Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes Never has an era been so fondly recalled as the simple Australian beach life of the 1950s. Partridge Cottage, overlooking the Cape Byron Marine Park in Byron Bay, is one of the last of the original ’50s north coast beach shacks. With its simple, white-painted clapboard exterior, wooden floors and retro furniture (think red laminate chairs, colourful wall tiles and antique lamps), Partridge Cottage has been lovingly renovated to stay true to its heritage.
It’s not flashy, but it oozes warmth and character. And with sand from one of Australia’s premier beaches right up to the back door, it’s the sort of place you’ll just want to kick off your shoes, crack open a cold one and never have to leave the verandah.
But for those wishing for a little more action, there are fantastic snorkelling and scuba diving spots in the marine park, the restaurants and nightlife of Byron are only a short walk away, and the house overlooks the Pass – one of the world’s top surfing locations. Partridge Cottage has two bedrooms and sleeps five, but can be bundled in with Geoff’s Studio next door, which sleeps two.
Details // Lighthouse Rd, Byron Bay, NSW. From $250 per night. www.takeabreak.com.au/Partridge-Cottage-on-the-Beach.htm