Accommodation with a difference. From tiny houses to alpine campsites and houseboats, there are accommodation options in the Barrington Coast to satisfy the curious traveller. Check out our list of unique places to rest your head.
Live the minimalist lifestyle
Barrington Eco Hut
If you’re seeking a holiday spot away from modern technology and noise, look no further! Barrington Eco Hut is an alluring, off-grid cabin designed purely for relaxing among nature.
Designed with the goal of getting Aussie’s to spend time in remote, picturesque locations, without disturbing the surrounding environment, Barrington Eco Hut offers guests an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
You’ll find no phone reception or Wi-Fi at here allowing you to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. This tiny house is just a mere 14 square metres of interior space (less than a third of the size of a typical one-bedroom city apartment!).
Among the eco-friendly features of the cabin are an integrated off-grid solar system, rigid foam insulation that creates minimal air gaps (perfect for the cooler temps of Barrington Tops), a composting toilet; and carbon-neutral Weathertex exterior cladding.
Situated high in in Cobark, the hut is perfectly located as a base camp to explore the Barrington Tops National Park and State Forest. Or simply sit around the fire, gaze at the stars, relax in the hammock, read a book, or just be.
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Aye aye captain
Forster Houseboat Hire
Enjoy a night floating on the pristine waters of Wallis Lake with Forster Luxury Houseboat Hire.
Like a mobile holiday house, houseboats are fully self-contained with everything you need for that truly independent holiday experience. Skippering your own boat means that you can go wherever you want, or just pull into a protected cove on Wallis Lake for a swim or some time ashore. Or wet the line and catch your own dinner to be cooked in the fully functional kitchen or on the deck BBQ. Fall asleep with the sounds of the lapping water against the hull knowing tomorrow you’ve got even more to explore on the lake. And you don't even need a boat licence to operate one.
Forster Luxury Houseboats offer several boats to choose from. You’ll need to book well in advance as these are very popular in the warmer months on the Barrington Coast.
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Have a devil of a time
Devils Retreat, Barrington Tops
The Barrington Coast is home to the largest conservation breeding program for the Tasmanian devil on mainland Australia, Aussie Ark. The organisation has a vision of creating a long-term future for threatened Australian wildlife.
To help fund their vision, Aussie Ark have a range of fundraising initiatives like devil adoption, Ark tours and Devils Retreat, a 4-bedroom home located just 11km from the Aussie Ark site.
With all of the essentials to ensure a relaxing getaway in the mountains, you’ll find yourself wishing to stay longer. Your stay includes a 2.5 hour “Devils in the Wild” tour of Aussie Ark for all guests, normally valued at $150 per person. Time your stay for the devil breeding season and you might even get to hold a baby joey devil!
The location also gives guests amazing access to Barrington Tops National Park including the nearby Polblue Falls and Swamp, Honeysuckle Forest Walk and Devils Hole Lookout.
A great thing about a stay at Devils Retreat is knowing that it helps Aussie Ark on their mission to save Australia’s most vulnerable species.
Book your stay by clicking here.
High altitude camping
Polblue Campground, Barrington Tops National Park
Did you know the Barrington Coast is home to the highest campground in NSW that you can drive to?
So forget the hiking backpacks, compass and snow shoes and instead bring your camper trailer for some comfy camping at the highest spot outside the Australian Alps!
Set amongst subalpine woodland, Polblue is a spacious campground centred around a grassy picnic area, and set away from the main road so it’s perfect for camping with children. The campground has sites suitable for caravans & camper trailers and offers easy access to some of the best attractions in Barrington Tops National Park, including the easy Polblue Swamp walking track.
Polblue is also the perfect location to see snow, with regular flurries occurring in the winter months. A solid dump in the 2018 left 10cm of snow at the campground!
At 1500m above sea level the camp is often cold throughout the year so be sure to bring warm, weather proof clothes.
To book your site and check park alerts head to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website.
Broughton Island, Myall Lakes National Park
North of Hawks Nest, 2km from the coast sits Broughton Island, the only place in NSW where you camp among an active seabird colony with the island a key breeding location for wedge-tailed shearwaters. With only 5 campsites, you’ll feel like you own the island!
Bring your snorkelling equipment and enjoy the crystal clear waters. The waters off Broughton Island are also known as a grey-nurse shark congregating location so keep an eye out for these friendly fish when snorkelling.
Walk the tracks of the island or enjoy some relaxing time on one of the secluded beaches.
Access to Broughton Island is by boat only and you must book in advance through the NSW National Parks website.
Get your groove on
Boogie Woogie Beach House, Old Bar
Voted “the best music hotel on the planet to completely rock your world”, the Boogie Woogie Beach House in Old Bar is a reminder that life can be as simple as in the days of listening to vinyl records.
The Boogie Woogie Beach House is more than music-themed, it’s music everything. There’s a Ziggy Suite, with a mosaic portrait of David Bowie in the shower. The Blondie Family Room features another shower mosaic, along with an Instagram-ready gold bathtub. And the Mix Tape room features a cassette-print bedspread. There’s a record-player in every room and guests are encouraged to grab vinyls from a stack on the wall in the hallway to take back to their room and play.
What really stands out at Boogie Woogie Beach House is the live music scene. It’s been carefully curated and the attention to detail shows. Concerts on their massive deck — called FLOW Bar — draw crowds (locals and visitors) and their parties can last deep into the night. If you have a rock star hangover, brekkie at the downstairs restaurant is epic and restorative.
The building has a beautiful history and magical ambiance, being over 100 years old and living through many reincarnations. Initially a home built by Fred Richardson 1908 on the banks of Racecourse Creek, then Mr Ted Badger took the property over in 1922 and added a second floor. From what we've gathered, from then on it’s always been used as a holiday and entertainment venue.
A must visit for any music lover. Click here to book.