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The Ferry Master's Cottage. A lovely cottage set on a beautiful island!

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Beach nearby, sun-loungers
Beach nearby, sun-loungers
Beach nearby, sun-loungers

Overview of The Ferry Master's Cottage. A lovely cottage set on a beautiful island!

The Ferry Master's Cottage. A lovely cottage set on a beautiful island!

4.9/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Entire home

4 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 8

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet-friendly
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space
Sydney, NSW

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationEttalong Diggers Club43 min drive
  • Popular LocationUmina Recreation Centre44 min drive
  • AirportSydney, NSW (SYD-Kingsford Smith Intl.)68 min drive
  • Popular LocationPalm Beach Golf Club75 min drive

Space details

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8
2 sq m
Bedroom 1
    2 single beds
Bedroom 2
    1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
    1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
    1 queen bed
Bathroom 1
    Combined bath/shower
Bathroom 2

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

The Ferry Master's Cottage. A lovely cottage set on a beautiful island!

Riverside Sydney Holiday home in Dangar Island with kitchen
Winter weekend special: 4pm Sunday checkout!*

Only a 45 minute drive (or direct train ride) north of the Sydney CBD, the pet and family friendly (original) Ferry Master’s Cottage has been lovingly restored and is located centrally on the level area of the island.

We are a great option for those that want some time away from the mainland madness of COVID-19! For peace of mind, we also take special care to deep clean the property between guest stays.

The cottage has 3 double bedrooms with queen beds, 1 bunk room and 2 bathrooms. The master bedroom has its own ensuite.

A full-size main bathroom (with bath), kitchen with full amenities, open dining and lounge room.

All linen and bath towels are provided

A fully equipped laundry, Wi-Fi and Smart TV available.

For little ones - a high-chair and porta cot are available.

Enjoy alfresco dining, easy chairs & fire pit on the decks and gardens.

The space

The cottage has a large front deck (perfect for cocktail hour!) and a private back patio area with BBQ and dining table. Inside there are polished timber floors and carpeted bedrooms. Plenty of natural light through all rooms with lovely green outlooks.

A modern kitchen with European appliances, all amenities you need and an island bench for casual eating. To relax, there is also a comfortable lounge area.

There is an additional sitting area out the back of the house with a natural stone garden, easy chairs and fire pit - perfect for a glass of red and a warm fire.

The bathrooms are recently renovated with bath, large shower roses, quality towels, and heating. The bedrooms are all large with new queen beds, quality linen and (where needed) heaters.

Overall, the cottage is perfectly located less than a 4-minute walk from the ferry and café and 3-minutes walk to Bradley’s Beach, the island green, children’s playground and (lawn) bowling club.

With the exception of a locked cleaner's cupboard in the bunk room and an owner's cupboard in the kitchen, the entire house is available.

While we are a pet-friendly location, we do ask that pets not be allowed on the beds or furniture.

In addition, there are friendly chickens that may wander between properties. Could we please request you manage your pets so they don't harass the chickens - after all, they were there first!

Getting to Brooklyn

Drive up the M1 from Sydney and take the Brooklyn exit (approx drive is 45 minutes from the CBD). There is plenty of safe, untimed parking in Brooklyn and around the corner at Parsley Bay

Take the train from the city and hop off at Hawkesbury River station (Brooklyn) - approx. 45 mins

Access to the island

Once in Brooklyn, take the Dangar Island Ferry or use the reasonably priced water taxi service.

The Ferry takes 10 minutes to the island. Please note it only takes cash and if you have a dog, you will require a soft muzzle.

Water taxi
The water taxi cost is not a great deal more than the ferry (depending on numbers) and is a better option if you have a lot of gear.

It only takes 4 minutes to the island, has EFTPOS and if you have a dog, don't need a muzzle.

Guest access to the house

We have a co-host that lives on the island and is available to help our guests.

Once you arrive

At the Dangar Island public wharf and opposite the cafe, you'll find our wheelbarrow to help bring your luggage to the house. Look out for a black 'Sherlock' brand barrow with FMC on the front and '5 Baroona Street' painted on the sides.

