Sunset Waters

Guest comments

Here are a few thoughts from some of the guests who have stayed at Sunset Waters.

Thank you so much.. WOW — is basically how we would sum up your holiday home. Sunset Waters was more than we expected — the photos don't do it justice— it was breathtaking. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning. Feb 2016 Jaune & Quinton, Ballito, South Africa

You have a superb, well-equipped, and beautifully presented holiday home... we couldn't have made a better choice for our holiday. I can highly recommend Sunset Waters to anyone looking for accommodation on one of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands; it's a gem. Deb's communication made the booking process easy and ensured we had everything needed for a relaxing stay. Elaine & John (the neighbours & housekeepers) were handy when we needed advice and it was lovely to meet them. Friends who came to visit were as impressed as we were. Jan 2016 Ivy & Brian, Hope Island, Qld

We really enjoyed our stay at Sunset Waters and wished we could stay longer. Such a gorgeous home with stunning views, with everything you could ask for in a holiday house. Such attention to detail... right from the gorgeous Christmas decorations as we walked through the front door, to the lovely little touches throughout the home. The owners have thought of everything and are a pleasure to deal with; also very forthcoming with information about the house and the island. The food at the Water's Edge Bistro was amazing and we plan to return to sample some more of their menu. John and Elaine were lovely too, there if we needed them, but left us alone otherwise. They are a welcome asset to Sunset Waters, and helped us with fishing and our boat. Sunset Waters is the perfect holiday home if you are looking for peace and quiet, a superb view, and somewhere to relax and unwind. We were lucky enough to spot dugongs, sea turtles and dolphins from the veranda, and some massive manta rays whilst in our boat. There were loads of birds to be spotted too. We shall definitely be returning to Sunset Waters and plan a longer stay next time. A big thank you Deb, Elaine and John for helping make our Christmas break perfect. Dec 2015 Fiona & Andrew, Brighton, Qld

Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home. We have thoroughly enjoyed our week on this gorgeous island and aren't looking forward to leaving tomorrow. Sitting on the deck with a glass of wine, watching the dolphins pass by was definitely one of the highlights. We're hoping to come back next time we visit our family in Australia. Aug 2015 Rixt, Andrew & family, Amman, Jordan

My friends and I had a very relaxing and enjoyable few days in your lovely house on Macleay Island. What a superb position you have and the design of the house is well orientated to take in the fascinating view. We loved watching the sandbank appearing then disappearing with the tide. One windy day after the swirling breeze had stopped, the water became calm & flat, with an air of peace around. Not long after, lots of bird life appeared on the bay keeping us entertained… A wonderful time. We found the house very easy to live in and it provided all we needed and more. Elaine, your housekeeper was very welcoming and helpful. We really enjoyed our stay and will certainly recommend your place to others. Jul 2015 Margaret & friends, Kobble Creek, Qld

Sunset Waters is both immaculately presented and comfortable — one of cleanest holiday homes we have had the pleasure of staying in. We never tired of the fabulous views over the water and the wildlife that surrounds this property. A relaxing Easter long weekend! Apr 2015 Andrea & Jonathan, Albion, Qld

We had a lovely stay at Sunset Waters, enjoying the peace and quiet and that wonderful view! We are looking to relocate permanently to the island in the next few years, but we will be back to stay before our move, and Sunset Waters will be our destination! Thank you for making such a beautifully presented house, available to us for our stay. Apr 2015 Kate & John, Busselton, WA

The views and serenity have not changed since our visit five years ago. Thanks again for sharing your piece of paradise with us. Mar 2015 Chris & Doug, Ormiston, Qld

We had a great mid-week stay and Sunset Waters kept up to its name, with two beautiful sunsets. The views were spectacular. Mar 2015 Pete & Di, Wollongbar, NSW

Just letting you know that we had a wonderful time at Sunset Waters last weekend. The name is very apt. We have family living on Macleay and wanted somewhere to stay to help celebrate a special birthday. We spent our days talking, laughing and sharing stories and then in the evenings we danced and laughed lots. It rained a couple of times so it was great to have that wonderful verandah. Many thanks for the opportunity. Hope we can visit again soon Feb 2015 Julia & Michael, Kendall, NSW

I'm not sure there are words to accurately describe Sunset Waters — it's simply stunning. Couldn't ask for more. Thanks to all. Dec 2014/Jan 2015 Michelle & Mick, Katherine, NT

We enjoyed our stay at Sunset Waters enormously. Our stay was peaceful, the views spectacular, and our few short days of "island life" have relaxed us no end. You have really created something special at Sunset Waters — we will definitely return! Nov 2014 Sarah & Michael, Coopers Plains, Qld

