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10 blissful and beautiful boat houses to book now

The new waterfront luxury

We’re calling it: the boat house is the new beach house. These secluded waterfront stays are cool in summer, cosy in winter, and offer private ocean access all year round. By nature, they’re warm and humble – a shed or shack tacked onto the back of a magnificent harbour property. But don’t be fooled – today’s boat houses are luxurious getaways in their own right, ranging from romantic oases for two to full-scale holiday homes. Unintentionally, the accommodation in this list is concentrated in New South Wales and Tasmania (not surprising given the former is famed for its harbour, and the latter is an island), but well worth a visit from anywhere in Australia…

NSW

The Ventnor Boathouse

Set amongst the gumtrees on the edge of the Ku Ring Gai National Park less than an hour north of Sydney, this cute little cottage scores points for its rustic-chic styling and sublime riverfront deck.

Sleeps: Four

Rates: From $500/night

Book here.

Pittwater Boathouse

This perfectly petite weekender is hidden in the hills of Clareville on Sydney’s northern beaches; see our full review here.

Sleeps: Two

Rates: From $380/night

Book here.

Tides Reach

Another piece of paradise on Pittwater, Tides Reach is a light-filled, nautical retreat, only accessible via boat.

Sleeps: Eight

Rates: From $739/night

Book here.

Marramarra Lodge

This Hawkesbury River retreat puts the bougie in bungalow. Check out the adjoining restaurant for a degustation dinner by a Michelin-starred chef.

Sleeps: Two

Rates: From $1250/night

Book here.

Little Black Shack

More of a cabin than a boat house, this lovingly restored fisherman’s cottage on Mackerel Beach in Pittwater made the list for its inviting style and warmth: the stuff weekend dreams are made of. 

Sleeps: Four

Rates: From $770/night

Book here

Top image courtesy of Little Black Shack.

Morning Bay Boatshed

Get back to nature at this beautifully crafted boat house; it’s built from scratch, only accessible via boat and utterly secluded (yet only 40km from the Sydney CBD).

Sleeps: Two

Cost: From $200/night

Book here.

Tasmania

Satellite Island

Rent this private island in southern Tasmania and you’re granted exclusive access to a three-bedroom summer house and two-bedroom boat house – plus everything you’ll need to spend your days swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and shucking oysters.

Sleeps: Eight

Rates: From $2400/night for two guests (for the entire island). An extra $400/night for each additional guest.

Book here

Picnic Island

Copper-clad, architecturally designed cottages meet the water’s edge on this private island, located off the Freycinet Peninsula.

Sleeps: 10

Cost: From $2200/night for exclusive use of the island.

Book here

Bruny Boathouse

Soak up panoramic views across d’Entrecasteaux Channel at this coastal sanctuary on Bruny Island, south of Hobart.

Sleeps: Four

Cost: From $300/night

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Deviot Boathouse

This lush oasis sits on the banks of the Tamar River in north-west Tasmania. It’s a dreamy escape from the everyday with design cred too, and was previously crowned home of the year by the Tasmanian HIA.

Sleeps: Four

Cost: From $548/night

Book here

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