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3 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, cots/infant beds, free WiFi



4.8/5 Exceptional

Entire home

3 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 6

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet-friendly
  • Washer

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest stays
Cape Bridgewater, VIC

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationBridgewater Bay Beach5 min walk
  • Popular LocationSeal Point3 min drive
  • Popular LocationTarragal Education Area5 min drive
  • AirportPortland, VIC (PTJ)17 min drive

Space details

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6
45 sq m
Bedroom 1
    1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
    2 single beds
Bedroom 3
    1 queen bed
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2
    No shower or bath

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.


Waterfront Holiday home with kitchen and patio
Shelly Beach Retreat itself is undisputedly in a "stand out" location making it a very special place to be. Secreted within a Coastal Reserve with stunning unspoilt panoramic coastal views across Bridgewater Bay to the Bridgewater and Nelson Capes, no other house is visible from the Retreat ensuring absolute privacy. Regardless of the weather the endlessly changing ocean view (and the occasional whale) can be enjoyed from one of 2 decks or from beside the cosy wood fire through the large windows.

The isolation means it is unusual to see other people, or even footprints, whist walking along the pristine beaches. The 250 km-long Great South West Walk meanders past the property. Sections of this walk can be enjoyed along beaches, rugged cliff tops and through nearby tall eucalypt forests. A large breeding colony of Fur Seals can be viewed from the cliff-tops, and native fauna are often sited close to the house.

It is an ideal fully self-contained retreat away from the pressures of contemporary life.


-Fresh flowers in all rooms.
-All original art works with local relevance
-Local information and history.
-Generous rubbish disposal facilities & regular collection.
-Telephone: LANDLINE free local calls & paid STD connected by arrangement
MOBILE: generally coverage unreliable (Optus OK)
WI- Fi available free at nearby Bridgewater Cafe.

-Quality comfortable seating for each guest (max.8 people)
-Books/puzzles/DVDs for all ages.
-Flat screen TV/DVD
-Reverse cycle heating/cooling unit
-Ceiling fan
-Mood lighting
-Slow combustion wood fire (set ready to light)
- wood provided free of charge between April 1st and November 30th.
-Dining table and chairs for 8 people

-Second TV/DVD/VCR
-Additional lounge area

-Gas barbecue
-Two large outdoor decks (one north-facing & under cover)
-2 outdoor settings (front & back deck)
-Sun lounges
-Double garage
-Large grassed playing area

2 Queen size
1 Twin (2 singles)
-Linen/towels provided and beds made up.
-Clean underlays
-Pillows and blankets
-Extra pillows and blankets
-Reading lights
-Chest of drawers & wardrobes

-New electric stove
-Electric kettle, toaster
Coffee machine
-Coffee plunger
-Large fridge/freezer
-Sufficient glasses, crockery and cutlery to minimise use of dish-washer
-Ample pots, pans, serving bowls and dishes.
-Pantry stocked with basic ingredients and condiments.
-Dish washing detergent, cleaning products provided
-Cling wrap, alfoil & bin liners provided
-Sharp knives

-Second separate toilet
-Soap, toilet paper, toilet cleaner & air fresheners provided
-Large vanity unit with ample cupboard/drawer storage
-Extra large well-lit mirror
-Exhaust fan
-Extra towels, hand towels & face washers

-Washing machine
-Stainless steel sink
-Iron & ironing board
-Vacuum cleaner
-Buckets & mop
-Washing powder provided

-There is direct beach access from the house by means of a very well constructed and well maintained path.
-A swimming beach patrolled by the surf club is 2 minutes away by car. Swimming and surfing at Shelly Beach is dependent on sea conditions.
-Shelly Beach is recognised as a surf and rock fishing location.


The Great South West Walk is a 250km long walking track offering walkers a unique environmental experience with tracks through vibrant native forests, majestic river gorges, high rugged cliff tops, and untamed beaches. At any location you are sure to view some of the most beautiful natural scenery and wildlife. There is always something fascinating or new to see, the seal colony, a gannet rookery, a petrified forest, the blowholes or even the two lighthouses. Designed as a long distance walking track, and for day or short walks, the walk is readily accessed from Portland, Nelson or from a number of road crossings. The walk invites all ages, abilities and tastes.

Known to the locals as "Bridgie" this four kilometre long safe surf beach is patrolled by Surf Lifesavers and is fantastic for all ages to enjoy.