I want to let you know how much Mitch and I enjoyed our trip to Australia in September. Sunset Waters was everything we had hoped for. The view was amazing and the house had everything we needed. We enjoyed meeting & chatting with your neighbours. John was aware we were keen bird watchers, so offered to drive us around one morning to show us some birding sites. It's one thing to visit a country but even extra special to be able to interact with the locals. Please let them know that we really appreciated their hospitality. Sep 2014 Pat & Mitch, Ohio, USA

Just returned from our long weekend at your amazing place. It was truly beautiful. I didn't want to leave. We will be making it an annual trip for sure. Jul 2014 Melissa & Shawn, South Perth, WA

Your place was lovely, thank you very much. We cannot think of a better view anywhere — the wide deck over-looking the water... so peaceful and therapeutic. I also loved the architecture of the house, very open, modern and spacious, where you can almost bring the outside, in. Macleay is a lovely island and we enjoyed relaxing, away from the 'hustle and bustle' of life. Thank you for the Valentines Voucher, the food was delicious at the Bowls Club and the people very friendly. Also thank you to your house carers Elaine & John next door — they are very warm, welcoming and informative. We hope to make this 'R&R' weekend at Sunset Waters a more regular thing if not annually. Feb 2014 Rob & Vanessa, Blackstone, Qld

We just loved our time at Sunset Waters. All of us totally relaxed and did little, which is just what we had planned. You have a beautiful home and are certainly lucky to have such great people looking after and caring for it. Nov 2013 Deb, Archie & friends, Goombungee, Qld

Absolutely loved our stay, you are very considerate and supply everything one could think of. We loved the design of your home and it was extremely comfortable. Jeremy and I had a great rest, which is why we went. I am sure we will be visiting again... Oct 2013 Tereasa & Jeremy, Maroochydore, Qld

Your house is wonderful, so relaxing it has a very special feel. Just walking in and seeing that view... wow it instantly winds you down from any stress. Sep 2013 Lynn & Glyn, Burbank, Qld

The friends who visited us while we stayed at Sunset Waters, were as impressed as we were about your magnificent holiday home & its position. The presentation of the house & garden was immaculate. The extra little touches of provisions, champagne, meal vouchers & media library were much appreciated along with the availability of bikes, camping chairs, beach mats, bocce & fishing rods. The internet worked reliably at a reasonable speed throughout our stay.

Last but by no means least, was the hospitality, local knowledge, information & support offered by John, Elaine & Matt during our stay. They far exceeded our expectations lending us books, receiving postal mail & delivering mainland shopping requests to us — not to mention John's 19th tee & home brew. I also "played" golf, went boating & left with a rare local sample thanks to John.

All in all, everyone back home has commented how relaxed & refreshed we look after this 3 week holiday in Moreton Bay. We look forward to a return visit in 2014. Aug 2013 Sujit & Linda, Auchenflower, Qld

We loved our visit to Sunset Waters but as most people say, it was not long enough.

I thought the quality of linen was fantastic, from sheets to throws. Maybe something small but the quality establishments always have great linen. The bottle of bubbly was a lovely touch, thanks. We did pick up a great little one page map from the bowls club. It gave us an overview of the islands so we could plan our island hopping, and now the Trans Link ferry is offering free inter island transfers, it makes it so easy.

I will be recommending Sunset Waters to others and hopefully we can come for a longer stay next time. Aug 2013 Debbie & Greg, Ransome, Qld

Just wanted to let you know we had a most amazing stay at Sunset Waters on the weekend!

Your attention to detail in each and every room was amazing. We loved your taste in all the furnishings and décor. What a beautiful house! Both mum and I especially loved all the lovely kitchen ware, entertaining platters and large comfy beds! What an awesome place, we will definitely be back! Jun 2013 Loren & family, Bellbowrie, Qld

We had a wonderful time. Your home is beautiful! The first night we saw a few pods of dolphins swim past, and to top it off, one of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen. As we all love fishing, we spent Saturday trying our luck on the neighbour's long jetty. It was great, we all caught something which made it all the more amazing! May 2013 Eleasha & friends, Coombabah, Qld

I am no stranger to self-catering having owned several 5 star properties in the South West of England and will admit I am pretty hard to please. So it was a huge relief to arrive at Sunset Waters and find a fantastic house and gardens that at first glance, delivered everything it promised. On second glance it continued to deliver. Everywhere was beautifully clean and fresh all thanks to Elaine the housekeeper — nothing was too much trouble and she and her husband John were happy to offer advice and suggestions, but equally were discreet and respected your privacy.

