The perfect place to escape in Victoria
Shacky provides tiny, secluded getaway houses in various locations around Victoria. Tiny homes and getaways has grown in popularity over the past few years, so many of us will be familiar with the concept but what sets Shacky apart is it's unique and contemporary design. It's rectangular shape and sharp angled roof provides a distinct and recognisable aesthetic. The large French style doors (which form part of the main entrance) opens right up onto a beautiful timber deck. The Grampians location is situated in large areas of bush and features incredible rock formations towards the west. Upon arrival you'll be greeted by some local kangaroos grazing and going about their day. Off to the side, there are some outdoor chairs and a fire pit to stay warm during those star gazing nights.
Inside, there's everything you need. Pots, pans, fridge, cooking utensils, soaps, towels, power outlets, know name it, it's there. I personally really appreciate this as it means I don't have to bring much with me. The bed, though a little more square shaped, is very comfortable and the large surrounding windows makes it feel like you're sleeping outside in nature. The shower is sleek and spacious. Surprisingly the toilet is a traditional flushable toilet, not a compost one which I have come to expect from tiny homes. This is because the house is actually connected to the main water supply.
It would be easy to spend your entire stay at the tiny house and bask in all the comfort and solitude it provides but equally foolish to not venture out and enjoy the iconic views and scenic walks of the Grampians National Park. Boroka Lookout is an absolute must. The panoramic views over Halls Gap is breath taking and its particularly special watching the sun rise over the east of the Grampians. It's also great for families with small children or those who don't wish to trek too far as the lookout is right beside the carpark. If, like me, you don't mind putting in some extra effort, Mackenzie falls is also an attraction I can highly recommend. It's one of Victoria's largest waterfalls and the chances of meeting a few local kangaroos around the base of the falls is highly likely.
If food and beverage is your thing, Livefast Cafe uses locally grown ingredients to produce some really terrific and tasty dishes. Order the confit duck with poached eggs and you'll be sent to food heaven. It's one of the best breakfast dishes I've ever eaten! Paper Scissor Rock Brew Co. do a great chicken burger and it's the perfect place for a cold beer after a day of hiking and sight seeing.
Overall, it was a terrific stay and combined with the incredible surrounds of the Grampians, you really can't ask for much more. Shacky also has a getway cabin located in Yarra Valley so I'm currently looking at my calendar and pondering my next Shacky escape :)