Rescued From Ruin, An Authentic Fisherman’s Shack Tells Tales Of The Sea

Little Black Shack, Pittwater, Australia
The Little Black Shack, Great Mackerel Beach, Australia | beach house rentals
  • Cabin
  • 2 BR
  • Sleeps 4
  • from $ 600 nt
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 twenty years, and after just one look, a family of seasoned world travelers snatched it up when discovering it was for sale (despite it’s 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.

Description

Along the shores of Mackerel Bay below the tree-lined ridge of Ku-ring-gai 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), 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

Ninety minutes north of Sydney with the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park at your back, Mackerel Bay 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. It’s a 90 minute drive to Palm Beach from Sydney and a short ferry/water taxi ride from Palm Beach to Mackerel Bay

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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  • 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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Bedrooms2 Bedrooms
Bed Type1 King, 1 Queen
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms1 Bathroom
Accommodate4 Guests
InternetWifi throughout
Kid FriendlyYes
Pet friendlyNo
ViewSpectacular Mackerel Bay views
Rates
Cleaning (One Time)$200
Sec. Deposit$1,000
Check-In3:00 PM
Check-Out11:00 AM
CancellationCancel within 48 hours of booking and 14 days before check-in to receive a full refund.
Cancel up to 7 days before check-in and receive a 50% refund.
Cancel within 7 days of check-in and the cost of the full reservation is non-refundable.
NotesIf you damage the home, you may be charged up to $1000
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Weekly Min Stay
February to MayFeb 1May 31$6002 nights
Additional Charge on Weekends$100 per night on FRI SAT SUN
Additional Guests$50 per person / per night above 2
June to AugustJun 1Aug 31$5002 nights
Additional Charge on Weekends$100 per night on FRI SAT SUN
Additional Guests$50 per person / per night above 2
School holidays$7503 nights
Additional Guests$50 per person / per night above 2
Public holidays$7503 nights
Additional Guests$50 per person / per night above 2
September to mid DecemberSep 1Dec 15$6002 nights
Additional Charge on Weekends$100 per night on FRI SAT SUN
Additional Guests$50 per person / per night above 2
HolidaysDec 16Jan 31$850$55005 nights
Additional Guests$50 per person / per night above 2
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Reviews

8 Reviews

  • Jessica, July 18, 2018

    Absolutely loved staying at this place – so many extremely well thought out design aspects and eco friendly touches to ensure minimal impact on the surrounding national park. Also an excellent place to get away and relax – feels like you are miles away from civilization. Would highly recommend to anyone traveling to this area ?

    Jessica

  • Emma, June 13, 2018

    What a beautiful space created by Ingrid and Jamie. We absolutely loved our time here. On one hand it feels like you are miles away from anywhere but then a short ferry ride lands you back in civilization with everything you could possibly need for your stay. Highly recommend stocking up with lots of goodies from the Palm Beach Wine Co as once you get to the little black shack you will not want to leave. Also definitely recommend making your own pizzas in the pizza oven they were delicious. Such a relaxing space we can’t speak highly enough of it. Thank You Xx

    Emma

  • Hannah, June 5, 2018

    What an incredibly unique and wonderful experience to stay at Ingrid and Jamie’s shack. The thought and care that has gone into the decoration and furnishing of the shack is second to none. There was everything you could want, from a wide range of sauces, jams and marinades in the pantry; surround sound through the indoor and outdoor areas; bookshelves heaving with holiday reads; and bait in the freezer and fishing rods by the door. My partner caught cuttlefish and rock cod out the front and we had an epic cook up in the wood fire, drinking wine as the sun set behind us. Coffee and chilly winter dips in the sea below the shack to start the days and lovely walks into the bush. Ingrid’s beautiful way was so appreciated with all communication. We can’t wait to come back. Thanks !

    Hannah

  • Emily, May 19, 2018

    Honestly, I found this to be one of the most beautiful stays in the whole of Australia. Don’t hesitate to book – it is an absolute experience. I could not recommend this place more xxxx

    Emily

  • Nadia, April 9, 2018

    Wonderful place at a perfect location. Just far away enough from the mainland and feeling like you’re miles away. This is our second visit to the Little Black Shack, 5 nights previously and 7 nights this time. A truly great experience. It has ticked all our boxes for accommodation, nature, rocks, beach and the feeling you are part of a well kept secret. Also, you could close your eyes to take photo’s and still have stunning images!! It’s absolutely worth the visit.

    Nadia

  • Cassie, March 1, 2018

    I actually don’t have the words to describe just how special this shack is. Ingrid & Jamie have created a truly unique and gorgeous home. The location is absolutely stunning and no detail has been spared whilst furnishing the home. All of the essentials are provided, plus much more. Thank you for sharing your Shack with us. It was truly magical to stay (and elope) there. We hope to visit again one day soon!

    Cassie

  • Nicky, February 21, 2018

    Thanks Ingrid & Jamie for having us. Your place and hospitality truly exceeded our expectations. We hope to revisit in the near future :)

    Nicky

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  • Jo, February 12, 2018

    With a need for some good quality family time and a want to get back to nature, we checked into The Little Black Shack with the hopes a few days here would do the trick! It did so much more!! Our stay here was incredible. The views are absolutely jaw-dropping with stunning bush and beach surrounds, including your own private beach right out the front! The shack itself has been crafted and curated to perfection by Ingrid and Jamee with everything from exquisite bed linens, divine soaps and an enviable supply pantry at your disposal. The thought and detail that has gone into ensuring your stay is as close to perfection as possible is incredibly warming as a guest. Our days were spent down at the beach, jumping waves with the kids, snorkeling and kayaking. When the nights slowly rolled in we cooked up on the wood-fired bbq or made our own pizza dough (all supplied by Ingrid & Jamie) and cooked pizza’s in the wood-fired pizza oven taking in the night sky out on the deck. It was exactly what we needed, a beautiful place to stop, take stock and enjoy nature and family time at its finest. Perfection!!

    Jo

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