High on the Illawarra escarpment with majestic views spanning east across the sea, 33 young people on Thursday took a giant collective leap into the future, hopefully leaving their demons behind.
All survivors of drug addiction, the Triple Care Farm graduates had their achievements recognised in a ceremony in front of family and friends.
This year, 98 people between the ages of 16 and 24 passed through the residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility located near Robertson and run by Mission Australia.
The fact only a third of those were able to attend the graduation ceremony because some former students had work or study commitments is testament to the program's success.
Centre program manager Gabriella Holmes has been with the organisation for 14 years, and watching young people make "real and lasting changes in their life" has kept her coming back.
"No two days are the same, no two young people have the same story, but each of them are wanting to make a different life for themselves," she said.
Yesterday, graduates proudly showed family members around the farm, pointing out different locations where they'd learnt to cook, where they'd slept, and talking about the staff who had helped their rehabilitation.
"I started here because I wanted to help young people pull themselves out of the struggles and difficulties that meant they were disengaged from our community," Ms Holmes said.
The beautiful setting of Triple Care Farm is no accident, and Ms Holmes said the tranquillity helped patients recover.
"It really does give them a place where they can feel safe, feel secure, work on overcoming those really difficult and sometimes traumatic issues," she said.
"So having that sense of peace and tranquillity from the beauty of our surroundings helps them to work through those really difficult issues."
Residents stay with the farm for a period of 12 weeks and continue to receive after-care support for a further six months.
Triple Care Farm receives 65 per cent of its funding from the Sir David Martin Foundation, 10 per cent from state and federal governments, and the remainder from community and corporate donors.