2 Kevin Ave, Scotland Island NSW, Australia
(02) 9979 3301
There is something about a place that you can only get to by water; that feeling of exclusivity, of remoteness, of seclusion, of just getting away. Sydney's Pittwater (1 hour drive from the city) is the northern gateway to a vast, relaxing watery wilderness encompassing the Hawkesbury River and Broken Bay.
Scotland Island is one of the few inhabited islands that dot the Pittwater expanse, surrounded on three sides by the rugged beauty of the Ku-ring-Gai National Park.
It's only a quick sail (or paddle) from Church Point to the island's only public wharf. The lodge's owners, Rosemary and Colin Haskell, assuming you phoned ahead, will be there to meet you. If you didn't phone ahead, it's only a short walk to their quaint weather-board lodge.
The Haskells, British to the bone but long-time residents downunder, live downstairs, while two upstairs double bedrooms cater for guests. Glimpses of water can be gleaned from the windows through stringy barks and euchalypts.
The lodge – architecturally designed, like many properties on the island – opened in 2002, and quickly gained a name for excellent cuisine and discerning hospitality. There are kayaks to paddle, trails to hike, food to consume, fresh air to breathe, beaches to swim at, birds to watch, or life to ponder. No matter how long you booked for, it will never be enough.