Most Frequently Asked Questions

For International Guests - Chinese, American, English, Japanese, New Zealanders and many more

Sea Horse offers international visitors (Chinese, American, English, German, Japanese and many more) a friendly taste of genuine Australian coastal life. 


A relaxed and friendly beach community, with long clean and empty beaches, friendly locals, lush forests and of course the wild native wildlife (kangaroos and wallabys, echnidnas, possums and more) and a myriad of wild birdlife, Diamond Beach is situated an easy 3.5 hour drive straight up the highway from Sydney. 

In season you can enjoy both land based and ocean whale watching,  with dolphins regularly spotted year round.  And the area boasts excellent fishing of all types.

International visitors to Sydney, can spend a fabulous few days exploring the Sydney tourist sights and then take a pleasant (hire car) drive up the east coast exploring as they go.  The drive to Diamond Beach is an easy ½ day drive (just 3.5 hours in fact) up the legendary Pacific Highway (M1) and pleasant detours via the Central Coast or the Hunter/Newcastle region can be easily incorporated into a drive up. 

The NSW mid north coast region and in particular Diamond Beach is a great  option for international visitors wanting to experience ‘living like a local’ and the ‘true blue’ Australian coastal lifestyle (without all the tourists) and yet stay in easy reach of Sydney and the Kingsford Smith international airport, alternatively Diamond Beach is a great stop over for independent international visitors travelling the Australian east coast.

Overseas visitors staying at Sea Horse can enjoy a little bit of extra ‘hand holding’ and personal friendly attention from Dianne and Chris to help them make the most of their stay and enhance their ability to enjoy and experience Diamond Beach. 


Whether its information and local suggestions provided in other languages eg Mandarin;  recommendations or information on language translation apps or hiring an interpreter; directions and guidance on the easiest way to get from Sydney to Diamond Beach; what sights to enjoy on the way here; which are the best local markets to go to; where to find the freshest produce and seafood or how to find and take your photo at the ‘Australia Cave’, Chris and Dianne are happy to share their local knowledge with you. 

Plus, what traveller doesn’t want to try some local delicacies exploring the world, so especially for our international guests, we put together a personalised ‘Aussie Tastes’ basket – Vegemite, Macadamia Nuts, chocolate honeycomb (aka Violet Crumble bars), Australian Afternoon Tea, eucalyptus lollies and more (contents may vary).  

Any Special Needs?

People of all abilities, ages and stages are welcome to holiday here at Sea Horse Diamond Beach.

Please let us know if you have any special requirements for or during your stay here eg mobility issues, babies equipment, weighted blankets,  wheelchair access etc.  This will help us ensure that Sea Horse is suitable for your needs and if there is any other way that we can help you make the most of your stay at here.

Are Linens Supplied?

Yes They  Are.

You don't want to be fussing around with linen and making beds when you're on holidays.  So we do it for you.

You'll have;

  • Crisp, fresh linens and thick, fluffy bath towels waiting here for you on your arrival

  • All the beds (sofa beds excluded) made up and ready for you.

  • Plenty of doonas, blankets, quilts and pillows supplied for all beds.

  • Electric blankets in winter.

  • Fresh, clean tea towels.

  • You just need to bring your beach towels.

Is There Any Baby Equipment Available?

Sea Horse Diamond Beach is a very family friendly holiday location.  Babies and young children are well catered for at Sea Horse and have a range of equipment is available for your use - and its Free of Charge.

  • Portable cots

  • High chair

  • Chair booster

  • Baby gates

  • Plastic plates, cups and bowls

  • Childrens books

  • Range of childrens DVDs - including the Wiggles!

Is Sea Horse Air Conditioned?

Sea Horse Diamond Beach features natural air conditioning, not electric air conditioning.

  • At Sea Horse Diamond Beach we've made the deliberate choice not to install energy inefficient electric air conditioning, instead choosing to make the most of the 'natural air conditioning' features of the building, large windows, ideal northern aspect and prevailing winds.  This dramatically minimizes our 'energy footprint'.

  • Warm in winter and cool in summer, Sea Horse has been specifically and ideally designed to make the most of its northerly aspect, with all the main living areas of the house facing north and overlooking the beautiful pool area or to the sparkling ocean in the east.  This design allows for the maximum 'capture' and flow through the house of the cooling north easterly sea breezes during the warmer months, whilst its large, expansive areas of glass windows allow the warm winter sun deep into the house during cooler weather.

  • Additionally, low impact ceiling fans have been installed in most rooms for use during the occasional, still summer night.

  • Being located so close to the beach, also means that temperatures above 32o are rarely experienced here.

