Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes Although positioned in one of the centres for houseboating in Australia, the Boat House on Hawkesbury is no floating barge. She’s an artfully decorated riverfront property with an air of informality and elegance, and is a treasure trove of everything you could hope for to melt your worries away. Six bedrooms with private courtyards and double spa ensuites, saunas, cascading fish-filled water features, an indoor pool that redefines what an indoor pool should be all about, a private jetty for exploring the river and the kind of water views Sydneysiders poison trees for.

On top of all of this is the oh-so-secluded bush setting that backs up on Brisbane Waters NP. The real surprise is how remote everything feels – even though the Boat House is at most an hour by car from the Sydney CBD. Far away never felt so close.

Details // Wobby Beach, near Brooklyn, NSW. From $600 per room., (02) 6372 1796.

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