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Wallaby Cottage - The Leap

Bedrooms 1
Space 39 m²
Property type cottage


About the property

Large self contained 1 bedroom cottage in private location in rainforest setting

Wallaby Cottage @ 17 Herbert Court, The Leap.

This surprisingly large, comfortable and clean one bedroom cottage is conveniently located close to the Bruce Highway (without the traffic noise), and halfway between Cape Hillsborough and Mackay.

Popular with grandparents who like some 'time out' from the family activities taking place at Cape Hillsborough or Seaforth during school holiday times without being too far away if the kids and grandkids drop in for a visit, there is plenty of room for everyone!

Wallaby cottage is also popular with visitors travelling through for a single night stay, and approved guest are welcome to have their pets stay too! (conditions do apply)

Just 1 km from the Bruce Highway brings you to your very own, quiet and private cottage, nestled in natural rainforest on a private property which borders The Leap National Park.

All linen and towels are supplied in the simply furnished cottage.

Wallaby cottage has one large bedroom room, containing a queen size bed, a foldout double sofa bed, wardrobe, bedside drawers, a writing desk and chair.

The ensuite bathroom has a shower, hand basin and toilet.

The second room in the cottage contains the living room, dining area and kitchenette, which is equipped with a new electric bake/grill and rotisserie oven, microwave, bar fridge, small sink, kettle, toaster, electric frypan, cutlery and crockery, kitchen table and chairs. This air-conditioned living area has a full lounge suite, T.V. and coffee table.

There is outdoor seating on the shaded verandah, and a washing machine for guests use.

Parking is under cover and adjoins the cottage, especially convenient in our wet season.



Visitors can take a leisurely 15 minute stroll to the local gallery, (That Sapphire Place), the historic Leap Hotel or Yakapari Country Crafts.

That Sapphire Place allows visitors to observe the rare, expert skill of resident Commercial Gem Cutter, Peter Harrington in his Workshop situated inside the free entry gallery. That Sapphire Place boasts the finest quality collection, of rare and precious sapphires of all colours on the Queensland coast. (That Sapphire Place is open WED - SAT from 10am to 4pm).

Adjacent to the gallery is the historic Leap Hotel (Built 1886), custodians of the famous statue of Kowaha, 'Legend of The Leap', learn her story over a drink with the locals at the main bar, or enjoy a meal in the lounge. Lunches available MON - SUN (12 - 2), Dinners available MON - SAT (6 - 8).

Yakapari Country Crafts situated at The Leap Community Hall is fast becoming the Mackay Regions premier venue to purchase local crafted goods direct from the artist or craftsman. Everything from pottery to woodwork, scented candles, glass works, handmade cards, embroidered items, local photography and postcards, patchwork quilts project is run by volunteers and opens Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 3pm. Art and Craft sessions are hosted by local artists and the café is very popular with locals and visitors alike!

Other local attractions include:

Organic and Natural Store - Distance: 2.5km

Address: 60 Yakapari - Seaforth Road, The Leap

(Enjoy organic tea, coffee, cakes and pastries on our verandah, surrounded by a lush tropical garden. Browse our extensive range of organic fresh fruit & veg, meats, wholefoods, bodycare and gifts. Open TUES - FRI 8:30am - 6pm, SAT 8:30 - 5pm.)

The Old Station Teahouse - Distance: 20 minute drive

Address: 231 Cape Hillsborough Rd, Cape Hillsborough.

(Devonshire Teas in historic local railway station, light lunches daily, Open 9am THUR - TUES. Closed Wednesdays.)

Cape Hillsborough National Park - Distance: 25 minute drive

Address: Cape Hillsborough Rd, Cape Hillsborough.

(Coastal National Park with numerous walking tracks through varied eco systems, including mangrove swamp, tropical rainforest and coastal vistas of the Whitsunday Islands. Public Facilities include Picnic tables, BBQ, boat ramp and toilets.)

More Details

Peter and Josephine Harrington
Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Calendar last updated:
6 February, 2018

About Peter and Josephine Harrington

Both my husband, Peter and I were born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and moved to The Leap in the Mackay Region of Queensland in 1989 to build a business and raise a family. We built Wallaby Cottage in the rainforest area on our small rural acreage in 1993, originally for Peter's mother who especially loved the abundant birdlife, butterflies and native animals that inhabit our neighbourhood, she was also an excellent sitter for our 3 children as they were growing up! After her passing and with our 3 children now grown up and now grandparents ourselves, we have no shortage of visitors coming to stay with us and the cottage is far enough away from the main house for everyone to have their own personal space. We have been letting out the cottage for many years now for travellers and short term stays and enjoy passing on any local knowledge or suggestions of what to see and do when visiting our region to our guests.

Peter and Josephine Harrington purchased this cottage in 28

Why Peter and Josephine Harrington chose Mackay Region

We chose to buy this small rural acreage at The Leap as we loved the idea of being surrounded by national park and the privacy of the rainforest, while still being conveniently located to a major rural city (Mackay is 15 minutes away)! It is also located halfway between Mackay and the beachside township of Seaforth and Cape Hillsborough National Park which are beautiful locations and have excellent fishing.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Mackay Region, Australia

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 39 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • bay fishing


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Wallaby Cottage - The Leap
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Great location

  • 5 of 5

Wallaby Cottage is in a great location for an overnight stay while travelling - ie: a stone's throw from the highway, but far enough that you're not distracted by noise.

  • Review Submitted: 30/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Very comfortable and quiet

  • 5 of 5

I always love staying at Wallaby Cottage on edge of rain forest. A very comfortable stopover.

  • Review Submitted: 23/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always a pleasure to have you and your handsome Collie dog, Oscar stay Mike :)
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Shady tropical location

  • 5 of 5

Both my Collie dog and I had very comfortable stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 01/03/2015
  • Date of Stay: January 2015
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Nearest Airport
24 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Leap Hotel
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Nearest Train
24 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Bruce Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Leap Hotel
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Historic Hotel & Gem Shop

Local attractions include the historic Leap Hotel where you can enjoy a meal and beverage, That Sapphire Place is a must see stop where you can purchase really beautiful Australian Sapphires of rare colours and made into amazing quality jewellery and watch the gem cutter and jewellery designer at work, check out the display of large investment Sapphires ..... some of them are larger than 20 carats! Drop into Yakapari Country Crafts and Teahouse where you can purchase a variety of locally made goods including glassware, pottery, woodturning, soaps, candles, cards, bags, ornaments and gifts, enjoy a cuppa and cake or join in on any of the craft sessions on offer. The Organic Store is just around the corner on Seaforth road and is fully stocked with all your organic food and health requirements, they also make a lovely cuppa and baked goodies too, and Cape Hillsborough is a pleasant 20 minute drive away to do some bushwalking, have a bbq or picnic and meet more wallabys and wildlife, and if you are looking for another cup of tea, fresh scones and other yummy delights, you will find the best place at The Old Station Teahouse on Cape Hillsborough Road. If you are looking for a dog friendly beach you will find that at Seaforth, also 20 minutes drive from the cottage. There are plenty of places to launch your boat to do some fishing nearby too.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Mackay Region, Australia

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
GX-1093 - do not use!
22 Mar - 22 Mar
1 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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