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TRAVEL & LEISURE

The Most Secluded Waterfront Getaways You Can Book on the Northern Beaches

You can't jump on a plane to the Riviera, but you can escape the city for a tranquil weekend on Pittwater.
By Libby Curran
January 18, 2021
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By Libby Curran
January 18, 2021
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While many of us wish we were jumping on a plane for a week of relaxing at a beachside resort in Saint-Tropez or hopping over to the Cinque Terre for many bowls of pasta and spritzes, the reality is international travel is still off the cards for little while now. But, that doesn't mean a glamorous waterfront getaway is completely unattainable. About an hour's drive north of Sydney, you'll find Pittwater, which is surrounded by hundreds of secluded beach houses, charming cabins set right on the water and serene retreats that'll transport you miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

To save you hours of scrolling, we've rounded up a list of the most stunning — and most secluded — Airbnbs located by the water around the northern beaches. So, book a spot, pack your togs and get ready to escape the city for a weekend of relaxing.

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CHINOOK BOATSHED, SCOTLAND ISLAND

This cosy coastal cabin is the ideal destination for couples wanting to unwind, beachside. It's got character aplenty, with sparkling water views to match.

How much? From $195 a night, sleeps two.

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOATSHED, MORNING BAY

This charming overwater cabin is the epitome of peaceful getaway, located between national park and the glistening waters of Morning Bay.

How much? From $90 a night, sleeps two.

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WHITEWASHED ARTIST'S COTTAGE, PALM BEACH

Coastal-chic whites and eclectic treasures up the charm factor at this arty retreat, featuring stunning bay views and a private rooftop terrace.

How much? From $1150 a night, sleeps two.

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BOATHOUSE ON THE WATERFRONT, AVALON BEACH

A cheery couples' hideout perched right on the shores of Careel Bay, where just a few steps connect open-plan living with waterfront jetty.

How much? From $863 a night, sleeps two.

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SECLUDED WATERFRONT COTTAGE, LOVETT BAY

It doesn't get much more secluded than this bayside retreat for two, backing onto lush national park and with water-only access.

How much? From $352 a night, sleeps two.

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CRAIGS, COASTERS RETREAT

Treat your flock to some downtime at this family-style retreat, enveloped by pristine bushland and set just metres from the shore.

How much? From $425 a night, sleeps six.

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THE SECRET PALM BEACH GETAWAY, PALM BEACH

At this breezy Palm Beach cottage, the open-plan living space, sprawling deck and infinity pool all boast the same covetable water views.

How much? From $700 a night, sleeps two.

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ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT, GREAT MACKEREL BEACH

Perched right on the Pittwater shoreline, this architectural stunner isn't wanting for anything. But you might just find a favourite in the expansive sun-drenched terrace.

How much? From $1200 a night, sleeps eight. 

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SANDSTONE COTTAGE, GREAT MACKEREL BEACH

One of Mackerel Beach's original sandstone cottages is now a secluded six-person hideaway with spectacular sunrises to match.

How much? From $871 a night, sleeps six. 

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CAPE MACKEREL CABIN, GREAT MACKEREL BEACH

Secure your own patch of Great Mackerel beachfront, boasting an entertainer's dream deck and views that stretch from Palm Beach to the Central Coast.

How much? From $632 a night, sleeps six. 

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LITTLE BLACK SHACK, GREAT MACKEREL BEACH

This beautifully revamped fisherman's cottage is flanked by bush and beach, offering a dreamy nature-filled hideaway for both couples and mates.

How much? From $871 a night, sleeps four.

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GINGER'S — LA HAVEN, COASTERS RETREAT

Light-filled and beautifully appointed, this revamped retro paradise boasts a lush bushland setting, perched only metres from the waters of Coasters Retreat.

How much? From $445 a night, sleeps two.

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EXCLUSIVE MARINE PARADISE, MCCARRS CREEK

Accessible only by water, this modern nautical cottage feels worlds away from reality. Fresh white interiors and a sun-drenched waterfront deck round out the holiday vibes.

How much? From $735 a night, sleeps ten.

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THE VENTNOR BOATHOUSE, ELVINA BAY

Live out your vintage fantasies with a stay at this heritage boathouse, featuring a stunning sandstone patio set among mangroves and spotted gums.

How much? From $500 a night, sleeps four.

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ISLAND PARADISE, SCOTLAND ISLAND

An idyllic holiday hideaway boasting its own jetty, sandy beach and secluded island address. Plus, ripper views from the open-plan living space and deck.

How much? From $500 a night, sleeps six.

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Top image: Waterfront Boathouse

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Published on January 18, 2021 by Libby Curran

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