1. Australia
  2. TAS
  3. North West Tasmania
  4. Strahan
  5. #190569

Manuka Surf Shack in Trial Harbor

Guest House, Strahan

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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Min 2 nights stay

7 guests
3 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bathroom


Manuka Surf Shack is set off the grid in the unique wilderness location of Trial Harbour on the wild west coast of Tasmania. Trial Harbour is a tiny township of around 40 shacks. If you want a unique Tasmanian Wilderness experience then this is it. Step out of the shack and you have access to world class surfing, fishing, diving, mountain bike riding and bush walks. If you are into flora and fauna you can spend your days photographing birds, native animals and rare orchids. At night sit around a fire inside or out and listen to the pounding surf crash against the rocks and beach.

It is IMPORTANT that guests understand that Manuka Surf Shack is off the grid. The tiny township of Trial Harbour is not connected to the grid. There is no TV, INTERNET or MOBILE COVERAGE in the shack. There are no power outlets to charge your phone or laptop etc. We run a simple solar 12 volt power system. There are lights in all the rooms but not as bright as you would be used to. We could put in big battery banks and an inverter but then it would be too complicated for most people to use. Occasionally people stay at Manuka wanting a unique experience in an isolated spot but then complain when they don't have a 240 volt power supply. We suggest you bring your own charger in your car or if you want 240 volt power you would be better to stay in Zeehan or Strahan. This is not a pretend wilderness experience it is the real deal. The closest shop is 25 minutes away, there are no restaurants close by. The last 15 minutes of the drive into Trial Harbour is not sealed but you do not need a four wheel drive. The shack is warm, clean, spacious and has everything you need for a great stay.

Note: During the winter months of June, July and August I have blocked out all but three nights a week as it is very hard for us to get linen etc dry if we have back to back bookings. If you would like to stay during the week or for longer than the three days I have open each week you can do so if you are happy to bring your own linen.


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Cot Eco-Friendly Fireplace Heating Kitchen Linens provided Non-Smoking Outdoor grill Parking Pets allowed Towels provided
Manuka Surf Shack in Trial Harbor is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fabulous Well and truly lived up to my expectations! Comfortable clean spacious warm and relaxing! What a wonderful place to stay!
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We Loved it! This place was exactly what we needed to relax and to explore. Thanks Tim and Helen for all the bit and pieces that made the place great. We spent 1/2 day exploring the beach and walked up Little Henty, was a great day. Day 2 we walked up to Cumberland Lake and bush bashed through to the Federation mine... a great walk. Manuka was relaxing, we had sunny days every day, the rugged coastline, the beach, the trial harbour community, the nearby walks the views, and the sounds, and all the rest made this a place we would return to. Thanks so much to Toni (Manuka caretaker) for the lovely card and bottle of plonk that was on the table on arrival for us to enjoy 19 years of marriage. (We had the weekend kid free, but will return hopefully with the kids). P.S the bed is very good, and comfy, and robust.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous beach house We really enjoyed our stay at this beach house. It's a really well appointed house that's clean and comfortable. It's in a very remote area so make sure you take everything you need. Loved it - especially the pool table and the great music collection! Many thanks.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great place to relax! We very much enjoyed our stay in Manuka Surf Shack: exploring the beautiful Wild West Coast, beach walking, dunes and 4-wheel drive tracks. It's a great and unique place to relax and have a family time without distractions such as TV, Internet and mobile phones, though our kids did find it hard in the beginning:)The house was spacious, clean, comfortable and well supplied. The owners were very helpful. We're looking forward to coming back again.
Date published: 2016-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wild West Tassie off the grid The beautiful wild West coast of Tassie, and the idea of spending a little time off the grid is what drew us to stay in this small village just North of Strahan (Strahan is 50 mins away). The nearest town is Zeehan which is 17km (including an easy 10km gravel road), and this is where you get your milk etc. The village is a casual collection of houses (many with solar panels and small wind turbines), with a permanent population of 17. It sits right on the edge of a small harbour, with waves constantly crashing over the rocks, the next land West is Chile so the waves can be large at times. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, especially the beach walking (including skinny dipping in a rock pool - yes we chose the right time to be here), and the friendly and interesting neighbours. We also enjoyed being away from distractions (TV), and just sitting and talking at night. We found our daily rhythm changed here, we tuned in to nature's clock, going to bed earlier and rising a little earlier. This place is full of history, based on the mineral mining that is now in decline. We were advised to visit Shirley's history display in the village, which we did, it was a real insight into the people and the events of Trial Harbour and the surrounding area. Manuka surf shack is a nicely provisioned, roomy two storey house (not really a shack) with everything we required for a comfortable stay (including a wood burner downstairs with a plentiful supply of wood), despite being off the grid. This is a great place to really relax and enjoy walking on the beaches, swimming/surfing, and meeting friendly neighbours.
Date published: 2016-05-15
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