The house is very well equipped and comfortably furnished and has beautiful views from all the decks — we certainly imbibed in more than a few sundowners while taking in the fabulous sunsets; and quickly became accustomed to the sound of waves lulling us to sleep!!! Can highly recommend and promise to return on our next visit to Australia. Feb 2013 Patricia, UK

Just wanted to say a quick THANK YOU for a lovely experience....we had a GREAT time... Feb 2013 Jacqui & Rob, Woolloongabba, Qld

Sunset Waters on Macleay was lovely, it was everything you could want and more. What you see on the website is what you get. We had a relaxing time swimming, fishing, crabbing and relaxing on the deck watching the boats and sunsets. We went island hopping and had a swim at each, with Karragarra Island being our favourite for a swim. Thanks Deb for all your helpful information; and Elaine & John were lovely and helpful also. We will certainly be back. Dec 2012 Marion & Victor, Melton, Vic

I just want to let you know that we had an absolutely wonderful time at Sunset Waters. It was just what we needed. All our needs were well catered for. Sunset Waters is a very relaxing, tranquil place with the most amazing views. Your home welcomed us in with its lovely decor and friendly neighbours.

But Deb, we have to give you a 100% on your excellent service. We have never experienced such attention to detail when making a booking. Your genuine concern for making our holiday one to remember, was amazing. We had a great night at The Water's Edge Bistro (Neil Diamond Tribute Show, courtesy bus pickup, $50 meal voucher and friendly locals was so much fun) and to top it off we were fortunate enough to experience one of the best massage's we have ever had on the island. Rachael is a very talented lady.

We enjoyed push bike rides and a few long walks and watching life on the water through your panoramic windows. Our compliments to you as we couldn't fault anything. Anyone who decides to stay at Sunset Waters will certainly not be disappointed; they will just find it extremely difficult to leave. At least we could take happy memories away with us. Oct 2012 Yvonne & Mark, Rowville, Vic

Wow! Sunset Waters is magnificent. If our family didn't have a good time last weekend, it would have been our own fault. You had set the tone for our enjoyment. After our late arrival (some via the 6pm barge and others from a later ferry), with a few glasses of wine and a delicious meal enjoyed; we all had a thorough look at each room. Lots of oohs and aahs from everyone, however we all lingered over the outlook from the upstairs balcony as the moonlight reflected upon the water. It was beautiful! I was left feeling that your website cannot fully capture the essence of Sunset Waters & the delights that it has to offer. I didn't realise how captivated I would be upon waking to the extraordinary view that daylight exposed in the morning! Thanks for having, bringing to reality & sharing your vision. We look forward to our next opportunity to return. I can't wait to share the pleasure with others. Sep 2012 Daryl and friends, Mt Pleasant, Qld

I have been meaning to write and say THANK you for being firstly, so helpful and letting our arrival, stay & departure be completely hassle free; and secondly for letting us use your beautiful house for our holiday. Our stay was care free and you had thought of everything for the most perfect holiday home. John and Elaine were wonderful, helpful and friendly, we could have easily stayed longer. We really felt like we had a chance to relax, catch up with ourselves and each other. Every morning it was such a joy to see the beautiful view, and often the dolphins swimming past, the kids loved the pier and climbing in the trees. We also got over to the mainland and did the thrills and spills of movie world and sea world but found ourselves very happy just pottering around the house, playing Frisbee on the front lawn, visiting a nearby playground, reading magazines or taking a walk down the street for coffee and cake. We will definitely be back and thank you once again for your attention to detail. Jul 2012 David, Kim & family, Canberra

I would like to say that we had the most amazing weekend, your house is just beautiful and I can't even begin to explain the view you have. The weather certainly didn't treat us kindly but it really didn't matter in the end. We played bowls on the Sunday and I must say the locals were so nice, and welcomed us with open arms.

Again I thankyou and I am sure we will be back for another visit. We came back home Monday totally relaxed, making all our friends quite jealous!! Apr 2012 Paula, Bribie Island, Qld

Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Sunset Waters. The house was immaculate and beautifully presented with everything you could desire for a relaxing holiday. John & Elaine were so helpful and informative, a real pleasure to meet.

We checked out every nook and cranny of the island and found it such a lovely quaint place, but with all the facilities of a larger location. All the Island folk we met were ever so charming and friendly and took the time to have a 'real' conversation. Unfortunately the weather wasn't so kind, so we didn't get to have a round of golf — maybe next time.

