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Tidal Whispers - Foreshore Beach House

Bedrooms 2
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

Absolute beach front house with 180 degree panoramic views of the ocean

You wake up to hear the gentle lapping of waves… it feels like it’s only metres away from your pillow. You grab your coffee and take a few steps, through the garden and onto the sand. The warmth of the sun on your skin, the feel of the soft white sand on your feet, and the smell of the crisp sea air makes you feel alive… THIS is what a holiday should be!

At Tidal Whispers, this is your every day.

Beachfront accommodation doesn’t get much closer to the beach than this. And when it comes to spectacular beaches, Boat Harbour Beach is simply one of the best. Here you’ll find crystal clear blue waters, pure white sand and stunning blue skies that stretch to the horizon.

The Tidal Whispers beach house is a traditional Boat Harbour Beach 'shack' and still has many features of its original 1940's design. We have endeavoured to provide an authentic experience for our guests, balancing the preservation of this ambient cottage and its quaint features with a renovation that ensures comfort and style.

If you are looking for an authentic, quirky, and absolute beach frontage traditional Tasmanian shack, embracing its 1940's heritage and character, then this is the accommodation for you.

Perfect for couples, families and friends, Tidal Whispers at Boat Harbour Beach, really is one of Tasmania’s best kept secrets!

Our bedding configuration: Two bedrooms - one large room with a Queen sized bed (ocean views and sliding door access to the sundeck); one small second bedroom with 2 single beds in a bunk configuration.

* 2 storey beach house with internal stairs (bedrooms, kitchen, and living area upstairs; toilet, bathroom, and laundry downstairs)

* No off-street parking but close-by and convenient on-street parking bays

* Sorry, pets are not permitted at this accommodation

***Heritage Considerations***

This beach house is a traditional Boat Harbour Beach shack and still has many features of its original 1940's design. Here you will enjoy spectacular 180 degree panoramic views of the beach and ocean, the warmth and charm of seaside cottage ambience, and unique and quaint quirks. Due to its heritage the ceiling height in the ground level of this beach house, where the bathroom and laundry are accessed, is quite low (e.g., as low as 5”6 or approximately 170cm in some parts) and guests will need to take care when passing through these areas.

***Access Considerations***

This property is accessed from Port Road via approximately 25 steps with a supportive handrail. Likewise, access from the property to the beach is via approximately 8 steps with a handrail, and access from the upper level (containing kitchen, living area, and bedrooms) to the lower level (containing toilet, bathroom and laundry) is via a set of approximately 14 internal stairs.

Based on these heritage and access considerations, please consider whether this accommodation is suitable for you, particularly if you or your guests have mobility issues. This property is not wheelchair accessible.

Tidal Whispers has been accredited by the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program - a federally endorsed, quality assurance scheme. This means that we can proudly display Australia's national symbol of tourism quality, the T-QUAL Tick.


Boat Harbour Beach is a popular tourist destination in Tasmania and is renowned for its crystal clear blue waters, pure white sand and the surrounding rich green farming hillsides. The ocean waters are very safe to swim in and the local surf life saving club are on hand during weekends and public holidays.

Things to do at Boat Harbour Beach include:

- Swimming in Boat Harbour's renowned crystal clear blue ocean waters

- Strolling up the sandy white beaches enjoying the clean Tasmanian air

- Surfing

- Whale and dolphin watching

- Snorkelling or scuba diving (local equipment hire from The Scuba Centre, Wynyard)

- Try your luck at fishing

- Nature walks around Boat Harbour and beyond

There are many daytrips that can be taken from Boat Harbour Beach, including:

- Tasmania's famous Cradle Mountain

- Rocky Cape National Park and visit some of Tasmania's finest Aboriginal caves

- Penguin watching with Wynyard Little Penguin Tours

- Play golf at Seabrook Golf Club (Wynyard)

- Stanley historic sea-side town

- Chocolate tasting at Anvers Chocolate Factory

- Cheese tasting at Lactose Cheese Factory

- Christmas Hills Raspberry farm

- Wonders of Wynyard museum and many more North-West coast tourist attractions

More Details

Lesley McKinnell
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2018

About Lesley McKinnell

Hello from Lesley and Georgia, Boat Harbour Beach, Tasmania. We are delighted to share our beach house (or 'shack' as locals call it) with you and hope you will love it as much as we have over the past 60+ years.

Our family purchased this gorgeous place in the 1950's and our family's children and their children have enjoyed it ever since.

