s y d n e y // taking a holiday from our holiday

From Sydney to seclusion


There's something almost addictive about Sydney. The buzz of Bondi, the pace of Paddington, the hustle and bustle of the centre of Australia's biggest city. 

But in between all the places to be and people to see - and doing some damage to the credit cards in between - heading to Sydney for a break doesn't exactly come with many breaks.

Exactly why Mackerel Beach is one Sydney secret worth knowing about.

In the same time that many Sydneysiders crawl through traffic from Manly to Potts Point, you can escape to paradise: a secluded stretch of sand tucked away up the Northern Sydney coastline and reached only by water. And while Mackerel may only be an hour drive and 2km ferry ride away from downtown Sydney, you're a whole other world away once your toes hit its golden sand.

My Aunty and Uncle are lucky enough to own a piece of this paradise, which meant Tom and I were lucky enough to spend a blissful three days at 17 Rose Smith Parade. A beachfront two-bedroom sandstone cottage that sits ten metres from the water and beneath the branches of the guest one-bedroom treehouse. 

It may have a street address but there are no streets; Mackerel's main drag is the sand at your doorstep. No cars; transport is by barefoot, boat or wheelbarrow. And you're more likely to come across kangaroos and kookaburras - along with the odd goanna - than you are other people. 

Our days started with the sun rising over "Summer Bay" and ended with the sound of waves lapping up against the sand as we dozed off to sleep. And in between? We kept busy with whole lot of nothing to do. Bliss.

However, for those who find it hard to sit still, Mackerel is the meeting point between a national park - complete with great bushwalks - and a marine playground; and for the Home and Away fans, Summer Bay is straight across the water (I highly recommend working up an appetite by walking up to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse followed by lunch at The Boathouse AKA 'The Diner'). 

t r a v e l   e s s e n t i a l s :  a good book, bikini, yummy food, and company you won't get sick of (even if it's just your own). 

f o r   b o o k i n g s :  https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/1714235

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