Sydney's Northern Beaches

The billionaire peninsula left deserted by Covid

PHOTO: At the other end of Pittwater billionaire Gretel Packer, the sister of gaming magnate James Packer, owns a leisure home on Ocean Road at Palm Beach, on the surf side

  • The northern Pittwatter end of Sydney’s Northern Beaches is home to billionaire, waterfront holiday houses
  • Atlassian software co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes bought a $24.5million Newport home in June this year
  • Another billionaire Gretel  Packer owns a holiday house at Palm Beach with nice views of the Pacific Ocean 
  • Neighbouring Whale Beach was last year a hot spot for movie star Nicole Kidman’s sister Antonia Kidman

Some of Australia’s richest billionaire business tycoons and celebrities will miss out on having big parties at their Sydney beach houses because of Covid restrictions.

The Pittwater side of the Northern Beaches, known locally as the ‘insular peninsula’, isn’t just Australia’s latest coronavirus epicentre.

This picturesque, coastal stretch of Sydney from Newport to Palm Beach is also home to holiday houses of the very rich and famous.

Some of Australia's richest billionaire business tycoons and celebrities will miss out on having big parties at their Sydney beach houses because of Covid restrictions. Atlassian software co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes (pictured with his wife Annie) bought a $24.5million Newport house from Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins in June

Some of Australia’s richest billionaire business tycoons and celebrities will miss out on having big parties at their Sydney beach houses because of Covid restrictions. Atlassian software co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes (pictured with his wife Annie) bought a $24.5million Newport house from Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins in June

The Atlassian tycoon's new Northern Beaches pad on Prince Alfred Parade, with no garage, was one of Australia's most expensive houses to change hands in 2020 and has views of Scotland Island

The Atlassian tycoon’s new Northern Beaches pad on Prince Alfred Parade, with no garage, was one of Australia’s most expensive houses to change hands in 2020 and has views of Scotland Island

Atlassian software co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes in June spent $24.5million on a five-bedroom mansion on the Pittwater side of Newport, near former federal Liberal MP and Speaker Bronwyn Bishop.

His holiday house is also in the suburb where actor Richard Roxburgh, who played former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke in The Crown, and his wife Silvia Colloca bought an oceanfront home in October 2015 for $2.87million.

Mr Cannon-Brookes’s Newport home – until recently owned by former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins and her husband Jake Wall – is only worth a quarter of the $100million he paid in 2018 for the Fairwater mansion at Point Piper, on Sydney Harbour.

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