Girt By Sea
Pretty Beach House featured in World Traveller Magazine, January 2017
World Traveller Magazine. By Laura Snook
As I strolled along the shore of one of Bouddi National Park’s endless beaches, an elderly swimmer emerged from the ocean, dripping with salt water. I noticed his sunweathered wrinkles – presumably garnered from multiple days spent just like this – and friendly smile, thrown in my direction in typical, friendly Aussie style. I returned the grin and he exclaimed, “You know, if this is Earth then I don’t want to go to heaven.” I couldn’t help but agree. An island continent, Australia has no shortage of aquatic delights along its vast coast. From surfing beaches to waters teeming with marine creatures, there’s an entire underwater playground just waiting to be discovered. And while iconic landmarks such as the Great Barrier Reef and Bondi Beach may be the best known, like Bouddi’s sands there are plenty more to be found away from the masses.
National Park with a Heart
Located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Bouddi National Park takes its name from the Aboriginal word for ‘heart’ – and this place certainly manages to steal the hearts of all those who visit. Its diverse landscape is ripe with golden beaches, rocky clifftops and ancient rainforests gleefully skirting the ocean, and you won’t find friendlier locals. On one side of the park is a handful of beaches with perfect conditions for that national pastime of catching a wave; on the other, calmer seas are ideal for swimming, kayaking and sailing. A must-do is the Bouddi coastal walk, an 8km trail boasting beautiful beaches, boardwalks and birdlife. Stop for a picnic at one of the many inviting spots, surrounded by wildflowers, and keep your eyes peeled for
migrating whales in the water at your feet. Base yourself at Pretty Beach House – an intimate luxury abode nestled in the treetops, with sweeping vistas of the bay below and untouched national parkland. With just four self-contained suites, it’s as cosy as it is scenic and boasts heated plunge pools, private decks and delicious food from award-winning Italian chef Stefano Manfredi. To really push the boat out, a personal seaplane transfer from Sydney
ensures a royal arrival.