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Shellback: 75 Acres, Ocean & Prom Views

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

* New 15 June 2017. Shellback now allowing outside dogs. Dog fencing added. Please let us know if you are planning to bring your companion animal/s with you and we can talk you through the setup.

Shellback Shellback is a three bedroom cottage (with a small fourth bedroom) set on 75 private acres with spectacular views of Wilson’s Promontory across the ocean. It is a unique country property on acreage with “hidden away” feel.

The road to Cape Liptrap is an exclusive part of Australia. About one third of the peninsula is National/Coastal Park, with farmland nestled within. Shellback is one of only a handful of country properties located on this peninsula. Rainfall in South Gippsland is higher than the rest of Victoria, so the landscape stays lush long after west and central Victoria has browned off.

The peninsula’s landscape is green rolling hills right out to the Cape, where the cliffs drop off to Bass Strait. It is the second most southerly point of mainland Australia. Cape Liptrap juts out and picks up swell created miles out in the Southern Ocean, which crashes heavily on the cliffs below the lighthouse. It is a powerful place: Harshly beautiful.

To get to the Shellback house you need to drive through a paddock, past two dams and under two rows of pine trees. The house has its own fenced enclosure. Sheep or cattle are grazed by the neighbouring farmer, so there is often livestock in the paddocks surrounding the house.

The lower one third of the property’ the owners have dedicated to wildlife conservation. Several creeks meander through the bushland. Walking tracks have been cut, so there is plenty of exploring to do without leaving the property. There is a map of the property included in the photos.

The proximity of so-much national park on the peninsula supports a great array of wildlife and provides wildlife corridors. Kangaroos, wallaby’s, lizards, echidna’s, possums, wombats, owls, frogs, eagles are residents, or common visitors to Shellback. There is always a myriad of birds including galah’s, cockatoo’s, blue wrens, swallows and our favourite; black cockatoos. One night driving back from Fish Creek we saw 12 wombats. There are local wedge tailed eagles that are often seen hunting in pairs or taking a rest at Shellback. They’re huge up close.

The closest beaches are Bear Gully and Walkerville South about six minutes-drive. It is the location for the fabulous children’s book “Magic Beach” by Allison Lester. The beach is beautiful, offering sandy stretches, climbing rocks and rock pools. When you are there it is easy to imagine how Allison dreamed up the events in the book. Even in peak season it is rarely crowded. If seclusion is your thing, you can walk toward and Bear Gully and usually find a beach to yourself. There is awesome snorkeling around arch rock.


Sleeps 7 people: 4 bedroom (4th bedroom very small): 2 bathrooms (2 showers, 1x bath)

• Master bedroom with en-suite and queen bed

• Second bedroom with double bed

• Third bedroom with 2x singles

• Small forth bedroom with single


Fully Self Contained House

Enticing new kitchen to cook in, fully equipped with Dishwasher and Microwave

Front and back decks with outdoor settings

Reverse cycle air conditioning


Fully equipped laundry


Cubby house


Cricket set, bocce, Table Tennis – The garage is set up as a games room

Great walks around the property

Wood fire with plenty of wood supplied

Clean, comfortable beds with quality pillows


- We do not currently have a linen service. You will need to bring your own bed sheets, doona covers and towels. We supply hand towels, tea towels and bath mats as most people forget these (including us).

- No Rubbish Collection in the area. You will need to take your own rubbish with you or take it to the local transfer station. We have compost.

Shellback is named after the closest island in view of the house. You can see the island from the kitchen, straight ahead. It is a creamy white colour and resembles a clam shell. Behind, Wilson's Promontory has it's own weather patterns. It is always changing. Sometimes the blue hills are shrouded in mist, sometimes clear and sharp, and sometimes the Prom puts on a lightning show.

The house is aligned so you get ocean views to Wilsons Prom from three bedrooms, the lounge room, kitchen and front balcony.

