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The Happy House @ Happy Valley. 50m to the beach. Sleeps 3 couples and 8 + kids

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Guided tours avail - Fishing, Tourist attracts, Aboriginal, The Cape

The Happy House is a fully self contained 3br + sleepout; 2 bathroom, family holiday home.

It sleeps 3 to 4 couples and 8+ children

The Happy House is located at Happy Valley on the Eastern, surf side beach on K'gari -Fraser Island.

Happy Valley is almost mid way along the beautiful 75mile ocean surf beach.

K'gari - Fraser Island is a World Heritage listed National Park and the most beautiful location.

The Happy House is situated near the front of Happy Valley so it is only a 70m stroll down the boardwalk to the ocean beach front.

Its only a 70m stroll on the boardwalk in the other direction, back to the local corner shop - sells ice, groceries, takeaway, bait and fuel, souvenirs and barista coffee. There is also bar / restaurant and an ATM, and an Australia Post box and even a public pay phone.

From the house, it is only a 15min drive North along the beach to lovely Eli Creek.

The Happy House offers a comfortable and relaxed environment, beach chic styled, but not so fancy that you can't enjoy yourself.

It is child friendly, has child safety locks in the kitchen, a baby gate that can be moved to where ever needed. It has a high chair and even a small bath in the 2nd bathroom.

The fully enclosed front deck has a latching gate, so the kids can’t escape.

We have the biggest deck in the valley 😃

Full family kitchen with fridge, freezer, microwave and new gas stove. Cutlery and dinner setting for 12 and plastic cups and plates for children.

2 x 8 seater inside dining tables and a high chair.

Laundry with top loading washing machine and outside clothes line.

Seperate bait freezer in the back storage room.

The house is open plan, so it catches the beautiful sea breezes. It has a very large front deck / outdoor living area with a big flat plate BBQ and large 2 x 10 seater outdoor tables as well as a 4 seater corner outdoor lounge and a 2 seater sofa lounge. The veranda is fully covered.

From the beach you can watch the whales swim by during their Northwards migration May - October.

The house is 240v solar powered with storage batteries, as well as a back up generator.

Set up for extended families or multi family groups or several couples with children.

Sorry we do not cater to groups of fishermen.

Bedroom 1 - Queen Size bed, ensuite. Sliding door access to front deck. Has room for a porta cot. (sleeps 2 adults + baby / toddler in this room)

Bedroom 2 - Triple bunk (double on bottom, single on top) + 1 set of single bunks. (sleeps 2 adults + 3 kids in this room)

Bedroom 3 -Triple bunk (double on bottom, single on top) + 1 set of single bunks. (sleeps 2 adults + 3 kids in this room) Ensuite bathroom with toilet shower and laundry.

Sleep out - 1 x set of single bunks - sleeps 2 kids

11 bed total. Sleeps 3 couples and 8+ children comfortably. No adults or large teenagers in top bunks please.

Not included in the actual bed count; (but just as extra beds if needed) we also have 3 x QS sofa lounges that can be used as a spare double beds if there is an extra couple or as spare beds for extra kids.

If you intend to sleep people on the sofa lounges please bring a DB fitted sheet for them.

We supply, all pillows with waterproof pillow protectors.

All adult beds have soft mattress toppers; and waterproof mattress protectors. All single beds have waterproof mattress protectors.

You will need to bring your own fitted sheets, pillow cases, towels, bathmat and tea towels, sleeping bags (if you get cold) and of course food and toiletries.

Also supplied are some kitchen consumables - tea bags, coffee, sugar, UHT milk, alfoil, cling wrap, garbage bags, bench spray, fridge cleaning spray and shower cleaning spray and even laundry detergent.

Outside there is plenty of room for parking 4wds and hosing down fishing or swimming gear.

Min stay is 4 days/ 3 nights although special requests of just a few days are sometimes accepted.

Please clean as you leave - a quick sweep and mop and vacuum the rugs. Wipe out the fridge with vanilla fridge spray (supplied) and wipe down the shower and toilet with the cleaners supplied please.

