What do you get when you mix an architecturally designed house maximised for space, Huskisson Beach just moments away and a weekend getaway with friends? Two days of swimming, delicious meals and lots of laughter. Oyster Catcher Huskisson is a chic three-bedroom Jervis Bay holiday home flowing with light and has a number of little details that make it amazing. There is music playing as I arrive, creating a soundtrack to the space and wine, cheese and chocolate waiting in the fridge.
Traveller: Lisa Wagstaff
Room: Oyster Catcher Huskisson
Address: 4 Jervis Street Huskisson
Date: October 2023
Price range $450 – $900 per night
Best for a beach holiday with friends or two families
Oyster Catcher Huskisson is located on a quiet street in Huskisson on the South Coast of NSW in the idyllic Jervis Bay area. The house is 300 metres from Huskisson Beach and a 15-minute walk to the famous Husky Pub and Huskisson’s main street.
The architecturally designed home is chic and fun, with bright colours, high ceilings and skylights bathing it in natural light. The house has lots of windows, homely living spaces and ample room for three couples or two families. Timber floors run throughout, as well as stylish light fittings and an eclectic array of artwork that suits the mood of the house. Outside, there is a hot and cold outdoor shower and a flourishing native garden.
The stylish master bedroom has a king bed with palm tree wallpaper and a matching rustic gold floor lamp, raked ceilings and bifold wood framed glass doors that open onto a sunny deck in the front yard. The second bedroom would be the kids’ room or for the friend that always shotguns the best room. It has a double bed and bunk beds, and its rattan, white and wood decor is complimented by a palm tree sketch on the wall. Very beachy and chic.
I chose the third bedroom, converted from a garage to a cozy room with a king bed backed by a stud wall, wallpapered with monkeys swinging through the jungle. It has a glass door framing the birds of paradise growing in the backyard, a calming vision to wake up to each morning.
If you love a deep bath with a nice view, make a beeline for the bathroom at this Jervis Bay Airbnb. The freestanding bath is positioned under large windows, complete with a bath caddy so you can soak with your book and a bottle of wine.
The second bathroom also doubles as the laundry and, surprisingly, where I find one of my favourite design features: pink crazy tiles on the floor and green subway tiles on the wall. It’s funky and fun.
Kitchen and dining
The cabinetry in the modern kitchen is a retro turquoise green. Smeg appliances, Nespresso machine, large oven, gas cooktop and ample cookware make our meals a breeze. There’s also a servery window to access the outdoor dining table. For indoor dining, the open-plan dining room is beside the kitchen.
The lounge room has two lounges and a TV unit housing a chess board and games. The room has seashell-inspired decor and bi-fold doors that open onto the deck. This is where we retreat with wine to play games into the evening.
The north-facing front yard is perfect for entertaining with its sunny hardwood deck, lounge chairs, an umbrella and Weber barbeque. The native garden attracts all sorts of wildlife, and we awake to the lullaby of a Little Wattlebird each morning, which we identify through an app that works like Shazam for birdcalls. The garden has a bowling-alley shaped grass lawn that we use to play a game of Finska.
The family factor
Kids will love this Jervis Bay accommodation. There’s plenty of space for them to play in the living areas and in the garden. As well as games and a fun-styled kids’ room with a double bed and bunk beds.
Green thumbs up
The Jervis Bay Airbnb is solar-powered and set up prior to our arrival to optimise the internal temperature based on the day’s weather. We receive a reusable tote bag as a welcome gift. There are no single plastics. Coffee pods are compostable, and shower amenities are by Zero Co, a company that reuses refill pouches for bathroom and cleaning supplies.
Book direct for the best available rate and a welcome hamper with local wine on arrival.
Things to do in Huskisson and Jervis Bay
Number one on your list of things to do in Jervis Bay is to explore the bay’s pristine waters. Huskisson Beach is 300 metres away, and if you like to enter the water with a dash of adrenaline, the Vincentia Bridge Jump is not to be missed. The bridge is at the start of the White Sands Walk to Hyams Beach, which takes us around 90 minutes to complete (we left a car at each end to only do it one way). Vincentia Beach is a protected sea-bird breeding area, and we see a red-beaked Oystercatcher nesting on the sand. The path also traverses through the bush, where we spot a red-tailed black cockatoo among the scribbly gums.
The calm waters in Jervis Bay are also great for kayaking, SUPing, snorkelling, scuba diving and dolphin watching.
If you like a local brew, there are two craft breweries to visit, both with resident food trucks. Jervis Bay Brewing Co. has a huge outdoor beer garden and a delicious Bright Idea XPA, while Flamin Galah Brewing Co. has a pink tropicana theme, galah head-shaped beer paddles and an addictive raspberry sour. Buds Tavern is a recently opened tribute to the great Aussie pubs of the 80s.
Where to find Oyster Catcher Huskisson
Property address: 4 Jervis street, Huskisson, NSW
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