Here at Pebbly Beach Escape, we feel very fortunate to report that Lady Luck, along with some crucial help from our neighbours and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), has spared us from the devastation that the fires have wrought on many of our friends and neighbours.
As many of you will know, we were nearing the end of an 18 month renovation of all the accommodation on our beautiful property, when the Currowan fire began on the 26th of November. It was an uneasy week as the fire loomed 15 kilometres to our west.
On the first of December, the fire really took a run and we evacuated all guests, before it eventually made it’s way through the area on the night of the third. The physical property loss was limited to a viewing deck, beach access stairs and some fencing. The trees on all boundaries of the property were impacted, and the surrounding Murramarang National Park with its amazing flora and fauna has suffered.
We then worked hard for three weeks with our amazing contractors to remove, clear and prune fire damaged trees and tidy the site as best we could in an effort to reopen by Christmas. Our first guests started arriving on Christmas Eve, however with the events of New Year’s Eve and the renewed fire risk to our north and south, we were forced to again evacuate and close down.
This roller coaster ride has now run it’s course. Pebbly Beach and the National Park will recover, with time. We’ve been working with WIRES and the NPWS to feed and water the animals and birds that have survived the destruction of their habitat and we look forward to again seeing the abundant wildlife return to the area.
We will be reopening for the Australia Day long weekend and will thereafter operate as close to normal as possible. The Murramarang National Park and the adjoining camping area will remain closed until further work can be carried out. This means we have no access to the park or its walking trails. The beach area itself is virtually untouched and our guests can enjoy even more solitude than normal with beautiful beach walks all available. We count our blessings again.
We are deeply saddened by the losses of life, houses and livelihoods to our friends and community, and will be doing everything possible to assist where we can and help rebuild this amazing region.
We would also like to thank our staff and friends who have banded together throughout this whole event to save their own homes while quickly moving to assist others when their time came. They are a credit to the region we love and call home.
We look forward to seeing you back at our beautiful Pebbly Beach Escape and thank you in anticipation of your continuing support.