Please note only Telstra phones work here

Recurring annual bookings with an extra nights FREE stay will be offered to tenants who leave the house in a good and clean condition.

National park so no pets allowed

You will love the Happy House. Its a terrific place to stay.

Fantastic for Families

More Details

Rod and Leah Macdonald
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2018

About Rod and Leah Macdonald

Rod and Leah

We are a (young) middle age married couple with adult children and our own grandchildren.

We live in Burrum Heads - just a bit north of Hervey Bay.

Rod has been a paramedic for 30 years and we are also foster carers.

When Rod was working as a paramedic on K'gari - Fraser Island; we lived there for 2 years 2014/15 and absolutely fell in love with the Island.

This house came up for sale in 2016 and we were lucky enough to be able to purchase it. On November 11th it was officially ours - we gave it a quick renovation and a paint inside and put it up for holiday rental.

We stay there heaps ourselves, around bookings; and always take our foster kids and grandkids there too.

Thats why we set the house up to be family friendly. We are always surrounded by kids and wanted the Happy House to be as kid friendly and easy to live in as possible.

Rod and Leah Macdonald purchased this house in 2016

Why Rod and Leah Macdonald chose Fraser Island

How did the house get her name??

We are foster carers, and when we lived on K'gari for Rod's work 2014/15, we had 2 little twin boys that lived with us too.

They loved growing up on the island; and they called where we lived the Happy House; because they were always happiest when we were on the Island.

So we named our house the Happy House in honour of them.

They live back with their family now, but we have been able to bring them all back to The Happy House for holidays and they still love it just as much.

We set the house up to cater only for families and it is pretty much child safe so everyone can have relaxing holiday - even mum.

The house has beautiful family energy. We only rent it out to families.

We don't rent it out to groups of fishermen or groups of adults.

We still do foster care and still bring whichever kids we have at the time over with us to the Happy House when we need to mow or just for a quick weekend get away, so they too can enjoy a break away from the world and just relax and enjoy life for a while.

In May / June of 2018 we are getting some major renovations done, like adding a 2nd bathroom and extending the front deck.

So any bookings after July 2018 will be into the newly renovated Happy House. Woot Woot

What makes this house unique

Comfortable extended family or multi couple holiday home.

Caters for up to 3 couples and 10+ kids and we don't charge extra per night for extra people either.

Whether it be extended families like grandparents, adult kids and grandkids

or maybe a group of several couples of friends with kids or even people like us who may have lots of kids for various reasons.

You pay the same price whether you have 2 adults and 2 kids; or if you have 8 adults and 10 kids.

We DO NOT CHARGE EXTRA FEES for extra adults or extra kids. You pay to book the house, not book per person

We aim to make this an affordable and comfortable family holiday home.

Also it is not prim and proper and posh with little glass ornaments or lamps or bowls of shells etc which all look nice but kids gravitate too and break (lol)

It is a lovely, clean, beach chic styled house that you can comfortably holiday in without wondering what the kids are going to destroy, cause it is essentially child safe.

Great for families with children from babies to teenagers.

All we ask is you clean up and wipe the foot prints and finger prints off the walls when you go. Our kids do the same. No need to stress.

Enjoy your holiday :-)


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fraser Island in City of Hervey Bay

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 16 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Solar Energy Powered House with batteries and back up generator, tank water only
  • Must bring own sheets, blankets, towels, tea towels and bathmats
  • Self clean - vacuum, mop, bathrooms, toilets and fridge before leaving
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Ensuite to bedrooms 1, 3 & 4.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Toilet seperate room next door
    Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower , outside - great for rinsing off sandy and salty children
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Queensize bed with ensuite, has room for a porta cot.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 3 Single Bed , Double Bed on bottom, Single Bed on top + Single Bed bunks
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 3 Single Bed , Double Bed on bottom, Single Bed on top + 2 Single Bed bunks
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 3 Single Bed , Double Bed on bottom, Single Bed on top + 2 Single Bed bunks
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
A variety of specialised day tours can be arranged - these cost $500 and are a full day with tour guide. Coffee / tea / cold drink / biscuits for adults. Poppers / packet of biscuits or fruit for kids. Choose from :- Butchulla guided Indigenous day tours of cultural protected sites. Includes welcome to country and smoke cleansing ceremony. Can include learning about bush tucker and traditional medicine. Opportunity for children to do a dot dot painting on canvas using paint and sand. Fishing Tour - Learning to find Eugarie / Pipi, catching beach worms - fishing tips and tricks, rig set ups. Fishing rods can be supplied. Cape Light house and Nkgala rocks - a full day guided tag along type tour where you use your own vehicle but follow our guide so minimising getting bogged etc Swimming day tours. Indian Head Hike, Champaigne Pool swim, Eli Creek or 3 lake tour including swims at 3 different lakes Old relics tour, includes forestry ruins, and shipwreck on the Western side.


