Established in 1918, it was the first patriotic establishment in Australia offering rest and respite to ex- servicemen and their families in times of worry and strife. The peaceful situation of the complex facing the ocean – and within reach of Narrabeen Lagoon – ensured its enduring charm and popularity. Although it has grown and changed since the early days Furlough House still retains the promise of respite and relaxation envisaged by the early founders who have endeavoured over the years to maintain the integrity of the early concept behind the inauguration concept.
Furlough House has moved from being short term assistance for wives and families who enjoyed a much needed break away from their immediate worries and concerns – and has now developed into a larger complex of 81 Units in several apartment blocks and cottages in a very pleasant garden setting. The units are for the benefit of retired ex service men and women, and immediate families, who appreciate the benefits of self care, independence and peaceful retirement. The mutual bond of Service life, in all its aspects, is appreciated by residents and strengthens a feeling of community camaraderie.