We would love to return, next time with our friends who we know would enjoy & appreciate your magnificent holiday home as much as we did. Once again, thank you for your assistance, information and most importantly, for sharing your stunning home which allowed us to discover a very special island paradise indeed. Mar 2012 Jan & Michael, Old Bar, NSW

Sunset Waters — the house and views were wonderful. It was a home away from home for us and my mother-in-law loved looking through all the books. It was great to see my father-in-law having an afternoon nap on the deck (its years since he has done this) and the rest of us feel recharged and ready to face the busy Christmas season. Our children rode the bikes daily and went fishing, even caught 7 smaller fish. We all finished our books — another good sign, and had time to watch some nice DVD's. Your neighbours are amazing. You are very lucky to have them next door. John even took Marcel to golf and then shared some home-brew on his deck. I just want to thank you for a fantastic holiday at Sunset Waters. Dec 2011 Lauren, Marcel & family, Mt Coolum, Qld

Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your wonderful home. We would love to come back again and again!! Dec 2011 Lisa, Grant & family, Victoria Point, Qld

Our stay was fantastic... pure relaxation, away from the buzz of city... an unforgettable view, which has earned a spot in our memories! We had lots of fun fishing on the jetty. Sunset Waters was the highlight of our trip to Macleay Island. We'll be back! Sep 2011 Sean & family, Singapore

Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful house. Sunset Waters has everything you need while away, and more. Elaine & John are absolute treasures. We travel when we can and have never had the kind of personal service that they offer anywhere we have been. The views are spectacular and the house is certainly designed to make the most of its surroundings.
We will definitely be back but this time it will be for a week as a weekend just isn't long enough!! Sep 2011 Kathy & Jan, Morningside, Qld

An amazing property! We arrived here after a long haul flight from UK and it was the perfect place to unwind. Sunset Waters has spectacular views, was spotlessly clean & beautifully presented, it's spacious and very comfortable. We just wish it was closer as we'd love to return! Our highlights included fishing (my son caught his first fish), watching the dolphins, the spectacular views and the feeling of space. Thank you so much. Jun 2011 Clare & family, UK

I never waivered from my first impression —
Wow... what a view... what peace... and what a house. Wonderful!
Talking to Elaine makes me feel like a "neighbour" not a visitor; and if it wasn't for the fact I have 2 more years until I retire, I could forget to go back to work all together! Peace... quiet... birds.
The boats passing, the sun, the rain, and even the lightening one night — all fabulous vistas, framed by the panoramic windows... wonderful. May 2011 Jenny, Heritage Park, Qld

What can we say!! Thanks a million for our perfect escape. It was just wonderful. Your home, neighbours and everyone we came into contact with on the island, made for our dream break. Tor had the best birthday!! Thanks for the champagne... also Magic! We know so many people who would love to come here (as long as they include us!)
Tusen takk [Norwegian for "1000 thankyous"] Mar 2011 Ann & Tor, New Brighton, NSW

What a special place. We had an amazing time, everything was just perfect. Stunning views, delightful birdlife, spectacular house. We had a very special time at Sunset Waters, it is the little things that make all the difference, and you had thought of them all. Mar 2011 Jules & Andy (Channel Islands/Gold Coast)

Thanks for providing a great place to spend our break. You have a lovely place, your taste in furnishings is brilliant and the views were so much better than expected. John & Elaine were very helpful and John took us on an unexpected boat ride, a bonus to a fabulous stay. Thanks Deb for all your help and information, it made getting to Sunset Waters an absolute breeze. We had a holiday to remember and brag about for years to come. Thank you to all. Jan 2011 Michelle, Noel & family, Melbourne

If this is heaven... I'm glad I've arrived... A tropical paradise! Jan 2011Tom & Pat, Yorkshire, UK

We all really enjoyed our Christmas getaway. Every day we marvelled at the beautiful design of Sunset Waters — a perfect counterpart to the amazing views. The rainiest of weather did not put a damper on us, as we enjoyed the peace and quiet, the views and the birdlife... not to mention the BBQ feasts. All our needs were anticipated, many thanks. Dec 2010 Nina & Greg (Melb), family & friends (Serbia & Italy)

Relax... Rejuvenate... Enjoy! Thank you Nov 2010Katie & Greg, UK

We have had a very relaxing time in your beautiful house, Deb. A stunning view... so peaceful... you didn't miss a thing... it was above and beyond our expectations. Oct 2010Helen & Rob, Redlands Qld

Looking for a relaxing break away
We came across the Island of Macleay
Mum, Dad and three daughters
Discovered a place called "Sunset Waters"

Much information was sent by Deb
Along with all that's on the web
Ensuring our safe and easy arrival
We soon began our week's "revival"

Meeting John and Elaine- the neighbours
We loved how welcome they did make us.
We simply adored the home and the view
Not to mention John's home brew!

