Are these Australia's most awesome beach houses?
Posted by Casey Warrener on Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Summer is drawing near, which means it’s time to get away. Preferably by the beach. Lucky for us we live in a sun soaked, water bound country, and we have a clutch of stunning beach houses to choose from. Here’s our list of the best – get in quick.
Quarterdeck Clifftop, Blairgowrie, VIC
This huge beach house located at the highpoint of Blairgowrie has views from every room – overlooking the Marina on one side and Port Phillip Bay on the other. There are decks on both levels to watch the boats float along from the open waters of the Bass Strait to their peaceful port in the bay. The best part? A Jacuzzi big enough for six – perfect for unwinding after days spent in the sun and saltwater. Open a bottle of something delicious, sink into the tub, and say cheers to a great holiday by the beach.
The Ocean Retreat, Falmouth, TAS
Ocean views are one thing, but feeling as if you’re hovering above the dramatic waters of the Bass Strait? That’s something else. In a secluded corner of east coast Tasmania, The Ocean Retreat is a glass-walled beach house that makes you feel as if you’re outside all of the time. Here, no luxury has been spared. The only problem is it’s hard to know where to begin – preparing local delicacies in the chef’s kitchen, lazing on the plush sofas watching the wild breaks, wading in the heated plunge pool, or catching sun on the deck’s chaise lounges? It’s a hard life.
The Deck House, Wye River, VIC
For an ultra romantic escape by the sea, The Deck House in Wye River is a dream. Suspended above a secluded cove of beach, the 180-degree ocean views from this home will knock your socks off. Sip champagne on the sun-drenched deck, snuggle up on the daybed-sized window seat, or sit in front of the crackling fire and get lost in the endless expanse of water in the background.
Boonooloo Beach House, Newell Beach, QLD
Boonooloo Beach House is an architect-designed hideaway in tropical north Queensland that makes the most of the incredible setting. 'Boonooloo' means surrounded by water, and the name doesn’t lie; right on the ocean’s edge looking across to Port Douglas, you can jump out of the infinity pool and onto the sand, run into the waves of the Coral Sea, and then dry off in the palm-shaded hammock on the foreshore. The rooms in this airy wood-clad haven open up to let the outdoors in, and tall glass panels frame the golden beachfront.
East Bedarra Island Retreat, Bedarra Island, QLD
East Bedarra Island Retreat is the epitome of coastal luxury for two. The island is all yours – no resort crowds, no sharing the reef with boatloads of travellers. The showpiece of this stunning villa is the deck suspended over the Great Barrier Reef, housing a saltwater plunge pool that imitates its natural sea-stack surrounds. Utilise the gourmet kitchen, or arrange for the fridge to be stocked with top-notch organic meals so you don’t have to do a thing. For romance or simply because you deserve to satisfy your wanderlust in style, this is a beach house like no other. Bonus: After long days in the sun, recline in front of your very own moonlight cinema with the islands and stars as your backdrop.
The Dune House, Queenscliff, VIC
Aptly named, this home is built on high sand dunes and screened away by tea-trees, through which a private path leads to a shimmering stretch of Queenscliff beach. The Dune House’s architect owner specialises in open, modern design, reflected in the indoor-outdoor feel of this stunning hideaway where retractable glass doors allow the sea breeze and native gardens in. Outside there’s a sumptuous daybed big enough for a few; enjoy good food and company around the dining table on the deck, and when you’ve had your fill, layback on the lounge in the sun.
Tammar Ridge, Snellings Beach, SA
Close your eyes and picture gently sloping farmlands dipping into turquoise sea water. Now open them – you’re at Tammar Ridge on Kangaroo Island, and this scene is real. A hilltop beach house surrounded by 35-acres, floor-to-ceiling shopfront windows capture the rural and coastal scenery on every side – whether lounging, resting your head or bathing, the gorgeous views won’t escape you. While in a setting that feels totally secluded, you’re close enough to partake in all the gourmet offerings of the island. Though we’d suggest picking up supplies on your way because once you arrive, you’ll want to stay.
Barefoot at Broken Head, Broken Head, NSW
Nestled in rainforest south of the Byron Bay Lighthouse lies Barefoot at Broken Heads. Here five bedrooms are housed in separate Balinese-style buildings connected by walkways and decks, so you can retreat to relax whenever you wish. If you can snag it, you’ll love the egg-shaped bath on the honeymoon suite’s private terrace. There’s a pathway leading from the house to incredible surf, and you’re nearby two of the most deserted and beautiful beaches in the area – Bray and Kings – both hidden down jungle tracks. When you’re ready to rinse off, plunge into the infinity edge basin that flows seamlessly into a 20-metre lap pool.
