The Little Black Shack

Pittwater, Australia
Rescued from Ruin, An Authentic Fisherman’s Shack Tells Tales of the Sea

No towns, no roads, no cars, just miles of sky, bush, and the sea to greet you here. 

Originally hand-built by fishermen in the 1930s using local timber and sandstone found at the site, this beach house in Australia - although a primitive shack at the time - was a refuge for the men, and an ideal spot to launch out to the deepest parts of the South Pacific in search of “The Big Ones.”

Admiring it from afar for over 20 years, and after just one look, a family of seasoned world travelers snatched it up when discovering it was for sale (despite its scruffy condition).

Passionate about sustainability, the owners went about an arduous, two year task of rehabilitating the dilapidated shack to eco friendly standards. If it couldn’t be found, recycled or repurposed, it was made by hand, creating a richly detailed environment of stories and memories. 

Getting here is part of the fun, with passage on an old timber ferry from nearby Palm Beach, then a walk along the beach up a goat track with the rainforest at your back, the sea lapping at your feet, and the spectacular views all to yourself.

The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals

Along the shores of Mackerel Beach below the tree-lined ridge of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, this beach house in Australia sits along its craggy edge, with uninterrupted views of Mackerel Beach, Pittwater, Barrenjoey Headland, Palm Beach and beyond. 

Built in the 1930s from local timber and sandstone, and restored using all recycled and repurposed materials, the owners are on the way to creating a fully sustainable eco-retreat, with passive cooling, solar energy and natural water catchment.   

The north east orientation lets you wake to the sunrise over the headlands with fresh sea air and bright, natural light throughout the year. 

The open-plan living room, dining area and chef’s kitchen open out onto a small covered balcony with a window seat spanning the full length of the room overlooking the stunning views of the bay. 

The main bedroom has access to a private lawn and garden and is elevated to take full advantage of the views while the second bedroom is reached by a short set of stone steps in front of the house. Built from the original sandstone and lined with timber, it’s a cozy nest with a private stone terrace, and a grassy shaded area with a hammock to admire the panoramic views. 

The house features an eclectic mix of antiques and collectibles gathered from travels around the world and forages along the beach, as well as recycled and handcrafted furniture built specifically for the house.

The outdoor pergola is the spot for open-air dining on the stone terrace or on either of the two decks with a wood-fired oven, an outdoor sandstone kitchen, and a camp-style BBQ.

Guests can help themselves to fresh herbs from the kitchen garden. 

Launch the kayaks, or dive right in to the crystal clear waters from your very own private beach below. 

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Wifi, large flat-screen TV with Blue-ray DVD (no cable, but there is Netflix), Bose surround sound Wifi stereo system with speakers in both bedrooms and the outdoor areas, extensive library with area guides. Kitchen and bath amenities. Two kayaks, fishing rods and tackle plus bait in the freezer, crab traps, snorkeling gear and beach umbrella provided, outdoor shower. 

 

AROUND

Sixty minutes north of Sydney with the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park at your back, Mackerel Beach is one of the loveliest, protected stretches of coastline in New South Wales. The main sandy beach fronts the house where you can dive right in, snorkel, fish or grab the house kayak to explore the many crystal clear waters of the local coves and bays.

You’ll find friendly locals (including wallabies and bush turkeys), ancient Aboriginal carving sites, and some original fibro beach cottages along with incredible bush walks to secluded beaches and lookouts including The Basin Lagoon all within walking distance.

Should you feel the urge to head back to the mainland, an old timber ferry departs every hour for the ten minute ride to Palm Beach wharf where you can dine at the local restaurants, pubs and cafes, browse the shops, galleries and local markets, and make the trek up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse. The quaint beach town of Avalon, is also just a few minutes drive. 

 

LOCATION

Mackerel Beach, Pittwater, New South Wales, Australia. Nearest Airport: Sydney International (90 mins). It’s a 60-minute drive to Palm Beach from the city of Sydney and a short ferry/water taxi ride from Palm Beach to Mackerel Beach.

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Each season has its own unique charms. Lovely and breezy in Spring through Fall, with a cozy fireplace for cool winters.

 
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Pittwater, Australia
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Pittwater, Australia
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
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The Little Black Shack
Pittwater, Australia
Hand Made, Recycled & Restored

No towns, no roads, no cars, just miles of sky, bush, and the sea to greet you here. Originally hand-built by fishermen in the 1930s using local timber and sandstone found at the site, this beach house in Australia - although a primitive shack at the time - was a refuge for the men, and an ideal spot to launch out to the deepest parts of the South Pacific in search of “The Big Ones.”

Admiring it from afar for over 20 years, and after just one look, a family of seasoned world travelers snatched it up when discovering it was for sale (despite its scruffy condition).

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Overview Fully equipped
Kitchen Fully equipped
Internet Wifi throughout
Bedrooms 2
Bed Type 1 King, 1 Queen
Kitchen Fully equipped
Bathrooms 1
Accommodates 4
Kid-Friendly
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 2 nights
Check-In 3:00 PM
Check-Out 11:00 AM
Cleaning $300
Sec. Deposit $1000
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required prior to check-in via electronic transfer to owner
Sec. Deposit Returned Refund of deposit by owner within 7 days after stay
Cancellation Policy Strict
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled within 24 hours of making the reservation (grace period). After that, the reservation is non-refundable. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
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Only In the event the cancellation is a direct result of the pandemic (government orders the stoppage of vacation rentals or the authorities decide to restrict travel from the country of origin or to the country where the property is located), guests will be given the opportunity to receive full credit for their reservation if they rebook within one year. If the guest is unable to take the credit, the guest will receive a full refund if the booking is cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. If the guest cancels 1 -14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.
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