They shared some island hospitality
Also kindly let us use their jetty.
Having the boat on Sunset's mooring
Ensured our week was never boring!

Seven days of relaxing and reading
Is really what we all were needing.
And if there's one thing that it's taught us...
We WILL return to "Sunset Waters"! Sept 2010Sarah, Andrew & family, Paradise Point, Qld

We had a fabulous time in your gorgeous house, celebrating our annual Xmas in July. The view is wonderful, encouraging you relax & chill out. You have a great collection of DVDs which we took advantage of over the weekend. Our son was able to throw in a fishing line and it was great he didn't have to leave the property to do so, with John your neighbour also kind enough to let him tee off on the '19th hole'. We really enjoyed the late checkout on Sunday as we could relax on the deck with a BBQ lunch, before packing up and heading back home. Thanks again, your service was great. We would love to come back again. July 2010Toni, family & friends, Bracken Ridge, Qld

What a fabulous place Sunset Waters is. The house is great and the views are spectacular as the hundreds of photos we took can testify. We used the fishing gear, the bikes and the board games- you have catered for everyone with your added extras. What a fantastic break away, we will recommend your place to our friends and hope to be back. Thanks again. Apr 2010David, Sandra & family, Glenbrook, NSW

I just want to say how much we enjoyed our stay at Sunset Waters. It is a beautiful place and was very relaxing. Sitting on the deck watching the silent barges cruise by... the bright lights of the Gold Coast off to the left, lapping water on the shore and birdlife everywhere... wow! It doesn't get much better than this. We loved the bedroom upstairs, such a stunning sight to wake up to. We would love to return one day either on our own or when our kids are older. March 2010Christine, Adelaide, SA

Just what we needed—a little touch of paradise! Jan 2010Vanessa & Matt, Yamanto, Qld

A huge thank you, for letting us share your beautiful paradise "Sunset Waters". In a crazy hectic world it was great to take some time out, enjoy the amazing views and get back in touch with the simple pleasures on Macleay Island. Lazy mornings, long lunches, pre-dinner drinks & amp;nibbles and leisurely dinners were all great and it was a great place to have some much precious quality family time with our three sons.

The kids have explored every nook and cranny of Macleay Island by pushbike and we were even lucky enough to catch a monster mud crab and some fish from the jetty—however we fed more than we caught—just 1 bream large enough to keep. We also played golf, canoed in Morton Bay, swam at Dalpura Beach, enjoyed island hopping and even found a cricket ground and practice nets for my cricket die hard son on nearby Russell Island.

It really was a pleasure to take the time to enjoy the simple things in life—beautiful scenery, gorgeous sea turtles and abundant butterflies & birds.

The house was perfect for our family of 5 and the kids were very impressed with the board games and DVD's (even practised some spelling skills by getting hooked on Scrabble). We have stayed in many holiday houses but Sunset Waters is more like a home away from home. The views from the house are firmly etched in my memory until our next visit and we have taken some lovely photos of the ever-changing scenery that unfolded right in front of our eyes—the clear still mornings with beautiful clear waters, the bird songs of so many varied & friendly birds, (the kookaburra's are particularly inquisitive)the passing yachts & boats, the gorgeous lights of Redland Bay at night and who could forget the magnificent sunsets which seemed different every time we saw them.

The decor and furnishings in your house also add to the relaxed feel, the kitchen had everything we could possibly need. However, my favourite meals were the BBQ's enjoyed with a beer and a wine or two! Thanks also for the recommendations regarding dinner options—we really thoroughly enjoyed the Blue Parrot and the Pizza's from the local pizza shop were also yummy.

After staying at Sunset Waters for 2 weeks, we have all come back to work and school feeling very rejuvenated and my 4 year old son was so taken with the sea turtles & crabs that he chose this as his news item for his first day of Prep School.

A special note about your wonderful neighbours—the caretakers of Sunset Waters. Elaine & John are amazing hosts and could not have been more helpful—we will miss their conversations, home brew beers and nibbles, along with their generosity. John organised golf for us and even gave the boys some clubs to use. However, one of the unexpected highlights was a great boat trip courtesy of John where he played tour guide and took us around Russell Island- we got to see some incredible yachts.