The Seahorse Beach House, Gnarabup, WA
With Western Australia’s incredible swells crashing just beyond your doorstep and the Margaret River a 10-minute trip away, this sublimely cool beach house has all the makings of an excellent summer retreat. Every room in this spacious home includes designer furnishings, select artworks and breathtaking ocean views. Prop your head over the lap pool’s edge and watch the waves roll in, letting the Seahorse Beach House work its relaxing magic.
Ocean Blue Retreat, Rye, VIC
Located just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, this stylish, resort-style beach house is a relaxing haven by the sea. The best part? The team behind Ocean Blue Retreat can organise for you to indulge in Rye’s finest dining, wineries, spas, or even put on a banging cocktail party at your swanky stay. Whatever you desire to do can be arranged at the snap of your fingers. But with a solar heated pool, al fresco dining and lounge areas big enough for you and all your mates, chances are you’ll simply desire to lounge around this carefree home.
Beachview Bellerive, Hobart, TAS
This cool Californian-style bungalow is just 200 metres from Bellerive Beach. And in charming Hobart, you can expect the coast won’t be the only scenery to look forward to – all the streets here are lined with beyond beautiful heritage buildings. Step through relaxed gardens where fig trees and David Austin roses bloom, into super sleek interiors where polished timbers act as a canvas for designer artworks and furnishings. If you can tear yourself away from this trendy beach house, you’re a short stroll from Bellerive Village, and a water-taxi can transport you to Salamanca Markets and the city.
Arthouse Bay of Fires, Binnalong Bay, TAS
Located paces from the perfect white sands and granite boulders of Binalong Bay is Arthouse Bay of Fires. This is a beach house with artistic flair – owner and creator Genevieve de Couvreur fashioned much of its furniture, and all of the featured artworks. If you’re feeling inspired, there’s a fully stocked studio for you to design something of your own. This house has everything required to fulfil total relaxation – from an eclectic library of books and mags, to picnic baskets, pantry staples and yoga mats. Meditate amongst nature, loll about in the crystalline waters of this private section of beach, and then indulge in local oysters on the deck.
Noosa Holiday House, Castaways Beach, QLD
Noosa Holiday House is a fresh white beach pad that matches the sun-soaked, unspoiled surrounds, with massive windows framing the incredibly blue waters of Castaways Beach. While only a few minutes drive from Noosa’s hub, the house’s position on the headland of a quiet stretch of sand makes for one private retreat. With an entertaining deck, pool and bedroom balcony, you won’t be short of spots to enjoy the great weather. We’d suggest grabbing a scoop of organic gelato from Massimo’s on Hastings Street, and savouring the cool treat on a wander through the cove-lined National Park.
Sandcastles, Port Fairy, VIC
On the shores of East Beach Port Fairy is Sandcastles, a sublime beach house with elegant designer touches. Port Fairy has plenty of appeal, with historic buildings, eclectic boutiques and great food. You’re within walking distance of all this, and the River Moyne sits directly behind the house. But we’d just be curling up in a dome-shaped rattan chair or cushiony sun bed on one of ocean facing decks, enjoying the sea breeze and watching the swells roll in. Life at the beach doesn’t get much better than this.
Adelaide Luxury Beach House, Henley Beach, SA
Situated just 15-minutes from the Adelaide CBD on the shores of Henley Beach, Adelaide Luxury Beach House really is just that. With uninterrupted ocean views from all three levels and South Australian wine to settle in with, the hardest decision you'll have to make is which part of this lavish home to enjoy first. We'd recommend heading up to the rooftop terrace for an aperitif as the sun goes down.
The Queen, Moffat Beach, QLD
Located along the Moffat Beach headland, The Queen’s hilltop position means incredible views out to the long break and access to the water’s edge by simply strolling down to the sand. Moffat Beach is one of the Coast’s best, but unless you were a local you likely wouldn’t know it. This beach house is all about the breezy living areas. The entertaining terrace – sheltered and cooled by the surrounding coastal vegetation – is made for socialising. And when you’re ready to retreat there are sunny nooks and bedroom balconies to read or nap. Stop into the area’s Pocket Espresso Bar for a killer iced coffee to kick-start days at the beach.
In Australia, this time of the year is all about the beach; nowhere in the world has sweeps of shorelines like ours, and we’ve made the coastal retreat an art form. There are so many great beach breaks that we couldn’t include them all, but if you want more, check out our inspiration page or select a seaside destination.