Pretty Beach House - Luxury Lodges of Australia

Pretty Beach House

Bouddi Peninsula, New South Wales, Australia

At a Glance

  • Set in a gentle and relaxed area with plenty of bush walking trails and deserted white sand beaches

  • Small towns such as Wagstaffe, Hardys Bay and Killcare are all just a stroll away

  • The area is well known for its Aboriginal history and a local guide will reveal an amazing amount of rock art and carvings

  • Food is sourced locally is Italian inspired and seasonal.

  • Arrive in style, flying by helicopter or seaplane over Sydney harbour

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In the southern half of Australia the seasons are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere: spring comes in September, summer is from December to February, autumn runs from March to May, and winter begins in June.

Sydney is great to visit year round but if you want warm sun and dry weather it is best to try between November and April. Their winter months of May - October usually have mild weather so you can still enjoy all the sights.

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From the choice wine selection to the last morsel of fine food, it's all about indulgence. After a feast, take a stroll around the bush garden brimming with lilly pilly, kangaroo paw, ferns, lilies and eucalypts, frequented by rainbow lorikeets, chortling kookaburras and pesky brush turkeys.

My favourite Pavilion is Hideaway, tucked up amidst the angophoras away from the main house, with a gorgeous little pool and great views out to sea.

Make sure to take part in the Indigenous Smoking Ceremony on your first night. It’s a fascinating insight into the local indigenous culture and, like all good luxury lodges, is accompanied by cocktails and canapés.

Ask for the kitchen to prepare a picnic basket and take a stroll down to a Tallow Beach for a delicious seaside lunch.

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Pretty Beach House or take a look at our itineraries to Australia


Pretty Beach House is a private guesthouse situated 100 kilometres north of Sydney on the Bouddi Peninsula. The property is set high on the escarpment above Pretty Beach and nestled into the Bouddi National Park, surrounded by native gum trees.

Tucked away on a beautiful peninsula just north of the centre of Sydney, guests are welcomed to Pretty Beach House as if to a private home. With only four, one-bedroom pavilions surrounding the Main House on the seven and a half acre property, you are offered privacy with round-the-clock service with all meals, snacks and drinks, including wines and champagnes, included as part of the hospitality.

The pavilions Treetops, Bayview, Hideaway and The Retreat have views through the mass of ancient angophoras and native eucalypts down onto the sparkling Brisbane Waters. The pavilions offer king bedrooms with separate dressing rooms, open-plan sitting areas oriented to take advantage of the views, fully stocked bars and combustion log fireplaces. The dining and lounge areas and bathrooms lead on to private decks with day beds and heated plunge pools. The decor is simple and strong, with tub chairs in vintage leather, 1930's travel trunks, hand crafted tables and fine Belgian linen.

The Main House, situated at the heart of the property, has an atrium style dining and lounging area, intimate cocktail bar, wine cellar, open fireplace plus infinity pool and deck. Interiors complement the bushland surroundings, featuring local sandstone and recycled timbers. Local artists have taken advantage of the fallen angophora branches and created sculptures that feature throughout.

The property prides itself on its cuisine, and Italian born Stefano Manfredi's influence is evident in every aspect of the culinary delights at Pretty Beach House. Dine in the atrium dining rom, privately within your own pavilion, in the wine cellar or al fresco on the landscaped property. An extensive range of premium wines and spirits has been selected to complement the gastronomic experience, with a wine cellar stocked with rare old and new world wines for the connoisseur.

The serene bush setting offers rest and relaxation however it can also become the centre of a full expedition experience. Excursions range from a professionally guided bush walk or a cruise for a picnic on one of the many secluded bays, right through to a fishing excursion on board the 38 foot Pretty Beach Launch CABO sports cruiser. Following a day of acitivity, why not indulge in a personalised massage or spa treatment in the privacy of your pavilion?

Transportation is offered to and from Pretty Beach itself as well as to Hardys Bay, Killcare and Wagstaffe, where ferries run regularly to and from Palm Beach.

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Pretty Beach House boasts four stunning Pavilions set within the beautiful grounds, surrounded by twisted angophora trees with views of the ocean. All pavilions include breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon teas, snacks, non alcoholic beverages, a considered selection of alcoholic beverages featuring premium wines, champagne and spirits.

The Bayview Pavilion boasts a king bed, heated plunge pool, private deck and fireplace.

