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The Bower Bird Shack, Bush & Beach!

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

If you love camping and love the bush, but want comfort as well (without the colourbond fence!)

- The shack is for you!

The Bower Bird Shack is a cosy apartment built from new and recycled materials and with an ecologically sound waterless toilet. It is nestled in the bush near the popular Sharkey's and Coledale Beaches. It is up and away from the blustery nor-easters that come through in a cool, bush setting. So relaxing and private, yet close to shops, restaurants, clubs, cafes and of course, beaches.

From the comfortable queen bed, you may see, if you are quiet enough, a Bower Bird hopping about its business in the green foliage. There is also single bunk beds in the generous sized family bedroom and a sofa bed in the sitting area.

The Bower Bird Shack is a hidden treasure. It has the comforts of a queen size bed with a top quality latex mattress. The family bedroom is separated from the rest of the apartment with a door, it has 1 queen and a set of single bunk beds in the bedroom with fantastic views out the large bedroom windows into the natural bush garden.

A fully equipped kitchen (quaint early 80's style in great shape) with stove top, oven and grill. The kitchen and lounge are one cosy space, with a raised bench to enjoy a coffee and the peaceful bush.

The bathroom is equipped with a separate shower with a large rain shower head and separate bath. A unique feature of the shack is its ecologically sound waterless toilet. This is a state of the art Canadian designed composting toilet system certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 41.

You will find, however, that you want to spend most of your time outdoors. The outdoor area has a dining table under the trees and is pleasantly private.

If you love the relaxed atmosphere of camping, but want a comfortable bed - This is for you! Bring your own linens to take advantage of our low advertised rate, or ask us to supply them for $25 per person per stay.

Enjoy privacy, bush and why not have a campfire at night!

There is a barbecue with outside lighting

PETS are welcome at The Bower Bird Shack


Please Note, The property is NOT FENCED. Therefore, all pets are required to be on a lead or controlled at all times when on the property. For many pets, this is o.k. as we have a long lead available, and they are happily tired after great big runs on the local leash-free Sharkey's Beach. Pet-sitting is available by arrangement when suitable, however, pets are not to be left in accommodation unsupervised.

CHILDREN are also welcomed at The Bower Bird Shack.

Please Note, however: The property is NOT FENCED. There are potential hazards for unsupervised children as you would expect in a bush setting adjacent to a furniture workshop and with creek nearby. The bower bird shack is nestled into the Illawarra escarpment with fantastic bird life, water dragons and you may hear the resident wallaby thump past at night or dawn

Please note: there is NO TV RECEPTION at the shack. We supply a television and DVD player, with a selection of DVDs, novels and magazines

More Details

Carol Montague
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018


Coledale Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 4 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • surfing


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

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The Bower Bird Shack, Bush & Beach!
average rating of 4.105263 based on 19 reviews

Suited our needs perfectly

  • 4 of 5

Friendly hosts that weren’t intrusive and were fine with us arriving early and leaving a little late. A little lacking in food but we got by. We just needed somewhere to sleep and eat as we spent most of our days out and about but if you plan on having family time together it might be a little cramped. The rainforest like setting was very peaceful and it felt like we were away from it all but we were still close to the train station and nearby shops. Very accomodating to our dog. Could’ve used some power boards or extention cords and another fan or two. The hill up from the Main Street is a trek and a half, would recommend driving if possible unless you’re pretty fit.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Coledale NSW

As it is described "The Shack"

  • 3 of 5

We stayed just after New Year 2018 and really enjoyed our time. The positives were NO TV RECEPTION so had plenty of interaction with our children and lots of privacy. The shack was exactly what was advertised, beautiful surroundings and suited our needs and budget.

The area was perfect with plenty of beaches, eateries and lots to do.

We walked up that hill a handful of times, it wasn't easy but doable

My real worry was the toilet, but don't be. This system is brilliant with no smell at all, just a little drafty........

A few suggestions that may help other guests during their stay

* add a few hooks for towels in the bathroom

* extra pillow in the wardrobe needs a pillowcase

* outside shelter - maybe a sail over the front door

* clothes airer or a line strung up for drying

* UHT milk in the fridge on arrival

* small first aid kit

* add a few board games

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Veronica. We will definitely implement your helpful thoughts. The outdoor area is newly paved and a shelter is next on the 'to do' list. regards, Carol
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Very Nice!

  • 4 of 5

We loved this "cottage". It's in an almost rainforest setting, just minutes to the beach (up a very steep hill...we took the car) At the end of the road is a brilliant general store that does superb breakfasts. The beach is dog friendly and so is the cottage so yay for that! We loved the fresh white linen and towels, thank you Carol and Brad. Not sure why there is no TV or wifi but it did not matter.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent and peaceful property.

  • 5 of 5

Terrific location. Close to the shops and an off-leash beach for our dog. The setting was very peaceful with the coolness of the trees and the birds with their pleasing songs all through the day. Our hosts were very pleasant and even thought of our dog which was welcomed there. Everything was provided even to bacon and fresh eggs in the fridge for breakfast. if we need to stay around that area again, this will be our first choice. Thank you. Colleen and Graeme from Bega.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Relaxing and peaceful.

  • 4 of 5

I enjoyed my stay here as is was a green and tranquil location away from the bustle but within minutes from the beach on foot. Our dog loved it and the dog friendly Sharkey's Beach. Local cafes are amazing too. However, it is not everyone's cup of tea as there is no Wi-Fi or access to TV channels on the property. This was a plus for me. Comfortable with all the necessities, secluded but a stone's throw away from shops, activities, beaches, etc. Would definitely go back again.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loretta thanks for your review, sounds like you had a great stay, the Cafes nearby have great fresh healthy food and the coffee is worth paying for.
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Southern Highlands NSW

Gorgeous bush shack!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay peaceful, surrounded by green. The cabin is roomy and has everything we needed...very comfy bed and pillows, clean, friendly host, great breakfast. Just lovely. Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jane Thanks for your informative review. The bed is wonderful and comfy and the view has always some new birds to watch..
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Other Activities:

Beach and bush




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