Not a lot happens at Cottage Point. The tide changes and that's about it. The small Sydney suburb is serene and beautiful with just 52 homes.
Cottage Point began as a land grant by the Crown to James Terrey in 1879 and by 1885 he had built a few cottages. For its first 100 years it had water-only access and still exists on rain water collection. Enviro-cycled sewerage and refuse is removed by barges. Electricity and a road came in the 1970s.
Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Park was formed in 1904 and Cottage Point Retreat has it as a back yard. Fuzzy Goodman purchased the house in a run-down state and, with the help of some friends, he has done a wonderful renovating job. It can be accessed by inclinator, stairs or boat.
The original thought of renting the retreat out occasionally to recoup some of the costs snowballed, not surprisingly, and now Fuzzy and his family are kept busy running it.
The magnificent house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two wonderful entertaining decks, gourmet kitchen, large slate-floored living area, open fireplace, high ceilings and glass sliding doors.
The upper level has two queen bedrooms, both with a breathtaking outlook across the water and into the forest. The master bedroom's ensuite has a glass walled dual spa and twin wash basins.
The centre level of the house is a large, open plan area with lounge, dining, kitchen and entertaining deck overlooking Cowan Creek. There are high ceilings, slate floors and sandstone fireplace and the kitchen has the latest gadgets to make life easy. There is a 68cm cable television and a music system.
The lower deck houses two more queen bedrooms and a bathroom.
The private jetty has boat access to the river which is used for fishing and swimming. The house has a small tin boat for guests to use to explore the little beaches and bays or as a lovely way to reach the Cottage Point Inn and Restaurant, just five minutes away. The water is salty and thanks to the tides, is always clean.
Cottage Point Kiosk was built in 1918 at the entrance to Coal and Candle Creek. It has a wrap-around verandah and deck and they serve very good light meals, morning and afternoon teas.
They rent boats with outboard motors so you can get up close to the beautiful flora and you can pre-order a gourmet picnic lunch with wine and beer.