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MARRA RETREAT
Marra Marra

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Stunning Views Set In Secluded River Settlement
 Perfect  for Two
- Can Sleep Four -

 
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. This cottage is a  charming  river retreat , offering a great space to unwind.

Water access Marra Retreat is one of only a few houses in the Hawkesbury’s tiniest settlement- Marra Marra. This stylish cottage has an open plan kitchen/ lounge area with a combustion fireplace for chilly nights;  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....... The bedroom is a separate relatively new wing, fully screened w doors opening onto front deck  and timber folding windows opening to the rear ...a second queen  bed is located in the loft room above….  With a cook’s kitchen,including  gas stove /oven plus BBQ; Internet access, Optus 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 solar power, with a generator that automatically kicks in if required......The private pontoon access is perfect for boat owners, water taxi transfers & self drive runabout…..being tidal,  access to the cottage is wholly determined on tides, ( we help you with this aspect of your stay ). …. 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

 

 WHAT TO BRING

• favourite CDs, DVDs, reading material

• hooks, bait, sinkers for fishing
• toiletries, personal belongings including swimming costume, & shoes with grip

• personal repellant , sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses

• food & beverage ( there are no shops )
 
WHAT IS THERE

• queen bed & second loft bedroom w/queen bed

• ground coffee &  tea, sugar , coffee plunger
• oil & balsamic vinegar
• sea salt & ground pepper
• glad wrap, foil, paper towel, serviettes
• outdoor gas BBQ
• TV, DVD & CD player
• books, magazines, board games
• fishing rods

• private jetty with pontoon

 
WHAT TO DO 

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

• swim on a high tide
• take a boat trip to Spencer for the legendary burgers & a beer
• prebook a self drive hire boat, ( no licence required ) & explore the nearby river beaches as well as nearby Bar Island
• book in for a long lunch at Peats Bite- see below under restaurants.
 

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! There is a tidal access limitation on some full & new moon phases where there are a few hours that access to jetty is limited due to xtra low tide; we can advise if this is relevant for your stay


BOAT TRAVEL
Kangaroo Point, Brooklyn & Mooney Mooney are the most popular & closest mainland spots to park; the intercity sydney-central coast train stops in Brooklyn [ Hawkesbury River Station ]

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WATER TAXI - TINNIE PACKAGE 

no experience required

Price Guideline: - 2 or 3 Nights- $320 in TOTAL; additional nights $50

Parking & Water Taxi from Kangaroo Point Public Wharf, Brooklyn

Unrestricted parking along lower road at Kangaroo point

Option for pick up from train / Brooklyn Public Wharf POA

Arrive by Water Taxi with a Self Drive Tinnie waiting for you at  MARRA RETREAT   jetty

This option gives you flexible arival time, in that you can arrive after sunset

No experience or license required . Very easy to drive 

Includes taxi transfers, tinnie hire, tank of fuel, map, safety equipment, call out service if broken down

On arrival the Water Taxi driver will run through the boat operation with you 

Water taxi / hire boat packages have limited availability

Water Taxi travel time is approx. 15 mins

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SELF DRIVE TINNIE FROM BROOKLYN

no experience required

Off Street Parking & Boat Hire from Brooklyn Central

Arrive by Self Drive Tinnie/Runabout From Brooklyn

No experience required

Rate Guideline:-  $300 - 2 nights; ask about 3 nights for price of 2 

You receive a thorough briefing from the team at Brooklyn Central

There is private off street parking available [except in peak seasons, where there is unrestricted roadside parking

You can buy bait there also

Arrival at Brooklyn Central latest 1 hr before sunset

Parking, Unloading & Boat Briefing takes approx. 30 mins

You must be travelling in tinnie before sunset

Tinnie travel time from Brooklyn Central to MARRA RETREAT  is approx. 30-40 mins

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WATER TAXI

Parking & Water Taxi from Kangaroo Point Public Wharf, Brooklyn

Unrestricted parking along lower road at Kangaroo point

Jetty To Jetty Water Taxi service, also after sunset

Mainland pick up is generally Kangaroo Point, Brooklyn

There is unlimited public parking on the lower level road at Kangaroo Point

Price Guideline $90 each way; late night surcharge generally applies after 7pm

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OWN BOAT - Trailer Boats

Parking & Boat Launch from Mooney Mooney public boat ramp, next to M1 Freeway

Also Dolphin Marina, 1 Brooklyn Rd with off street parking for small fee

Note:- that on the new Moon low tide in summer months, there may be an hour either side of the low, with limited pontoon access due to the more extreme low tide

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HAVE BOAT LICENCE - but need a  boat

Brooklyn Central has a tinnie with a 30hp available for hire

BOAB Boat Hire have polycraft vessels with 50hp + that they can deliver to a boat ramp on the Hawkesbury ; & meet you there; this is cost effective for extended stays


RESTAURANTS & CAFES

Peats Bite  weekends only, advance bookings essential,  02 9985 9040 - closed July/Aug. A great place 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 with the restaurant at the time of booking your table. You can also travel there by own boat or be picked up by the restaurant boat at a small fee

Spencer Village Store & Cafe serving legendary breakfasts, great burgers & light lunch. Truly the 'Hub of the Universe'. Also supplying a good range of meat, some vegetables & just about everything else you may need. Licensed Bottle Shop as well. Kitchen closes around 2.30pm Phone 4377 1123. About 10km upriver by boat.

EXPLORING w OWN BOAT - 50HP plus

places Cottage Point , Berowra Waters Inn, The Chefs Secret  plus others are great destinations w own boat 50hp plus; not suited to hire boat or water taxi; we will  email  additional restaurant / exploring info w booking

 

GENERAL NOTES
Marra Retreat is fully self contained & booked exclusively

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

Children  by prior arrangement

Pets  small non shedding pets by prior arrangement
Maximum 4 guests
 
RATES 
Rates vary depending on guest numbers, length of stay & time of year
Linen is laundered back on mainland due to rainwater limitations, so rates are byo sheets & towels etc [ w option to add on linen / towel package ] . Duvets with cotton covers, throws, pillows & mattress protectors provided
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DEALS
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3 Night Weekends
4 night Mid Week Specials
MON-MON or FRI-FRI 7 night stays
Just Conatct Us For A Quote 

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