to Yarrawonga via New Zealand.
New Zealand, Christmas 2004 ‘that’s it’ Chris
said I’m going to Australia !!!
So with some help from www.google.com.au she decided
to investigate an area she had never visited before
– The Murray.
A few months later on her way back to Albury to
fly back to Auckland, having seen several business
properties that didn’t fit the bill, she stopped
in Yarrawonga for breakfast.
looked such a pretty place she walked into the agents
and asked if there were any motels for sale. ‘nope’ he
said ‘but there are some holiday units’.
Armed with a tourist street map Chris drove around to
Suspecting she looked like a crazy English woman who had
had too much sun she took the owner (Rhonda) by surprise
and asked to have a look around. Rhonda laughed and happily
There it was a great home on ˝ acre, 2 minutes walk from
a beautiful lake and just a stroll to a town offering
somewhere different for lunch everyday for a fortnight,
3 large comfortable units, a swimming pool – this could
So as well as breakfast Chris also bought Loughaven Units.
Then it was all on back to NZ, to sell an existing
home maintenance business, lots of garage sales. In late
June 2005, Chris and her two dogs ROXY and SCRAPPY had
one-way tickets to Australia.
Now, two months later the three of them are almost settled
There has been a name change to Coghill Cottages, a web
site www.coghill.com.au has been published, new furniture
and DVD players have been added. Wireless broadband Internet
access is in place so things are ready to roll.
Chris has more improvements planned for 2006. She also
hopes to be adding a couple of studios to offer guests
more accommodation choices.
Being new to the tourist industry Chris is approaching
her first season with a mixture of trepidation and excitement.
She is looking forward to meeting people from all over
Australia as well as visitors from overseas and hopes
to help make their stay in the beautiful town of Yarrawonga
comfortable, happy and memorable.