The idyllic setting - a big executive home with sweeping ocean views - was in stark contrast to the turmoil surrounding its remaining occupant.
Wayne Foley was all alone and lamenting how his now disgraced whistleblower wife Ashton had left with their four children to fly to the US.
That claim - like everything about 40-year-old Mrs Foley - now seems questionable as the growing scandal about her heads towards a full police investigation into the former Peel Health Campus executive.
How many names does she have? Does she hold any of the academic qualifications that landed her six-figure salaried jobs with PHC, Western Power and, more recently, as the chief executive of a Victorian health service? How many warrants for her arrest exist in the US?
Her husband says there is just one and denies that she's fled their home four hours out of Melbourne.
"She wants to clear this matter," Mr Foley said. "She wants it absolutely resolved."
_The Weekend West _revealed on Saturday how the former PHC chief operating officer had previously been jailed in Georgia and was still wanted in her home country for identity theft and fraud.
After denying the charges existed and claiming she was not in the US at the time of the 2008 offences, Mrs Foley later confessed to Seven News by telephone.
She admitted her real name was Michelle Marie Foley but insisted it was the only outstanding court case in the US and related to a car lease. Mr Foley, 41, backed that account but fresh revelations and a new image of his wife strongly point to other alleged crimes in another US county.
Asked if the mother of seven children - four in Australia and three in the US - had ever been arrested in Cobb County, Mr Foley said it was not true and was part of a campaign to discredit her.
"This one (charge) is being exploited," he said. "Regardless of her past, she's done the right thing. The documents prove it. Other witnesses prove it."
Mrs Foley's decision to hand hundreds of internal Peel Health Campus documents to the Labor Party has resulted in two separate inquiries. Mr Foley attacked Labor, claiming it was still sitting on damaging material about the management of the Mandurah hospital and had used his wife as a "puppet".
He said before they left WA for Victoria, in the wake of his wife's evidence about PHC to a parliamentary inquiry, he worked for the WA Government in the Department of Treasury.
Life was good before his wife left PHC and went on the warpath. Where Mr Foley clams up is when asked if his wife is a liar and capable of deceit on a grand scale.
For example, he refused to discuss his wife's deception last week when she gave _The West Australian _ a copy of an altered death certificate for a twin baby.
It was a desperate attempt to dupe the newspaper into believing that she could not have been arrested in the US in 2008 if two of her children were born in Australia around that time.
"We're done," he said and asked for the interview to stop.
Mrs Foley was on Monday forced to resign from her job at the Orbost Regional Health Service - a 45-minute drive from the oceanside home the family enjoyed.
Mr Foley said he did not know when he would see his wife, whom he married in Melbourne in 2007, and children again.
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