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The Happy House @ Happy Valley. 50m to the beach. Sleeps 3 couples and 8 + kids
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Fraser Coast

Plenty of room for the extended family

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at “The Happy House”. There was 5 adults and 2 children in our family group. There was plenty of room for us all to spread out. We enjoyed sitting on the front deck in the late afternoons. Eli Creek is a short drive away. This property had everything we needed for a pleasant stay. I would recommend this property particularly for larger groups or families.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
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Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

Average property

  • 3 of 5

We had a great time on the island.

Weather was great

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Great spot!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay - perfectly positioned in Happy Valley - nice clean accomodation with plenty of space and beds. Good communication from the owner which makes the experience even more personable.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia

Excellent property.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Happy House. It was close to the beach and central to the Fraser Island sites.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

A house with everything!!

  • 5 of 5

We had the privilege of staying at the Happy House and loved our time there! The house has everything you need with loads of space for everyone. The owner is very helpful! It is only a short stroll to the beach and also to the shop and bistro. We will definitely be booking another holiday there!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
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Caloundra, Queensland, Australia

Great spot

  • 5 of 5

Had an awesome stay. Owner provided easy instructions to get there and in the house. It's in a perfect location to see the whole island, also walking distance to the beach and shop/bistro if you need anything. The house itself has plenty of space and beds, a nice balcony with BBQ. It's a clean place and exactly what we were after for our trip. Look forward to staying again.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
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Nearest Airport
1 Kilometres
Planes land on the beach
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
short stroll to the Retreat
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
short stroll to the Retreat
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Short stroll on the boardwalk to the surf beach
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Ocean Beach

Situated in the tiny village of Happy Valley, a quick 50m stroll to the beach for magnificent sunrises and relaxing strolls looking for dingo footprints in the sand.

Near by, at the Happy Valley Retreat is a small restaurant with bar facilities, a small corner shop with groceries, fuel, ice, bait and take away foods and barista coffee.

The Happy House is surrounded by pristine world heritage listed national park.

15 minutes beach drive from the Happy House to Eli creek and a further 5 minutes to the world famous Maheno Ship Wreck. You can swim the kids in Eli creek every day its so close.

Easy beach drive North to access the Champagne pools and Indian Head.

Drive toward the centre of the island to visit Lake Mackenzie and Central Station.

From May to October you can see whales swimming by only a few 100m off shore, breaching and frolicking in the surf as they make their annual Northern migration.

July - October is also Tailor season when the fishing really ramps up.

October to March is turtle season up towards the Sandy cape where you can drive up and see turtles laying at night and lots of turtle tracks during the day.

A huge range of bird life and wild life including goanna, dingo, lizards, snakes & wallabies can be seen by the quiet bushwalkers and birdwatchers. Amazing rainforests and some of the largest trees in Australia grow on K'gari -Fraser Island.

There are also ancient culturally protected sites, stone tool areas and middens that date back over 15,000 years ago.

Personalised cultural day tours with Traditional Butchulla guides can be organised if booked in advance when you book to stay at the Happy House.

There is just so much to see and do and experience you can never get enough of K'gari -Fraser Island

We offer one free extra night to returning guests who book 3 or more nights in a row.

A lovely comfortable family orientated home in a beautiful location.


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