Absolute beachfront and absolutely divine: take your sandy toes to breakfast on your own deck.
Absolute beachfront. These two simple words conjure a whole holiday experience of salty skin, sandy feet and seaside rejuvenation. There’s nothing like skipping barefoot across your lawn down a sandy path to the beach.
Aussies love their care-free beachside holidays. Sometimes you crave big, open and airy rooms to help clear the cobwebs from your mind. Other times all you need is a cosy cliffside cottage with commanding views.
And if you can go shoeless from your deck to the dunes, then you’ll know the importance of absolute beachfront.
Here are our top suggestions for secret beach houses that deliver big, no matter what their size.
Black Diamond Beach House, Diamond Beach
Absolute beachfront plus a private plunge pool with snazzy cabana. Oh, and a pool table, pinball, hammock plus sauna too. This is luxurious beachfront living with unbeatable amenities for all ages, even your kids will think you’re rich.
12 Cliff Road, Forster
While not technically absolute beachfront, for a quick dip it’s just a quick skip across the road. And those amazing views of beautiful One Mile Beach can be enjoyed without even moving from your favourite spot on the balcony or lounge sofa. This is all-weather blissful perfection with Forster at its best.
Annie’s at Blueys, Blueys Beach
Absolute beachfront with uninterrupted panoramic views from the deck. This beach house is understated coastal luxe with seamless indoor-outdoor living, private decks and entertaining areas. Marrying seclusion with deluxe splendour, this place would look good on any magazine cover.
88South, Boomerang Beach
Absolute beachfront and where modern minimalism meets luxury and comfort. The multiple living spaces, sun-soaked decks and 13 metre lap pool of this architectural masterpiece are hard to surpass. And yes, it's actually already been featured in Vogue Living. It’s uber-contemporary and you’ll feel like a movie star here… this is how the Hemsworths (probably) live.
Umi at Boomerang, Boomerang Beach
Absolute beachfront with absolute luxury, this is another contender for a front page feature. The added deluxe bonus here is for the lucky occupants of the beachfront bedroom: prop yourself against those plump pillows in bed with your morning cuppa and watch the sun rise over the beautiful Pacific Ocean. I’ll stay in bed a bit longer thanks.
Bask, Green Point
Who said absolute beachfront couldn’t be on a lake? This luxury holiday house fronts onto Wallis Lake south of Forster and it’s beautifully styled into Australian coastal luxe. Cross the lawns to the steps to the lake, there are paddle boards and kayaks provided. Or simply sip a few cocktails on the balcony with your bunch of girlfriends and do all that active stuff tomorrow.
Davies Cottage, Seal Rocks
Stunning beachfront views and within a national park? Nestled on a cliffside near Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse you’ll love the unobstructed views of Boat Beach and Sugarloaf Bay. Although there’s no direct access down the steep cliff to Boat Beach, you’ll feel very much like master and commander of everything you see from this deck. BYO captain’s hat and spyglass.
Seal Rocks Lighthouse Cottages, Seal Rocks
Built in 1825 and carefully refurbished for modern comforts, these cottages offer heritage accommodation in a truly spectacular location. Surrounded by national park with unbeatable panoramic views, this isolated location is a reminder of how our entire coastline once looked: wild and beautiful. Follow the pathway down to Lighthouse Beach or simply revel in the views from the headland, day or night.