Right on Bradleys Beach is this stylish,architect designed, retro, three bedroom, two bathroom home with rolling lawns leading to the sandy beach in your front yard, just an hour north of Sydney. If you are planning a holiday on Dangar Island, the beach is where it's at! The sand is just a few metres from your front door. Enjoy swimming and fishing without leaving the front yard!!!
Sit watching the tide come in while the kids idle away hours building sand castles or chasing little crabs. The beach is very calm and slopes off gently, a perfect spot for kids to swim and play.
If you do decide to leave the house, Dangar Island has a cafe and a bowling club both just a few minutes walk from the property.
Dangar Island cafe is situated at the main wharf and offers fabulous light meals, you can bring your own wine and enjoy unique waterfront relaxation. The weekend features a BBQ breakfast cooked by one of the cafes wonderful volunteers. Grab a newspaper, have a coffee and enjoy the view.
Dangar Island bowling club is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for dinner and Saturday and Sunday's for lunch. (Main meals from $15. Fresh seafood including oysters & prawns a specialty.) Head down to the club for bare foot bowls and be sure to check out the open mic night which goes ahead on the first Friday night of every month.
The island has a ferry service operating from Brooklyn to Dangar every hour from 7am - 7pm, there is also a water taxi service. There is a buggy service on the island which can escort you and your luggage from the main wharf to the house at a cost of $5 per person.
Bedrooms: 3 Accom: 6 (1K, 1Q, 2S)
Boat Accom: Beachfront
- Wi Fi internet access
- Bluetooth audio speaker (connect your iphone, laptop for music)
- DVD Player, CD Player
- Sony Bluray playerin loungeroom with Netflix and Foxtel
- Kids games/toys/beach and water toys
- 2 Kayaks and oars provided
- Life jackets
- Fishing rods and tackle
- Linen Supplied, Ironing Facilities, Towels Supplied
- Clothes dryer, Washing Machine
Dangar Island review by Imogen Eveson, published on Broadsheet (08/01/17)
When you wander the main roads of Dangar Island it’s hard to believe you’re only an hour’s drive – and a quick ferry trip – from George Street. It’s a tranquil and sensory experience – a tonic for anyone suffering from city malaise.
The roads are unbothered by cars (and for the most part, tarmac) and encounters are limited to those with friendly locals, neighbourhood dogs or sleepy cats. Kookaburra calls come from trees, while the scent of roses and jasmine bushes powder the air. The surrounding bush is wild and fertile, parting at intervals to reveal a perfectly framed view of the river below. The sound of a summer playlist rings through speakers and a coil of barbeque smoke makes you hungry, though its provenance is hard to pinpoint. Houses are hidden by nature and your only clue as to their presence is a random gate, Secret Garden-style, to offer a glimpse into the world of those who live here.
The island, with its population of approximately 270, is one of the only residential islands in the Hawkesbury River. An eclectic and passionate community keeps afloat an impressive infrastructure that includes a cafe, shop, licensed bowling club, fire brigade, postal service and even a historical society. Steeped in ancient and early white-Australian history, its 29 hectares are comprised of either Crown land or national park. And while this landscape might be dense and dramatic, care and creative thinking (wheelbarrows are parked up at the wharf for residents to share in lieu of cars) make it an incredibly welcoming (and quirky) destination.
A daily ferry service aboard The Sun ships residents and visitors alike from the wharf at Brooklyn, just off Hawkesbury River station. It’s easily accessible by car via the F3 freeway, or by train: a slightly longer option but one that leaves you free from the hassle of finding a park in the Hawkesbury River Marina’s limited allotment. Have some spare change for the ferry – your Opal card won’t cut it out here – and climb aboard for the gentle bob down the river.
You’ll see the cafe and shop to your right as you land on the island, occupying a prime spot overlooking the river. The terrace is sunny and shady in perfect balance, and if you arrive by 11am on the weekend you’ll find the breakfast barbeque fired up. Inside sits a light-filled tearoom and a shop selling newspapers, essentials and creature comforts to the islanders. It also displays a selection of artworks, ceramics and jewellery made by people in the Hawkesbury region.
“We have a lot of artists and writers living here,” says owner Fiona Mullen – herself a resident for more than 20 years. “So every month we try to have a changeover of different artists exhibiting and selling.” Artistic inflections are in play across the island. As if responding to the vibrant diversity of its ecosystem, individuals add their own brushstrokes: carving house signs by hand, adorning signposts with colourful knitting and decorating defunct boats with Tibetan prayer flags.
You can see all this via two walks that wind round the island (“It’s impossible to get lost!” Mullen assures). With the cafe as your base, it’s a short stroll through the island’s more populous area to Bradley’s Beach, a safe, shallow and picturesque swimming spot. Loop back around past the bowling club – you can stop for a beer and some barefoot bowls if you like – and join the aptly named Riverview Avenue, which circles the rest of the island. Here you’ll see the grand Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge; the original construction of which took place on this very soil. Or make your way up to the nature reserve, where Aboriginal rock carvings suggest that for at least 30,000 years, the island was a gathering place for speakers of the Kuring-gai language.
You can see the sights and soak up the flavour of Dangar Island in three hours, but it would be easy to while away many more. Holiday rental and guesthouse accommodation on stayz.com.au is available for those who want to stay overnight.
Come home time, catch the ferry back to Brooklyn and if you have time to spare, grab some fresh oysters at the Hawkesbury River Marina and look back across the river at Dangar. For such a dark wedge of land, you’d never have known it contained so much colour.