265 Cape Liptrap Road, Walkerville, 3956, Australia
  based on 11 reviews
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  • SQM 280
  •  A/C
  •  Parking


Set on 75 private acres with spectacular views of Wilson’s Promontory across the ocean, Shellback is a unique country property with a ‘hidden away’ feel.

“Like you, we especially loved the slowly changing seascape and the fantastic moods of the place…….Apricot sunrises, squalls sweeping in over the hill from the west, cloudbursts and glorious sunsets.” Ian Smyth 2017

The surprisingly luxurious house is nestled away from the main road beyond a paddock, two dams and down a tree lined road-way. The house has its own fenced enclosure. Sheep or cattle are grazed by the neighbouring farmer, and are often seen quietly grazing 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 and walking tracks have been cut, so there is plenty of exploring to do without leaving the property. A map of the trails will be provided to guide your exploration.


It’s not unusual to see an array of wildlife in the bushland and rolling pastures around Shellback-  Kangaroos and Wallabys often roam close by and Koalas, Possums, Wombats and Echidnas can be spotted too. The local Wedge-tailed Eagles are common visitors and are often seen hunting in pairs. There is always a myriad of birds including Galah’s, Cockatoo’s, Blue Wrens, Swallows and our favourite - Black Cockatoos. 


The closest beaches are Bear Gully and Walkerville South - a quick six minutes drive away. Walkerville is the location for the enchanting children’s book “Magic Beach” by renowned Australian children’s author Allison Lester. The beach is beautiful, offering sandy stretches, climbing rocks and rock pools. When you are there it’s easy to imagine how Allison dreamt up the magicial events in the book. Even in peak season it is rarely crowded. If seclusion is your thing, you can walk toward Bear Gully and usually find a beach all to yourself. There is awesome snorkeling around Arch Rock.


The road to Cape Liptrap passes through some of the most beautiful, lush and undulating farm and bushland. 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 green rolling hills of the peninsula stretch right out to the Cape, where steep cliffs drop off to the Bass Strait below. 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.

The House

Recently renovated in 2015/16, the house has a fully renovated kitchen, new bathrooms, double glazed windows and a large deck. We’re sure you will find every comfort you want and need at Shellback. 

Things To Do

Pack your wet weather gear and explore the grounds even if it is raining.  Play bocce on the lawn, table tennis in the shed, play family board games on the floor, sit by the fire with a glass of red, sketch the rolling hills, read a book, spot wildlife through the binoculars or cook up a feast to eat on the expansive deck. Admire the changing scenery, stargaze after dark and enjoy the tranquillity, you wont see or even hear a car while on the property. Let the kids run wild in packs, making up imaginary games and exploring unsupervised. It is rare to find a place where there is no traffic to worry about. As adults we vividly remember those wonderful days of childhood freedom that kids rarely experience these days. Read the guest reviews for other activity suggestions.


Sleeps 7 people : 3 bedrooms :  2 bathrooms (2 showers, 1x bath)

Master bedroom with en-suite and Queen bed

Second bedroom with Double bed and Queen Doona

Third bedroom with 2x single beds

There is a extra fold out bed to accomodate a 7th person


Full linen service

Internet and WiFi

Fully self-contained house

New kitchen 2016 - fully equipped, with dishwasher

Front and back decks with outdoor settings


Fully equipped laundry



Cricket Set, Bocce, Table Tennis (The garage is set up as a games room)

Great walks around the property

Indoor wood fireplace, with plenty of wood supplied

Clean, comfortable beds with quality pillows

Dog safe fencing around the house, separating dogs from sheep and cows

Children safe fencing to the pond

Before Booking

If you are unfamiliar with holiday house rental and how it varies from hotel room rental let us know and we can talk you through it.  Please make sure you consider the Terms & Conditions carefully on booking.


Be sure to stock up, as it is 15 minutes to town. The Walkerville Kiosk is 8 minutes drive, and has snacks, milk and bread.

The house collects its own tank water, so please be mindful with water usage. The locals & owners and drink the water, but it comes down to personal preference


From November 2018. All new new bookings will receive linen and towels included in the price.


Guests are responsible for their own cleaning during their stay.

Kindly leave the house tidy, with all dishes washed and packed away. Specifics are outlined in the T & C and and displayed in the house as House Rules (as per industry requirement).


  • Please take your rubbish and recycling with you, there is no there is no collection service.


Telstra reception is easily found within the house and on most parts of the property. Other service providers are not as reliable (in particular Vodaphone). For internet access we recommend hotspotting your smartphone.

We offer broadband satellite internet with limited data. Enough for work but limited for streaming services.  Ask us if you need lots of data.


Smoking is not permitted at any time inside the house. 

