Hidden away from them more developed towns and beaches of NSW’s north coast is the barely developed Seal Rocks (and its Lighthouse stay), number 49 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Sam McDonagh, country manager of Airbnb Australia.

With a population of just 131, the tiny little beach town of Seal Rocks on NSW’s north coast is one of only a few remaining coastal villages to have avoided major development – there’s one, ordinary dirt road separating the town and the main road, so it’s blissfully peaceful.

The pinnacle of this solitude, however, is inarguable: a stunning headland, on top of which sits a lighthouse. “And you can stay in it!” says Sam McDonagh.

“Working with Airbnb, Sam reckons he has stayed in many cool spots, but this one is a really special experience. Seal Rocks is a quintessential coastal town, and although it’s a hit with locals, it’s really hidden away from the rest of the world.”

The ideal spot for a romantic beachside escape, we’d say. Lighthouse from $390 a night; airbnb.com.au/rooms/529410


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