Waterfront home on Scotland Island in Sydney

Waterfront home on Scotland Island in Sydney

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
3 Bathrooms
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Our home

Chinook is a beautiful, cedar and mud brick waterfront home on Scotland Island in Pittwater - an inland waterway 45 minutes north of the centre of Sydney. Pittwater adjoins a huge national park and the northern beaches of Sydney. The house is split level, with one queen and one double bedroom, study (with ADSL and wireless internet) and sofa bed, 2 bathrooms (one with a spa bath), lounge and dining room with a wood stove, new kitchen and very large sunny decks overlooking the water and facing west.

The house is very private and is surrounded by trees - native birds and possums are frequent visitors. We also have our own jetty & waterfront boatshed, with a loft that sleeps two. Runabout boat available. The house has a separate flat which may be included.

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Who we are

  1. We are a retired academic couple, Robyn (demographer) and Tim (sociologist). We worked in the Asia and Pacific region, though we have worked in Africa as well. We love to travel and have explored many interesting parts of the world. Between us we have five children and 8 grandchildren. Two of our adult children live near us on the island, one in Alice Springs, one in Darwin (worth a visit) and one in northern NSW.

    We are keen sailors, tennis players, skiers and walkers, and when we are at home we spend time fishing and swimming off our jetty or at the beach. We read a lot and love living on Scotland Island. It is a very special community, with no shops and only a few cars belonging to people who live at the top of the island. It has a very active artistic community, along with yoga, music, pilates, book club, etc.

    We love to stay for a while in places and get to know them better. We have done overseas house swaps in the French Pyrenees, Switzerland, Turkey, Cornwall, the USA, Spain and New Zealand and they have all worked out wonderfully well. We have also swapped on occasions with other families in Australia.

    We really enjoy the privilege of being able to use someone else's home and find everything that we need. We have also come to know some of our lovely swappers.

  2. Robyn is a retired high school teacher, academic and public servant. Tim has been a dairy farmer, shearer, mud brick house builder, public servant. He is now an almost retired academic.

  3. We love nature and the outdoors, so we spend a lot of time fishing, swimming, kayaking and walking. We also cruise the local waterways in our 32’ boat. Reading, yoga, tennis, etc occupy the rest of the time. Our home is a relaxed and comfortable place, filled with art and books.

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Where is it?

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Pittwater is an inland waterway north of Sydney Harbour and joins up with the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Waters, before flowing into the sea. It is a very large area of calm water. It is much quieter than Sydney Harbour for sailing, fishing, swimming, snorkelling and water skiing.

Scotland Island is accessible by water only (3 minutes trip from Church Point by boat or 6 minutes by kayak) - visitors can use our small runabout boat, take the ferry (which operates till 7.20pm) or the water taxi (operates 18 hours a day). We also have a car on the mainland, a runabout boat and 3 kayaks / 1 SUP that can be used.

There is no shop on the island but there is a shop across the water at Church Point or 10 minutes by car in Mona Vale. Another option is to do an online delivery which we can help you to organise. It is very simple and groceries are delivered to Church Point commuter wharf and there you collect them from the driver. We also have a weekly fruit and vegetable delivery, if desired, to the back door.

An article in the Sydney Magazine of the Sydney Morning Herald (25 June, 2009) said: 'The residents of Scotland Island know they're onto something special. Just 35 kilometres by road from the CBD, the island is paradise with proximity - an idyllic cluster of gumtrees, jetties and lofty wooden homes floating off the northern suburb of Church Point. Its 373 residential blocks house artists, teachers, journalists, tradespeople and "telecommuters" ... logging in to work in the mornings'.

Best restaurants
Church Point waterfront cafe, the Quays Marina cafe, the Blue Pearl and the Newport are all easily accessible by boat.
Nightlife
Plenty of possums, moonshine and bird life to enjoy. There are Fireshed dinners, book clubs, yoga, film nights and music concerts at the community hall on the island at different times.
Favourite cafés
Church Point cafe, the Quays Marina, Racer in Mona Vale, Knotts at Bayview.
Where to go shopping
Mona Vale has supermarkets and plenty of other shops. The Church Point shop sells basic requirements and liquor.
Your area's cultural and historical landmarks
Aboriginal rock carvings in Kur-ring-Gai National Park just opposite our house. Historical graveyard at Church Point.
Local walks
Barrenjoey lighthouse walk. Coastal walk from Palm Beach to Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Places you love to exercise
Walking, kayaking and bike riding in National Park.
Top day trips
Barrenjoey lighthouse, West Head/Cottage Point, Manly and city.

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