luxury holiday privacy
Amileka is an award-winning private house in the Byron Bay Hinterland designed by architect Sharon Fraser and completed in 2008. The combination of bold modern architecture and the internationally sought after location make this property totally unique. Nothing like it exists in the region. Amileka is totally private with 360 degree views.

If you are looking for a unique venue, Amileka is available for private or corporate functions.

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view from north

general description

Amileka is set on 25 elevated, yet relatively flat acres 2 kms from the village of Federal, 20 mins from the international destination of Byron Bay, 10 minutes from Bangalow, 1 hour from Gold Coast, 35 mins from Ballina.

The house has been designed to balance northern aspect with the sweeping western valley views. Sunsets are spectacular, but this house gets sun and light throughout the entire day.


  • Sleeps 6 maximum
  • 3 large bedrooms including:
    • Master bedroom with king size bed facing view with large open plan ensuite (with concealed bidet and toilet), imported 1.8m x 1.8m designer bath, oversized shower area. Walk in wardrobe.
    • 2nd bedroom: king size bed
    • 3rd bedroom: 2 single beds.
    • All secondary bedrooms feature built in joinery including desk, mirror, robe space and extensive shelving.
  • 2nd living room:
    • This former bedroom acts as a second TV room with lounge and features a second TV and DVD player
  • 3 bathrooms (includes master ensuite)
  • Open plan living with sunken lounge and fireplace. The plasma TV is concealed behind a slide up panel adjacent to the fireplace.
  • Luxurious kitchen with butler’s pantry, featuring premium appliances.
  • Indoor and extensive outdoor living spaces (with BBQ and built in day beds)
  • Home office with wireless internet access.
  • Inground 18m fully tiled pool
  • Open air fire pit
  • Underfloor heating throughout entire house (solar heated hydronic system)
  • Ceiling fans throughout
  • The house is screened on most openable windows and doors.
  • Polished concrete floors in all living areas and master bedroom. Carpet in home office and other 3 bedrooms
  • The property also has citrus trees and a child's architecturally designed playhouse.
  • The house encompasses 627 square metres of roofed area (370 internal).


awards and publications

Awarded 2008 architecture award for 'New House' by Institute of Architects NSW Country Division.

Awarded 2009 Best House Australia by the CNBC International Asia Pacific Property Awards.

Awarded 2009 Master Builders Association Regional Award for New House

Featured in Sydney Morning Herald Essential Lift Out Thursday 4th September 2008.

Featured in InsideOut magazine March / April 2009 issue.

Featured in Houses magazine issue 67 (April 2009).

Featured in “100 Country Houses” Images Publishing. Published August 2009.

“The reaction from visitors is usually one of amazement....The response from her peers is equally enthusiastic. Sharon’s home won the ‘Australian Institute of Architects NSW Country Division 2008 Architecture Award for New House’.” - INSIDEOUT magazine

“there is a clear and pure language to the house…..The key to the success of this house lies in architect Sharon Fraser’s overlapping role as both client and architect. Her ability to balance the purity of the architecture with the needs of a family has resulted in a home that maintains a modern minimalism but feels comfortable and lived in.” - HOUSES magazine


“Multi award-winning architect Sharon Fraser calls it a “sunken lounge”, but we know a good old-fashioned conversation pit when we see one. But even that “purely for fun” element of Fraser’s astonishing never-before-rented über-property in the Byron Bay Hinterland isn’t the home’s standout feature. It’s competing for cool-and-quirky status with an outdoor fire pit, a synthetic Stick fence that ripples in the breeze like wind through grass, absurdly large swimming pool and of course that giant signature rouge rabbit sculpture – an original in steel by Melbourne’s Peter McLisky.

Fraser’s otherworldly, one-of-a-kind, inside-out house is a modern marvel on close-cropped lawns just 10min from Bangalow, and will take you on such a multi-coloured architectural rollercoaster that you’ll need the full week just to take in all its facets. Amileka won Best House in Australia status at the 2009 CNBC International Asia Pacific Property Awards, and no wonder. We may never see its like again.”

Australian Traveller magazine September 2009

green features

Amileka was designed to maximise energy efficiency without compromising its high degree of luxury using:

passive solar design; solar heated hydronic underfloor heating; solar heated hot water; photovoltaic cells; unlimited cross ventilation; ceiling fans throughout; on-site waste management; extensive water collection; extensive insulation including a fully insulated concrete floor slab and unique operable and adjustable systems throughout such as retractable electronic shade screens to the west facade and operable electronic pergola blades that adjust to gain sun in winter and exclude it in summer.

Industrial / commercial scale custom made sliding doors and pivot doors that achieve 100% ventilation openings have been used in place of more conventional sliding doors that only achieve 50% ventilation when open.

Amileka's highly detailed features can be operated, adjusted and manipulated in varying conditions, seasons and times of day to achieve maximum comfort and control.

living space

Robust architectural detailing on an industrial scale include extreme opening spans allowing for glazed walls to open right back so that truly seamless indoor outdoor spaces are a reality, not just an idea.

The kitchen (that cleverly conceals a butler's pantry) extends outside to the west entertaining terrace in the form of a built-in commercial tepinyaki plate, sink, integrated self-draining party ice bin and built in wrap around bench seats.


The living area enjoys the spectacular western view (sunsets have to be seen to be believed), the north lawn and fire pit, and a strong visual connection with the swimming pool.

At night, only the glow of the pool can compete with the glow of the wood burning fireplace. The television is concealed behind a slide up painting panel.

Living space: painting panel slides up in to ceiling to reveal flat screen television

The central eastern courtyard (yet another alternative outdoor space), provides separation between living and sleeping areas; morning sun to kitchen and dining; north aspect to the bedrooms on the southern wing; separation between office and 'home'; and a buffer between driveway and house.

The eastern courtyard is bound on its 4th side by a kinetic sculptural "stick" screen that ripples like a man-made version of grass, gently chiming in the breeze.

view to east courtyard

Amileka combines indoor and outdoor on a grand scale, with equal generosity, resulting in large open and flexible spaces.

view from east courtyard to kitchen, dining and west terrace in background

Adjustable pergola roof panels allow for maximum flexibility and prevent adjacent interior spaces from being overshadowed when the blades are closed. The integral rain sensor shuts the blades automatically. The blades can be angled to be open, yet block the sun in summer. In winter the blades can be angled to receive sun.

outdoor west terrace

The western terrace connects directly to the pool area. The pool is invisibly yet fully fenced to pool codes and Australian Standards by structural frameless glass panels. The built in benches are fitted with custom made cushions covered with high quality "Sunbrella" outdoor fabric.

outdoor west terrace


Adjustable pergola blades allow for northern sun in to the open plan ensuite. The ensuite is fitted out with a luxurious 1.8 x 1.8m Italian white square bath, and a 2.1m x 2.1m shower with double shower heads; in keeping with the grand scale of the house. The toilet and bidet are concealed from the open plan by translucent glazed screens.

views to master bedroom and ensuite

view from north to fire pit and living area

The north lawn fire pit offers a total under sky outdoor experience.

view of north wing

The different wings and their functions are expressed in the different use of material and colour.


Photographs by Richard Powers Photographer and Sharon Fraser Architect

Amileka is unsurpassed as a modern design achievement in a highly sought after area. Luxury and comfort combine with simplicity and clean lines to create a truly unique property.