Dangar Island weekender

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.
At low tide, colonies of soldier crabs would appear on the sand. Alexander loved chasing them up and down the beach. It entertained him to no end (the poor crabs).

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.
Dangar Island has a real tropical feel about it with lots of lush greenery and its sandy beach. There are no cars on the island so we were able to wander freely about on the roads with no worries. There was a real carefree vibe about the place, and the locals were friendly. Stu and I thought this was the perfect location for a holiday house and upon our return last night, he started looking up real estate. Who knows? We may end up becoming a Dangar Island local someday.

10 Responses to Dangar Island weekender

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

How awesome that you discovered such an amazing beach getaway so close to home.

Rose said...

I think you would be visiting this place anytime soon. So near. I love such family outing; relaxing and enjoying the nature. Did Alexander like his first kayaking experience??

Anouk said...

I wish I had such a place nearby to escape to on weekends! It looks like a nice getaway.

Lady of the Manor said...

This looks like such a beautiful spot. Looks like you had lots of fun! Thanks for sharing your adventure.

Lenya said...

Such a perfect spot and so close to home. Beautiful pics, girl. Lovely blog here btw! Would you like to follow each other on GFC? Please let me know on my blog so I can follow back. Thank you.
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Lenya
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rooth said...

Places like this are so terribly cool! I may just have to do a trip like this this summer

kidgranny said...

Sounds like a real hidden gem!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

What a beautiful island to discover!

Shirley Tay said...

Love to discover places like these! Happy Easter, babe! xoxo

burntfeather said...

What a little gem! Perfect little getaway and so lovely that it's a car free zone too!