just for two.....this bush cabin with a TreeHouse feel, was built around a series of 'hand me down' windows & timbers, with an INDOOR / OUTDOOR living concept in mind ....
ideal for those with a love of ‘GLAMPING CAMPING' ......
set back & up from the waters edge, in a grove of established native bush…........ there is an approx. 150m / 3 min uphill walk from the waters edge to the shack…NOTE this is a steepish bush track , but well worth the hike if you like the images!!!
the location offers a unique experience for a few days away from the fast lane……
this is a minimalistic space but offers more than just the basics
ABOUT THE SHACK
..... the shack is small, yet offers many differing views & places to simply be
....... rather than doors between the lounge & the rear deck, there are blinds that drop down if required..
…this works very well in most weather conditions, as the rear area is very sheltered
…the deep set eaves reach nearly out to the fire so the deck area becomes part of the lounge
this is very much GLAMPING CAMPING design at its best!!!
....blinds are also used in the galley/kitchen area as you will see in the images..sometimes, dropping the blinds by the sink becomes necessary on stormy/windy nights
THE COOK'S GALLEY / KITCHEN
is essentially an outdoor space, built below the overhanging eaves of the living & the bedroom structures ......
yet here all is in place for those with a love of cooking
double stainless sink,
2 electric hot plates
hooded gas BBQ
portable gas burner
2 x below counter bar fridges
german carbon knives
stainless bowls & utensils,
stainless & cast iron pots
hand blender & mini food processor
bamboo steam baskets
milk frother, coffee plunger, italian coffee brewer
shelves are well stocked with
oils, vinegars & mustards
asian & european sauces / condiments
salts & pepper
teas, coffee & sugar
back up flours & grains
glad wrap, paper towel, baking paper, foil
candles, matches, personal repellants, mosquito coils etc
…so no need to bring the whole supermarket in your back pack
there is a sealed storage box for non refrigerated items
the rest of the galley is open shelf design
there is no formal dining area
the bar counter close to the fire is a favourite spot to eat
the 'workbench' table in the lounge is another lovely spot
as is the outdoor table on front deck
..... despite there being no formal dining table you can create a beautiful dining setting
big wine glasses
serving platters & white crockery
the bedroom space can be fully closed
glass double doors open to front deck
the built in corner double bed w italian two way ceiling fan above, is the most perfect place to relax in the filtered afternoon light
.....all is in place for a comfortable nights sleep in all temperatures
feather mattress topper
feather & latex pillows
portable fan heater
a band of high windows, all 'hand me downs' from local houses, allows light to stream in from all sides
the alcove leading to the front deck also has a glass ceiling
making this room a wonderful space from dawn to dusk
if you are looking for a bedroom with blackout facilies, then this is not for you
although light, the sun itself does not reach the shack bedroom till late'ish
behind the bedroom is the ensuite shower & toilet
here the outdoor is embraced with glass free windows.....
the portable fan heater takes the chill off the bathroom on cool mornings
there is a large eco shower head in the shower
the shower is fed by a rainwater low pressure tank so a soft & gentle experience
we ask you conserve water as rain water is our only supply
shampoos, conditioner , soaps
hand towels, shower mat provided
BYO shower towels
light weight cane chairs can be moved around to follow the light
a hammock for two can be set in the trees
old jack & jill table chair set w shade umbrella
mosquito coils, citronella lanterns & candles
wood for outdoor fire
there is no cleaning surcharge added on, but we therefore ask you to leave 'The Shiela Shack' neat , tidy & things back in place as you found it...
as there is no council garbage service so we also ask that you take all garbage with you & place in bins located at the mainland wharf
Due to lack of fences & consideration to neighbours , dogs are generally not able to come along ...however we can make an exception for placid dogs that just like to laze around, do not bark, wander or jump on furniture
WHAT TO DO........HOW TO GET THERE
AT THE SHACK
bluetooth rechargable portable speaker w 15 hrs battery play...take your music to the hammock, the deck, the waters edge!!!
yoga mats, blocks & bolsters
books & magazines
games & puzzles
2 x fishing rods, bucket, fish knife, board
BYO hooks, bait & sinkers
lights on the 'congo' jetty ensure an excellent spot for both daytime & evening fishing …
best fishing is on the high tide
please clean fish by the waters edge and leave the jetty clean
the current is very strong in this part of the river, but on the still of the high tide ( & at no other time ), the jetty pontoon is a great place jump in…at own resposibility
kayak to the fresh waterhole in 2 seater kayak ...only suited for persons w moderate fitness.....note kayaking is only permitted if you can swim... life jackets & enclosed kayak footwear must be worn when kayaking.....kayaking is at own risk & responsibility...kayaking across the river not permitted; only along the shoreline
Kayak is provided by prior arrangement at time of booking
PHOTOGRAPHY - DRAWING
the mangrove foreshore vegetation is a treasure trove of subject matter for those with a love of drawing or photography
Bar Point is a settlement of approx. 200 houses /weekenders of varying shapes & sizes
kalinda road, a narrow grass track, just below the shack runs along the western reach joining the foreshore track nearer the point
the foreshore reserve extends approx. 3km from western end to eastern end …
from the shack this takes approx. 45 minutes as a round trip stroll
walking south towards the point the foreshore bush track opens to a clearing...
here a narrow sealed path leads down to a flat area with table/ bench by the waters edge…a lovely spot in the late afternoon light
further along on the southern tip at the end of the clearing, another sealed track leads down to the public wharf & mailshed ….
