Reprinted from the "Village Life" Magazine
Autumn 2004 - Article written by Chuff Lloyd

"Life's great at Faringdon Village"

Residents at this manufactured home village live in a
blaze of greenery and enjoy a unique lifestyle on the
edge of a thriving township, reports Chuff Lloyd.

After a previous visit to Faringdon Village, Nambucca Heads, over six years ago, I said that it was a village maturing with age in the way that wine does and that it was becoming "ripe" and its ambience smooth and subtle. My latest visit has reinforced - even strengthened - that view.

Faringdon has stood the test of time very much in the way that the villages of old England do. They do not get tatty around the edges but blossom and grow, and the gentle ambience becomes all pervading.

The tenants' immaculately kept gardens have also blossomed and grown and the village is alive with greenery and colour. New arrivals seem to quickly get into the rhythm and, in this climate, their very individual and artistic gardens designs rapidly bring reward for all their hard work.

There is extra greenery in residents' lives in that there is a fifteen metre wide environmental buffer zone on two sides of the park abutting onto heavily treed bushland. If you did not know better, it would be hard to believe you were sitting on the edge of an exhilarating, expanding township.

The Nambucca Valley is situated about halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and just 35 minutes drive south of Coffs Harbour. It is well served by coastal road, rail and air services and is linked to the west of the State via Dorrigo and Armidale or the Oxley Highway and the Hastings Valley.

The Nambucca River meanders its way from small beginnings in the Dorrigo Plateau until spectacularly emptying itself into the Pacific Ocean at Nambucca Heads, one of the coast's most idyllic locations, with three pristine beaches. The area enjoy some of the best climate in Australia with gentle winters and balmy summers which mean that you can be active outdoor all year around.

From Faringdon Village it takes just two or three minutes level walk to the river's edge and the beaches are no more than five minutes drive away. Nearby is Bowraville the 'verandah post town', where the movie "The Umbrella Woman", starring Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward, was filmed. In addition, not much further afield at Lower Taylors Arm, is the establishment made famous by Slim Dusty in his song 'The Pub with No Beer'.

Drive north for 30 km and you are in another beautiful valley, the Bellingen. From there the road leads up the mountain to the Dorrigo National Park, crossing in front of two waterfalls and offering some of the most magnificent scenery on the mid-north coast. It abounds with stunning mountain views of farmland, virgin rainforest, timbered ridges and winding streams.

For those with the right vehicle and a sense of adventure, there are opportunities to explore the up-river mountains and bush, using logging roads and fire trails.

Faringdon Village sits immediately behind Nambucca's largest shopping plaza where you will find an IGA supermarket, chemist, butcher, medical services, liquor shop, bakery, hairdresser, bargain store, specialty clothing stores, Millers clothing store, newsagency, and video outlet; and a choice of cafes in which to relax after an arduous bout of shopping. Alongside is a 3-cinema complex.

Such is the convenience of this shopping centre, and the regular bus service that runs to Nambucca township, Macksville and Coffs Harbour, one could easily live here without having a vehicle.

Nambucca Heads itself has everything one could need. There are bowling clubs, golf clubs, the Leagues Club, the RSL Club and an Entertainment Centre. For the active there are bowls, fishing, tennis, boating, golf, horse riding, sailing, three gymnasiums, squash courts, a patrolled surf beach and a river estuary beach.

Faringdon Village, was originally carved from twenty acres of bush and still enjoys the related bird life. It is a quality park in the fullest sense of the word. Faringdon offers the lifestyle and friendly atmosphere of a "real" village with good neighbours, yet all enjoys a large degree of privacy created by the use of cul-de-sacs and the astute placement of homes. This forms smaller communities within a larger community, helps neighbours get to know each other and creates a close-knit group who look out for each other.

At the same time, everyone can engage with the wider community at the village's Community Centre, at one of the two pools and their extensive undercover BBQ areas, at social events or on the extensive senior-friendly walking tracks. Many friends can be made as you dash around the village using these nifty walkways.

The wide streets are paved, power lines are underground and all parking is off-road. A secure storage area for large boats and caravans that cannot be accommodated on driveways is available at a small weekly charge. There are 189 homes sites - and no others available - with weekly fees ranging upwards from $125.00 at time of writing.

As in most villages, pre-loved homes become available from time to time.

Faringdon is a hive of activity. Favourite pastimes include swimming, fishing on rock, rockwall, river and beach, golf, Tai Chi, Mah-jong, bingo lawn bowls and indoor bowls. There are evening get togethers for birthdays, anniversaries and the like, and the usual functions for days such as Melbourne Cup. These functions also cater for those less fortunate.

The Tai Chi aficionados have donated over $1000 to the local Ambulance Service whilst others have supported fund raising efforts for the Royal Far West Children's Health Scheme during the past year.

In the beautifully polished wood floor recreation room there is a well-stocked library tucked away in one corner. As well as borrowing books, residents can pass a peaceful time there enjoying the bush and bird life immediately outside, or sit outside in the shade around one of the swimming pools.

The recreation room also boasts a monster kitchen and a host of very comfortable lounge chairs and lounges. Clive and Joyce - the 'face' of Faringdon - chose this village because they found the lifestyle relaxed and easy, peaceful and friendly. They were looking for security, proximity to shops and entertainment, close to beaches, with a good climate, and with their own garden. They found it all here at Faringdon.

Other residents spoke similarly. They appreciate being able to keep their small dog, cat or birds and enjoy the extensive flat walking surfaces by the river and along the many boardwalks. Some expressed regret that they did not find this village sooner.

Why don't you check out the lifestyle here? To find the current availability of homes ring Jasmine on (02) 65689 565 and mention that you saw her in "Village Life".

Chuff Lloyd
Village Life magazine




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