Generous parking literally by the door with direct, level access into the apartment. Just metres to Little Bay to watch the sun or moon rise.
Matariki - beach and bush retreat at Arakoon
Matariki - beach and bush retreat at Arakoon
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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New one bedroom apartment on historic peninsular. Easy walk to sandy beaches. Peaceful, sunny, free wifi. Half-way between Sydney and Brisbane, surrounded by national park and sea, 3.5 kms to shops, cafes and restaurants at SW Rocks. View kangaroos and colourful birds from your own netted covered patio. Walk or hike, cycle, swim, snorkel, fish, dive at Fish Rock, bird watch, take to the golf course, whale watch or just relax. Wildflowers in season. Suits couples and solo adventurers.

The space

Exceptionally well-equiped, self-contained, one bedroom apartment independently occupying the lower level of our recently renovated home built originally as an artist's studio. Sunny, comfortable and clean, the apartment has plenty of space.
*Bedroom has a top-quality queen size bed and walk-in wardrobe area
*Living room has a comfy leather couch that converts to a double bed if needed. Also other leather and wood furniture.
*Free ADSL2 wifi/internet, a new Sony 55 inch wall-mounted smart TV and a blue-ray DVD player plus numerous DVDs
*Ensuite includes a washing machine and dryer for your exclusive use
*Sliding doors link the living room to a private netted patio adjoining the garden - a great place to sit with a drink to watch our local wildlife, read a book or have a BBQ.
*Kitchenette includes a fridge, microwave, dishwasher and two-element ceramic stovetop plus all the usual kitchen items. The Weber baby Q gas BBQ in the netted patio next to the kitchen can also be used as an oven.
*North-facing and designed to be warm in winter and cool in summer.
*All windows and doors are mosquito screened and have block-out blinds for privacy and shade.
*Louvre windows and sea breezes provide excellent cross-ventilation in summer. Quiet ceiling fans provide extra cooling.
*Heating under the smooth Egyptian limestone tiling in the lounge and bathroom provides real comfort in winter.
*Screened additional outdoor solar-heated shower - a winner when you return from the beach.

The queen bed will be freshly made up and ready for you. We provide Sheridan 100% cotton sheets, comfortable bedding and large towels (bath sheets).

Because there is no fence we feel the apartment is not suitable for pets or young children.

Guest access

You will have access to and sole use of the entire garden-level apartment. There is really good off-road parking and a private entrance to the apartment. The dedicated double car-parking area gives you level access and is right beside your door. You are also welcome to use our fish-cleaning bench and sink under our carport, but you may want to bring your own fish filleting knife and board.

Interaction with guests

During your visit, if we are in residence upstairs, we are friendly and like meeting people, but appreciate that people like their space. So we'll generally leave you to it but you are more than welcome to come up for a chat and we will happily provide more information about activities in the area.
If we are not at Arakoon during your visit, you can call or SMS me if you need information.

Other things to note

We leave fresh or frozen sourdough bread and sliced frozen fruit bread for toasting, a selection of spreads, some butter, cereal, milk, OJ, eggs, coffee and plunger, and a selection of teas so that you have breakfast items for the first day or two. We also provide boutique toiletry items. There is a Coles Supermarket 10 minutes away when you feel the need to stock up. Access to the apartment will be by a key code which I will notify before you arrive. The details for wireless ADSL internet are left near the TV.
If you are staying for a week or more, we offer an 18% discount.

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 2PM - 11PM
Check out by 10AM
Self check-in with keypad

- Please be considerate to neighbours.
- No shoes or sandy feet inside - there is a tap and hose at each doorway and a tiled entry area where you can leave footwear.
- Please do not download any illegal content using our wifi.
- If you use the fish cleaning bench under our carport, please clean it immediately after use.

You must also acknowledge
Amenity limitations - The kitchenette has a dishwasher, microwave and a cooktop, though no conventional oven. The Weber BabyQ on covered patio can be used for baking.


18 Reviews

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Sharon User Profile
October 2017
Lovely place to say.

Tana & Mark User Profile
September 2017
Lovely unit with top quality items to make your stay feel luxurious. Home made sour dough bread a wonderful treat. This has to be one of the nicest BnB's we have stayed at and definitely value for money. Beaches very close and whale watching every day. Lots of walks in the area to explore. Julie and Eric are great friendly hosts, who made us feel very welcome.

Debbie User Profile
July 2017
Julie's place is the best. It's in the perfect place to walk along the cliffs and see the whales and spectacular coast line. The house fittings and furnishings are top quality and the bed was super comfortable. It's at the end of s quiet street and is very private. The floor heating is wonderful and although Julie wasn't home in her place next door she was easy to communicate with and very helpful with suggesting the best walks and things to do. This place has everything you could need (including an outdoor shower) and it is definitely on our list of places to stay again.

Sally User Profile
June 2017
We had a wonderful stay at Julie's. Easy to follow instructions led us to a very comfortable weekend refuge which had everything we needed for a weekend away. Waking to birdsong each morning was delightful! We hope to visit again.

Devon User Profile
May 2017
Julie's place was great. The apartment felt very private, and was well equipped for cooking and relaxing. Julie was a great host, providing lots of amenities and advice about the area. She was also super flexible when I had to make changes to my trip at the last minute,which I was immensely grateful for. We had a great time in south west rocks!
Julie User ProfileJulie is a superhost.
Response from Julie:
Thanks for such nice feedback, Devon. Glad it all worked out so you were able to stay and really happy you had a great time.
May 2017

Anjana User Profile
May 2017
Matariki is an amazing place to stay... Me and my husband absolutely loved it... It is close to the beach and most of the walking trails... Julie is an exceptionally friendly and lovely host .... This is definitely a airbnb worth staying if you are visiting South West Rocks....
Julie User ProfileJulie is a superhost.
Response from Julie:
Thanks for the lovely review. So glad you enjoyed it. We really enjoyed meeting you both.
May 2017

Richard User Profile
March 2017
Excellent. Really high quality accommodation in a secluded, forest-like location. Hosts were welcoming and very helpful.
Julie User ProfileJulie is a superhost.
Response from Julie:
Thanks for the great review. So glad you enjoyed it. We hope your trip home went well by the longer route.
March 2017

Arakoon, AustraliaJoined in April 2016
Julie User ProfileJulie is a superhost.
Married with three adult children, all living and working overseas. I love a good book, walking in the bush, swimming, whale watching, travelling, playing scrabble, baking sourdough bread, meeting people and being with my family and friends. My husband, Eric, still works part of …
Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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