Please smoke outside and dispose of your butts responsibly.


Outside dogs are welcome. A kennel and chain are provided.  We have recently installed a dog proof fence, so the dogs can't get to the livestock in the adjoining paddocks.  Please don't allow dogs inside. Let us know if dogs are likely to molest stock, so we can discuss.


Prices listed are based on 4 adults. The booking system will calculate the exact price when you book.

The property has 5 beds and sleeps a maximum of 7 people. 

Only the guests nominated and agreed in the Booking may stay in the property overnight. 

Overloading could render the guest liable to termination of the booking.

No parties or events. The property is available for your quiet enjoyment, with respect to neighbours and the local community.

Please view the link to our full Terms and Conditions when you apply to book.

COVID-19 -Update. December 1  2020

We will continue to offer FULL refunds to anyone unable to travel due to government restrictions and guidelines.

We have adapted the recommended enhanced cleaning routine.

Self check-in and checkout via key-safe.

The property has reliable fast WiFi and we are open to longer stays.

*We have needed to increase cleaning and turn over time to 7 hours.  Check in is now 5pm, check out 10am, but only on days of a tight turnover.  

*Weekends have been extended to 3 nights minimum and weekday stays are 4 night minimum. If you have a request for a stay longer than two nights that isnt a Monday or Friday check in or check out, you can email us.


2 Bathroom, 4 Bedroom, 2 Toilet

  • Sleeping
    Bed linen, 1 Double bed, 1 Queen bed, 3 Single bed
  • Cooking
    Child's high chair, Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Grill, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Spices, Toaster
  • Heating/Cooling
    Air conditioning, Fireplace, Heating available
  • Outside
    Private Balcony, Private Terrace
  • Entertainment
    DVD-Player, Broadband Internet, Stereo system, Telephone, TV (Antenna)
  • Sanitary
    Hair dryer, Essentials, Shower, Towel-set, Washbasin
  • Laundry
    Clothes dryer, Bathroom & Laundry, Iron & Board, Washing machine
  • Miscellaneous
    Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit, Smoke Detector, Vacuum cleaner
  • 2 Bathroom, 4 Bedroom, 2 Toilet
  • Parking
    Parking Included, Roofed carport
  • Spa & Gym
  • Outside
    Charcoal grill BBQ, Private Garden
Children welcome, Pets allowed only after arrangement,Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7
Check in:
3:00 PM
Check out:
11:00 AM

265 Cape Liptrap Road , Walkerville, 3956, Australia


Shellback Address:

265 Cape Liptrap Road Tarwin Lower

There is some locks on the gate, but it is never locked. Please keep the gate shut at all times. 

Drive down the track, past a large dam on your right, then a small dam to your left and you will come to the house after 100 metres.

The keys to the house are in a key safe which is screwed to the wall at the far side of the wood-clad extension on the dam side of the house (not the sea side). You will see it on the left as you descend the steps at the far end of the decking. The code is 0503 and you will find two keys. One will open both the door to the porch area and to the laundry, and the other key is for the shed. There is a second key safe with a different code for cleaners.  The guest safe is near the deck steps. Please return the keys to the keysafe on departure.

The WiFi password is Shellback

Because of the remote location, we had to install a satellite dish to access the internet. Data is expensive and limited. Please use the internet only for emails and web browsing. Don’t use video, download photos or use streaming services like Netflix or Youtube. Please tell kids. We monitor daily usage. If you must download something (eg. for work) off peak is 1am-7am.

Fleur’s Favorite Things To Do:

1. Snorkelling around Bird Rock, Walkerville, South Beach. There is rocks, caves, heaps of fish and interesting sand formations. An all-round great beach for kids.

2. Coastal walks – Walkerville to Bear Gully including rock hopping, beautiful sandy beaches and Bear Gully-Cape Liptrap for more of the same. Make sure you pay close attention to tides.

3. Sitting on the deck watching the birds at dusk, then later, stargazing if the sky is clear.

4. Trulli Pizza Meeniyan. Authentic, delicious southern Italian style pizza: The best eating in the region.

5. Waratah Hills Winery for an afternoon drink: A Relaxed and lovely setting.

6. The Big Drift -This is a massive sand dune close to the entrance to Wilsons Promontory National Park that is walking its way across the Prom.

7. Storehouse Koonwarra -Artisan lifestyle store with unique quality pieces.

8. The rail trail from Leongatha to Koonwarra (Koonwarra to Meeniyan also especially good).

9. Wilson’s Promontory beaches. Breathtaking!

10. Valley Plains Pottery. Zac Charmers- Leongatha South……..

and….. a sneaky

11th. Ride the Wild Goat in Fish Creek, extraordinary art from recycled materials.

based on 11 reviews
Tam Mac (Melbourne)
Missed holiday

We were looking forward to spending a few days here in September 2020 but then the second wave came along! Thankfully the managers were really understanding and refunded our booking. Can't wait to get down to this beautiful part of the world again soon!

