An exciting new venture has commenced providing another ‘must do’ experience for our district. The Port of Sale Heritage Cruises offer cruises twice daily from the Port of Sale to the Swing Bridge on the delightful historic boat ‘Rubeena’. For further information phone 0400933112.
Have just had another happy family from interstate stay in the cottages for their son’s RAAF graduation at East Sale RAAF Base. The cottages are ideal for a mixed family group up to 8 people, with 2 bathrooms in each cottage it is easy for everyone to glam up for the big occasion.
Following a wonderful week of steady rain, the wetland is flooded, the frogs are back and so are the tiny spiders called lerps which cover the wetland in their webs. A truly special sight, especially from your cosy cottage.
This is a time of special beauty over the wetlands as the morning mists clear to sunny days.
Much as we would like some more rain, it is hard not to like a cool, clear, sunny day, specially if you can relax in a warm cosy cottage while enjoying the peace and serenity.
After three years under water, the wetland is finally drying out, as it should. The birds are enjoying a feast as the water gets shallower, and we have pelicans, spoon-bills, ibis, lots of ducks, stilts and dotterels as well as the birds of prey, sea eagles, wedge tail eagles, whistling kites and swamp harriers. A bird-lovers paradise!!
The garden around the cottages has responded very positively to the amazing rain we have had and the shrubs and trees have grown significantly. As a result we are now getting lots of birds around the cottages – Eastern Spinebills, wrens, wattlebirds and other honeyeaters, and of course the cockatoos, rosellas and galahs are still enjoying being fed by our guests.
Good news for those who may have stayed at our cottages and experienced the unpleasant odour from the nearby Regional Outfall Sewer. The successful completion of the Gippsland Water Factory has eliminated the products which used to cause the odour, and after six months odour free, we feel we can confidently assure you that the smell has gone. This is great news for us, as it was so disappointing to have our guests’ experience spoilt by this nasty smell.
The abundance of rain has been a bonus to the cottages, with the wetland holding a massive amount of water, there will be no dry season this year. Although the winter has been chillier, many guests have enjoyed the cosy warm cottages while experiencing the beauty of winter. The frogs have started their evening chorus, so we expect a delightfully noisy spring.
We have not had a lot of rain, but it has been enough to make the frogs happy. We now have resident cute little Brown Tree Frogs in the garden around the cottages. They especially like the banksias, but have also been known to slip inside when you are not looking. They are obviously very much at home at Frog Gully.