Set on 75 private acres with spectacular views of Wilson’s Promontory across the ocean, Shellback is a unique country property with a ‘hidden away’ feel.
“Like you, we especially loved the slowly changing seascape and the fantastic moods of the place…….Apricot sunrises, squalls sweeping in over the hill from the west, cloudbursts and glorious sunsets.” Ian Smyth 2017
The surprisingly luxurious house is nestled away from the main road beyond a paddock, two dams and down a tree lined road-way. The house has its own fenced enclosure. Sheep or cattle are grazed by the neighboring farmer, and are often seen quietly grazing 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 and walking tracks have been cut, so there is plenty of exploring to do without leaving the property. A map of the trails will be provided to guide your exploration.
It’s not unusual to see an array of wildlife in the bushland and rolling pastures around Shellback- Kangaroos and Wallabys often roam close by and Koalas, Possums, Wombats and Echidnas can be spotted too. The local Wedge-tailed Eagles are common visitors and are often seen hunting in pairs. There is always a myriad of birds including Galah’s, Cockatoo’s, Blue Wrens, Swallows and our favourite - Black Cockatoos.
The closest beaches are Bear Gully and Walkerville South - a quick six minutes drive away. Walkerville is the location for the enchanting children’s book “Magic Beach” by renowned Australian children’s author Allison Lester. The beach is beautiful, offering sandy stretches, climbing rocks and rock pools. When you are there it’s easy to imagine how Allison dreamt up the magicial events in the book. Even in peak season it is rarely crowded. If seclusion is your thing, you can walk toward Bear Gully and usually find a beach all to yourself. There is awesome snorkeling around Arch Rock.
The road to Cape Liptrap passes through some of the most beautiful, lush and undulating farm and bushland. 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 green rolling hills of the peninsula stretch right out to the Cape, where steep cliffs drop off to the Bass Strait below. 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.
Recently renovated in 2015/16, the house has a fully renovated kitchen, new bathrooms, double glazed windows and a large deck. We’re sure you will find every comfort you want and need at Shellback.
Things To Do
Pack your wet weather gear and explore the grounds even if it is raining. Play bocce on the lawn, table tennis in the shed, play family board games on the floor, sit by the fire with a glass of red, sketch the rolling hills, read a book, spot wildlife through the binoculars or cook up a feast to eat on the expansive deck. Admire the changing scenery, stargaze after dark and enjoy the tranquillity, you wont see or even hear a car while on the property. Let the kids run wild in packs, making up imaginary games and exploring unsupervised. It is rare to find a place where there is no traffic to worry about. As adults we vividly remember those wonderful days of childhood freedom that kids rarely experience these days. Read the guest reviews for other activity suggestions.
Sleeps 7 people: 3 bedrooms (Very small 4th bedroom): 2 bathrooms (2 showers, 1x bath)
Master bedroom with en-suite and queen bed
Second bedroom with double bed
Third bedroom with 2x single beds
Small forth bedroom with single bed
Fully self-contained house
New kitchen 2016 - fully equipped, with dishwasher
Front and back decks with outdoor settings
Fully equipped laundry
Cricket Set, Bocce, Table Tennis (The garage is set up as a games room)
Great walks around the property
Indoor wood fireplace, with plenty of wood supplied
Clean, comfortable beds with quality pillows
Dog safe fencing around the house, separating dogs from sheep and cows
Children safe fencing to the pond
If you are unfamiliar with holiday house rental and how it varies from hotel room rental let us know and we can talk you through it. Please make sure you consider the Terms & Conditions carefully on booking.
Food and Water
Be sure to stock up, as it is 15 minutes to town. The Walkerville Kiosk is 8 minutes drive, and has snacks, milk and bread.
The house collects its own tank water, so please be mindful with water usage. The locals & owners and drink the water, but it comes down to personal preference
We currently ask that you bring all linen and towels. We also provide tea towels, hand towels and bath mats (as everyone forgets these including us). We are trialing a local linen service (in March and April 2017) so if you would like linen included please ask us about this new extra option at extra cost.
Guests are responsible for their own cleaning during their stay.
Kindly leave the house tidy, with all dishes washed and packed away. Specifics are outlined in the T & C and and displayed in the house as House Rules (as per industry requirement).
Please take your rubbish and recycling with you, there is no there is no collection service.
Phone Reception and WiFi
Telstra reception is easily found within the house and on most parts of the property. Other service providers are not as reliable (in particular Vodaphone). We recommend hotspotting your smartphone for internet access.
There is no broadband or NBN offered along the Cape Liptrap road.
No Smoking Inside
Smoking is not permitted at any time inside the house.Please smoke outside and dispose of your butts responsibly.
Outside dogs are welcome. We have recently installed a dog proof fence, so the dogs can't get to the livestock in the adjoining paddocks. Please don't allow dogs inside. Let us know if dogs are likely to molest stock, so we can discuss. A kennel and chain are provided.
Prices listed are based on 4 adults. The booking system will calculate the exact price when you book.
The property has 5 beds and sleeps a maximum of 7 people.
Only the guests nominated and agreed in the Booking may stay in the property overnight.
Overloading could render the guest liable to termination of the booking.
No parties or events. The property is available for your quiet enjoyment, with respect to neighbours and the local community.
Please view the link to our full Terms and Conditions when you apply to book.