Venus Bay Eco Retreat

100% Recommended
2 people
No pets
Closed winter and spring 2021. An authentic nature retreat with one self contained cottage nestled in protected bush land on the South Gippsland coast, away from suburban areas and tourist crowds. The cottage is ideal for couples or a single and sleeps max two adults; we do not accept bookings with children or infants.

Rustic outside and modern inside, the cottage is comfortable in all seasons with reverse cycle air conditioning, rainwater, certified organic products and a self contained kitchen. Animal products are cooked outside on the sheltered deck. Picture windows and sliding glass doors provide natural light, air circulation and private bush land views, ideal for viewing wildlife close up in their natural habitat.

From the cottage you can walk or drive to nearby bird-rich wetlands at Anderson Inlet and stunning sandy beaches at Cape Liptrap Coastal Park. Wilsons Promontory National Park is 60kms scenic drive along the coast. The retreat is within easy reach of rural villages, national and marine parks, boutique wineries and slow food restaurants showcasing the diverse produce of the region.

The property is 5.6 hectares of coastal bush land managed with a Trust for Nature conservation covenant, protecting biodiversity in perpetuity on private land. Your visit helps conserve this beautiful coast and its unique wildlife.

The owner/manager Mae lives and works on site and is available to help you make the most of your stay to this diverse region while respecting your privacy. We are working with a Covid-safe plan, please read our check in information.

Features and Amenities

1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bathroom
Air conditioning


  • Check in after 3pm
    Check out before 11am
  • Minimum booking: 3 nights
Cancellation Policy: Receive a 50% refund (minus service fee) up until 1 week prior to check-in.

Additional Information


Rustic exterior with modern interior. Downstairs open plan lounge, dining, kitchen, bathroom and sheltered outdoor deck. Carpeted bedroom upstairs. Quality furnishings and original art works by Australian artists. DVD/CD and IPOD dock sound system.
Generous size bathroom with private bush land view, rainwater, big bath tub, separate walk in shower, heated towel rail, hair dryer, toilet and vanity.

Tariff includes:
- Organic teas, organic herb teas and organic plunger coffee.
- Quality bed linen, pillows, Australian wool quilts.
- Bath towels and organic cotton bath sheets.
- Australian certified organic botanical bathroom and kitchen products.

Complimentary during your stay:
- Covid-19 cleaning kit for your use in the cottage.
- Visitor information and local maps.
- Small selection of music CD's and documentary DVD's to watch on the flat screen (not connected to TV).
- Free off road parking.

Minimum 3 nights stay with a Covid safe plan.

- Pt Smythe Nature Trails
- Bunurong Marine National Park
- Cape Liptrap Coastal Park
- Koonwarra Village
- Fish Creek galleries and cafes
- Wilsons Promontory National Park
- Waratah Bay and Walkerville Beach
- Bald Hills Wetland Reserve
- Tarwin Lower Nature Reserve


  • Base Price $245 / night


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From 1983 Venus Bay Eco Retreat’s owner and host Mae lived on the property for a decade with a basic campsite. Mae says “Living with few creature comforts in the bush land allowed me to closely observe the annual seasons and wildlife. I now enjoy sharing this interest with visitors to the eco retreat.”
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Coastal Walks

This stunning coastal landscape is ideal for long walks or to view sunsets on the wild Southern Ocean.

Anderson Inlet.
Sheltered walking trails follow the foreshore of Anderson Inlet to reveal pristine wetlands with diverse wildlife.


South Gippsland has some of the finest sandy beaches in Victoria. In the warmer months of November to May the nearby popular ocean beaches at Cape Paterson, Inverloch, Venus Bay, Sandy Point, Waratah Bay and Norman Bay are the perfect swimming, walking and beach picnic spots....


Venus Bay and surrounding beaches are renowned for their autumn, winter and spring salmon fishing while snapper, gummy sharks and flat head are caught from the same beaches....


Venus Bay beach is 24 km of stunning sandy beach with five public access points. Venus Bay beach faces directly to the Southern Ocean and the species rich waters of Bass Strait. This beautiful wild beach is ideal for low tide walks, viewing shorebirds, wave board riding and surfing....

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park
Explore Victoria's largest coastal wilderness area - Wilsons Promontory National Park. The Prom is a 50,000-hectare reserve filled with a range of walking tracks filled with native wildlife including emus, wombats, kangaroos, echidnas and brightly coloured birds like rosellas. Discover pristine beaches, lush fern gullies and impressive rock formations.

The Magic Walkerville Beach

Extremely secluded, Walkerville South is only accessible by lonely gravel roads and the lack of people ensures that facilities are at a bare minimum. The gravel road that leads to Walkerville South ends with a similar boat ramp to that of its northern sister settlement, and a sheltered bay frequented in the summer by families swimming and fishing in the quiet pristine waters.

Walkerville North provides beautiful views across Waratah Bay to nearby Wilsons Promontory, and at low tide provides access to spectacular rock pools.

Penicott Wilderness Journeys

A two hour boat journey departing daily from Norman Beach in Wilsons Promontory National Park. Advanced Ecotourism certified Penicott Wilderness Journeys take you on a wonder ride to discover the marine national park. See birds, seals, dolphins, whales and other marine wildlife from their purpose designed boats....

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