Thanks Deb for all your helpful communication and the extra special touches; the champagne was enjoyed overlooking the bay from the banana lounges, and I even managed to read 5 books—total bliss! We will definitely be back. The kids say it is their best holiday yet and we agree with them!!! Jan 2010Lisa, Scott & family, Bathurst, NSW

We had a really marvellous time at Sunset Waters. I just want to thank you for having such a beautiful and magical home, the view, the trees, the water, the tranquility and the birds. It is the first time in ages I have been away and relaxed so quickly and completely—simply loved every minute, we will be back! Thanks for sharing your piece of paradise! Nov 2009Kerry & friends, Yeronga, Qld

A wonderful location to rest, read, contemplate and sleep in! The extra touches (bikes, fishing rods etc) are greatly appreciated. We really enjoyed our stay Deb. Oct 2009Robyn & Stephen, Woodford, Qld

Deb & Paul... Our jaws hit the floor the moment we walked through the door! Nothing (not even your website photos) could have prepared us for the drop-dead beauty of this place! Your decision to have this house built—and share it with others—was a really momentous one. Thank you so much. Elaine & John... Thank you for your hospitality and sharing your local knowledge with us! You have both made our stay so memorable. Sept 2009Janice & Jon, Singapore

"A jewel in our midst" is how I would describe this beautiful place. We had a lovely time—the house is stunning and the position is amazing. We even got to see the dolphins meandering past. Awesome all round. Aug 2009Karen, Bob & Theresa, Caboolture, Qld

Our 4th stay... once again, we have had a wonderful experience—beautiful sunsets, waters that were millpond calm allowing us to watch dolphins go past, kookaburras in the tress—just paradise. Many thanks for letting us share this place we all love so much. My dad joined us this time, he agrees, it's so relaxing. We were lucky enough to catch some beautiful eating fish, which we BBQ'd and ate on the deck. Elaine & John are truly great neighbours, always so helpful. We will be back. Aug 2009Donetta, Paul & family, Ferny Grove, Qld

A weekend of relaxation, shared laughter, great ambience, views and attention to every detail. A sheer joy to be here. May 2009Chris, Reid & friends, Westlake, Qld

This is truly a piece of paradise! We have felt incredibly privileged to be able to enjoy your "sanctuary" — what an unforgettable weekend of rest, relaxation, beauty, peace and comfort! Thank you Elaine & John, you have reminded us what being neighbours is about: friendship, kindness and generosity of spirit. Thanks also John for the boat tour—the unexpected icing on the cake of a most perfect weekend. Deb & Paul, thanks for allowing us to share this treasure, we'll be back. March 2009Romana & Rob, Mosman, NSW

Just as tranquil, just as relaxing as each visit before—this is our 3rd stay at Sunset Waters. It is with regret we pack our bags to prepare for the journey home to reality—but know that we will return again. Feb 2009Sue & Andrew, Greenwood, Perth WA

Sunset Waters was everything we had hoped for—peaceful, comfortable and in a wonderful position with beautiful views. For the 1st week we hardly moved from the house but then we discovered the friendly island people—smiling, helpful and friendly, with time for a chat. This is how life should be!! Wish we could stay forever! Jan 2009Jane & Barry, Thailand

White yacht bobbing, just outside the door.
Here for 7 nights, could do with some more.
Rain on the water, what a beautiful sound.
Last day here, now are homeward bound.
Had a great stay, the house is a treat.
Friendly neighbours around, as we walked down the street.
Sea eagles cruise by on fresh morning breeze.
After a couple of days, we feel much more at ease.
Enjoyed it so much, we must come again.< But Deb, we have to give you a 100% on your excellent service. We have never experienced such attention to detail when making a booking. Your genuine concern for making our holiday one to remember, was amazing. We had a great night at The Water's Edge Bistro (Neil Diamond Tribute Show, courtesy bus pickup, $50 meal voucher and friendly locals was so much fun) and to top it off we were fortunate enough to experience one of the best massage's we have ever had on the island. Rachael is a very talented lady. We enjoyed push bike rides and a few long walks and watching life on the water through your panoramic windows. Our compliments to you as we couldn't fault anything. Anyone who decides to stay at Sunset Waters will certainly not be disappointed; they will just find it extremely difficult to leave. At least we could take happy memories away with us. Oct 2012 Yvonne & Mark, Rowville, Vic

Wow! Sunset Waters is magnificent. If our family didn't have a good time last weekend, it would have been our own fault. You had set the tone for our enjoyment. After our late arrival (some via the 6pm barge and others from a later ferry), with a few glasses of wine and a delicious meal enjoyed; we all had a thorough look at each room. Lots of oohs and aahs from everyone, however we all lingered over the outlook from the upstairs balcony as the moonlight reflected upon the water. It was beautiful! I was left feeling that your website cannot fully capture the essence of Sunset Waters & the delights that it has to offer. I didn't realise how captivated I would be upon waking to the extraordinary view that daylight exposed in the morning! Thanks for having, bringing to reality & sharing your vision. We look forward to our next opportunity to return. I can't wait to share the pleasure with others. Sep 2012 Daryl and friends, Mt Pleasant, Qld

