The Dangar Island House

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Hawkesbury River for kayaking and beaches: 4km (20 min with the ferry or water taxi)
    Gunyah, an unspoilt sandy beach: 20 mins by water taxi
    Sydney: 55km (1h 15 mins by ferry and car)
  • Sydney Airport (SYD): 65km (1h 15mins by ferry and car)
    Car recommended
    No parking available

You’re far away from the normal intrusions of life. There are no cars and lots of beautiful trees.
At high tide the beach is very pleasant. Highly recommended to kayak around the Hawkesbury river with a guide.

You need to be able to walk up and down stairs to and from the road to the house and access from the ferry wharf to the house is by foot or by community electric buggy ($5.50 fee).
There is only one shop and cafe on the island providing coffee and simple food from 8am-4pm plus basic grocery items for cooking at home. There is a small grocery store at the marina at Brooklyn (on the mainland).

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An introduction to The Dangar Island House

How would you describe The Dangar Island House in a nutshell?

The Dangar Island House is an understated architect-designed house set among trees on an island in the Hawkesbury River, one hour’s drive north of Sydney. Its black stained weatherboard construction follows the lead of old river cottages but the interior is rather more modern with an eclectic mix of vintage mid-century items, contemporary furniture and a couple of time-worn, early twentieth century furniture pieces.

The house sleeps 6 in three bedrooms. There are no cars on the island so the house is extremely quiet with the exception of early morning birdlife and the odd noise from power boats.

With a very relaxed atmosphere The Dangar Island House is a great place to visit if you are after a quiet, restful time. With a material palette of black stained timber, lime washed oak floors and pale grey limestone partnered with lots of glass, the house is clean and contemporary but not cold or sterile.

Because there are no cars on the island, walking around is very pleasant. There is a bowling green on the island for lawn bowls and a small corner shop that serves coffee, cakes and breakfasts. The ferry is a slow way to get to and from the island but this is the beauty of the place – everything is done at a slow pace.

Who should stay at Dangar Island House and who should rather book something else?

Couples or families who enjoy nature are ideal guests. The island’s bird life is impressive with Kookaburras, Sulpher-Crested Cockatoos, Rainbow Lorikeets and King Parrots all regular sights. The river is a large body of water and is a great place to investigate by kayak. Kayaks can be hired from Bradley’s Beach - a 200 metre walk from the house.

What’s your policy on kids?

The child policy at The Dangar Island House is flexible. While we stipulate no children under six we are happy to discuss this with prospective guests. Our main concern is that there is no fencing on the island so the potential of a child wandering off is concerning. In addition there is a large amount of breakable items like ceramics at low levels and a lot of pale linen on furniture - so not totally conducive to very young children.

Dangar Island House
Loungeroom
Main Bedroom
Aecond bedroom and main bathroom
Upstairs deck
Deck / outdoor dining area
Kitchen and dining area
Interior views of bedrooms
Jetties Hawkesbury River
View to the railway bridge from Dangar Island

The Dangar Island House rooms & rates

The house is on two levels with the master bedroom and one other on the entry level and a third bedroom on the lower level. The two main bedrooms have double beds while the third has two single beds.

The house features two separate decks, one on each level with views through the trees to the river. A large open plan lounge and dining room with a wood burning stove is partially divided from the kitchen by a long stone topped island bench. The lower level is accessed by an internal set of stairs and contains a double bedroom with a 20 sqm deck plus a bathroom and laundry. Exterior stairs lead to the local river beach which is sandy and suitable for swimming at high tide. The house is 20 metres from the nearest ‘road’ and accessed by stairs.

  • The Dangar Island House for 6-7 people / 180 m²
    450 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 2 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
Included in the rates
Rates include all taxes and basic supplies in the kitchen (coffee, tea, salt, pepper, olive oil, pasta, rice etc.).
Children & Extra beds
Children 6+ years old are welcome. There is one travel cot, 1 futon and 1 foam mattress available for children 6-13 years old.
Minimum stay
3 - 7 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Music system
  • Movies/DVDs
  • BBQ area
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Hair dryer

All beds are made up. Bath and beach towels are provided. The kitchen is fully equipped (with the exception of a kitchen mixer for cake making) including stick blender. The oven is Neff, the dishwasher Miele. As there is no natural gas on the island the cooktop is electric. Plenty of quality pots and pans, knives and slow roast pots are provided. A selection of basic food stuffs are on hand for use by guests.

There is a selection of board games, books, music CDs and DVD’s. The house has WiFi. There is currently no television reception. The laundry has a Miele washing machine and a Fisher & Paykel dryer. There is a small gas fired BBQ on the main deck.

Things to do in New South Wales & Clontarf

  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

The island sits in the middle of a wide river that is surrounded on all sides by national parks. There is no night life and no shopping malls – there aren’t really even any cars so the entire emphasis during a stay on Dangar Island is to walk, talk, read, cook and eat. For more adventurous types kayaks can be hired and the entire Hawkesbury River explored. The river is 120km in length and has a catchment area of over 21,000 square kilometres.

The Hawkesbury River has a large number of sandy beaches but they are all subject to the tides. Swimming can be quite pleasurable at high tide but very muddy at low tide. For the best beaches head to the coast at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River – places like Palm Beach, Mackerel Beach, Avalon and Whale Beach that all face the Pacific Ocean.

One of the region’s highlights is a visit to The Tanks or Gunyah. Both are water-access only and so require a boat (or seaplane). The Tanks is a natural rock swimming pool set in a tea tree (melaleuca) grove. The water is icy cold and beer coloured from the tea tree tannins. Gunya is a remote and unspoilt sandy beach a few kilometres east of Dangar island that has a resident family of goannas (a large Australian monitor lizard) who love nothing more than having a rifle through a picnic basket.

Other activities are bushwalking and kayaking, which are the two main activities to be enjoyed in the Hawkesbury River Dangar Island area.

The Dangar Island House reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Very good! Our family had the most enjoyable stay at The Dangar Island House. It instilled a sense of peace and calm, a wonderful escape from the urban everyday.
Alice B. (Australia)
stayed at The Dangar Island House in January 2017

The location of The Dangar Island House

The Dangar Island House is on Dangar Island in the middle of the Hawkesbury River. The nearest mainland town is Brooklyn (inhabitants 800) about one hour’s drive north of Sydney. Brooklyn is on the main North-South rail link between Sydney and Newcastle but for reasons unknown the railway station in Brooklyn is referred to as Hawkesbury River Station. A small wooden ferry transports the Dangar Island residents to and from Brooklyn on an hourly basis between the hours of 6:30am and 7pm. A water taxi also services the trip.

The area combines proximity to a large city with a feeling of being very far from normal urban life. The Sydney area is generally warm and sunny but capable of some spectacular thunderstorms. The river provides an ever changing environment to watch. Birds visit the tree tops every morning and while the cockatoos and parrots can be quite raucous at times it is this sound we miss most when we return to the city.

When is the best time to visit New South Wales?

Around Christmas is the warmest and sunniest time to visit The Dangar Island House. Sydney and surrounds only have a short winter – from July to September where temperatures fall as low as 7 degrees Celsius. During summer temperatures will generally be around 17-26 degrees Celsius but it is not unheard of to have several days in row that exceed 35 degrees. The highest rainfall occurs between March and June.