A Winter Guide to Coastal Getaways
Thinking about a winter escape? There’s no need to jet off to far-flung places, when the most beautiful coastal towns in the world are right on Sydney’s doorstep. Sure, you might not be swimming, but you can cosy up while listening to the waves crash against the shore. Plus, there’s something so sweet about soaking up the sea views for a much cheaper price than you would in the summer. Just sayin’.
Steps away from Culburra Beach, this Hamptons-style holiday house sleeps up to 12 people. It’s spacious and cosy at the same time, with six bedrooms, multiple entertaining areas, and an indoor fireplace that calls for curling up with a book on those wintry afternoons. Oh, and The Cape doesn’t have WiFi, making it the perfect place to really unwind.
The Marina, Culburra Beach
Let your winter woes melt away at Tumbling Waters Retreat, a luxe retreat on the Illawarra escarpment. Designed with couples in mind, it has a spa, restaurant, and yoga, pilates and massage rooms, as well as views of the beach and Royal National Park. Bliss out in Amanzi Beach Suite– it has its own stone bath tub just foot steps away from the beach.
31 Stonehaven Road, Stanwell Tops
The country meets the coast at Soul of Gerringong, a rural retreat close to the seaside town of its namesake (near Berry). You can shack up in one of guestrooms in the Soul Farmhouse or have the Soul Barn or Soul Cabana to yourself. Curl up in front of the fireplace at The Farmhouse, otherwise the Soul Barn comes with complete privacy, its own living space and kitchenette.
143 Belinda Street, Gerringong
At this coastal-chic hideaway, you can mingle with musicians – almost. The Boogie Woogie Beach House is made up of five themed rooms: the Ziggy, the Cave, the Louis, the Grohl and the Mix Tape. Each is decorated with mosaics to reflect each musician, plus vintage record players and quirky accents. Downstairs, Flow Bar is a buzzing live music venue.
31 David Street, Old Bar
If you’re planning a family or group getaway, check out this waterfront gem. It’s gorgeous, with five bedrooms, an enclosed courtyard, a pool and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over Whale Beach. Snuggle up in front of the fireplace or on the deck with a glass of wine, and then whip up a BBQ feast.
Whale Beach Road, Whale Beach
Built in the late 1800s, this cottage is a hop, skip and a jump away from Berry’s cafes, restaurants and boutiques. It sleeps six people across three bedrooms, and features a fully equipped country kitchen and an undercover entertaining area with a heated spa, BBQ and fireplace. To really treat yourself, book a pamper session in the private massage room.
68 Queen Street, Berry
Perched on the fringe of the Bouddi National Park, Pretty Beach House lives up to its name. With room for just eight guests, it has all the ingredients for a relaxing weekend: spacious suites with unbeatable views of the ocean and bush, a farm-to-table restaurant, and a cosy living area decked out with lounges, cashmere throws and a piano.
83 High View Road, Pretty Beach
Cruise to the south coast and stay at Bannisters by the Sea, a 32-room luxury hotel perched on Mollymook Beach. It’s the definition of coastal-chic, with rooms designed by Collette Dinnigan, plus a rooftop pool and day spa. In the chilly months, Bannisters’ Ten Degrees Warmer package will warm you up with credits to the spa, bar and famous restaurant, Rick Stein.
191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook