Take the Ferry to the Little Black Shack

Entire cottage hosted by Ingrid & Jamie

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bath


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This original timber and sandstone fishermans cottage on the waters edge of beautiful Mackerel Beach in Pittwater, has been lovingly restored into a secluded beach and bush hideaway and couple's retreat.

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“Once you reach The Little Black Shack, you’ll feel a million miles from anywhere.”
– Ingrid & Jamie, your host

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Full kitchen
Bathroom essentials
Bedroom comforts
Coffee maker
Hair dryer
Indoor fireplace

4.98 out of 5 stars from 217 reviews


Great Mackerel Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Whilst we’re only a mile from the mainland and Palm Beach, we might as well be a million miles away …
Getting here is part of the experience. Once you board ‘Myra’ the old timber ferry at Palm Beach you leave the city and your worries behind.
The Little Black Shack is reached via a short walking track at the end of the beach or via the rocks along the beach at low tide. Once you are here, close the gates, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the view, the peace and the quiet.
Relax and unwind on Mackerel's beautiful main sandy beach or enjoy swimming or snorkelling right out the front on a secluded section of the beach, fishing off the rocks below, kayaking or boating in the crystal clear protected waters of Pittwater.
The surrounding National Park offers some incredible bush walks to secluded beaches, The Basin Lagoon, ancient Aboriginal carving sites and incredible lookouts. Take a leisurely stroll along Mackerel Beach or through the valley behind it where you will find friendly locals (including wallabies and bush turkeys) and some original fibro beach cottages.
You can also hire your own 'tinny' from Palm Beach to explore Pittwater’s many coves and bays by water.
If you feel like heading back to the mainland, the old timber ferry ‘Myra’ leaves on the hour and is just a 10-minute ride to Palm Beach wharf. From here you can make the trek up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse, walk to Palm Beach, dine at the local restaurants, bars and cafes or browse the shops, galleries and Palm Beach markets (on set days). You can also head into Avalon village, just 5 minutes down the road by car. Here you can explore the many shops, restaurants and bars, visit the surf beach or take in a movie.

Distance from Sydney Airport

67 mins by car without traffic

Hosted by Ingrid & Jamie

  1. Joined in September 2013
  • 217 Reviews
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As young wanderers we spent many years travelling and living in some amazing places all over the world. In 1994 we decided to make the beautiful and peaceful Pittwater area our home. Since then we always admired (from a boat) a tiny, original, hand-built fishermen's shack right on the waters edge. In 2013 we were lucky enough to finally make that shack our own. And so began our 2 year, environmentally friendly restoration to create a special, low impact escape for our family and friends. Passionate about the environment and sustainability we decided to share The Little Beach Shack with like-minded guests. Our aim is simple: positively influence our environment, one couple, one weekend at a time. Enjoy, Ingrid & Jamie
As young wanderers we spent many years travelling and living in some amazing places all over the world. In 1994 we decided to make the beautiful and peaceful Pittwater area our hom…

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Your host won’t be on the property but they’ll be available for anything you need during your stay.
  • Policy number: PID-STRA-8939
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within a day

Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 pm
Checkout: 11:00 am
Self check-in with key safe
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety practices apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Heights without rails or protection
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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