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Calabash Bay Lodge at Berowra Waters

The Hills District, Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Lodge
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

4 bed, 3 bath waterfront eco-luxury nature escape & boat

Only 1 hr north of Sydney, this award-winning absolute waterfront 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury eco-retreat offers families, friends, and couples an immersive nature escape in Australian bushland. Encircled by 3 National Parks, it offers a host of luxury perks: plush beds & linens, Aurora Spa goodies, complimentary use of a Boat, Kayaks, SUPs, Fishing rods, WiFi, Platinum Foxtel, Netflix & AppleTV. Dine in with our Private Chef or out at the beloved Berowra Waters Inn & Peat's Bite restaurants.


* Boat or seaplane-only access with a private jetty - arrival and departure boat transfers from Berowra Waters are included

* Full in-house concierge service

* Guest boat, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, fishing rods and crab pots

* Entertainment including Foxtel Platinum HD, AppleTV, Netflix and Sonos

* 4 bedrooms inc 2 king/twin rooms, 2 queen rooms, and 3 bathrooms

* Contemporary designed relaxation & dining areas across 3 separate levels, plus waterfront lawn & garden

* EcoSmart fireplace for winter nights

* Full kitchen & laundry, with premium appliances

* Free Wi-Fi, guest phone and iPad use


* Finalist for Best Australian Boutique Hotel, Resort, Villa or Lodge in the Luxury Travel Gold List 2016 & 2015

* Best Indulgence Finalist Stayz Awards 2015

* Unique Accommodation Finalist in the NSW Tourism Awards 2014 & 2012

* Best Eco-Friendly Finalist Stayz Awards 2014

* Unique Accommodation Gold Winner at the 2012 Greater Sydney Tourism Awards

* 4½ star rating by AAA Tourism for Self-Contained Accommodation

* Virgin Australia's Voyeur Magazine rated us as one of the world’s 51 top luxe experiences

* A top luxury pick in Fairfax's 52 Good Weekends Away

* The Weekend Australian rated us in the world's "Top Water Beds"


* 5 course lunch or dinner with the Lodge's private chef in one of our 8 possible dining spaces

* Private stand-up paddleboard yoga lessons in front of the Lodge

* Kayak to a secret waterfall at the head of one of Calabash Bay's 3 navigable creeks

* Bushwalk to the eerie ruins of a Federation-era folly atop Calabash Point

* Great North Walk bushwalking in late Winter/early Spring to see wild native flora in full bloom

* Unwind with a hot stone or remedial massage by the waterfront

* Arrive by 20 min scenic seaplane flight from Sydney Harbour direct to the Lodge's private jetty

C A L A B A S H B A Y L O D G E is surrounded by pristine eucalypt bushland and the ancient sandstone cliffs fronting onto the Hawkesbury River at Berowra Waters. With three national parks on each side of our riverfront location, the Ku’ring-gai Chase, Marramarra, and Berowra Valley, Calabash Bay Lodge offers an unparalleled eco-luxury escape perfect for weekend getaways from Sydney, multigenerational or multiple family holidays, as well as romantic luxury couples retreats in celebration of honeymoons or babymoons, or just to spoil a lover. Calabash Bay Lodge is also a unique and inspiring venue for a corporate reward, strategy workshop, or health and wellness retreat.

S L E E P All of Calabash Bay Lodge's rooms feature north-facing floor to ceiling views to a 4km sweep of riverfront that ends at our private pontoon and waterfront garden. You’ll have the deepest and most refreshing sleep in our four beautifully-appointed bedrooms with plush organic 1000 count cotton bedlinen – including 2 king bedrooms with AH Beard premium luxury beds, that can also be split into 2 king single beds as required for groups of family, friends or colleagues, and 2 with Sealy Posturepedic queen beds. All bedrooms have outdoor balconies and water views, and there are 3 bathrooms, 2 being private ensuites with luxury Italian rain showers, with complimentary toiletries from cult Australian spa brands Aurora Spa & ROHR Remedy.

