Australia’s favourite interior stylist, Sibella Court, recently went on a road trip around the NSW Central Coast. Here, she tells Explore some of her favourite places along the way.
“Once you’ve reached Mount White you get off the highway and venture through the backroads,” she says.
“Along the scenic winding roads, we noticed alpacas in paddocks. And after some asking around, we found Iris Lodge … At dusk we fed the alpacas, with their big long-lashed eyes and soft coats, all jostled for position for some feed.”
A coastal highlight for Ms Court was Pearl Beach, which “has to be one of the prettiest beaches in the whole of Australia, the kind of place where you start looking in the real-estate window soon after arrival … A great spot for lunch is Pearls on the Beach, a hatted restaurant housed in a wooden house right on the beach with vistas through the Norfolk pines.
“As a teen my best friend had a holiday house at Macmasters Beach and I have many fond memories of this part of the coast. It hasn’t changed too much and continues to have all the charm of a surf-side town. I have always loved this area.”