Nestled among native angophoras with views out over the Hawkesbury River, the Dangar Island House is perhaps the epitome of good design. Located about an hour north of Sydney, this is the perfect weekend getaway for when you need to escape it all.
The house was designed by Robertson & Hindmarsh Architects and is situated to maximize sunlight both internally and on the wide deck overlooking the view.
The house is split into two levels. On the upper level, there is the open-plan kitchen and living area, with bleached, polished floorboards and large, black-stained windows that frame the treetop views, two bedrooms (one queen and one twin-bed) as well as a bathroom. Downstairs consists of the third bedroom and combined bathroom/laundry.
The entire space has been beautifully decorated in a mix of local timber and linen with designer furniture mixed with key vintage pieces.
The house also features an indoor wood-burning stove to keep the cold away during winter and an outdoor dining space and BBQ to enjoy the warmer months and the stunning sunsets.
Dangar Island has no car access except for a community electric vehicle and a garbage collection ute. Getting to and from the ferry wharf is therefore by foot or by booking the community buggy.
Dangar Island is a charming, traffic free, natural hideaway on the Hawkesbury River, rich in European and Indigenous history. Keep in mind that Dangar Island is not designed for tourists, so don’t expect to find hotels, bars or beach resorts. But that’s exactly what makes Dangar Island so charming and exciting, and this is also why the locals choose to live there.
From Sydney, drive for about 45-minutes north to the small town of Brooklyn. From there head to the Brooklyn Marina, where you can take the Dangar Island ferry across to the island, which runs hourly.
If you don't have a car, you could consider catching the train from Sydney Central station to Hawkesbury River Station. This runs hourly and takes around 55 minutes. From the station its only a few minutes walk to the Ferry terminal.
Address: Dangar Island, New South Wales, Australia.View larger map