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Stunning ocean views near Sydney, swap for NYC, Latin America or Europe

Austinmer, New South Wales, Australia
Rates from USD $1200 | Weekly

House | Entire Home
Available Dates:
From June 1, 2024 until December 31, 2025


Our home is a freestanding cottage directly overlooking the Pacific Ocean with stunning views, five minutes walk to famous lap-swimming rock pools and Austinmer surf beach. Art deco bathroom has a tub as well as a shower, with a second (separate) toilet. Two bedrooms (one large w ocean views) and a big study, with quality additional fold-out beds (for occasional visitors you may have) in the study and living room. Huge deck (balcony with two dining areas) overlooks the ocean - nothing between you and the horizon. Second bedroom has desk and computer - useful as home office. A car can be available subject to insurance needs. Bus stop 20 metres from home, train station ten minutes walk. House is full of books, idiosyncratic art from our travels, well stocked cupboards and larder, as we love to cook. Various coffee options inc barista machine. Large flatscreen TV with a wide range of streaming services. Good wifi and electricity is free during day due to our solar panels. Parking is on-street but unrestricted and safe. Austinmer is a beautiful village between the ocean and forested escarpment (mountain/canyon). Close to the city of Wollongong (20mins), all facilities such as restaurants, cafes and shopping within close walking distance. Also 90 minutes from Sydney (Opera House/city centre) by train or car, an easy commute. Austinmer is a safe, lively village with active artistic community. 20 minutes from University of Wollongong. Royal National Park, second oldest in the world, is close by with fabulous hiking, cycling and swimming opportunities. SECOND HOME OPTION in BALMAIN, inner SYDNEY: in addition or instead, you could stay in our historic 2-bedroom terrace home in Sydney, in the harbourside suburb of Balmain. It's 15mins drive to University of Sydney etc. Can be available for short/longterm bookings as rental or exchange. Just email me your preferences and we'll see what might be possible! It's a lovely home with water/harbour views in a quiet street in a very safe, friendly suburb. Balmain has a village feel, because it's a peninsula. You can commute to the Opera House via Sydney's famous ferries - they stop 10 mins from my house. House has well appointed kitchen with coffee makers, dishwasher, washing machine etc, 1.5 bathrooms (bathtub plus shower), lovely upstairs dining room and study with balcony opening onto water views, large double bedroom with balcony, spare room downstairs has comfy sofa bed (single/double), courtyard. Small pets welcome! Shops, supermarket, cafes and great restaurants/bars within walking distance. Lots of harbourside parks to stroll round, plus heritage public harbour swimming baths.




230 m2

Suited For

Property Type


From June 1, 2024 until December 31, 2025

Minimum Stay

14 Days | Dates are flexible for this listing

Comments: Ideally we'd like a 2-4 wk exchange in New York, Greece (Thessaloniki?), Latin America or Europe Oct 2024. But open to other locations and times, as semi-retired! Can also offer our second home in inner Sydney. We love to travel - drop us a line!


House in Austinmer, New South Wales, Australia

Closest University

University of Wollongong, Wollongong campus

Nearby Universities
The University of Sydney | Western Sydney University Campbelltown Campus | University of Technology Sydney | UNSW Sydney | Macquarie University | University of Wollongong


Nearby Cities


Comments: Clifftop cottage with stunning, private, ocean views, in charming beachside village 90 mins from Sydney near National Park, 20 mins Wollongong University. Ocean pools, walks, bike rides. Swap anywhere nice 2-4wks! 2nd home option in Sydney: ask me!

Explore the Area


  • Bike to Campus
  • Suburban
  • Writer's Sanctuary
  • Near Ocean or Lake
  • Near Mountains
  • Near Woods
  • Near Park
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Neighborhood School
  • Near Shops
  • Near Public Transportation

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from USD $1200 Weekly

Utilities are included

A cleaning service can be discussed

Comments: The rate is AU$1500 per week - currency rates may change.


The home is not suitable for young kids

Ask about bringing pets

Ask about smoking in the home

A car is available

Comments: You can smoke outside on the deck. We're happy to swap our car(s), a Kia and a Subaru. Backyard safe for a dog and near great dog beaches! Clifftop might be too dangerous for small kids - fenced, but has a gate.









Balcony or Patio



Temperature Control

Air Conditioning








Comments: Huge clifftop deck (balcony) with dining areas looks right over ocean. Feels like being on an ocean liner. Walk to surf beach and ocean rockpools for lap swims. Quiet spot, comfortable, character-filled home. 1.5 bathrooms. National Park all round.


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