How many dogs can I bring to Sea Horse?

Being dog friendly is what Sea Horse is all about and we welcome up to 3 dogs (large or small) at any one time.

We are the BIG dog holiday specialists.

Is there a secure fenced yard for our dog?

Yes - there is a huge fenced and gated 1 acre grassy house yard.


Sea Horse Diamond Beach has a huge house yard - 1 acre, of well fenced lawn and garden areas, where your dog (and children) is free to relax, explore and enjoy their holiday too, without the need for your constant supervision or needing to be tied up or on the lead constantly.   The yard is is secure (Houdini dogs excepted) with gates front and back.

The large fenced yard is also ideal for playing children, backyard games and epic family cricket or soccer games.

The pool area is, of course, very well fenced with a lockable gate to keep little ones out and safe.

Is Sea Horse really dog friendly?

We LOVE dogs.  And Sea Horse is genuinely big and small dog friendly - both inside and outside.

We love dogs (we've got 2 of our own - Lily and Tasha) and welcome you to bring your friendly, well behaved dog here on holidays with you. the house is truly dog friendly and your dog is allowed both inside and outside the house plus there is  a huge fenced house yard with expansive lawns and garden areas for your dog to enjoy, whilst they stay securely and safely on the property, so you'll not have to tie them up or worry they'll wander off when they're outside.

To add to the dog friendly atmosphere, we also provide dog bowls, dog blankets and soft snuggly dog beds if you happen to forget your dogs own special ones.

And there is also a big dog bean bag your fur child will be able to get comfortable in too.

Both large and small dogs are welcome.   Maximum of 3 dogs at any time.

What are the Check In/Out Times?

Check In time is from 3pm 

If you will be arriving with your horses earlier than this, please let us know in advance, so we can arrange for an early 'horse drop off'.  Then once your horses are settled, you can head off and explore the area or enjoy some lunch at the beach until 3pm.

Check Out time is by 10am please.  

Are Late Check Outs Available?

At times.

  • Late check outs are sometimes possible, but only by early prior arrangement and if bookings and maintenance scheduling allows.

  • Late check outs are more likely to be possible during the quiet off season periods, but we cannot guarantee their availability.  

  • No late checkouts are available during our very busy peak periods of school holidays, public holidays and summer/high seasons as we usually have guests coming straight in the afternoon after you leave.

  • Out of these peak periods, if you would like to stay at Sea Horse until the early evening of your final day, this may be possible (scheduling permitting) for an extra charge.  Please speak with us about this.

What's Included When We Rent Sea Horse?

Almost everything!  

Sea Horse is a fully self contained, well equipped, relaxed luxury, beach holiday home. 

At Sea Horse you'll find;

  • A fully equipped kitchen with pots, pans, quality crockery and cutlery, glassware and wine glasses, platters and serving ware and much more.

  • A comprehensive range of small appliances such as blender, toaster, juicer, frypan, carving knife and more.

  • Tea and Coffee station - Coffee bags, Nescafe instant coffee sachets, large and small coffee plungers (byo favourite ground coffee),  coffee bean grinder and milk frother.  Plus a variety of tea bags and individual sugar sachets.

  • Starter quantities of paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, serviettes, tissues etc).

  • General household items such as dishwashing liquid, dishwasher tablets, garbage bags, glad wrap, spray   cleaner, insect spray etc

  • Gas BBQ - all ready to cook on.

  • During winter months, the fireplace is ready for you to light (if you're arriving at night, we'll probably have it lit for you), with a stack of cut and split firewood, basketful of kindling and firelighter ready for your use.

  • Luscious, quality linens and thick bath towels are provided for all guests, with the beds all made up ready for you on arrival.  

  • Dog drying/wipe down towels

Do we have to share Sea Horse with anyone else?

No you don't.  

You and your family/friends have sole, private and exclusive use of the whole beautiful house, tropical pool and huge yard when you book Sea Horse for your holiday.  It's your very own mini resort to enjoy.

How many people can stay at Sea Horse?

Sea Horse Diamond Beach very comfortably accommodates between 1 – 10 guests at any one time.


Sea horse is primarily a wonderful location for friends and family holidays with or without dogs or horses.  

Couples, families (large and small) and groups of friends (with or without their fur family members - dogs or horses) all love staying at Sea Horse - for a weekend, a week or longer.   And Sea Horse is a regular venue for family reunions or families 'meeting in the middle' for Christmas or other significant family events.

Please note;

  • Our maximum guest numbers includes all adults, children and babies staying at any one time.

  • We do not allow children or adults to sleep in sleeping bags on the floor, tents outside or in caravans on the property so that the occupancy can be increased.

