Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes

Some holiday homes you just want to run away to and hide in until forever comes and goes. We’d put The Rock Retreat firmly in that category. Overlooking the Tweed Valley in far northern NSW and perched on such a high plateau that you’ll occasionally look down at eagles flying past its massive wraparound balconies, this eyrie-cum-holiday home leaves the stresses of the city far below.

The beaches of Byron are about 45mins away. On a clear day you can see to Queensland. With panoramic views to Mt Warning, you’ll be one of the first in Australia to see the sun rise each morning. It’s set on just over two acres of tropical garden, and it’s difficult to imagine a more warmly and fashionably furnished holiday home. A series of large draw-up screens turns much of the interior into extensions of the wide timber decking, with nothing between you and the crisp mountain air but hammocks, a thin railing and your own sense of self-preservation.

Details // Upper Duroby Creek Rd, Bilambil, NSW. From $795 per weekend. www.therockretreat.com, 0419 600 044.

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