Tasmania’s Sawyers Bay Shacks provide a scenic stay on Flinders Island. The same Melbourne family has owned this 200-acre plot of wild and wonderful Tasmanian beachfront for over 50 years. Three generations have spent their holidays shacked up in their summer retreat – the property’s original farmhouse, which still has no electricity or telephone. Forgoing Facebook, they’ve spent their days fishing, diving, bushwalking and boating.
Recently, the family generously decided to share their little patch of paradise with strangers who crave a similar rustic escape, so they built two brand-new solar-powered beach houses, which are set to open this December.
Inspired by humble Tassie beach shacks of the ’50s, the two modern beach houses have large decks, indoor-outdoor fireplaces, well-appointed kitchens and comfy furnishings. There is one two-bedroom shack (sleeping five) and one three-bedroom shack (sleeping eight). And because there is no public access to Sawyers Bay, you’ll have the calm-water beach all to yourself.
In a location such as this it’s always a shame to head indoors at day’s end. Happily, the shacks each have full walls of sliding glass, to maximise the beautiful beach and bush views endemic to the west coast of Flinders Island before the sun goes down.