I have been meaning to write and say THANK you for being firstly, so helpful and letting our arrival, stay & departure be completely hassle free; and secondly for letting us use your beautiful house for our holiday. Our stay was care free and you had thought of everything for the most perfect holiday home. John and Elaine were wonderful, helpful and friendly, we could have easily stayed longer. We really felt like we had a chance to relax, catch up with ourselves and each other. Every morning it was such a joy to see the beautiful view, and often the dolphins swimming past, the kids loved the pier and climbing in the trees. We also got over to the mainland and did the thrills and spills of movie world and sea world but found ourselves very happy just pottering around the house, playing Frisbee on the front lawn, visiting a nearby playground, reading magazines or taking a walk down the street for coffee and cake. We will definitely be back and thank you once again for your attention to detail. Jul 2012 David, Kim & family, Canberra

I would like to say that we had the most amazing weekend, your house is just beautiful and I can't even begin to explain the view you have. The weather certainly didn't treat us kindly but it really didn't matter in the end. We played bowls on the Sunday and I must say the locals were so nice, and welcomed us with open arms.

Again I thankyou and I am sure we will be back for another visit. We came back home Monday totally relaxed, making all our friends quite jealous!! Apr 2012 Paula, Bribie Island, Qld

Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Sunset Waters. The house was immaculate and beautifully presented with everything you could desire for a relaxing holiday. John & Elaine were so helpful and informative, a real pleasure to meet.

We checked out every nook and cranny of the island and found it such a lovely quaint place, but with all the facilities of a larger location. All the Island folk we met were ever so charming and friendly and took the time to have a 'real' conversation. Unfortunately the weather wasn't so kind, so we didn't get to have a round of golf — maybe next time.

We would love to return, next time with our friends who we know would enjoy & appreciate your magnificent holiday home as much as we did. Once again, thank you for your assistance, information and most importantly, for sharing your stunning home which allowed us to discover a very special island paradise indeed. Mar 2012 Jan & Michael, Old Bar, NSW

Sunset Waters — the house and views were wonderful. It was a home away from home for us and my mother-in-law loved looking through all the books. It was great to see my father-in-law having an afternoon nap on the deck (its years since he has done this) and the rest of us feel recharged and ready to face the busy Christmas season. Our children rode the bikes daily and went fishing, even caught 7 smaller fish. We all finished our books — another good sign, and had time to watch some nice DVD's. Your neighbours are amazing. You are very lucky to have them next door. John even took Marcel to golf and then shared some home-brew on his deck. I just want to thank you for a fantastic holiday at Sunset Waters. Dec 2011 Lauren, Marcel & family, Mt Coolum, Qld

Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your wonderful home. We would love to come back again and again!! Dec 2011 Lisa, Grant & family, Victoria Point, Qld

Our stay was fantastic... pure relaxation, away from the buzz of city... an unforgettable view, which has earned a spot in our memories! We had lots of fun fishing on the jetty. Sunset Waters was the highlight of our trip to Macleay Island. We'll be back! Sep 2011 Sean & family, Singapore

Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful house. Sunset Waters has everything you need while away, and more. Elaine & John are absolute treasures. We travel when we can and have never had the kind of personal service that they offer anywhere we have been. The views are spectacular and the house is certainly designed to make the most of its surroundings.
We will definitely be back but this time it will be for a week as a weekend just isn't long enough!! Sep 2011 Kathy & Jan, Morningside, Qld

An amazing property! We arrived here after a long haul flight from UK and it was the perfect place to unwind. Sunset Waters has spectacular views, was spotlessly clean & beautifully presented, it's spacious and very comfortable. We just wish it was closer as we'd love to return! Our highlights included fishing (my son caught his first fish), watching the dolphins, the spectacular views and the feeling of space. Thank you so much. Jun 2011 Clare & family, UK

I never waivered from my first impression —
Wow... what a view... what peace... and what a house. Wonderful!
Talking to Elaine makes me feel like a "neighbour" not a visitor; and if it wasn't for the fact I have 2 more years until I retire, I could forget to go back to work all together! Peace... quiet... birds.
The boats passing, the sun, the rain, and even the lightening one night — all fabulous vistas, framed by the panoramic windows... wonderful. May 2011 Jenny, Heritage Park, Qld

