LOCATION : Dolphin Sands
Images c/o Banksia Cabin
A RUSTIC RETREAT FROM THE HECTIC PACE OF LIFE
Banksia Cabin is nestled behind the dunes of Dolphin Sands, with direct access to the ocean beach and stunning views of the Hazards and Freycinet Peninsula.
Stroll the golden sands of Nine Mile Beach, watch the weather roll by, gaze at the starry skies, enjoy cosy evenings cooking with family and friends, and fall asleep to the sound of waves on the shore. Swim in the sea or the warmer waters of the Swan River.
Banksia Cabin is actually several cabins. It's charming, creative and cosy, reminiscent of childhood holidays and simpler times. The Main Cabin houses the living, dining and kitchen with a bathroom.
There's a gas heater inside and at the flick of a switch it looks just like a wood fire, without the hassle of firewood.
The Sleeping Cabin is situated a couple of meters along the deck from the Main Cabin, with shutters and portholes, and is divided into 2 areas and ideally sleeps 2-3, either in the sublimely comfy queen bed or double.
A bathroom with a toilet and a cast iron bath is situated inside the Main Cabin. The other bathroom is accessed via a timber decked walkway from the Main Cabin and contains a shower, toilet, washing machine and trough sink.
So please note that there are no en suites and that a trip to the toilet in the night involves leaving your cabin. You will be blown away by the stars so it's really quite nice.
The kitchen area is compact but there are good quality pots and pans, utensils, cutlery and crockery. The range has gas hobs and an electric convection oven. There is a long wooden table for lazy lunches and candles in bottles for cozy dinner conversations. A toasted sandwich maker is great for a quick snack and there is a toaster, stove top espresso pot and a vacuum for little messes. Fridge space is adequate but not huge, so a midweek shop for week long stayers might be a good idea.
The design of Banksia Cabin is to maximise your relaxation by interaction with the outdoors, a comfortable step up from camping. There are simple gas barbecue near the campfire and a table with benches.
If you need to do a load of washing, feel free. Washing powder is provided and there's an inside clothes rack for smalls and a Hill's Hoist clothes line outside.
Guests can access the main living cabin, sleeping cabin and laundry/shower cabin and of course the 2 hectares of land which fronts Nine Mile Beach, separated only by a sand dune.
There's also a shed, an old caravan and another cabin on the land though these are not set up for guests to access.
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE
Banksia cabin is a rustic shack, and amenities are down to earth...which is part of its charm.