Australian Country Beachcomber

Nine pages of colourful retro delight, profiling Billy and Sarah’s Blue Mountains hideaway.

Bushland Beauty

A Mark III/IV in Wollongong’s leafy Balgownie. Perfectly located for views from the escarpment, this home was thoughtfully renovated by the owners in 2001.

Newport retreat

A Mark IV in Sydney’s hilly northern beaches. Mostly original, the occupants enjoy the additions featured in this last version of the Beachcomber, including the kitchen hatch and the big north-facing window in the living area.

Big box on steel legs

Image courtesy of Nino Sydney

A great overview of the Beachcomber story in the Sydney Morning Herald (October 2012).

Nino talks Beachcomber

A talk about the history of the Beachcomber as part of Sydney Architecture Festival 2012.

Carlingford Coach Tour

50th Anniversary of the Carlingford Display Homes Coach Tour with Stephen Batey


Testing the theory – smart people live in Beachcombers.

By the Sea

Newly landscaped, 2013

A Beachcomber Mark II constructed at Avalon Beach in 1963. The angled orientation of the house on a sloping bush block allows views of the valley to the ocean. Locally referred to as the “television set” house, which only makes sense if you remember television sets used to have legs…

Inaugural Beachcomber BBQ

On Anzac Day 2012 the first annual Beachcomber BBQ kicked off at Billy and Sarah’s Mark II in the Blue Mountains.

Beachcomber’s 50th birthday

Beachcomber fans celebrating the Beachcomber’s 50th birthday with architect Nino Sydney (second from right). Ilse (fourth from right), possibly holds the record for longest Beachcomber resident, having built hers in 1964, and lived in it for 47 years.