T H E S P A C E Our interior-designed indoor and outdoor entertaining and lifestyle zones across 3 levels feature contemporary International and Australian design from B&B Italia, Viccarbe, Kartell, Planet & Coco Republic. Essential modern amenities, including complimentary WiFi, Samsung SmartTV with Apps, Netflix, Foxtel Platinum HD Cable TV service, Sonos wireless stereo system, Wii games console, DVD player, plus a Netflix, and AppleTV with in-house movie library and iPad for guest use.

O U T D O O R S The real entertainment is outdoors on the Hawkesbury River however, with complimentary use of a NSW Hire & Drive licensed & insured guest boat for fishing and adventuring, 1 double and 2 single kayaks, 2 stand up paddleboards (SUPs) as well as fishing rods and a crab pot to try your luck at catching dinner. You can swim year-round directly off our private pontoon, or take the boat for a spin to a nearby secluded low tide beach. You can also bushwalk directly from the property's rear or take the boat to a nearby trail head for the Great North Walk.

R E L A X For those craving more relaxation, savour the atmosphere waterside in our hanging pod chair, on the Brazilian hammock under the shade of our jacaranda tree, or our Ici et La French striped deck chairs. Or spend the afternoon lazing on our Patricia Urquiola designed Canasta day bed on the upstairs terrace, soaking up the magical atmosphere of life on the waterfront from above and figuring out which boat you'll buy when you win the lottery or when that start-up begins to pay its way.

C E L E B R A T I N G a special birthday or anniversary? Our Private Chef can cater a 3 or 5 course lunch or dinner for an unforgettable experience. We love Big-Oh birthdays and have been lucky to have helped celebrate a few Ruby and Golden anniversaries. We can also provide gourmet pre-prepared meals, picnic lunches, or pre-stock the kitchen pantry & fridge for a minimum spend and service fee. Please ask using the "contact host" link for more information.

S P O I L If you feel like spoiling yourself further, we can arrange therapists to provide massage and spa treatments in-house for you. Organising a Healthy Hen's or getting the girls together for a weekend away? Book an onsite private yoga or SUP yoga classes to take your weekend of relaxation to the next level. Or feeling indulgent? Our Sommelier can lead you through a wine tasting experience with accompanying cheese, perfect for a group of girls eager for laughter and learning. Please ask using the "contact host" link for more information.

S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y Being sustainable in our activities and protecting the environment is something we take seriously. All energy used at Calabash Bay Lodge is fully carbon offset, we have an eco-friendly waste system and we clean only with chemical-free natural products from Norwex and TriNature, so as to have the lowest possible footprint on our pristine natural environment. We use phosphate free and plant-based washing powders for our linens washed onsite, to prevent chemicals from leaching into the marine environment.

A L L E R G I E S ? We have latex pillows, 100% cotton bedding, and fragrance-free paper products so any allergy sufferers can relax and enjoy their holiday too.

P E T S Four-legged friends are welcome to join you on your holiday on an outdoors only basis by prior approval before booking - an additional pet bond may apply. We have a safe and secure undercover sleeping area for them to enjoy.


Kim Ellis

Member Since 2015
Response time:
within a few days
english, french, italian
Calendar last updated:
Apr 13, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Queen Suite
        1 queen, 1 baby crib, This bedroom has a private ensuite bathroom.
      • Queen Bedroom
        1 queen, Shared bathroom with King Bedroom
      • King Bedroom
        1 king, Shared bathroom with Queen Bedroom
      • Master King Suite
        1 king, 1 baby crib, King bed can split to twin on request; private bathroom
      • You’ll have the deepest and most refreshing sleep in our four beautifully-appointed bedrooms with plush organic 500-1000 count cotton bedlinen – including 2 king bedrooms with AH Beard premium pillowtop beds, that can also be split into 2 king single beds as required for groups of family, friends or colleagues, and 2 bedrooms with Sealy Posturepedic queen beds with woollen underlays. All bedrooms have outdoor balconies and water views.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Master King Ensuite
        toilet, shower
      • Queen Ensuite
        toilet, shower
      • Main bathroom
        toilet, tub, shower
      • There are 3 bathrooms, 2 being private ensuites off the King and Queen suites with luxury Italian rain showers, and complimentary toiletries from cult Australian spa brands Aurora Spa & ROHR Remedy.