Our personal favourite, the Hideaway Pavilion, boasts a larger living space, king bed, heated plunge pool, private deck, fireplace and is the most secluded of the three.

The Treetops Pavilion is the largest pavilion and is spread over 2 levels. Treetops boasts king bed downstairs with luxury bathroom, heated plunge pool, private deck, fireplace, separate living space upstairs, second bathroom, heated flooring and a private day bed.


Children are not permitted at Pretty Beach House, unless all four Pavilions are booked out exclusively.


Celebrated chef Stefano Manfredi oversees the food at Pretty Beach House, with his signature Italian cuisine available all day, ‘casalinga style’. Seasonal menu offerings may change based on fresh produce harvested daily.

Guests may dine in the atrium dining room, privately within their own pavilion, in the wine cellar or al fresco on the landscaped property. An extensive range of premium wines and spirits has been selected to complete the gastronomic experience. For those looking even further, the wine cellar is stocked with rare old and new world wines.


Excursions can be as simple as a professionally guided bushwalk with many well-marked coastal walking trails in the surrounding natural wonder of the Bouddi National Park.

Lobster Beach, Box Head and the surf break at Tallow Beach are all within easy walking distance, while Killcare surf beach, Maitland Bay and the seaside villages of Killcare, Wagstaffe and Hardy's Bay are close by.

A leisurely 20 minute stroll through untouched native flora to the tip of the Aboriginal Dreaming sacred site of Box Head is breathtaking, with stunning 180 degree views of the five surrounding waterways including Broken Bay to Palm Beach and the Barenjoey light house.

A tailored expedition aboard the Pretty Beach Cabo Sports Cruiser can be pre arranged and booked upon reservation. The Pretty Beach Cabo cruiser can also collect guests from Sydney and bring them to Pretty Beach up the coastline (or vice versa).

With one of Stefano Manfredi’s expert chefs always on hand at Pretty Beach House, guests can learn the secrets of the Manfredi kitchen using locally harvested seasonal produce in a private cooking lesson.

In addition, by appointment, a personalized in house Spa treatment service is available with massage & beauty treatments on offer in the privacy of each pavilion.



Charlotte Winter (Staff)

My time at Pretty Beach House was a memorable one. From the moment I arrived after a long flight from London, I felt completely relaxed and at home. With just four bedrooms in total, Pretty Beach House feels cosy and exclusive - as though you're staying with friends. The team that work here are wonderful and really personalise the service. The food is superb and arguably a highlight of the stay; there is also a very impressive wine cellar.

The property has been beautifully designed with large glass windows offering views across the water and Bouddi National Park. Its easy to lose track of time on your private balcony, by the pool or in the lounge, taking in the scenery. However, if you'd rather be more active, there's still plenty to do at Pretty Beach House: go on self-guided bush walks, explore the nearby beaches and take part in an authentic indigenous smoking ceremony - a truly unique experience.


Olivia Cryer (Staff)

Pretty Beach House is located just 100km north of Sydney and it really is a beautiful destination for a 2 or 3 night stay. It's much more like a home than a hotel and the food and drink is truly amazing here! The Italian chef, Stefano Manfredi produces fantastic meals and you can either eat in the dining room or dine in your own pavilion which is incredibly private and romantic - perfect for honeymoons. The pavilions have stunning views across the Brisbane Waters and inside they are beautifully decorated with their own log fireplaces too. There is plenty to do depending how active or lazy you're feeling. I loved the bush walks nearby and then went to the beach for the rest of the day to chill out. The beaches are really stunning in this part of the world. Pretty Beach House is a real favourite and so easy to get to from Sydney.


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Location & directions

Bouddi Peninsula, New South Wales, Australia

Located in the Bouddi National Park overlooking Pretty Beach, 100km north of Sydney. Lobster Beach, Box Head and the surf break at Tallow Beach are all within easy walking distance, while Killcare surf beach, Maitland Bay and the seaside villages of Killcare, Wagstaffe and Hardys Bay are also close by.

How to get there

From the UK, direct flights to Sydney usually take about 22 to 24-hours, with 1 stop. The Pretty Beach House is a 90-minute drive north of Sydney. Alternatively, the Palm Beach Ferry Service operates daily. The ferry departs from Palm Beach and stops at Wagstaff where passengers bound for the Pretty Beach House must alight. Sea plane transfers can also be arranged, as can helicopter flights.

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