• Cabin
  • 4 Guests (2 beds)
  • 1 Bathroom

This original timber and sandstone fisherman's cottage on the water’s edge of Pittwater's stunning Mackerel Beach has been lovingly restored into a beautiful, secluded beach and bush hideaway and couple's retreat.

Perfectly positioned, the Little Black Shack’s north east aspect lets you wake to the sunrise over Palm Beach headland and enjoy the sun all day long. The sea breeze keeps the shack cool during summer whilst the tree-lined ridge of Ku-ring-gai National Park behind, shelters it from the cold southerly winds during winter. With its rustic, hand-built sandstone open fireplace, comfy leather chairs, soft cowhide rugs and full-length window box seat, The Little Black Shack is also a cosy winter cabin. There are two bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

Just meters from the water, every room features windows and French or barn doors opening out to uninterrupted views of Mackerel Beach, Pittwater, Barrenjoey Headland, Palm Beach and beyond.

The interior features recycled and handmade furniture with an eclectic mix of nautical antiques and collectibles gathered from travels around the world and forages along the beach.

The rustic interiors of the house

Guests are welcome to use the 2 kayaks, fishing rods and tackle, crab traps, and snorkeling gear. There is also a beach umbrella supplied for shade. Relax in deck chairs on the sun decks and terrace or in a hammock under the shade of the old Frangipani trees around the cottage.

Need to know

There are no shops on Mackerel Beach so we encourage you to bring your own food supplies. The hosts do offer a fully stocked gourmet pantry for all the basics and a herb garden to pick herbs of your choice.


  • Coffee machine Coffee machine
  • Essentials Essentials
  • Fireplace Fireplace
  • Parking (free) Parking (free)
  • Heating Heating
  • Self-service kitchen Self-service kitchen
  • Wi-Fi (free) Wi-Fi (free)
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The rustic interior of the cottage
Some of the outdoor landscape
A cosy place to read a book in front of the fire
The lounge room with views over the bay
Some of the amazing interior details
Relax and spend your time reading a classic book
The rustic kitchen and dining area
Despite the rustic look, it still has all the modern facilties
A little desk for some casual writing
The view of the beautiful bay
One of the two bedrooms


The cottage is located in the little hamlet of Mackerel Beach which is just a short ferry ride across the bay from the mainland and Palm Beach. The little town is surrounded by the Ku-ring-gai National Park which offers some incredible bush walks to secluded beaches, The Basin Lagoon, ancient Aboriginal carving sites and incredible lookouts.

If you decide to take the ferry back across to Palm Beach you'll have access to even more things to do, such as trek up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse, dine at the local restaurants, bars, and cafes or browse the shops, galleries and Palm Beach markets (on set days).

How to get there

Great Mackerel Beach has no road access and no roads or vehicles; access is by the Palm Beach Ferry or by private boat. Access to Sydney is normally by a short boat trip to Palm Beach, then a 50-minute journey by car or bus. Cars may be left parked near the ferry terminal at Palm Beach.

Address: Great Mackerel Beach, NSW 2108, Australia

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$739 /night