Shearwater is situated in the Promontory Views Estate, Walkerville in South Gippsland. It is a relaxing getaway suited to families, couples and small groups looking for a nice place to retreat, take in spectacular scenery and explore the stunning beaches and landscape of South Gippsland. Located on the eastern side of Waratah Bay, Shearwater has views of Cape Liptrap National Park, Bass Strait and Wilsons Promontory.
This remote pocket of Victoria offers lots to explore for wilderness adventurers partial to spectacular scenery. Situated close to the un-spoilt beaches of Walkerville 2 minutes, Waratah Bay 15 minutes, Sandy Point 15 minutes and Fish Creek or Venus Bay 20 minutes and it lies 25 minutes from the entrance to Wilson’s Promontory National Park.
It is a place to spend a weekend, a few days, or ideally a week. A place to relax, restore and unwind.
What Is There?
In the kitchen you’ll find a stovetop with 4 hotplates, an oven, microwave, toaster and Nespresso Coffee Pod Machine. Pots, pans, knives, bottle openers and all your standard eating /drinking ‘usuals’ are there. There is also a Webber BBQ with hood in great condition with a spare gas bottle.
Be sure to stock up, as it is 22km to town. There is a great kitchen to cook in, so we recommend staying in and cooking up a feast. We invite you to use the basic condiments you find in the pantry such as the salt, pepper, olive oil, coffee, tea and vegemite. You will find rubbish bags, dishwasher tablets, glad wrap and those household essentials all there.
There are two televisions, both with DVD players. There is Wi-Fi, board games and a small selection of books and magazines.
We ask that you bring all linen and towels. We also provide tea towels, hand towels and bath mats as everyone forgets these including us. At this point - August 2016, we do not have a linen service in the area. Stay tuned as we are working on it.
Pets are welcome, but only outdoors pets. No pets are allowed inside the house. We have set up a dog/pet bed and bowls for food/water on the downstairs outdoors deck which is undercover. Naturally, we expect you clean up all dog mess left in the yard. The back and sides of the property are fenced with basic wire fencing. The front is fenced with a large timber fence and gate on both sides. So it allows your dog to be enclosed in the backyard securely.
Mobile Phones & Wi-Fi
Those whose mobile phone provider is Telstra should easily find reception inside the house to the front of the property on both levels. Other service providers are not as reliable, but guests should generally have reception out the front of the house.
You’ll find Instructions for connecting to the Internet in the Shearwater Beach House information folder.
Shearwater is a big house. It requires between 6 and 8 hours cleaning each stay. Big groups take much longer to clean after, and use more electricity, water and firewood, so we have set up a sliding scale pricing. It is a flat rate for up to 4 guests. Each guest after 4 is an additional $50 per night. That way we don't exclude small groups, and it covers the additional cleaning and costs for larger groups.
BEACH HOUSE AND RURAL AREA RENTAL
The following info is an explanation of how holiday rental differs from city living. If you are a seasoned holiday renter, you don’t need to read any further. If you haven't stayed at a Dufflebird house, please read on:
Holiday rentals provide a unique tourism experience: It is a relatively new and emerging industry in Victoria and Australia. It differs greatly from urban hotel accommodation or similar.
If you are new to this experience please call us before booking to discuss. There are aspects of country life that may feel quite different to a large city metropolis experience. Services are different, and when go wrong it can be more complicated to sort out.
The last thing we want is for you to get stuck on something that spoils your experience. If it’s your first time renting an entire house in the country or near the beach, we highly recommend you speak to us personally before booking. We work hard to provide value, and managing expectations is part of that process. And please, after booking, let your group know this information, so they are not surprised.
Here are some things to consider:
Tank water: The house and the entire region rely on rainfall for water supply we don't have Thompson Dam back up. If a tap is left on the tank will be empty. Please keep showers and water usage to a minimum.
Hot water system: There is no gas supplied to Walkerville, so the owners have installed one of the largest environmentally friendly systems on the market, which is suited to large families. It's a 400lt evacuated tube solar system that's heats up water during the day and also heats up at night with off peak electricity. With 10 adults, if everyone showers in the morning and it is not a sunny day, the solar will be slow to heat it again, and the water may not be hot in the evening. With a full house, you may need to stagger showers.
Electricity: Please note power blackouts occur are more regularly in rural areas and take longer to restore. Power surges can trip the fuse box or cause a black out. In the country there is much higher probability a tree falling on a power line.
Septic and sewage: Walkerville and the Prom region are not connected to main sewerage system. Septic tanks are easily blocked, so we ask that you DO NOT flush anything that is not toilet paper or human waste, don’t flush sanitary products and disposable nappies.
Insects and wild life: While the house is well sealed, there are more insects and wildlife in rural areas. We do not take responsibility for any injury or loss suffered by the occupants, caused as a result of insects or wildlife in or around the holiday accommodation site: Having said that, we haven’t had a guest injured by wildlife in twelve years. All occupants are to take specific care at all times within this rural area and requested not to approach wildlife under any circumstances.
Mice: To date we have NOT had any mice at Shearwater Beach House. From time to time, there may be mice in some country properties. It is part of rural living. Mice can be difficult to control in the winter months as they are seeking warmth and shelter. We do our best to deter them. Please do your bit by keeping doors closed and sealing all food including dog food. Please note that in winter months rural mice are notorious for attempting to nest in outdoor BBQs. The outdoor BBQ will have been cleaned thoroughly prior to your arrival; however we advise that you burn it hot for several minutes and re-clean the hotplate again before cooking.
Wood Fire Box: The wood fire is an incredibly efficient heating system and provides a cosy snug relaxing atmosphere. If you are unfamiliar with working one, let us know and we can guide you through it.
Cleaning and pack up procedure: Unlike hotels, where you can just walk out and everything will be taken care of, in a holiday home there is a check out procedure. It’s fairly simple. We just ask that you would treat the property like you are staying at a friend’s second home or holiday house. You need to leave it as you found it. The house will be cleaned thoroughly after you leave but there is a simple departure you will find in the information folder or on the fridge. ie. Empty dishwasher. Clean BBQ if you used it. Turn off heating and cooling. Close all windows and doors to maintain security and prevent rain and water damage. Remove rubbish and put bins out for collection on the relevant night. Depending on bookings, the cleaner may not get to the property for several days.
This info is meant purely as a background for those who may not have considered this as part of their booking decision. We'd prefer to have well informed guests who have an understanding of the expectations of country life. The reason many people use holiday rentals, is to experience something new and expand their horizons. Please come with a sense of adventure. In reality, for most guests, none of these issues arise.