FINALLY FRIDAY: Aussie Beach Shack – Just Shabby

Finally it is Friday!!!

The weekend is here and as usual all I want to do is escape… Somewhere quiet, relaxed and unpretentious. Well last time I posted an Aussie Beach Shack I was informed by a few that it was not quite like the shacks of our youth... ‘not shacky enough’. ha ha I agree!

Anywhere I ever stayed in my youth was pretty much an uncoordinated mismatch of worn furniture, discarded crockery and old scrappy linen. I’m not talking ‘Shabby Chic’ here people, just shabby!! But you know those weekends were always the most relaxing and carefree. It’s true these days I prefer a little more comfort, but the shack I am about to show you, although definitely ‘roughing it’ [and perhaps unnihabitable?], looks like an incredible escape from the modern mayhem, with THE most coveted view you could image.. Sydney Harbour.

These dramatic images were created by Simon Kenny, an Australian photographer I discovered when I first started blogging. I love his work and am pretty sure you will love it too. IF not .. you will surely love the view.

So .. here to gently lure you into a weekend of relaxation is ..


Crater Cove ..Sydney Harbour

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Here she is

In all her ‘UN’ Glory!


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UDPATED: Saturday 22 August

The giveaway is now closed.

Thank you ALL who entered. The winner will be picked through a random draw and announced early next week

Good Luck



Have A Great Weekend


Ciao Julie

IMAGES: By Simon Kenny


erin's art and gardens said...

whoa........a little too shabby for my taste. better watch where you step or you might end up in the rocks! i wonder if the waves ever splash over the cottage?? at least, there is a view! have a good weekend!

Anne Marie said...

whoa.......I think I would need to wrap those ropes around my wrists before actually stepping outside....that is amazing! talk about "living on the edge"

...and I would totally stay there....write a novel - and pretty much turn into a hermit

Lee said...

Hi Julie, this looks like the perfect place to take a few books and read the weekend away while enjoying the view - it would have to be in Summer though! Have a great weekend. Lee :)

Courtney said...

I love those photos. The rustic elements don't bother me one bit...I'd love to escape there once in a while. Have a really great weekend Julie!

Sahildeki Ev said...

It's amazing how it still stays on top of that cliff. But I am with you. I need a bit more comfort these days..

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Julie,
These photographs are amazing! What a spectacular site! It seems like a fabulous setting for a would be fun to spend a week here....dreaming and reading and just being....
Thanks for sharing...incredible!
Take care, Laura :)

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

I actually love it in all of its un-glory.....and what stunning views...really rugged...very much like Cornwall here in the U.K....BUT...
I think that two days max then back to the posh hotel!!!!!!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Julie oh Julie ~ Can't tell you how much I'd love to stay there perched right against the sea. Have no idea why shabbiness appeals to me @ all but it does..loud & clear. Something about not having to fret about the dusting & cleaning & just enjoying the beauty that surrounds you. Maybe it's a throw back to the days of having a "play house" or a "tree house" as a child? Great post as ALWAYS!! Love visiting you ♥ deb
oh..happy wkend to you Julie!

Tamerie Shriver Halliday said...

Well, it is definitely not 'chic' and it may be a little more than just slightly shabby, but I bet it doesn't matter. Not everything has to be perfectly perfect! The house we used to stay in every summer at Cape Hatteras, NC (The Outer Banks) was most probably very shabby, but it was our home away from home and just perfect for where we were and why we went there: to relax and get away from everything. We had no telephone, no TV, certainly no computer (this was the 70's,) not even a radio (my Mother's rules) except on the beach at night during out bonfires. It was heaven and I suspect that the un-glorious cottage in the photos would be the same.

Mammabellarte Rita Reade said...

reminds me of home, on my Mamma's beach Punta Secca there are few shacks, I wish I could get my hands on it. Right on the water too. I started to work on a Giveaway, stop by and check it out. Ciao

Mammabellarte Rita Reade said...

You are giving me chills Julie, I was in Piazza Navona last August. I took a photo of the plaque of the Piazza. The sad part is that when my computer crashed I lost every single photo of Roma....It's is my memories now. Il Sogno = The Dream will do

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

It's solitary, I love that..., and right by the waters edge too. The shabby (without the chic) is okay, but I wonder what (other) creatures might be living there. I'm a bit phobic that way. Have a great weekend Julie!


I love it in all its shabby glory! And really, how can you beat that location? Happy weekend!

The Sobbing Settee ... said...

Ooooh my goodness me ... I would sell my house this instant and move to the shabbiest shack I could find ... really ... honoustly ... truly I would ;-)

Have a very nice weekend!

Joan@anythinsggoeshere said...

Well, this are shacky, but in a good way! My friends all lived in beach shacks of one kind or another...I lived in a cement block ranch style house on top of a little dune...I envied them their shackiness. I will be posting more about this next Wednesday for a Beach Party.

Carole said...

You're right the outside is very scary in a quaint sort of way but the inside I love. Much more stylish but with just the right amount of grungy to allow you to put your feet on the coffee table. was there a coffee table????
Have a great weekend!!!

Decorus Vita said...

Looks like an absolutly fabulous place to hide out for the weekend. I can the taste salty air and feel the ocean breeze.............

Julie B. [Holland] said...

No Sleep walkers there!. I bet the waves at nite is just beautiful.It does have the certain "magic" to it , but Im with Jacqueline, Im outta there after a couple of days. Good Luck everyone in the give a way.This will be the first one Ive ever entered.Have a great weekend Julie.
Julie in Holland....

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Great Comment DEB
I didn't think of that.. 'tree house/cubby house'. Maybe as I never had one. Well wouldn't this make a great Grown Up Cubby House for Blogging Friends!!!

Thanks everyone for your fun comments. xxx Julie

Pearl Maple said...

Wow, that is a cubby house with a view, shabby it is but oh so very interesting.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Julie in Holland

Oh No.. I never thought about sleepwalking.. the 1st steps a doozie!! I think you need a blog so we can all come visit you too!!

Julie in Australia

Anne Marie said...

Hey Julie........I can't seem to find your email here, but wanted to tell you that your comment has soothed my soul - for hearing of other's struggle and knowing someone reached out to you and actually did something....a sincere humble thank you for sharing....this shack which I could hermitize myself actually is what set my mind and thoughts to the keyboard to post my feelings....

with much love,
Anne Marie

Unknown said...

That's definitely a shack, but it looks cozy and comfortable inside. I could happily stay there for a week if it weren't for it's position on the cliff. If it could be moved back away from the edge about 10... no, make that 20 yards, it would be the perfect place to unwind.

Millie said...

What a fabulous find! I'm actually enjoying my MOTH-free zone this weekend, if a little too much me thinks. I do love my own company, maybe because I need to be constantly communicating pretty intensely all week at work. So I'd happily take up the challenge of a couple of nights here. Although I reckon you'd need a torch & a brave front to wander out to the loo in the middle of the night!
Millie ^_^

cate said...

It really is magical...I can hear the ocean, the birds & the sound of the wind through the trees.. have a great weekend too!!
:) cate

simon said...

I have actually been there!

I had a school friend who did work for the National Parks and we got to visit these shacks as well as get into the gun placements that were carved into the cliffs!

Again memories come flooding back. Thanks Julie!

eye of the beholder said...

OMG I love it! Nothing like that around here.