      Location Type

        • Waterfront


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Catering available


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Fireplace
                      EcoSmart Fireplace with biofuel provisions May to September
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      Complimentary WiFi
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Living Room
                      Lounge for 8 people.
                    • Parking
                      Free street parking or undercover secure parking available at Berowra Waters marina (paid separately).
                    • Telephone
                      Complimentary Guest Telephone for Local Fixed Line Calls
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Nespresso - capsules provided inc decaf.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Dishwashing liquid, dishwashing powder, new cloths and wipes provided.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Double compartment oven and grill.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, assorted spices, flour, baking paper, alfoil, cling wrap, paper towel, napkins provided.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Fridge top, freezer bottom, with chilled water dispenser Second fridge for drinks and overflow
                        • Stove
                          Extra wide gas cooktop with 5 hobs including wok
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Music Library
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Foxtel Platinum HDTV with iQ3
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                • Video Games
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Boat
                                      Guest runabout boat seating up to 5 persons with a full tank of fuel included in rates. A second boat can be provided for an additional fee if required, please ask us.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Double kayak, 2 single kayaks with comfortable seat back pads.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Concierge
                                            • Massage
                                            • Private Chef


                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • bay/sound
                                                • forests
                                                • marina
                                                • ruins
                                                • waterfalls

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water skiing


                                                                • Private yoga and SUP yoga lessons are available by booking prior to check in.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

                                                                  8 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  amazing river front stay!

                                                                  VERA L.Sydney

                                                                  we were 3 sets of couples staying at the lodge for the weekend and we had the most amazing and relaxing time! the lodge is gorgeous and had heaps of room for a group of 6 to relax/sleep comfortably without feeling like we were on top of each other. even just the living room couch was massive and we could all easily lounge there at the same time without having to get extra chairs around the tv.

                                                                  having our own kayaks and SUPs were brilliant and we all made sure to get out on the water for both days. tanning on the balcony with the view of the river, taking arvo naps on the hammock while listening to the gentle lapping of the water, coming together with good food, wine and company at the dinning table overlooking that gorgeous view - all made up a fantastic weekend away.

                                                                  would definitely recommend and would definitely return again!

                                                                  Blissful long weekend in paradise.

                                                                  Karen D.

                                                                  Perfect peace and quiet. Well planned lovely home with gorgeous creature comforts throughout. We were there in summer - next time we’ll try it in winter. Sure it’s beautiful all year round.


                                                                  Caroline F.

                                                                  A beautiful, well equipped home. A most serene environment with plenty to see and do. It has been a pleasure to stay at the lodge and we aim to return again. A special thanks to staff Claire and Manny for all their assistance.

                                                                  Beautiful peaceful

                                                                  Joshua s.Brighton-Le-Sands, New South Wales, Australia

                                                                  Very relaxing

                                                                  Love the kookaburra

                                                                  Beautiful view

                                                                  Peace and quiet

                                                                  Unique Location with Superb Outlook


                                                                  Perfectly calming environment with everything enjoyable provided. All accessories were in A1 working condition. Furnishings and beds were extremely comfortable. Both relaxing and entertaining was a joy. The birdlife was fascinating to watch. The warm nights were very peaceful. Our manager was very helpful 2016

                                                                  good sound system

                                                                  good sound system


                                                                  The Hills District, Sydney NSW, Australia

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                                                                  8 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.9/5
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