  • Sea  Horse is definitely not a ‘Party House’ - ie No Schoolies groups or Bucks/Hens groups etc are permitted.  

How far away is the beach?

Diamond Beach is a short easy walk away.

The golden sands of Diamond Beach are just 800m away and a pleasant 14.5 minute walk or 12 minute ride from 'Sea Horse'.


Simply turn left at the top of the driveway,  turn right at the roundabout and then continue until your feet get sandy and wet!


Life saver patrolled Blackhead Beach is a 5 minute drive to the south. Whilst quiet Back Beach is a just a minute over the hill south from Blackhead Beach.

Do I Have To Clean Before I Leave?

  • We ask that you leave Sea Horse in a neat, clean and tidy condition when you head home.  This includes;
    - Put all rubbish bags (from the kitchen and 3 bathrooms) and the recycling out in the wheelie bins.
    - Leave the dishwasher clean and empty.
    - Return all appliances their cupboards.
    - BBQ scraped and wiped clean.
    - For dogs - Leave the Doggy Day Pen tidy with the water bowl emptied and dog bowls clean.  Pick up and 
      garbage any dog poo from both the Doggy Day Pen and House Yard
    - For horses - Throw any left over feed, hay and manure into the nearby chicken pen, empty stable 
      water bins.

How many horses can we bring to Sea Horse?

Horse Friendly for up to 6 horses.

Sea Horse is truly and uniquely horse friendly.  Where else can you take your horse on holidays, let alone enjoy a beach holiday with your horse and you can bring up to 6 horses to stay at Sea Horse with you at any one time.


This allows for each of the horses to have plenty of paddock room to move, graze and relax and generally enjoy their holiday too.

Where is the closest shopping centre?

Sea Horse Diamond Beach has all amenities close by, so there is no need for you to lug heavy bags of groceries with you, use up precious luggage space in the car with groceries, or need to drive into Forster or Tuncurry before you arrive here. 

Just 4 minutes away from Sea Horse you’ll find a large and comprehensive Foodworks supermarket with pretty much everything you could want. 


The Blackhead village shopping centre is just 4 minutes (3.2 klms) away and offers:

  • Large Foodworks Supermarket, with Bottle shop

  • Quality Butcher (also has great, fresh seafood)

  • ‘Gobble Gutz’ Gourmet  Coffee Cafe (and its dog friendly)

  • ‘The Point’ Fresh Bakery (dog friendly too)

  • Hallidays Point Chemist (ever friendly and  helpful)

  • XStyles Hairdresser

  • Lorellin Day Spa

  • Post Office (say g’day to Al if you’re in there)

  • Library (often has works of local artists on display)

  • Lions ‘Op Shop’ (always a good spot to find a bargain ‘treasure’)

  • 2 Real Estates


  • Hallidays Point Tavern (recently renovated throughout, with fabulous food and an awesome children's playground)

  • Whitewashed Gallery

Whilst at Diamond Beach - just 2 minutes (1.1 klms) north of Sea Horse - you’ll find:

  • Diamond Beach Pizza and Pasta (with home delivery)

  • Diamond Beach Takeaway (great stop over for a coffee heading to or from the Beach.  The cafe even provides ‘Ride Through Cappuccinos’!

  • Cellabrations Bottle Shop (The bottle shop even offers 'Ride Up Service' to our guests)

  • ‘About Balance’ Bowen Therapy Clinic (if you’ve not tried Bowen Therapy for your aches and pains.  Do It! Gentle & Effective, you’ll love it)

  • Diamond Beach Vet Clinic

  • ‘Stones Throw’ Homewares (here you’ll find many gorgeous items)

  • Hairdresser

  • Real Estate

Would You Like Chickens With That?

Sea Horse Diamond Beach also has its own chickens and chicken coop.

Our resident Sea Horse chickens (6 'rescue' Isa Brown chickens who are now living a lovely happy life here) are all quite friendly and (in exchange for your food scraps), will provide you with fresh, delicious, organic eggs whilst you're here.  Having, literally, farm fresh eggs for breakfast is really something special - and the colour of the egg yolks has to be seen to be believed!

But they do need to be protected from dogs – even the quietest dog can get excited at the smell and sight of the chickens and overexcited if a chicken gets out and fluffs about.  So, don’t let your dog into the chicken pen with you when you're feeding the chickens or collecting those lovely eggs. 

The chickens have their own secure chicken coop and are well set up with automatic feed and water containers, inside a large chicken run.  It is totally up to each guest if they wish to feed the chickens, but it usually ends up being one of the highlights of their holiday here at Sea Horse - and particularly fabulous for kids.

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