Staying At The SHACK

Low cost holiday accommodation for chronically ill children and their families

What is the cost?

Please note that the daily rate has increased with effect from 21 July 2020

The cost consists of two components:

  1. a $50 non-refundable/non-transferable booking fee and
  2. a $50 per night accommodation fee.

Costs are on a per unit basis.

For example:    $100 – 1 night stay ($50 + $50 x 1 night)
$150 – weekend Friday to Sunday ($50 + $50 x 2 nights)
$400 – 1 week ($50 + $50 x 7 nights)

NOTE: A booking is not confirmed until full payment has been received.  Full payment must be made no later than 3 months prior to your arrival date.  For bookings made within three months of the arrival date payment must be made within 14 days of your arrival.
If no payment is made by the due date the booking will be cancelled.

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What is in the holiday units?

Each unit comprises 2 bedrooms, bathroom (fitted for wheelchairs), kitchen and living/dining area.

There is 1 double bed and 4 single beds (1 trundle and 1 set of double bunks), cots are available for every unit, blankets and pillows. The dining table has six chairs and there are high chairs in every unit.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all crockery, cutlery, toaster, jug, microwave, bowls and utensils. There is also an iron and ironing board.

The living room has colour TV and an extensive library of children’s books’. The outdoor furniture can be used on your private rear patio or around the barbeque as you please.

The common areas

There are 6 car parking spaces in the courtyard area (4 are under cover) and 2 visitor spaces at the front.

The carport areas can be used as play areas for the children in wet or hot weather.  While it is first in best dressed for car spaces under cover please note that only one car space can be used per unit.  If you have more than one car it will have to be parked on the street.

Your unit key will unlock the laundry, which is equipped with 2 washing machines and 1 clothes dryer.  The washing machines are coin operated and take 3 x $1 coins.  Clothes baskets are available in every unit.  There are also 2 rotary clothes lines.

The barbeque is for everyone’s use and cooking utensils are in your kitchen.  Please clean the BBQ plate and tiles after each use so it is clean for the next family.

Garbage bins are located in the enclosure.  Garbage collection is on Sunday night.  It would be appreciated if families who are staying on Sunday night put the bins out on Scott Street with the opening facing the street.

There is plenty to see and do at Shoalhaven


The beach is located 200m from the SHACK and is good for fishing.  Swimming at the surf beach can be very dangerous and you should only swim between the flags near the Surf Club, which is about 400m south of the SHACK.

The council pool, which is also about 400m south of the SHACK, is excellent for small children.  There is also a hoist available for disabled people.  The Shoalhaven River forms the southern boundary of the village and is good for boating, fishing and sailboarding etc.

Shops are located in Shoalhaven Heads Road and River Road.  There are take-away stores, chemist, greengrocer, liquor shop, bakery, butcher, hairdressers, post office, newsagency and café.  Fishing tackle and bait are available at the petrol station.

Lawn bowls and tennis are available and a golf course is adjacent to the SHACK.  Bookings for the tennis courts are made at the Lettuce inn, next to the chemist.

Across the road from the SHACK, the golf club bistro is open Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday for breakfast and lunch; the meals are very reasonable.  Meals are also available at the Heads Bowling Club (Bistro), the Heads Hotel on River Road, and the Chinese Restaurant.

Children are welcome at all.  Being a small village these venues are family orientated.

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Short drives will take you to historic Berry, the “town of trees”, and the Coolangatta Historic Village Resort and Winery.

Kangaroo Valley and Kiama are other places of interest to visit for sightseeing or a welcome coffee or meal.

The regional town of Nowra provides access to a large retail shopping strip and malls.

As well as plenty of historic buildings, these south coast towns all have a vast range of arts, crafts, boutiques, galleries and markets, all uniquely reflecting their creative passion of the South Coast.