Want to throw a grown-up beach party this summer? ninemsn Travel writer Kim Wildman scours the state for NSWs' best beachside holiday homes.
From the sandy-white beaches of Hyams Beach to rugged shores of the North Coast, NSW has an ideal destination to suit every beach bum. Here are our pick of the state's best beach rentals.
Azure on the beach
Boomerang Beach, North Coast
If it's a bling beach experience you're after, look no further than Azure. Three hours north of Sydney, this award-winning beach house, overlooks tranquil Boomerang Beach; a 1km stretch of powder-soft white sand surrounded by rocky headlands and rolling surf. The sleek two-storey house features an open-plan lounge, entertainment and dining area with island kitchen and floor-to-ceiling glass doors providing stunning seascape views.
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Bondi Beach House
Bondi Beach, Sydney
This little-known gem is tucked away behind a veil of fragrant frangipanis just metres from bustling Bondi Beach. The split-level house offers a choice of singles, doubles and twin rooms as well as a great open-plan living area featuring not one, but two kitchens stocked with superb appliances that the most conscientious cook would drool over. The kitchens lead out to a large sun-drenched deck complete with barbeque and sun lounges and pool.
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Bundeena House on the rock
Bundeena, South Coast
When it comes to dramatic settings you can't beat Bundeena House. Perched on a craggy rock outcrop overlooking Port Hacking, it offers sensational 270-degree water views from Mainbar through to Cronulla and the Pacific Ocean. Less than an hour from Sydney and on the doorstep of the Royal National Park, this uber-stylish house is the perfect pad for a weekend away with friends.
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Gidget Goes to Culburra
Culburra Beach, South Coast
If, like me, you grew up spending your weekends watching the fun, but hokey, antics of Gidget and Moondoggie as they danced their way around the beaches of Southern California, then a stay at Gidget Goes to Culburra is sure to have you surfing down memory lane. Only two hours from Sydney, this hot-pink beach house is the perfect place to organise your next clam bake. Original owner, the Big Kahuna, clearly had fun decorating the house with the Gidget theme permeating every room there's even a super groovy love shack attached!
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Hyams Beach Seaside Cottages
Hyams Beach, South Coast
With 1920s charm and character, these quaint colourful cottages at Hyam's Beach are exclusively designed for couples. Each of the fully-renovated cottages has a balcony; a combined kitchen, lounge and dining area complete with an electric log fire; an adjoining bedroom; a bathroom; and feature heritage touches such as brass beds and checkerboard tiles. Painted in shades of pastel pink, blue and buttercup yellow, these cosy cottages are perfect for that romantic weekend getaway.
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Gerroa, South Coast
This luxurious oceanfront house in the seaside village of Gerroa, just south of Sydney, oozes style and sophistication. Here long summer days can be spent lazing about the private salt-water, wet-edge pool, topping up your tan on the private deck or enjoying cocktails as the sun slowly sinks behind the mountains. With Shelly Beach right on the doorstep and the picturesque Seven Mile Beach a short walk away, you can also step out a spot swimming, snorkelling or diving.
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Byron Bay, North Coast
Not flash, but fantastic, this blast from the past will have you retro-relaxing in no time. Located in Byron Bay's nearby national park, with direct access to one of the world's top 10 beaches, Partridge Cottage is one of the North Coast's last beachfront shacks. The classic 1950s three-bedroom cottage has recently been renovated, but it still maintains its simple 1950s beach-life appeal. Hey, this is Byron Bay, after all!
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Palm Beach, Sydney
One of the original 1940s villas of Palm Beach, Rockridge enjoys some of the best views afforded on the peninsular. Built as a gentleman's residence in the 1940s, this quintessential beach house retains its "good old days" feel with original features including beautifully crafted joinery while boasting modern touches such as a fully-equipped marble kitchen, a sensational swimming pool, hot spa and in-built gas barbeque.
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Sapphire Seas Beach House
Coffs Harbour, North Coast
If you are looking for a stunning, private beachfront rental on the North Coast that drips with luxury, then Sapphire Seas Beach House is it. This brand-spanking new property, protected by a littoral rainforest headland, features state-of-the-art appliances, luxurious furnishings and fine quality beds and linens there's even high-speed wireless Internet access. The house opens up to a fabulous deck with a Balinese-style gazebo overlooking the swimming pool and, just a few steps beyond, the sea.
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Uluwatu @ Angourie
Angourie, North Coast
Halfway between Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay, Uluwatu is a luxurious architecturally-designed beach pad with all the trimmings. Overlooking the beach at Angourie this beautiful Balinese-inspired house offers striking accommodation for up to eight people. Split over three levels it features four spacious bedrooms, an open plan living area, a fully-equipped kitchen, complete with espresso maker, and a large deck offering ocean views out over the palm trees.
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