here the local mail is dropped off Mon - Fri around 11am by the river boat postman
the mailbag hanging in shed is then taken away by the mailboat for next day postal delivery to the mainland......
there is also one of those rare payphones at the Public Wharf mailshed!!!!
the path turns into a narrower bush track on the Eastern side finishing at a low lying clearing just by the rocky gully …
Bar Point backs on to the steep terrain of Popran National Park
there are no walking/hiking trails into here & we do not recommend exploring up the back of the shack
apart from enjoying the sunset from the shack, the jetty with a cool drink gives you a panoramic vista of this part of the river, while the light is at its optimum
there is an aerial image uploaded which gives you a sense of the wilderness the river presents in this area
you probably need to walk to mailshed to pick up Telstra tower & signal....
there is some Optus signal at the shack, which improves as you get to the congo jetty
generally optus texts are fine at shack
PRE ARRIVAL - LOCAL DINING
arrival is generally after 4pm....but if you have a chance to arrive earlier in the day , perhaps kick back and enjoy a lunch at Estuary, Kangaroo Point...this licensed restaurant offers great views of the river..there is a wharf for guest pick up, directly below....
another favourite is LifeBoat Seafoods, 1 McKell Park, in downtown Brooklyn, just a 3 km from Mooney Mooney..this is the local fish coop outlet so very delicious fish & chips are served here...you can perhaps pick up some fresh prawns for later on..
these and a couple of other spots nearby, are listed on the map below if you just zoom in to Brooklyn
if you let us know at time of booking, we can generally arrange to have delicious, easy to heat/bake/finish off dinners & brunches stocked in fridge prior to arrival
WEEKEND LONG LUNCH
Peats Bite Restaurant is a great long lunch destination just across the river
with sensational views up the river
a relaxed approach to a long lunch
family owner operators are also singers so a festive atmosphere tends to evolve during the day
guests often take a nap on the lawn between courses
boat access only
so arrival in sea planes, big boats, little boats as well as their own transfer vessel
pre booking essential
book your pick up & drop off from the jetty when confirminng table
Peats Bite is the most accessable option for lunch when staying at Bar Point....
Water taxi costs & distance unfortunately make Berowra Waters Inn & Cottage Point Inn unsuitable options
ARRIVE BY BOAT TO BAR POINT
the final leg of your travel is by boat - making this location especially unique!! ............arrival & departure is by pre booked water taxi ( 7 days ) from Mooney Mooney or Kangaroo Point just next to M1 Freeway Bridge......OR travel by riverboat postman ( mon-fri )
bar point is boat access only
there are no roads in to this riverside community
so travel needs to be planned
making the area so very unique
CAR TRAVEL TO THE HAWKESBURY RIVER
it is one hour by car from the sydney harbour bridge to the closest road access locations, just off the M1 freeway by the hawkesbury river bridge
do allow an xtra 30min travel time in peak hour.
you exit the freeway just after having crossed the river...hawkesbury river interchange/ mooney mooney/brooklyn exit
....the best meeting spot is either kangaroo point wharf /brooklyn OR the mooney mooney boat ramp & pontoon....
the last part of the journey is by boat - see below
TRAIN TRAVEL TO THE HAWKESBURY RIVER
it is a 1hr train journey on the intercity northern line
from central sydney station to hawkesbury river station in brooklyn
allow an additional 40mins for airport train & platform changes
the best option is 9.45am arrival at hawkesbury river station
the 10am riverboat postman cruise leaves from brooklyn wharf, just 100m from station
then i will meet you approx 11.15 when mailboat gets to Bar Point
this is a great way to get a feel for life on the river today, along with an excellent commentary filled with historical info......
buses operate from hawkesbury river train station to kangaroo point..
a 10 min bus trip
mon - fri 15:14, 15:55, 16:25, 17:07, 17:08, 17:40, 18:08
sat 09:47, 15:48
just ask the driver to drop you at the Kangaroo point turn off.....it is only a few minutes walk down to the kangaroo point wharf
you will then travel by boat to Bar Point
BOAT TRAVEL TO BAR POINT - from the mainland
if arriving by car, the water taxi generally meets you at kangaroo point wharf /brooklyn OR the Mooney Mooney boat ramp, Peats Ferry Rd, ..........
if arriving by train & not taking the mailboat, then kangaroo point is the best place for you to get to by the local bus, as per info above
from mooney mooney / kangaroo point the boat journey is approx . 15mins depending on the conditions
pick up time is generally after 4pm, but we do attempt to fit in with you as well...
at the 'congo' wharf at Bar Point, we will show you the way to the shack
& run through a few pointers.....then its time for you to simply enjoy
we can then be contacted by text message during your stay
is by pre booked water taxi from the 'congo' jetty at a pre arranged time for return to the mainland....the local water taxi is maximum $100 - 7 days service ...OR departure by pre booked mailboat approx. 11am mon-fri from the Bar Point Public Wharf
- Free WiFi
- Barbeque, Cooking Facilities
- Linen Supplied
- Open Fireplace, Heaters
- 2 Seater Kayak, Bushland Setting, Peats Bite Restaurant Nearby, Arrival By Water Taxi - 7 days, Outdoor Fire On Rear Terrace, Just for 2 guests, Arrival By MailBoat - weekdays, Hammock That Fits Two