Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes Ever wanted to travel back in time? Now’s your chance. For a holiday at Snapper Lodge in Newport, you’d be better off packing a poodle skirt, white ankle socks and hair curlers than your bikini; it’s an utterly kitsch, perfectly preserved 1950s beach house, complete with lime-washed doors, candy pink painted walls, striped sunlounges, awnings and gingham checked beds.

It’s not hard to understand why Snapper Lodge – originally a boathouse – is so admired by design and fashion gurus. The house is awash with colour, and characterised by a million darling little details, making it more a work of art than a holiday home. There’s retro furniture, a stripy miniature lighthouse on the deck, embroidered cushions, flags, picture frames and pieces of antique crockery.

But besides its artistic finesse, two-bedroom Snapper Lodge has all the luxuries of a first-class holiday home, including its own private jetty and stretch of sandy beach overlooking Pittwater.

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