Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes What a grand idea! Take one of the most revered restaurants on Sydney’s Hawkesbury River, open up an apartment to the paying public just a lazy five-minute float downstream, then include in the tariff a six-course meal at the restaurant and a hand-delivered breakfast in the morning that will leave foodies salivating like Pavlov’s dog when the ferry’s foghorn blows.

Owned by head chef Dietmar Sawyere and his wife, Nicole, the Berowra Waters Inn Guesthouse isn’t some fibro shack tacked on to feed off the success of the restaurant. It’s a fully self-contained single-bedroom bastion of luxury perched on a eucalypt-lined river, complete with Egyptian cotton, Finnish sauna and backyard pizza oven.

There’s also a raft of activities to help take full advantage of the river setting; guests can make use of kayaks to explore the shorelines for hidden beaches, eons-old Aboriginal art and native wildlife, or take the tinny out with some fishing rods and try to land a flathead or mulloway for your very own culinary masterpiece.

Details // Via Bay Rd, Berowra Waters, NSW. From $950 per couple per night. www.berowrawatersinn.com, (02) 9456 1027.

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