These beautiful fresh water lakes provide a popular recreational area ideal for swimming, canoeing, waterskiing, sailboarding and power boating. By car, only five minutes away from Shelly Beach Retreat.

The cliffs on the west coast of Bridgewater are composed of basalt, and covered in dune limestone. Water drains through the limestone, along the line of contact and emerges as springs along the cliffs, resulting in freshwater pools. A spectacular cliff-top walk and an interesting feature not to miss.

The blowholes are a fascinating place to visit. The volcanic rock at the base of the cliff is formed mainly of basalt and scoria. Scoria is eroded more readily by the sea than basalt, therefore creating the blowholes that display spectacular spouts of sea spray during high seas.

Four kilometres past Bridgewater Beach, the Petrified Forest features petrified trunk formations.

The seal colony can be reached by a two hour walk. Steps winding down lead to a viewing platform from which the seals can be seen playing below. Scenic boat trips can be taken to experience the seals up close.

Portland is located in South-West Victoria, approximately 100km from Warrnambool, Mt. Gambier and Hamilton. Portland is a thriving city near the ocean with a busy port and numerous beaches ideal for swimming, surfing and fishing. the Powerhouse Motor Museum. A leisurely ride on the Portland Cable Tram connects the Portland Maritime and Discovery Centre, the Botanical Gardens, the World War II Memorial Lookout Tower, the Power House Museum and the Fawthrop Lagoon. There are also a number of eating establishments, suiting to each individual's tastes. Portland has a lot more fantastic and interesting places to visit and activities to do...all waiting for you to discover.

As its name suggests, Shelly Beach is well known for its variety of shells and is an area favoured by rock fishermen. A great place to collect shellS.
Air-conditioned accommodation at this holiday home offers fireplaces and washers/dryers. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include baths or showers and hairdryers.

Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Flat-screen televisions come with DVD players. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property


Contactless social distancing
Property is kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Direct access to the beach


  • Pool


  • Free WiFi

Parking and transport

  • On-site parking options include a garage

Family friendly

  • Cot/infant bed available
  • Children's games
  • High chair


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Paper towels
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Spices


  • 3 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Bath or shower
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels provided
  • Soap
  • Hairdryer

Living spaces

  • Fireplace


  • Flat-screen TV
  • DVD player
  • Video library
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Garden


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

Location highlights

  • On the waterfront
  • Next to a golf course

Things to do

  • Golf on site
  • Fishing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby

Safety features

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 6
  • Unit size: 484 sq ft (45 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 1:00 PM


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets are allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property on the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Cots (infant beds) are available

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation

Property is also known as

Vrbo Property
Shelly Beach Retreat Cape Bridgewater
Shelly Beach Retreat Private vacation home
Shelly Beach Retreat Private vacation home Cape Bridgewater

About this area

Cape Bridgewater

Located in Cape Bridgewater, this holiday home is next to a golf course and on the waterfront. Cape Nelson Lighthouse and Cape Nelson State Park are local landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Tarragal Education Area and Discovery Bay Marine National Park. With surfing/boogie boarding and fishing nearby, you'll find plenty of adventures in the water. Guests appreciate the property's location for the sightseeing.

What's nearby

  • Bridgewater Bay Beach - 5 min walk
  • Seal Point - 3 min drive
  • Tarragal Education Area - 5 min drive
  • Bats Ridge Wildlife Reserve - 6 min drive
  • Tarragal Caves - 7 min drive


  • Bridgewater Bay Cafe - 3 min drive

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 37 out of 46 reviews
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5/5 Excellent

Amazing View
Beautiful private property with incredible views. We loved sitting outside on the deck listening to the waves and It's just a short stroll to the beautiful beach. Lot's of good walks to do in the area, the seal colony was amazing and there's a great cafe on the beach. We can't wait to come back soon. Thanks Mary for a great stay!

5/5 Excellent

Lovely get away
A wonderful place to recharge and regenerate after the stress of every day life

5/5 Excellent

Lovely stay.
Lovely stay. It was our second stay at Shelly Beach Retreat. I’m sure we’ll be back.

5/5 Excellent

Beautiful Location
We had a beautiful stay at Cape Bridgewater. The location of the house is amazing and the facilities in the house were all you needed and more. An added bonus was being able to take our dog with us! Thank you for a lovely stay

5/5 Excellent

A hidden gem.
We will definitely be returning to Shelley Beach Retreat. Amazing location with all the comforts of home. Great access to the beach for walking.