Shellback is a four bedroom cottage (with a small fourth bedroom) set on 75 private acres with spectacular views of Wilson’s Promontory across the ocean. It is a unique country property on acreage with “hidden away” feel.
The road to Cape Liptrap is an exclusive part of Australia. About one third of the peninsula is National/Coastal Park, with farmland nestled within. Shellback is one of only a handful of country properties located on this peninsula. Rainfall in South Gippsland is higher than the rest of Victoria, so the landscape stays lush long after west and central Victoria has browned off.
The peninsula’s landscape is green rolling hills right out to the Cape, where the cliffs drop off to Bass Strait. It is the second most southerly point of mainland Australia. Cape Liptrap juts out and picks up swell created miles out in the Southern Ocean, which crashes heavily on the cliffs below the lighthouse. It is a powerful place: Harshly beautiful.
To get to the Shellback house you need to drive through a paddock, past two dams and under two rows of pine trees. The house has its own fenced enclosure. Sheep or cattle are grazed by the neighbouring farmer, so there is often livestock in the paddocks surrounding the house.
The lower one third of the property’ the owners have dedicated to wildlife conservation. Several creeks meander through the bushland. Walking tracks have been cut, so there is plenty of exploring to do without leaving the property. There is a map of the property included in the photos.
The proximity of so-much national park on the peninsula supports a great array of wildlife and provides wildlife corridors. Kangaroos, wallaby’s, lizards, echidna’s, possums, wombats, owls, frogs, eagles are residents, or common visitors to Shellback. There is always a myriad of birds including galah’s, cockatoo’s, blue wrens, swallows and our favourite; black cockatoos. One night driving back from Fish Creek we saw 12 wombats. There are local wedge tailed eagles that are often seen hunting in pairs or taking a rest at Shellback. They’re huge up close.
The closest beaches are Bear Gully and Walkerville South about six minutes-drive. It is the location for the fabulous children’s book “Magic Beach” by Allison Lester. The beach is beautiful, offering sandy stretches, climbing rocks and rock pools. When you are there it is easy to imagine how Allison dreamt up the events in the book. Even in peak season it is rarely crowded. If seclusion is your thing, you can walk toward and Bear Gully and usually find a beach to yourself. There is awesome snorkeling around arch rock.
The house has been renovated over the last few years including both bathrooms, double glazed windows installed and a massive deck and full new kitchen installed in 2015/16.
Sleeps 7 people: 4 bedroom (4th bedroom very small): 2 bathrooms (2 showers, 1x bath)
• Master bedroom with en-suite and queen bed
• Second bedroom with double bed
• Third bedroom with 2x singles
• Small forth bedroom with single
Fully Self Contained House
Enticing new kitchen to cook in, fully equipped with Dishwasher
Front and back decks with outdoor settings
Reverse cycle airconditioning
Fully equipped laundry
Cricket set, bocce, Table Tennis – The garage is set up as a games room
Great walks around the property
Wood fire with plenty of wood supplied
Clean, comfortable beds with quality pillows
WHAT IT DOES NOT HAVE
We do not currently have a linen service. You will need to bring your own bed sheets, doona covers and towels. We supply hand towels, tea towels and bath mats as most people forget these (including us).
No Rubbish Collection in the area. You will need to take your own rubbish with you or take it to the local transfer station. We have compost.
Shellback is named after the closest island in view of the house. You can see the island from the kitchen, straight ahead. It is a creamy white colour and resembles a clam shell. Behind, Wilson's Promontory has it's own weather patterns. It is always changing. Sometimes the blue hills are shrouded in mist, sometimes clear and sharp, and sometimes the Prom puts on a lightning show.
The house is aligned so you get ocean views to Wilsons Prom from three bedrooms, the lounge room, kitchen and front balcony.
It is close to Bear Gully, Cape Liptrap Lighthouse, Sandy Point, Waratah Bay, Venus Bay and about
30 minutes to Wilson's Prom. But we recommend you take lots of supplies and settle in at Shellback. It's not for everyone, but if you are searching for seclusion and get recharged by nature, if you want a bit of space from a crazy life, Shellback may be just the thing.
* As of 2/08/2016- Stayz are limiting images to 24. We have deleted the photos of beautiful local beaches, wineries and region. Please email if you'd like to see them.