There’s something wonderfully inviting about a beach shack. You can pretty much guarantee comfy couches where you can read for hours, a heart-of-the-home kitchen, sandy feet, backyard cricket and late nights with board games (plus a sore loser or two!). That’s what we love about beach holidays and we’re 99% sure you’re on the same page. Fortunately, in Australia there are plenty of beach shacks that are rustic with a high-end feel where you don’t need to compromise comfort for uber casual vibes. With that in mind we’ve put together a list of luxe shacks around Aus that are ideal for an old-fashioned beach holiday.
By Jade Just – Contributing Travel Editor
Cover: Shoreham Beach Shake, image James Greer.
Soul of Gerringong, Gerringong, NSW
If you thought staying in a barn or a farmhouse meant forgoing finesse, you’re very much mistaken at the Soul of Gerringong. Attention to detail with an emphasis on relaxation (in style!) is what you’ll find in these bespoke digs, just two hours south of Sydney. Bamboo pendants, wood panelling, charcoal floorboards, swimming pool, and a humongous brick fireplace are just a few of the guesthouse’s features…and that’s all before you check out the stunning kitchen. Wow. Guests can rent out the whole hog – farmhouse, self-contained barn and 2 bed cabana, or you can simply book a private guest room on its own.
Shoreham Beach Shack, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Just the mention of ‘fibro’ is enough to make most people cringe but the 1956-built, fibro reno ‘Shoreham Shack’ on the Mornington Peninsula truly goes against the grain. The light-filled interior is modern and minimalist but the wood finishes and furniture give it the essential warmth that you’d expect from a beach shack. On the shack’s doorstep is not only Shoreham Beach but also too many wineries to count (yippee!) and plenty of quirky local cafes and restaurants to check out.
The Lodge, Noosa Heads, Queensland
Of the greatest holiday destinations in Australia, Noosa is right up there with the best of them. The Lodge makes a nice change from the regular, super modern beach houses that weave along the coastline. The boho scandi interior is undeniably instagram-worthy but just as good as the house itself is the location. It’s only a couple of minutes walk from Noosa Junction and it will only take you 10 minutes to wander down to the main beach. Back at the three-bedder there are many perks including a Sonos System, beach cruiser bikes, Webber and coffee machine.
Injidup Surf Shack, Margaret River, WA
This shack in WA’s renowned Margaret River Wine (and surf) Region is effortlessly laid-back. Ocean and bush views, no wi-fi and its location within the national park make it the ultimate off-the-grid escape for families or couples. The shack is completely open plan, opening out onto a huge deck, perfect for sunset wines – you can plan ahead and grab your vino from one of the many local wineries.
West End Beach House, Leeka, Tasmania
It might be too chilly to swim but the views make up for the water temperature at this environmentally friendly beach house on Flinders Island. There are three bedrooms however there’s no downside to any room – each has bi-fold doors than open onto a terrace with incredible, panoramic views. Outside there’s an array of wildlife to spot from one of the many decks or from the beach. Visitors who love to whip up a feast will be right at home with the modern kitchen, BBQ and outdoor wood fired oven, perfect for pizzas.
From $195 per night, more details here.
Palm Tree Cottage, Byron Bay, NSW
Cheerful Palm Tree Cottage is owned by the founders of Aussie fashion label, Mister Zimi and the playfulness of the label is reflected throughout the house. Pops of colour break up the beige tones of the rattan and timber furnishings – there’s no way you could stay here without feeling pretty darn happy. With two queen room, a kids room, trundle bed and a portacot it can sleep up to seven adults making it a great family friendly option. The extras for families don’t stop at the sleeping arrangements – there’s a cubby, pram, high chairs and toys. How great NOT to have to pack the kitchen sink for once!