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Our Story

The carefree days of Australian summers passed are recaptured at Halcyon House – Australia’s most unique beachside property.

Located on Australia’s east coast, boutique hotel Halcyon House holds a spectacular beachfront location in Cabarita Beach. Guests from around the world can spend Halcyon day’s poolside sipping cocktails, dining in the gorgeously fitted out restaurant Paper Daisy, relaxing at Halcyon spa, or enjoying one of Halcyon’s 22 uniquely designed rooms and suites.

Our History

The story of Halcyon House is a tale of family, innovation and premier Australian design. When sisters Siobhan and Elisha Bickle purchased the former surfing motel (The Hideaway) in 2011, they had the intention of creating a refuge to house their families on holidays. It wasn’t long before the sisters decided to alter their holiday plans, allowing others to share the experience of their beachside treasure.

“We wanted [Halcyon House] to give guests the opportunity to recall past memories of their favourite beachside holidays throughout their stay. Personally I love visiting each room, looking at the various antiques and one of a kind furnishings. I have many wonderful, often very funny, memories behind how we came across them.”

Elisha Bickle

The Beginning

Opening in 2015, Halcyon House took two years of planning and 15 months to build. The extensive renovations were led by Sydney-based architect Virginia Kerridge, while the properties boutique rooms were each uniquely designed by Brisbane-based interior designer Anna Spiro.

Many of the vintage pieces and furnishings, such as John Derian sofas, Madeline Weinrib rugs and drawings by Wayne Pate, were personally sourced by Anna, Siobhan and Elisha.

This is the first hotel development for Siobhan and Elisha, who spearheaded the highly successful ‘Bunk’ backpackers hostel and Victoria Park Complex.

Our People

General Manager, Laura Proctor has a wealth of experience in travel and hospitality having worked both locally and abroad in London for Leading Hotels of the World.

Laura joined Halcyon House in 2017 as Front Office Manager gaining invaluable experience across managing all operational aspects of the hotel. In 2021 Laura stepped into the role of General Manager where her leadership, professionalism, dedication and impeccable customer service really shine.

Meet Chef Andrew, who has been a cornerstone of Paper Daisy since February 2016, working alongside esteemed Exec Chefs Ben Devlin and Jason Barratt. Bringing a wealth of experience from prestigious locations like Orpheus Island Resort, Wilson Island Ecolodge, and Heron Island Resort, Andrew has also honed his skills internationally in the United Kingdom and France, including a stint as a Private Chef in a ski chalet in Megeve, French Alps. Passionate about seafood, foraging, and the rich offerings of the Northern Rivers region, Andrew’s menus are a celebration of local, seasonal ingredients

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