Cottage Point is located about 35 kilometres from Sydney CBD. Deep in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, accessible by just one road, you will feel like you've stepped out of Sydney and into another time. Once only accessible by boat or by foot, Cottage Point may be small and relatively unheard of, but it is teeming with wildlife, full of nature and steeped in history.
The area is known for its rich Aboriginal Australian history and you will find many Aboriginal Heritage sites and forms of Indigenous rock art here. If you are interested in learning about the history of Ku-Ring-Gai, you can embark on a tour with Sydney Out Back
Enjoy the Australian vegetation and pristine waterways of Cottage Point.
Though small in size, Cottage Point was quite a hive of activity in the war. Local legend has it that during World War II many residents, including my great grandmother, sighted a Japanese submarine surfacing in the waters and alerted authorities. Locals also say they had a German spy living amongst them during this time.
For the television buffs, you may recognise the area as the home of Australia's most famous character: Skippy The Bush Kangaroo. The show was filmed around Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park with scenes featuring the Cottage Point area.
Cottage Point Kiosk. Still beautiful on a rainy Day.
There's plenty here to discover for the keen explorer. The most exhilarating way to explore the area is by boat. The Cottage Point Kiosk has long been the local boat shed and tackle shop of the community. Boat hire is available daily from 8 am - 4 pm. There is a range of 5-8 seater boats and 1 or 2 seater kayaks for hire.
Caffeinate yourself at the Kiosk while you organise your boat hire and fishing supplies. Furthermore, if you so require, the Kiosk can prepare and pack food for your day. For those who prefer to move at a leisurely pace, find a waterside seat and enjoy the views stretching across the water to the bushland while you enjoy a meal in-house.
At your designated boat hire time, the staff from the Kiosk will give you a run through on how to handle the boat. Boats can be hired for a minimum of 2 hours and bookings are not essential but are recommended for school holidays or long weekends. You are provided with a map of the waterways and staff will give approximations of the distance you can travel in your hire time. Staff will take you for a quick spin and make sure you're comfortable then you're on your own for the day.
One of many hidden beaches you can claim for the day.
While you navigate the waters, you will find secluded coves and scarcely touched beaches which provide the perfect place to anchor or beach while you enjoy a picnic. Keep your eyes peeled for the stunning Looking Glass Rock jutting up in the water. The rock glows brightly with the dawn sun illuminating it like a shining mirror.
You'll also cruise past some fairly impressive waterfront homes. One impressive home sitting on Notting Lane featured on an episode of Grand Designs Australia in 2010 and you can admire this architectural beauty from the water. A lesser known marvel to look out for is one my family dubs "The Spy House", where the rumoured German spy lived during WWII. The house is built on either side of a great big boulder and is quite a strange spectacle.
After your day on the water, if you don't feel like cooking, take the opportunity to dine in one of Sydney's most beautiful restaurants; Cottage Point Inn. Open for dinner on Friday and Saturday, indulge in a seven-course degustation or order from their a la carte menu. The restaurant is also open for lunch six days a week. Above the restaurant, there are 2 apartments designed for a romantic couples escape for those who want to soak in the beauty of Cottage Point for a little longer than a day. Click here for restaurant and accommodation bookings.
If you are looking for an unforgettable arrival for your romantic city escape, you can arrive at Cottage Point Inn via seaplane. The seaplane is also available to be booked as a transfer to and from lunch. Departing from Sydney Harbour or from Palm Beach, you will be treated to spectacular views on your journey.
There is so much to discover at Cottage Point whatever your budget or your time frame. You will leave this tiny waterside suburb feeling like you've discovered Sydney's best-kept secret.
Some tips to make your day run a little more smoothly:
There is limited parking around Cottage Point. Most people park on the side of the steep street leading down to the waterfront.
The area is quite steep and there are steps to navigate down to Cottage Point Inn and down to Cottage Point Kiosk.
The Kiosk has tackle and bait supplies and snacks and drinks for sale. It is the only shop in the area however, so bring what you think you may need for the day with you. If you are hiring a boat there is plenty of room to bring an esky full of food and drinks.
Cottage Point Kiosk has boats that can be beached and some that can be anchored. Similarly, some are suitable for fishing and some are not. Visit their website or ring them ahead of time if you need to secure a specific boat.
Make sure you organise a fishing licence, and carry it with you, as these are not available for purchase at Cottage Point. You can buy a 3-day fishing licence online for $7.
Cost:Boat Hire starts from $80 for 2 hours, Kayak Hire from $50 for two hours. Meals at Cottage Point Kiosk average $20 p.p. Cottage Point Inn Restaurant 3 Course Meal from $150. Visit the websites for more detailed pricing and information.