As a resident of the “island”, I am very lucky to have what I consider to be the best of both worlds. A truly amazing home with ocean views, river views, mountain views - a little piece of paradise only 45 minutes drive from Sydney. Near by car and far by experience.
Perched only 60 metres away from the private jetty, the home itself is an entertainer’s delight. It melds perfectly to be what you need it to be - fantastic fishing cabin for a weekend away with the boys, base camp for exploring local wildlife, beach house with plenty of areas to relax for a weekend escape, clubhouse with games, firepit, pool table and ping pong for a family tribe on school holidays.
My dream with this home is to provide a space which caters to anything you could wish to do in this pristine location. And, I have to say, so far, so good.
Originally from somewhere just a tad different to Bar Point (I’m from Joburg in South Africa), I still wake up every day in this extraordinary location pinching myself! I like to think of myself as a bit of an entertainer with an adventurous spirit - so I have designed the home and to include everything you require for Fishing, crabbing, kayaking, boating, exploring or simply enjoying some time relaxing with a wine or two enjoying the view.
I also live locally so am on hand (at your request) to assist with advice on the local caves, watersports, nearby secret beaches and all things marine. I can tell you where to get the best fish and chips (or where to catch the best fish!) or chart a course for you to explore the local waterways on our pontoon boat (no license required) or cruiser (with license) for the day.
When was the last time you visited somewhere without cars? There are no cars on the "island", just fun little buggies. Please also bring the kids bikes or scooters so they can explore.
The front yard is the river where you can fish, ski, kayak. The immediate back yard is enclosed and comes with an BBQ and a Huge fire pit. On the other side of the backyard is the Popran National park where you can hike, walk down the path, get some firewood or just take in the nature. If the bush is a bit rough for you then walk on the grassed reserve in front of the house which is more of an extended garden than a reserve.
Visit our little local post office. It’s open 24/7 - you can even fish from the post office when the postman has gone.
For our adventurous guests who love discovering secret spots, take a hike to the spectacular local fresh water dam or hike to the top of the mountain for incredible views of the Hawkesbury River. You can even use the kayak or take the boat to historic Bar Island (5 minutes across the water) to explore church ruins and some gravestones or travel down the river to uncover the HMS Paramatta1 shipwreck. How often have you gone shopping or to restaurant by boat? Now is your opportunity, as there are no stores on the “island” itself. Convenience shops and restaurants are all a short boat ride away. I do need to say though that the idea is for you to really enjoy your time at the house - so make sure you come well stocked. Bring marshmallows for the firepit, enough beer for your fishing trip and some tasty treats for the BBQ.
I am always excited to welcome new guests to Bar Point and to our stunning home. Architecturally designed, it highlights the best of the natural environment whilst bringing all the modern conveniences you require for a great holiday.
Consists of 4 bedrooms with a double bed in 3 rooms and the 4th bedroom has 2 double beds
On the landing is an additional single bed with a pull out bed
Air conditioned open lounge/living area
Indoor fire place
Full bathroom with Bath, Shower and Toilet
Additional Separate toilet with hand basin
Fully equipped kitchen with stove, oven, microwave and cooking equipment
Over 100 DVD’s
Wifi Internet/Netflix/Foxtel with basic channels
A 6 burner gas BBQ
An enclosed back yard for your pets
Full size and half size table tennis table with air hockey table on the reverse of half size
Buggy and cart to assist bringing your stuff from boat to house
A baby sitter is available by request so the adults can spend a little time kicking back
There are many local oyster farms and places of interest - should you be interested in a curated tour for food, fishing or sight seeing, please get in touch with me
The house may as well be on an island as it can only be accessed from the water. The nearest car park is at Mooney Mooney - Deerubbin reserve
Mooney Mooney is under 1 hour from Sydney, on the F3, just after crossing the Hawkesbury River Bridge. Turn left and proceed approximately 200 meters to a roundabout, turn left and proceed to the car park or advertised “rest area”. The newly renovated car park has plenty of parking for your car.
The car park is aptly labelled " Rest Area’. This is where you leave your car, all your stresses and worries behind. From here on it’s just holiday time... But you still have a beautiful 12 min boat trip to get to the house.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A BOAT/JET SKI or KAYAK
No Sweat you can hire a water taxi or catch the postman ferry at AUD 20 per person (Mon to Friday) from Brooklyn at 10:00 daily
Hire a boat at local hire shops or mobile vendors servicing the area (from Aud 200-1000 per day)
Consider the VIP package(see below)
IF YOU HAVE A BOAT/JET SKI or KAYAK
At the Mooney Mooney car park there is newly built boat ramp and plenty of space to leave your car and trailer.
If your boat is not on a trailer, then no sweat as well. The Hawkesbury flows into the sea with its mouth at Palm Beach.. A great trip from anywhere including Sydney harbor and the Parramatta river.
The house has a 2/3 ownership of a private jetty and can easily accommodate up to a 7-meter boat. for more than 1 boat or larger than 7 meters please contact owner for arrangements
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A CAR OR A BOAT
Catch the train to the Hawkesbury river station and catch a water taxi or the postman ferry 20 meters from the station. Hire a boat at Brooklyn or get in touch with me re the VIP package
Interaction with guests
As much or as little as you want. House is yours for the period of hire and guests are welcome to call or SMS me for anything.
For those who don’t have a boat we have the perfect package.
$350 for the period of your stay Includes:
>Pick-up and drop off at Moonee Moonee Jetty in 6-8 seater luxury pontoon boat
>The boat is then included for your private use during your stay. Take it fishing, cruising - whatever you like within the local area.
>No licence is required to drive it, but I will give you a lesson on how to drive it.
>The boat is moored at the jetty just at the end of the front garden.
The house provides something for everyone. In particular, it is ideally suited for
>Family holidays or reunions
>Group get togethers
>Yoga retreats or fishing trips
>A working retreat with great wifi and lots of peace and quiet
>Accommodation for guests attending weddings at Peats Bite
>Flexible guest arrangements. We often find that your day visitors may not want to leave. The house has adaptable sleeping arrangements to cater for your stow-aways!
Not suitable for
Guests who want to see the Sydney landmarks and or those who wish to go bar crawling as difficult and not recommended for guests to travel on the water after sunset.