Hawkesbury River House

House at Bar Point, Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, Australia. 2006 - 08

The sun is in the north. The house is only accessible by boat and is located on a steep promontory on the Hawkesbury River, 40km north of Sydney, latitude 33˚ south. The climate is coastal temperate Australian with highs of 38˚C and lows of 5˚C. The site faces east and is seriously overshadowed after 2.00pm in winter by the high headland behind. The site is 15m wide and 90m up a steep hill from a 15.5m waterfront. It is strewn with large rocks and boulders. It is a holiday house with living/dining/kitchen opening to a large deck overlooking the waterfront and with four self-contained bedrooms accessed from an open roofed verandah stepping up the hill at the rear from a small courtyard which captures available sun and is protected from the prevailing winds.

Photos : Michael Nicholson