Since opening in 1989, Saltbush has welcomed over 30,000 people experiencing hardship for a holiday at Balnarring Beach.
Many people in Australia do not have the financial or other means to provide holidays for their families. Others struggle with poor physical or mental health and need a supportive environment to holiday independently. For some people, the familiarity of a place to return to makes holidaying easier and more accessible.
About our guests:
- half our guests are funded by a community service organisation or the NDIS
- 75% of our guests are women and girls
- 75% of our guests hold Health Care Cards
- our guests include families recovering from violence, families seeking asylum, grandparent carer families, families with dependent children with disabilities or long term ill health.
Guests tell us a holiday at Saltbush helps them feel restored and gives them renewed energy to manage their circumstances. More than 96% of our guests are likely or very likely to recommend Saltbush to family and friends.
“Because I’ve been a carer for so long, it was great to have a quiet space to indulge in for some self- care. I felt so much better for having that time out. I also enjoyed seeing my family have a much needed time away as well”.
“OM Goodness – thank you from the bottom of my heart, so often I feel invisible in this sea of bureaucracy that comes with caring for my son.”
"My son and I both suffer from trauma and this is safe and predictable. This allowed me to take my son to the beach for a quick respite when we felt very tired from all our busy appointments."
"My husband and I are carers with continuous responsibilities. We were exhausted. This opportunity have us down time to recuperate and continue our caring role. This time has been invaluable to us."