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MARRA RETREAT . Hawkesbury River . ARRIVE BY BOAT . Waterfront In Secluded Bay

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Arrive By Water Taxi . Own Boat . Hire Boat .......No Cars ....... No Roads!!!!



but can sleep four

Get Fabulously Lost On The Hawkesbury


Surrounded By National Parks Bushland & Water

Off The Grid & Self Sufficient



3 night weekends

3 and 4 night mid week stays

JUST ASK via 'contact owner' below BEFORE BOOKING

CLICK 'more details' FOR BOAT INFO

Great for Couples . Friends . Families . Kids Ideally 10+ . Well Behaved Furry Ones

If You Like The Images . You Will Love Your Stay

Marra Retreat is one of only a cluster of weekenders in the Hawkesbury’s tiniest BOAT ACCESS ONLY settlements - Marra Marra. This settlement is OFF THE GRID..& SELF SUFFUCIENT...Marra Retreat has solar panels, generator, rain water catchment

with IINTERNET access, MOBILE phone and TV reception, plus a DVD player, you aren’t aware that you are off the mains power grid. Marra Retreat is fully powered by gas & solar power, with a generator that automatically kicks in if required......

Marra Retreat is the perfect destination to sit back ( or lay back in the hammock) & take in the magnificent water views & distant sandstone escarpment vistas. On a full moon there is no better place to be, with a glass of wine in hand, on the comfortable front deck with the moonrise at centre stage

This cottage is a charming river retreat , offering a great space to unwind....PERFECT FOR TWO can sleep four

This rustic cottage has an OPEN PLAN kitchen/ lounge area with a combustion fireplace for chilly nights - bring wood ; then an adjoining dining room w day bed…. … This main wing of Marra Retreat encompases the original structure of the post office in Brooklyn, which was dismantled & then taken by boat up the river some 100 years ago, & that now gives so much of the character of the property.




open plan fully equipped rustic cook’s kitchen

gas stove gas oven gas BBQ gas fridge. freezer

no high wattage items such as toaster , microwave, electric kettle

PANTRY includes

coffee beans, twinings tea, raw sugar,

Australian olive oil, balsamic vinegar

sea salt, cracked pepper

paper towel & serviettes

all cleaning dishwash products




The bedroom is a newer separate wing, with doors opening onto front deck and fully screened windows opening to the rear ...a second queen bed is located in the loft room above…. there are sliding internal doors on lower level that can be closed separating the 2 allowing 2 separate entrances if required

NOTE that in hot weather the loft room can be warm even with window open & fan on




• favourite CDs, DVDs, reading material

• hooks, bait, sinkers for fishing

• toiletries, personal belongings including swimming costume

• personal repellant , sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses

• food & beverage ( there are no shops )

•sheets & towels unless other arrangements have been made

•firewood - suggest the easy to carry bags from petrol stations [ kindling provided ]




• simply relax , fish, read, hang in the hammock

• swim on a high tide off jetty ( shoreline has sharp oysters )

• take a boat trip to Spencer for the legendary burgers & a beer

• prebook a self drive hire boat, ( no licence or experience required ) & explore the nearby river beaches as well as nearby historic Bar Island

• book in for a long lunch at Peats Bite- see below under restaurants.




PEATS BITE RESTAURANT weekends only, advance bookings essential, - closed July/Aug. A legendary destination for a long relaxed lunch, in one of the most beautiful & unique locations on the river. $135.00pp ( licensed ) You will need to advance book in your boat transfers directly with Peats Bite, a small charge applies. You can also travel there by hireboat or own boat. Let the restaurant know at time of booking. Family friendly ( sometimes pet friendly - ask when booking)

SPENCER VILLAGE STORE & CAFE serving breakfasts, ( we love the spanish omelette ), burgers & light lunch snacks. Truly the 'Hub of the Universe'. Also supplying a good range of meat, some vegetables & basic supplies. Licensed Bottle Shop as well. Kitchen closes around 2.30pm. approx. 10km ( 30-40 mins in hire boat )

with OWN BOAT places such as COTTAGE POINT INN , BEROWRA WATERS INN , are also lovely options...NOTE too far by self drive runabout; water taxi is quite expensive




Before you arrive, the house is opened, ready for you to simply kick back & relax

Children ov by prior arrangement only & at parents full responsibility

Well behaved Pets by prior arrangement only

The property is fully self contained & booked exclusively;

RATES are byo sheets & towels etc OR add $80 per bed for linen & towels to be available in peak periods


discounts apply for last min bookings; special deals may also be available at certain times of the to discuss


TRAVEL - ARRIVE BY BOAT - Your Travel Becomes Part Of The Adventure!!


Just a reminder that ‘Marra Retreat' is boat access only. There are absolutely no roads to the property, which does make getting there part of the adventure!

From SYDNEY travel north, ( approx 50km from Harbour Bridge ) along the Pacific Highway & M1 FREEWAY, crossing the Hawkesbury River & immediately taking the Brooklyn/ Mooney Mooney exit. Come back over the river a second time, on the PACIFIC HIGHWAY #83 & turn left in to either BROOKLYN for hire boat or KANGAROO POINT for your scheduled water taxi transfer .... Allow an hour by car from Sydney, and in peak periods add 30 minutes....& always plan to 30 mins boat waits for no one!




to be booked direct by you; once your dates are confirmed. We will pass on phone details to you

1. SELF DRIVE RUNABOUT From the riverside village of Brooklyn, you commence the last leg of your journey by self drive 'runabout ' .Absolutely no previous experience is required; the boats are broad, stable & slow travelling. Travel time from Brooklyn to your jetty is generally 40 mins….getting there becomes part of the adventure. The hire boat team give you excellent instruction in the ‘zen of steering a boat’ ….so come experience this magical part of the world. Boats are hired from Brooklyn Central .