Family with young children  |  stayed in 9/2020

Beds So Comfy : Clean : Great Amenities

Wow! What an amazing, secluded, beautiful property. We spend a relaxing week here and enjoyed every moment. Beautiful views from both front and back of house. House was comfortable, clean and had great amenities. The beds were comfy which is rare of a holiday house. 5 mins from Walkerville South beach and lots of great nature walking tracks around the property. Thanks again Fleur ;) Review courtesy of Airbnb January 2018

Group  |  stayed in 7/2019

Amazing Views. Nic & Clean

Great spot, amazing views and everything nice and clean. Great stay and will be back. Review courtesy of Airbnb May 2019

Family with no Children  |  stayed in 7/2019

So comfortable & Sparkling Clean

We spent the weekend here and loved it. The house is so comfortable and sparkling clean. The property is beautiful with fabulous views. We spent many hours exploring this very special region. Thanks Fleur for all your help. We hope to visit again soon. Review courtesy of Airbnb May 2019

Not specified  |  stayed in 5/2019

Beautiful Property Stunning Location

We had a fantastic time at Shellback. It is a beautiful property in a stunning location. Fleur was an excellent host. We had to reschedule because of work commitments and she was extremely accommodating and understanding. We will be back and can highly recommend this property to others. Thanks for a great weekend! Review courtesy of Airbnb Feb 2019

Family with older children  |  stayed in 2/2019

Great Value. Incredible Location

This a fantastic house in an incredible location. The views and grounds are spectacular. The house is extremely comfortable with a lovely kitchen and living space with a fire. Great to eat indoors or out. You really feel out in the countryside. Fleur is wonderful to deal with and made sure everything was in place / answered all questions. Its great value as well, and very clean :) I would love to go and stay again! Thanks Fleur! Review courtesy of Airbnb November 2018

Not specified  |  stayed in 11/2018

Paul (Melbourne)
Great Escape

It was a complete getaway from our busy lives in Melbourne. Peaceful, tranquil with spectacular views of bush and ocean. The eagles were particularly amazing to watch soar above the property most evenings. My children and I also enjoyed the bush walk in the woods just down from the property and flying kites in the paddock. The property was very well equipped and immaculately kept. The lighthouse was just at the end of the road and at dusk we would go with a flask of tea and scones with the children to chew the cud! The nearby settlements are also very quaint with many craft shops and cafes with great coffee. We Particularly enjoyed Fish Creek which also has a lovey children's book shop where author Alison Lester, was autographing books. If you want rest and relaxation, then we highly recommend Shellback.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 2/2017

Stephanie (Melbourne)

We had a wonderful week at Shellback. We were looking for somewhere private and peaceful to get away from it all and it was perfect for this. The view of the water and surrounding countryside is beautiful and the sunrises and sunsets are amazing. The house was spotlessly clean when we arrived and incredibly well equipped. The kitchen is high quality and has everything you need - more than enough crockery, cutlery and utensils. We planned well and took several pre-cooked meals and plenty of food so we only needed to visit the supermarket in Foster (about half an hour away) once and that was because some friends came for lunch at the last minute. We brought our bikes and the kids did a lot of riding around the property. We also rode to the lighthouse which was a really nice ride (about 20 minutes each way). We liked Walkerville South beach which is only a few minutes away by car. We also visited the Prom and Squeaky Beach. We could hear a koala occasionally throughout our stay and finally saw it on the last day in a tree behind the shed. We could not fault anything about Shellback. Highly recommend!!

Family with young children  |  stayed in 1/2017

James (Western Australia)
Do yourself a favour and stay here!

We stayed for four magical nights two adults with two kids 4 and under. The weather was overcast, windy and rainy but we still had the best time. Its a short drive to explore beaches, nearby walks and Wilsons Prom itself. Or you can explore the property itself. We even discovered Koala in the trees behind the woodshed. The house itself is well laid out, the kitchen was well stocked with items to make your stay easy and having a laundry was super handy. Looking forward to visiting again.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 1/2017

Beautifully presented with stunning views!

My husband, my mother and myself stayed at this beautiful property a few weeks ago. Upon arriving we were greeted by the stunning view of the prom out the window and the brand new furniture in the living area - we thought they were tastefully chosen and complemented the house very well. The owners obviously have a keen sense of style! We also loved the quality provisions throughout the house - the cutlery and the crockery were among our favourites. Will definitely return and recommend to family and friends!

Not specified  |  stayed in 12/2016

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