It is close to Bear Gully, Cape Liptrap Lighthouse, Sandy Point, Waratah Bay, Venus Bay and about

30 minutes to Wilson's Prom. But we recommend you take lots of supplies and settle in at Shellback. It's not for everyone, but if you are searching for seclusion and get recharged by nature, if you want a bit of space from a crazy life, Shellback may be just the thing.

* As of 2/08/2016- Stayz are limiting images to 24. We have deleted the photos of beautiful local beaches, wineries and region. Please email if you'd like to see more.

Shellback is a farm in the country. The house is very comfortable, but as soon as you step outside, you're in the wild outdoors. If you are precious about animals, mud, dirt and dust, wind and rain, it might not be for you. We want to attract the right sort of people who will really enjoy nature. The more you step in to the adventure of farm, bush, cliffs and beaches, the more you'll get out of Shellback.

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Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017


Tarwin Lower House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
  • winery tours
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing


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Shellback: 75 Acres, Ocean & Prom Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
Brunswick West, Victoria, Australia

Fab Place all you need for an escape

  • 5 of 5

All the stars I have given this property says it all really. Positioned beautifully on the coast with the feel of a farm stay. Nature at its best with the well appointed comforts of city living. Best bit was hanging on the deck and watching the hues of Wilsons Prom change the colour of the ocean..Wish I could keep it secret..

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Best view ever!

  • 5 of 5

This place is so wonderful. A cosy winter retreat with a really well thought out space. Will be back in summer to enjoy the beaches nearby. The view is amazing. Where it sits your vision is guided past rolling hills and forest to an overwhelming view on the prom. As the sun sets the proms changes colour - from green to orange to purple. At the end of the paddock is an amazing little forest you can walk through. Even in bad weather the place is great; watching squalls roll across the bay. The place is stocked with everything you need. Love it.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Beautiful accommodation in a picturesque location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Shellback. The house is a home away from home and has everything you need. Great views and a wonderful rural escape. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


  • 5 of 5

It's so beautiful !! The views are paradise .. the sound of the wind and wildlife are a bonus . The sunrise , the stars at night and gorgeous views during the day ... perfect getaway from

The busy city life .

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Wellington, New Zealand

Gorgeous area

  • 5 of 5

Many thanks...We had a lovely time in a fascinating part of Victoria . The privacy, views and surrounds are of course the highlight

The house is very well equipped and we enjoyed the fire on a couple of the colder nights.

The rental is on the high side but acceptable given Shellback's beauty ...and it was Easter high season .

We would happily return as there is so much else to do in the area. We spent one day cycling on the rail trail and one day at Wilson's Prom and the other days around Cape Liptrap. ( walking to Hidden Beach was an adventure )

I really like the beauty of snakes so was sad not to see any but I suspect they were rugged up for the cold!

We would certainly recommend Shellback .

Fleur, we appreciated your excellent communication and contactability when we needed to sort anything .

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Superb getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Shellback with 3 friends who were visiting from Germany .

It was perfect !

The house is squeaky clean , well designed , private , spacious , stylishly and tastefully furnished , extremely well presented and maintained , and very comfortable .

The kitchen is state of the art ! And was great for several people helping together to prepare meals .

I loved the quality , colourful, designer crockery fact everything about the house was nice quality !

The huge deck with marvellous views was wonderful for long evening dinners and sunsets .

In brief , great attention to every detail.

The property managers , while not nearby , are very personable and very promptly responsive to any phone queries

The property is ideal for a group , large family , or 3 generation family .

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Other Activities:

No neighbours-Ocean Views





  • For this property:
    ‘Weekend Night’ refers to Friday night and/or Saturday night (per night)
    The ‘Nightly’ rate refers to Sunday night through to Thursday night (per night average)
    The ‘Weekly’ rate is for a full 7 day week
    Rates listed based on 4 guests. Property has 5 beds and can sleep a maximum 7 guests

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