Have the perfect summer getaway at secluded beach shack
Posted by Casey Warrener on Tuesday, December 6, 2016
We’ve found a swag of breezy Aussie beach shacks that are carefree on the outside, and modern on the inside. These unique beauties lining Australia’s shores are perfect for a relaxed escape; fronted by secluded pockets of coast that are just for you. Think lazy days spent between the beach and the ocean, a stockpile of iced drinks, books and mags, and unbelievably good seafood meals enjoyed at your waterside retreat. Ready to revel in the beach shack vibe? Then check out these seven hideaways by the sea.
Sheoak Shack, SA
Sheoak Shack is located between Port Julia and Port Vincent, along the 2.5km stretch of Sheoak Flat beach. Its moniker may imply a rough retreat, but this beachfront gem has all the mod cons you could hope for – air-conditioned, spacious, kitchen for grilling up your catch-of-the-day. Sliding glass doors open onto a huge deck with unbroken views of the private beach at your doorstep, so you can put on a chill playlist and take in the view while lounging around in swimmers. We’d suggest enjoying a lingering meal outside as the moon rises over the water.
On the edge of Cape Liptrap Coastal Park and fronted by the waters of Waratah Bay, Bear Gully Coastal Cottages has five separate beach shacks to choose from. Each cottage has views across azure waters to the islands and boulders of Wilsons Promontory; each is just a five-minute stroll to the water’s edge. Not only do you have your own beach to swim, snorkel and dive in, you’ve got vast parklands to explore. Or, simply layback in your hammock and enjoy the view. Your call.
Half an hour from Stanley in Tasmania’s northwest is Beachside Retreat West Inlet: four shacks perched on the dunes, each with an outlook to the crystal clear waters of West Inlet. These cabins are a creative interpretation of the 1950s Australian beach shack. Award-winning design combined with 2km of beachfront that is yours alone makes for an ultra luxurious escape. Collect fresh oysters to enjoy with a few sundowners on the deck, and then loll about in the heated saltwater pool under the starry night sky.
Tiliqua Sunrise, SA
Tiliqua Sunrise is the ultimate secluded beach shack. With 500-acres of uncharted dunes and wild ocean frontage on the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula, you won’t find an isolated beach holiday quite like this one. The long sandy beach and exposed sea surrounding this shack can be seen from every room, and the only sounds to be heard are the southern ocean swells rolling onto the shore. It’s an adventure getting to this covert beach shack, but trust us it’s worth the trip.
Coco Loco, QLD
Another not-to-be-missed north Queensland shack on the sands of Brooks Beach is Coco Loco. This is the perfect secluded spot for a beachy escape – just you, a vibrant red shack and the whitewash lapping paces away. Hike through the rainforest either side of your hut and then step down to the ocean to cool-off from the sultry heat. After exploring, snorkelling amongst colourful reef and soaking in the sun all day, open the shack’s big louvered doors to let the sea breeze in, and collapse onto your bed with a beach view.
Bicheno Hideaway, TAS
Set on seven-acres of sandy marsh lining the pretty east coast of Tasmania is Bicheno Hideaway. These cave-shaped beach shacks, with timber wall panels that curl from the floor to the ceiling and back around, are architecturally unique. A wall of glass and a beach facing deck fronts both shacks, so you can enjoy the view both cosy inside and out in the salty air. Walk down to the pebbly shores for a swim, snorkel or to cast a line. You could explore the Bay of Fires to the north or Freycinet to the south, but if it were us we’d be doing what was intended – not a lot, except to enjoy the beach.
Forest View Bungalow, VIC
This beach shack’s name tells its story – Forest View Bungalow is set up high to provide spectacular views across the rainforest of the Great Ocean Road’s Otway Ranges. Tucked away in a quiet street of the popular seaside town Lorne, this beautifully refurbished bungalow offers a peaceful hinterland setting with easy access to the beach and its buzzing main street. Pour a glass of sparkling, step out onto the balcony and say cheers to a great beachside holiday.
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