I've lived in Sydney for over 15 years now but it was only a month ago when I read about Dangar Island, a mere 45 minutes from our home, accessible only by boat, where one can rent a beach house right on the water and stay for a few nights. The thought of being somewhere remote yet not too far held lots of appeal for me so I pretty much immediately hopped online and booked us a beach house.
When our friends (Alex's god parents and
their respective partners) heard, they decided to come along too and managed to rent a beach house just a few doors
down from ours. It was great catching up and being in their good company; Alexander delighted in being the centre of so many people's attention and amused himself walking from one beach house to another to visit.
We stayed at Bradley's Beach House, a three bedroom house located right on the waterfront, literally steps away from the sand and beach. We loved that it was spacious and how the quirky architecture gave the house a maze like feel. The kitchen was well stocked with spices and other cooking essentials. In the fridge, we found a lovely bottle of wine and breakfast supply - an unexpected but very pleasant surprise!
The sun was out so we wasted no time and headed straight out to the beach. The water was shallow and calm, making it perfect for Alexander to wade and splash around in.
The house also came with a canoe and two kayaks. Stu took Alexander for a paddle in the kayak (his very first!). Dangar island is pretty self-sufficient but it doesn't have much in terms of shops (just one grocery store for essentials), so Stu and one of our friends also went for a paddle in the canoe one afternoon to shop at the nearby ferry wharf.