RATES - approx. $150 for 1 night; $270 for a 2 night ; $370 for a 3 night stay; or the larger ' fish and cruise' at approx. $450 for a 2 night stay ; the hire of either boat is inc. a 25 litre tank of fuel, up to 4 fishing licences. Rates/discounts may depend on pick up / drop off times. Please discuss direct with Brooklyn Central ...Discounts may also apply for extended stays ... see . Latest pick up/ drop off is 5pm ( & 4pm in non daylight saving period ) is off street parking provided . Payment is on arrival. Travel time by boat to up river houses is between 30 & 50 mins depending on tide & property location.

2 . WATER TAXI Rate is approx. $130 each way based on 2 guests but ask the operators about rates

Payment is by cash on the day, so please have the correct money.

Water taxi travel must be booked & confirmed at the same time as booking of your accommodation…Note: you must be at pick up point 20 mins, prior to departure time…as timing is of the essence,.& this allows for unloading & parking. All passengers agree to take full responsibility for ensuring they allow time for traffic delays, parking & off loading of belongings......Should any guest miss that transfer, the payment & booking of that journey is not transferable.

3. WATER TAXI / HIRE BOAT PACKAGE ( boat delivered & waiting at house wharf )

$320 for 3 days/ 2 nights includes return water taxi transfers from Kangaroo Point/Brooklyn and self drive hireboat awaiting at your holiday house; no licence required ; basic boat instructions on arrival at house; 25l tank of fuel & lifejackets included; Note special weekend offer 3 nights for price of 2!!!! additional nights boat hire @ $50 Neal Garnsey – owner /operator of water taxi & hire boat Text / Phone - …limited availability so be quick

4.OWN TRAILER BOAT can be launched in Berowra Waters, Moooney Mooney or Brooklyn

More Details

Roz & Jacqui At Hawkesbury Bookings
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, French, Danish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Greater Sydney in New South Wales

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 16:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Boat Access Only; Water Taxi & /Or Hire Boat are booked by guests direct with operators
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Kitchen
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • forests
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing


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MARRA RETREAT . Hawkesbury River . ARRIVE BY BOAT . Waterfront In Secluded Bay
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews

Incredible....can't wait to go back

  • 5 of 5

Incredible....can't wait to go back

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear that Marra Retreat ticked all the boxes for your surprise weekend gift ....& glad to hear you want to revisit ....till then!
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So good for soul

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Considering I already live overlooking the hawkesbury I didn't think this place would give me that much more than I already. Boy was I wrong!!!

Stunning setting, stunning location, well thought out property, tranquility beyond belief! Take me back!

Myself and some friends visiting from the UK booked this cottage for a mini adventure and we got just that. Having a tinnie on hand at the property (booked through the water taxi) was an excellent way to explore the river, islands and neighbouring villages.

As the night drew in the red wine came out and the fire was lit. Photos of sunsets, stars and sunrises a plenty.

My UK friends left saying "where else in the world can you get a place like this so accessible..... Nailed it!"

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Richard, yes it is an amazingly diverse waterway system; i live in a nearby boat access only settlement to Marra & it is a totally different ambience in so many ways... hope to have you back soon cheers jacqui
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  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at Marra, and we loved it just as much the second time! We expored all the way up marra creek at high tide in the tinny, has swims at high tide. Spent endless hours on the verandah just soaking up the veiw - so beautiful!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Hugh....see you soon for a third visit!!
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Enjoyable weekend away

  • 3 of 5

The area was beautiful and peaceful

House wasn’t very clean and the bedroom situation was very inconvenient! The bedrooms are in a separate section of the house which is only accessible externally! Not very nice when you need to go outside in the rain during the night to use the bathroom!

The house is outdated and not very clean but cosy and enough for 2 people at the max! The bedroom situation becomes uncomfortable for more than 1 couple as there isn’t much privacy with the bedrooms!

Also not all of the external lights work which makes fishing after dusk difficult and dangerous!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the constructive feedback Grace .....we do mention that Marra Retreat is perfect for two but can sleep four...... I confess that we had not observed that with 4 guests, on a rainy night, and if you are in the loft bedroom & do not want to disturb those sleeping in lower room ; then you do have a few steps between thecovered verandahs [ so exposed to the rain ] before reaching the main wing; so thanks for pointing that out.......we will be sure to mention to other guests..... The out dated nature of Marra Retreat is what we think makes it so special ; but understand that is not for everyone; I do think the images d reflect the look and feel of the place; as we mention there is no kettle, toaster, hair dryer etc as Marra is fully off the grid and so high wattage appliances are not an option.... After our conversation I hope you understand that the old floorboards may look as if there is dirt on them , but it is just the nature of the floorboards...... We do not advertise external lights on wharf for fishing because there are none; but we will be sure to remind those who want to fish at night to bring a head torch.... We look forward to having you and your friends back on the river, as discussed, at one of our more modern options..... cheers for now Jacqui
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Best place on the Hawkesbury

  • 5 of 5

Marra was a wonderful place to stay for a romantic weekend away. We arrived to find everything setup with music and candles going. Great location and close to Peats bite!

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Lovely stay

  • 4 of 5

Very comfortable place, owner very thoughtful,we like to come back again

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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