It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post. Having internet problems has been a 6 week issue so there’s a lot I have to tell you to catch up on!
First up is the gem of a weekend away from Sydney I had during the Easter break at Scotland Island. Here are my top reasons why Scotland Island is the perfect weekend away from Sydney.
50 minute drive from Sydney CBD
I didn’t know anyone who had even heard of Scotland Island so it’s amazing to know this little gem is just a 50 minute drive away from Sydney’s CBD.
Once you arrive at Church Point located at Pittwater we parked up (for free!) and caught the ferry over to the island ($15 p.p return). There’s something really beautiful about Church point, it has a very holiday feel about it with a beautiful restaurant right next to the ferry on the water.
On the ferry to Scotland Island
Scotland Island Lodge
Arriving onto Scotland Island, it was a few minutes walk up a hill to the lodge ran by an older British couple called Rosemary and Colin. They had emigrated back in the 1970’s and welcomed us with open arms. Their lodge was also their home with 3 guest rooms. Our room was perfect, a spacious room with our own living room area and bathroom.
Complete with our own living room!
Rosemary then cooked us an amazing dinner. We felt really bad as she was cooking for us vegans and the other couples were either gluten free or gluten free & dairy free. It wasn’t easy for Rosemary to cater for us all but she did it well and we had home made tomato soup for starters, oven cooked vegetables for mains and a fruit dish for dessert. As simple as it sounds, it was really well done and tasted awesome. We sat with the other guests and had a great dinner.
For breakfast we were greeted with a help yourself musli and fruits mix along with a cooked breakfast. We were even greeted by a kookaburra or two who came so close to us it was crazy!
Full breakfast as well!
We had a few visitors at breakfast!
Things to do on Scotland Island
With free access to Rosemary & Colin’s kayak, we took advantage of it as soon as we arrived and paddled out to a private beach – bliss!
We saw one of the other couples on the kayak as we were leaving the island
When we returned from our afternoon of kayaking we decided to walk around the island which took about 30 minutes. Along the way we passed loads of locals who were so friendly we were so surprised how nice they were compared to how people can be in big cities.
Sunset at the Tennis Court Wharf
There is also a masseuse on the island as well as a yoga class to take part in. Otherwise you can catch the ferry back over to Churchpoint and drive over to Palm Beach to enjoy the beaches and restaurants as well as boat rides over to Ettalong beach or to nearby the Basin for awesome bush walks. We recently went over to Mackeral Beach and hiked over to Resolute Beach, a secluded stunning beach opposite Palm Beach.
Ferry from Palm Beach – Mackeral Beach (30 minutes)
Hike from Mackeral Beach to Resolute Beach (30 minutes) and absolute paradise!
I really loved Scotland Island for its peaceful, calming energy. The other guests as well as us couldn’t believe that just a 50 minute drive away from Sydney could give you exactly what you’re looking for – a beautiful and peaceful weekend that makes you feel like you’re on holiday!
The biggest highlight were Rosemary & Colin at Scotland Island Lodge. They were so welcoming and you could see they really put their heart and soul into their business which worked so well. It turned out after our stay I found out they are the Aunty & Uncle to a blogger friend of mine called Mama Marmalade!
If you are looking to get out of Sydney for the weekend, look no further! Scotland Island Lodge costs $210 per night if staying 2+ nights or $250 for 1 night which includes use of the kayak and a full breakfast. Additionally for dinner is $100 per couple.
N.B This is not a sponsored post