Zoe Foster and her eldest daughter, Neville.

Zoe Foster and her eldest daughter, Neville.

The Fish Pictures

The Fish Pictures

This little place was found, and founded, by Zoe Foster, a formidable settler in the 1940's.  She noticed the gentle wrap of the bay as she swam up and down the coastline, she saw the lush forest that erupted behind it, the generous shade cast by coral overhangs, the deep caves begging to be explored and the slow slip and slide of the Sand Island as the tide rose and fell.  And she made it home. She caught the reef life in the colours of her paintbox; her catch hangs in a collection of almost thirty paintings in the original family home which sports a ship's bridge, salvaged from a wreck almost sixty years ago, as a guest bedroom. Her sons and daughters grew up here. Her grandsons and grand-daughters too. 

If Zoe Foster were alive today she would watch her great grandchildren enjoy the same stretch of beach her own children grew up on: they snorkel in the same pools, gaze up at the sky through the same blow holes in the cliffs.  She would laugh at them racing ghost crabs, hear them referencing landmarks the same way she did: Crocodile Rock, Swallow Pool, the Starfish Gardens.  A family home has evolved as a family holiday retreat, retaining the best of old fashioned hospitality enhanced with enough of the new - free WiFi, for example -  to make it a perfect escape

The Sand Island rises as the tide falls

The Sand Island rises as the tide falls

The Sand Island, low tide

The Sand Island, low tide