Copper Coast

Retreats

A cancer diagnosis has a huge effect on not just the patient, but their families and loved ones. If your family is dealing with the stress that comes with cancer, you can find yourself a little bit of paradise in our stunning Copper Coast Retreats.

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Situated in the Wallaroo North Beach Tourist Park in South Australia, just a two hour drive from Adelaide, these three fully furnished units are available for a seven-day stay —
free of charge.

This beautiful retreat has one goal: to reduce the impact of cancer on affected families by providing them with the chance to relax and make some precious memories.

History of the Copper Coast Retreat

When you or someone in your family is dealing with cancer, there often isn’t a lot of time, energy, or money to spend on a relaxing getaway.

It was clear to the Apex Foundation that there was a real need for a facility that could provide that kind of temporary relief, and the chance to do so came in 2007.

After being issued a challenge from the Apex Foundation Chairman Tony Peters to come up with a major project, a large group of South Australian Apex members decided to come together to build respite accommodation for underprivileged families that could rival even the Shack and the Chalet.

The Challange

After being issued a challenge from the Apex Foundation Chairman Tony Peters to come up with a major project, a large group of South Australian Apex members decided to come together to build respite accommodation for underprivileged families that could rival even the Shack and the Chalet.

So, that very same year, an ideal site was located and negotiations began with the District Council of the Copper Coast over the land within the Wallaroo North Beach Tourist Park. A lease was agreed upon and hundreds of volunteers came together in partnership with Cancer Council SA to make the Copper Coast Retreat dream a reality. Construction officially began on the 1st of July, 2014, and wrapped up on the 8th of October that same year.

Like most of our projects, the Copper Coast Retreats is the result of real collaboration between countless volunteers from Apex Clubs and beyond. We can safely say that Tony Peters’s challenge was well and truly met.

Keeping the Copper Coast dream alive

Today, the Retreat is funded partly by donations from the annual Apex Outback Postie Bike Ride.

This fundraising initiative first set off in 2007, when Apex member Greg Kipling brought together Club members from all across South Australia to ride 1000 kilometres of dirt track over 4 days through the beautiful Flinders Ranges on a Honda CT 110 ‘Postie Bike’ — and in doing so, raise a load of money for sick kids.

This incredible initiative has since raised over $400,000 for the Childhood Cancer Association, which goes towards the upkeep of the Retreat along with funds raised from events such as the Kadina Kids v Cancer charity golf day ($18,000) and various grants from the Apex Foundation.

Find out how you can contribute and be a part of the incredible history.

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Cooper Coast Retreats

Apex Retreat units are in the Wallaroo Holiday Park—a popular tourist and recreation area which is an easy two hour drive from Adelaide.

Accommodation consists of four purpose built holiday units. Each unit has three bedrooms accommodating up to eight people and contains a fully equipped kitchen, appliances and linen for all bedrooms.

Free accommodation for one week is available for most of the year. It is not available during the Christmas period and for another two week period during the year due to a town event.

Guests are required to bring their own food, personal items and beach towels. A cot and high chair is available upon request.

Eligibility

A South Australian resident impacted by cancer.

Bookings are for a one-off holiday only.

Referral process

If you have a client who you think would
benefit, please have them call
Cancer Council (13 11 20).

Please note that a fee of $50 is required to cover the cost of cleaning.
For more information about the holiday park facilities, visit their website: wallarooholidaypark.com.au