAGs – Wagait Arts Group welcomes new members.
The Wagait Beach Carnaval. Another local fun event to participate in. Check their Facebook page for more information.
With the quick, easy and regular ferry service into Darwin you can still do all the things people living in Darwin have access to plus -