We are only a 4-minute walk, so head up the little hill, take the second left and then the first left on to Baroona Street and in 50m you'll find the house - also on the left.

If you have a lot of luggage, you can book a golf buggy.

Please return the wheelbarrow when you leave.

Key safe

We will provide you with the code for the key safe which is located next to the front door. Please return the key to the safe when you leave.

Internet and mobile coverage

We do have NBN Wi-Fi access, however, both the internet and mobile coverage can be intermittent.

Once you book, we will send you detailed information to make your stay a great one!

* Late checkout only applies of there is not a new booking coming in on the Sunday
Air-conditioned accommodation at this holiday home offers DVD players and coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include baths or showers and hairdryers.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Brendan Dunphy
Speaks English

Property amenities


  • Near the beach
  • Beach sunloungers


  • WiFi available

Parking and transport

  • Car not required

Family friendly

  • Children's games
  • Children's toys
  • High chair


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Spices
  • Toaster
  • Electric kettle
  • Coffee/tea maker


  • 4 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Bath or shower
  • Towels provided
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Hairdryer
  • Toilet paper


  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Video library
  • Stereo
  • Music library
  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Firepit


  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Near a laundromat


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • Near the sea
  • On the river
  • Near the bay
  • In a village

Things to do

  • Cycling on site
  • Swimming nearby
  • Snorkelling nearby
  • Marina nearby
  • Jet skiing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby
  • Hiking nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 8
  • Unit size: 22 sq ft (2 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets are allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property on the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit and a deadlock
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Property registration number PID-STRA-1716

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is not required for transport to and from this property

About this area


Located in Sydney, this holiday home is on a river. Berowra Waters Marina and Asquith Golf Club are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Brisbane Water National Park and Long Island Nature Reserve. Travelling with kids? Consider Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park and Australian Reptile Park. Make sure you get close to the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.

What's nearby

  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - 5 min drive
  • Ettalong Diggers Club - 43 min drive
  • Umina Recreation Centre - 44 min drive
  • Turo Reserve - 57 min drive
  • Palm Beach Golf Club - 75 min drive

Getting around

  • Sydney Hawkesbury River Station - 1 min drive
  • Sydney Airport (SYD) - 68 min drive


  • Mooney Mooney Club - 8 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 23 out of 27 reviews
5 - Excellent 85%
Rating 4 - Good. 4 out of 27 reviews
4 - Good 15%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 27 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 27 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 27 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%





4/5 Good

Perfect Weekend Away
We had a great time at the ferry masters cottage. The bbq, though small, pack a punch and cooked the venison for our family feast in no time. The people on the island are very lovely and helpful. The playground and community garden are only a stone throw away. I recommend changing the instructions for finding the wheelbarrow, it caused a bit of a kaffaffel between me and my partner. I told my parter what the instructions said: The wheelbarrow is behind the cafè when in reality it’s alongside the road just PAST the cafè. We’re both not native English speakers and my partook the instructions seriously. She was stopped by the cafe owner who wanted to know what she was looking for behind the cafe ;-)

5/5 Excellent

Everything you could want provided. Perfect place to unwind. Visit to the bowlo and depot topped it off. Walk up and over the ridge for special views.

5/5 Excellent

surprise 60th birthday w e
We really enjoyed staying at Ferry Master Cottage. It was a great house for what I had planned for the Surprise 60th w.e. Plenty of equipment & easy to use, all lovely big bedrooms , good bathrooms plenty of linen & all who drank coffee appreciated the coffee pod supply ( so much more than my instant). All in all I would fully recommend this house & Dangar Island as a w.e getaway. Cudo to the owners for a good property. Thanks Deborah 5.4.2021

5/5 Excellent

Idyllic mini break
Space to spread out, great location and friendly locals. A lovely place to escape.

5/5 Excellent

Wonderful Dangar
Had such a lovely stay, the house was so comfortable & Brendan a very helpful host. The island has a great bowling club & lots of areas to explore Would love to come back and stay again