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"The Writer's Retreat" - Upstairs - Grasstree Beachfront Shacks

Bedrooms 2
Space 110 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Secluded beach community with beachfront 2 bedroom unit

Grasstree Beach is one of the most picturesque and beautiful beaches in the Mackay Region, located within a 15 minute drive from Sarina.

Nestled in sheltered Zelma Bay, the shallow beach is a popular swimming destination although it is not patrolled. It is fringed by a large grassy recreational area, complete with public toilets, picnic tables and a children's playground.

With nearby reefs, islands and creeks, fishing is plentiful either by boat or straight off the beach near the creek mouth. There are boat ramps on both sides of Cabbage Tree Creek with the Grasstree Beach boat ramp.

Grasstree Beachfront Shacks consists of two units "The Den" and "The Writer's Retreat"

"The Writer's Retreat" is located upstairs, beachfront and a perfect example of old beach shack charm renovated to modern appeal and inclusive of a balcony with sensational ocean views.

Recent renovations have left the 2 bedroom guest house with a clean modern feel. Fully self contained, having access to a shared laundry this is unit for those that like their privacy while having some amazing ocean views from every aspect within the unit. There are carports and ample parking available for boats and cars.

Grasstree Beach has an enviable reputation for a secluded and tranquil beach where listening the waves is a pastime for those locals when sitting on the balcony at night.

Both units are fully air-conditioned and have ceiling fans to help in summer and reverse cycle air conditioning available to heat during winter months. Modern kitchens and bathrooms with an open plan layout so families can enjoy time together regardless whether you are at the kitchen, dining table, lounge or balcony all while taking in a view of the ocean from almost every window in the unit.

Situated central on the beachfront the guest houses are literally within a stone's throw of the beach and playground. Grasstree Beach boat ramp provides a boat launching area within minutes from the shacks and all importantly you don't have to leave home to see whether the weather is good. Lounge rooms and master bedrooms look directly out across the lawns to the beach and there is hardly a spot in the guest houses that you can not see the ocean and much of the picturesque crescent shaped Zelma bay.

For those familiar with Grasstree Beach they will understand its popularity as the playground fills on the weekends with families that enjoy the facilities. These within 50m of the guest houses and able to watch the kids there while sitting out on the deck. At night the crowds dissipate and Grasstree takes on its traditional beachfront appeal as any traffic gives way to the tranquility of the night with the sound of waves crashing on the foreshore. Gentle breezes create nights where you can fall asleep in the main bedroom greeted by sea air and the sound of the ocean

Fishing and fun for the kids

Children are easy to entertain with the beach throwing up endless options to get out and about. The difficulty being the task of keeping up with them as Grasstree has a lot of beach and park area to enjoy and you will regularly see parents out with kids riding their bikes around the Esplanade. The playground is a hit with the younger ones and if you get out and about for a walk and a bit of exploring you can find that there is many quiet bays that exist to the north of Grasstree with a maze of tracks to walk around. The south end of Grasstree is flanked by the creek which is an easy way to amuse children if it involves a bit of fishing or throwing a cast net for some prawns which are regularly found at certain times of the year.

The summer months may bring the warmer weather but with that comes the beach culture and all that it has to offer. Guest houses have air conditioning in all rooms which can come in handy for those days where the refuge from the heat is needed in the middle of the day. The creek has loads of accessible spots to fish, boats can access the calmer waters of Zelma bay, nearby bays and Victor Island via the boat ramp with the exception of low tide. For the more adventurous when the weather is permitting there is off shore options that include the islands that sit out from Sarina such as Irving, Cullen and Prudhoe. Closer to Grasstree there is many rocky outcrops and reef areas which often produce the better fish if you are willing to spend time sounding them out. Mackerel run off Sarina at select times of the year and you will be able to see them thrashing through the baitfish as them come right into Zelma bay, the leads, and the rocks on the northern side of the bay.

More Details

Property Manager
Anthony Ware
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Calendar last updated:
16 May, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Grasstree Beach, Australia

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Excessive Cleaning Fee: Minimum $120 charge for cleaning above the normal requirement. eg. if pets found to be indoor, kitchen not left as found.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , Fold away bed on request for 5th guest
  • Ocean views from main bedroom along with writer's desk. Built in wardrobe in second bedroom
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • playground
  • reefs
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • photography
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


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"The Writer's Retreat" - Upstairs - Grasstree Beachfront Shacks
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Tieri, Queensland, Australia

Wonderful views

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful little retreat, well equipped, clean, comfortable beds and just the little extras that made our stay so enjoyable. Loved the views of the beautiful beach

Would definitely recommend this and thank you for sharing

  • Review Submitted: 13/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Middlemount, Queensland, Australia

Fantastic Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

I am writing on behalf of my husband and his friends wo had a "Mens Fishing Week"

I have heard nothing but praise about their stay at the Writers Retreat. The fellas commented on how great the accommodation was and how friendly and informative the owner and locals were. They all had a fantastic time and are talking about going more often. But Hubby has to take me and the kids before he has another fishing week. Hopefully we will see you all soon. ;)

  • Review Submitted: 17/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia


  • 5 of 5

Quiet and Nice place to RELAX...Just a few steps to beach and friendly neighbors....

  • Review Submitted: 15/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cooktown, Queensland, Australia

great view and location

  • 5 of 5

Neat clean unit. A/C but with beach breezes........

  • Review Submitted: 28/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mackay, Queensland, Australia

Relax, Recharge, Renew

  • 5 of 5

The only thing hard about coming to The Shacks is having to leave! This is our second visit and we have again found the peace and tranquility needed to escape our busy working lives. Thank you Anthony! We will be back! What a beautiful getaway!

  • Review Submitted: 17/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mackay, Queensland, Australia

Relaxing, peaceful and tranquil getaway

  • 5 of 5

We needed to get away from our busy lives for a weekend and hear the sound of the ocean and wow! It was wonderful! Lovely, tidy modern unit with an awesome view of rolling waves and old fashioned feeling like you are back in the 70s without a care in the world!

  • Review Submitted: 07/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You have truly captured the reason that the shacks came to existence. Beachside getaways and family holidays have been the focus of what we wanted to provide. Have been humbled by the comments and feedback we have gotten as the shacks mature and grow into what is humble beachside getaway where you feel at home. Also glad that we could deliver on your expectations and also a big thanks to those that help me ensure the venue is exactly how it should feel and kept to the high standards I would expect myself.
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Mackay airport
Nearest Beach
Grasstree Beach
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Grasstree Beach and Zelma Bay

16km from Sarina, 35km from Mackay, beachfront location


Rates & Availability

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Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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