Health & Wellbeing

Manly beach is just footsteps from the guest house garden. Image: Contributed.

A great Manly stay can make a big difference to a country child’s life

The Drummond House guest house, located within local charity Royal Far West’s beachside site, is open for business again – offering affordable weekend accommodation just steps from the iconic Manly beach.


“We’re thrilled to reopen and offer a great value weekend holiday experience for our guests. Not only is it perfectly located to enjoy all that Manly has to offer, every booking helps us to raise much needed funds to support country kids in need,” said Royal Far West’s Head of Accommodation and Venues Pip Abbott.


Established in 1924, Royal Far West is one of Australia’s most respected charities, offering health, education and disability services to country children and their families. 


During the week, Royal Far West’s team of 95+ paediatric clinicians support children with speech and language delays, behavioural and learning difficulties, early life trauma and mental illness at their site in Manly, as well as via Telecare and community visits.


Following a year-long hiatus, the charity is again opening its doors to weekend holiday makers, with a central location that is perfectly situated for a mini break. In addition to the beach, guests are just steps away from great shops, cafés, restaurants and night life, and it is a short, flat walk from the ferry terminal for those arriving by public transport.


Pre-COVID, the rooms were very popular with guests attending northern beaches’-based events, including football matches, surf carnivals, food festivals and weddings, and for people living in rural and remote NSW wanting a city-cation at an affordable price.


The funds raised from holiday bookings go straight towards helping developmentally vulnerable children who live in rural and remote areas to access the health and wellbeing services they need to thrive.


The 34 rooms, each with bathroom, tv and tea/coffee making facilities, are available most Friday and Saturday nights, and are also available over the entire Easter, June and October long weekends. There’s a variety of room configurations from 2-6 beds, making them suitable for friends, couples and families. For peace of mind, the charity offers a risk-free COVID booking policy, enabling guests to cancel without penalty until the day of their stay.


The average tariff for a budget twin room is $140 per night, which includes a generous continental breakfast. Free WiFi, communal kitchenettes, lounge and dining areas are also available, with undercover parking and BBQ facilities also offered onsite.


The current review rating on is 8.9 and location rating is 9.8. Comments include: “Beds were very comfortable and staff very helpful.” “I would definitely stay here again. Great value for money.”


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About Royal Far West

Established in 1924, Royal Far West is one of Australia’s most enduring and respected charities dedicated to connecting kids in rural and remote communities to the care they need.


Royal Far West offers health, education and disability services for country children and their families at the Centre for Country Kids in Manly, virtually via Telecare, and in local communities.


Right now, 180,000+ children across rural and remote Australia have health and developmental needs that can’t be met because of where they live.


Royal Far West’s 95+ paediatric clinicians support country kids aged 2-12 with speech and language delays; behavioural and conduct disorders; early life trauma and mental illness; autism, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders.


10,124 families, educators and health professionals received support last year.


The need for services is growing. Find out more at


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Accommodation at Drummond House in Manly. Image: Contributed.