3 coastal escapes for rent near Sydney

Where to watch the waves roll in

You don’t have to travel far in Australia to find nature considering about 70% of the country is pure wilderness. It’s probably for this reason that Aussies have grown to love a road trip, and with a rising number of architectural holiday homes hidden away in secluded areas, the ‘weekender’ has become essential for those seeking an escape from the Sydney rat race.

We visited 3 of the best cabins in scenic seaside locations for a weekend away from the city where guests can switch-off and reconnect with nature.

Fisherman’s Shack, Mackerel Beach

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This restored fisherman’s shack is bedded into the rocks of an island in Sydney’s Pittwater. The two-bedroom rustic cabin – available to rent from $600 per night BoutiqueHomes – was originally built in the 1930s using timber and sandstone found in the local area and was rescued from ruin by its current owner.

 

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The only access to the Aussie holiday home is by boat, followed by a short beach walk leading up into its cliff-side position. The hike to the secluded ‘Little Black Shack’ is well worth it: guests can spy local wildlife from the surrounding bushlands, go kayaking, or soak up the sun on its deck while enjoying views over Mackerel Beach.

Modern shed home, Gerringong

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The Range is a sleek black shed that’s bedded into a hillside on 150 acres of dramatic oceanfront land, on the south coast of New South Wales. Costing from $1,550 AUD per night, the contemporary cabin is part of a working dairy farm and was designed by Aussie practice Atelier Andy Carson to maximise its views of Werri Beach.

 

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The two-bedroom Australian holiday home was inspired by the pitched form of the rural shed, and Carson has wrapped the property in a corrugated steel skin – a riposte to its agricultural setting that doesn’t detract from the building’s panoramic coastal views. Interiors have timber walls and ceilings, polished concrete floors and copper-clad louvers which create shadow-play across the living room and keep the villa cool. An ocean-side deck opens onto a plunge pool overlooking the beach.

Floating A-frame cabin, Palm Beach

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Lilypad is a hybrid couple’s retreat that reconnects guests with nature. Found bobbing gently off the shores of Palm Beach, the two-storey solar-powered cabin was designed by Chuck Anderson – a welder with a passion for the water. The floating A-frame holiday home is reachable only by boat or seaplane and is available to rent directly, starting from $1,650 AUD per night.

 

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Inside is everything guests need for a quiet getaway, with a chef-prepared dinner, breakfast a selection of handpicked wines available. Guests can take a dip in the water, or explore the shore with their own private tender. Water taxis are also available to take them to dry land.

Escape to Tasmania’s dramatic coast

 

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