In 2011 we decided to open our home to guests so they too could enjoy this magical place. Since this time we have welcomed guests from all over the world and get so much enjoyment out of watching them fall in love with Boat Harbour Beach like we have.

Lesley McKinnell purchased this house in 1955

Why Lesley McKinnell chose Boat Harbour

Our lovely little shack was built in the 1940's, shortly after World War II. The man who built it was named Harry Lay and he worked as a piano importer in Wynyard. Due to building materials being limited by post-war difficulties, Harry decided to build part of the shack from the wooden shipping containers that his pianos arrived in from interstate. What resulted was a lovely little cottage, affectionately named 'Tinkledell' (the original wooden sign has been preserved on our front gate).

We adore this place for so many reasons, mostly it's character, unbeatable location (literally a few steps from the property onto the silky white sand) and incredible 180 degree panoramic views.

What makes this house unique

There are many properties listed in the Boat Harbour Beach area now, however only a handful can boast absolutely beach front like ours.

You will discover this as you step onto the deck and realise that at high tide you can throw a pebble into the ocean, or step down off the lower deck, onto the lawn and then onto the sand. There is no better location than Tidal Whispers.

Guests will also enjoy the ambience of this original Boat Harbour Beach 'shack', renovated to ensure your comfort yet still maintaining it's quaint character with a homely and warm touch.


Boat Harbour House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Indoor shower in bathroom plus an outdoor shower on deck
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Small bedroom with 2 single beds in bunk configuration
    Main bedroom - 1 queen , Main bedroom with Queen sized bed - private access to deck
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing


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Tidal Whispers - Foreshore Beach House
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 23 reviews

Just Breathtaking and right on the beach.

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we were stunned .... a beautiful view right on the beach and second day 9 dolphins in the water .... how wonderful.... the house had all the supplies we needed....we will be returning very soon.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Shona, Thank you very much for your lovely review. It was a pleasure hosting you and your guests!
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Hobart, Tasmania

Great view, but safety issues

  • 2 of 5

Gorgeous location and view, but be aware that this stay is not for everyone. The in-dwelling notes acknowledge what the website doesn't: that the conversion from shack to holiday home left it with real safety issues. If you are over 6 foot, consider taking a crash-helmet, because you need to stoop under a ludicrously low ceiling on the lower floor. The final step down to that lower floor is deeper than the other steps and the floor tiles in the shower are dangerously slippery. The main top floor has an inexplicable change in level, so leave a light on at night! How the local Council passed this as a habitable dwelling is somewhere between a mystery and a scandal. Equally mysterious is why a T-QUAL tick was awarded.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi David and Christine, We’re pleased you enjoyed the location and view, thanks for staying. We’re sorry you felt there were safety issues and appreciate the constructive criticism. The quirks of the property of course relate to its heritage as an original beach shack. While others in the town were razed and rebuilt, a major renovation instead gave us the chance to balance modernising the layout with preserving character and heritage. We thought this was crucial. In fact, it’s for this reason the property was given a concession by the Waratah-Wynyard Council as part of its Certificate of Occupancy. Our website previously mentioned the heritage aspect of the property, however we’ve updated the description to make this clearer. You might have noticed there was hazard tape across the low points of the ceiling and lower-ground step you mentioned, plus the bathroom tiles are non-slip. We’re happy to check these again.
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Relaxing family accommodation

  • 4 of 5

A beautiful and peaceful location. Laying in bed, all we could see was the ocean. The balcony had a great swinging chair that was very relaxing. The beach was at our doorstep - we even saw a pod of Dolphins swimming in the ocean! The house was very well equipped with everything we needed to have a comfortable stay with our 2 children. One night wasn't enough.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Best view in the world!

  • 5 of 5

Loved every minute of our stay! Stunning outlook, the sound of waves made sleep blissful and the house was fully equipped with everything we needed to make our stay super special. We will SO be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect beach escape

  • 5 of 5

We had the perfect holiday. The house was so close to the beach and very comfortable. It had a great relaxed feel. BBQs on the deck, the beach just off the verandah and the surf club for great coffee a short walk down the beach.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia


  • 5 of 5

We've had such wonderful holiday break at Tidal Whispers . Waking each morning to that exquisite view and the sounds of the ocean on the shore was truly lovely.

The cottage was well equipped and very comfortable.

Looking forward to next year and doing it all again in 2017!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Other Activities:

white sandy beach & ocean


Rates & Availability

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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