What To Bring On Your Stay
To help ensure you have the best stay possible, we have created this helpful guide on what we supply, as well as what you may wish to bring on your stay, and where some good places are to purchase items in the local area;
Food and drink
It of course pays to come prepared with ample food and drink, as when you’re enjoying yourself as much as you will, the last thing you want is to run out of anything!
One golden rule we ask is you bring drinks only in plastic, aluminum, cardboard or cask containers, and as much as possible avoid bringing any glass bottles (wine not so much a problem as beers/mixed spirit bottles). The reason is twofold;
Firstly, stepping on broken glass is no fun for anyone, and we’ve heard of a few doctors/hospital visits interrupt past holidays due to this. As a result, glass is strictly prohibited from being taken into the pool area and drinks in glass containers need to first be poured into poolsafe drinkware (plenty provided) before entering.
And secondly, glass cannot be crushed in the can/bottle crusher provided, and so takes up much more space in the recycling bin. Once you fill your allotted rubbish bins, then you and your guests will be required to take any excess rubbish home with you or have the option to pay an excess rubbish disposal surcharge.
The kitchen is stocked with a large range of unbreakable plastic drinkware catering for beer, wine and spirits, but if you or your guests would prefer to drink from glass, it’s recommended you BYO drinkware.
We provide our guests the convenience of not having to make food shopping a priority by provision of a complimentary welcome pack for each stay comprising of basic supplies to allow you to start relaxing from the minute you arrive. So if you wish you can simply drive there, check-in, sort dinner out with a takeaway pizza or pasta from nearby Huey’s @
Blueys or a meal at Buddah By The Beach, and leave the shopping until the next day!
These free inclusions consist of coffee, tea, sugar, long life milk, snacks, cooking oil, aluminum foil, body wash, shampoo, hand soap and kitchen towel paper.
We also supply an Expressi Pod Coffee Machine and some starter pods! Compatible coffee pods can only be purchased in any Aldi Supermarket – including the nearby Stockland Shopping Village. Please don't try to use other pods as they have a habit of getting stuck in the machine.
The undercover BBQ area is a great place to cook food when catering for a large group, so it’s recommended you purchase food with this in mind.
Groceries, especially the stuff that needs to stay cool or frozen, can be purchased on your journey and there are several options when it comes to the best place to buy groceries for your stay at Wallis
For the largest range and best prices in the area, we prefer to head to the Stockland Shopping Centre in Forster, which has numerous retailers including a Coles, Woolworths and Aldi. It’s located about a 25 minute drive north from Wallis Lakehouse on the corner of The Lakes Way and Breese Parade, Forster.
For the closest option providing more of the basics such as milk, bread, alcohol etc, there is a conveniently located general store and bottle shop at the Blueys Beach shops only 10 minutes drive away.
And for the most convenient option when coming from the south (Sydney/Newcastle), stop by the shops along Stroud Street in Bulahdelah (take the Buladelah exit from the Pacific Highway), which features an IGA,
butchers, bakery, bottle shop and more, and is only 30 minutes from the property. Please check individual store operating times first.
Toiletries and cleaning
We supply each booking with a few complimentary rolls of toilet paper per bathroom to get you started, and ask that you provide your own after that. We also provide enough dishwasher tablets to run the machine twice each night of your stay, dishwashing liquid, cleaning cloths and cleaning spray. There is also a cleaning cupboard with a broom, mop, dustpan and brush and a Dyson vacuum cleaner.
Don’t forget swimwear in the warmer months (and sunscreen/zinc), and jackets, jumpers and Ugg boots in the cooler part of the year. Also, consider some smart casual clothes if you might have dinner somewhere fancy like the nearby Buddah Bar at Blueys.
Beds and towels
Beds are made up for your stated number of guests (up to 20 people) with professionally laundered linen, pillows and doonas (plus blankets in the cooler months). Please enquire about arrangements for numbers exceeding this.
We also supply a clean bath towel for each guest, but request that these not leave the house, so please bring your own beach towels if you intend on swimming in the pool, lake or at the beach.
And for our younger guests, a cot with mattress, change table and high chair are also available upon request - please BYO linen and bedding for the cot.
The loungeroom features a large screen TV with free to air channels and DVD player, and there is a second wall-mounted TV/DVD in one of the bedrooms which is ideal for the kids. Both TVs feature a selection of pre-loaded movies. To entertain the kids or as a wet weather back up, you can also;
- bring your own DVDs/BluRays
- bring your own gaming console (Xbox, PlayStation, Wii etc) that will plug into the HDMi or A/V ports on the TVs, and/or laptop computer with connection cables
- bring your own digital movies and TV shows on a portable hard drive or Flash key, which can then plug straight into the front of the TV or DVD player.
Finally, it’s easy to play your own music from the stereos in both the bar area and out by the pool & BBQ area via your MP3 player or phone, which can connect simply by plugging a supplied lead into your standard 3.5mm headphone input.
If you have been approved to bring a dog/s, don’t forget their bedding, food, bowls, toys and plastic bags.
To make full use of the cricket pitch, while we will aim to maintain basic gear including stumps, to be safe please BYO cricket bats and a quantity of balls (with an easy option being tennis balls covered in electrical tape).
We provide up to 6x Kayaks with paddles and 6x life vests, but if you have your own lifevests, it is recommended you bring these to ensure a comfortable fit. If you plan on bringing your own water craft, please enquire as to the best way to manage this. Pending repairs, we also will generally have ready for guest use 1 or 2 tinnies that can seat 3-4 people each, as well as sets of oars.
And for the keen anglers, Wallis Lake is a great fishing spot so don’t forget to pack your rods, reels and bait.
Finally, there are plenty of places to ride push bikes, so consider bringing your own along on your stay. Kids can ride BMX around the property, while older guests may wish to mountain/road bike up Coomba Road and through nearby Wallingat National Park.