What can we say!! Thanks a million for our perfect escape. It was just wonderful. Your home, neighbours and everyone we came into contact with on the island, made for our dream break. Tor had the best birthday!! Thanks for the champagne... also Magic! We know so many people who would love to come here (as long as they include us!)
Tusen takk [Norwegian for "1000 thankyous"] Mar 2011 Ann & Tor, New Brighton, NSW

What a special place. We had an amazing time, everything was just perfect. Stunning views, delightful birdlife, spectacular house. We had a very special time at Sunset Waters, it is the little things that make all the difference, and you had thought of them all. Mar 2011 Jules & Andy (Channel Islands/Gold Coast)

Thanks for providing a great place to spend our break. You have a lovely place, your taste in furnishings is brilliant and the views were so much better than expected. John & Elaine were very helpful and John took us on an unexpected boat ride, a bonus to a fabulous stay. Thanks Deb for all your help and information, it made getting to Sunset Waters an absolute breeze. We had a holiday to remember and brag about for years to come. Thank you to all. Jan 2011 Michelle, Noel & family, Melbourne

If this is heaven... I'm glad I've arrived... A tropical paradise! Jan 2011Tom & Pat, Yorkshire, UK

We all really enjoyed our Christmas getaway. Every day we marvelled at the beautiful design of Sunset Waters — a perfect counterpart to the amazing views. The rainiest of weather did not put a damper on us, as we enjoyed the peace and quiet, the views and the birdlife... not to mention the BBQ feasts. All our needs were anticipated, many thanks. Dec 2010 Nina & Greg (Melb), family & friends (Serbia & Italy)

Relax... Rejuvenate... Enjoy! Thank you Nov 2010Katie & Greg, UK

We have had a very relaxing time in your beautiful house, Deb. A stunning view... so peaceful... you didn't miss a thing... it was above and beyond our expectations. Oct 2010Helen & Rob, Redlands Qld

Looking for a relaxing break away
We came across the Island of Macleay
Mum, Dad and three daughters
Discovered a place called "Sunset Waters"

Much information was sent by Deb
Along with all that's on the web
Ensuring our safe and easy arrival
We soon began our week's "revival"

Meeting John and Elaine- the neighbours
We loved how welcome they did make us.
We simply adored the home and the view
Not to mention John's home brew!

They shared some island hospitality
Also kindly let us use their jetty.
Having the boat on Sunset's mooring
Ensured our week was never boring!

Seven days of relaxing and reading
Is really what we all were needing.
And if there's one thing that it's taught us...
We WILL return to "Sunset Waters"! Sept 2010Sarah, Andrew & family, Paradise Point, Qld

We had a fabulous time in your gorgeous house, celebrating our annual Xmas in July. The view is wonderful, encouraging you relax & chill out. You have a great collection of DVDs which we took advantage of over the weekend. Our son was able to throw in a fishing line and it was great he didn't have to leave the property to do so, with John your neighbour also kind enough to let him tee off on the '19th hole'. We really enjoyed the late checkout on Sunday as we could relax on the deck with a BBQ lunch, before packing up and heading back home. Thanks again, your service was great. We would love to come back again. July 2010Toni, family & friends, Bracken Ridge, Qld

What a fabulous place Sunset Waters is. The house is great and the views are spectacular as the hundreds of photos we took can testify. We used the fishing gear, the bikes and the board games- you have catered for everyone with your added extras. What a fantastic break away, we will recommend your place to our friends and hope to be back. Thanks again. Apr 2010David, Sandra & family, Glenbrook, NSW

I just want to say how much we enjoyed our stay at Sunset Waters. It is a beautiful place and was very relaxing. Sitting on the deck watching the silent barges cruise by... the bright lights of the Gold Coast off to the left, lapping water on the shore and birdlife everywhere... wow! It doesn't get much better than this. We loved the bedroom upstairs, such a stunning sight to wake up to. We would love to return one day either on our own or when our kids are older. March 2010Christine, Adelaide, SA

Just what we needed—a little touch of paradise! Jan 2010Vanessa & Matt, Yamanto, Qld

A huge thank you, for letting us share your beautiful paradise "Sunset Waters". In a crazy hectic world it was great to take some time out, enjoy the amazing views and get back in touch with the simple pleasures on Macleay Island. Lazy mornings, long lunches, pre-dinner drinks & amp;nibbles and leisurely dinners were all great and it was a great place to have some much precious quality family time with our three sons.

The kids have explored every nook and cranny of Macleay Island by pushbike and we were even lucky enough to catch a monster mud crab and some fish from the jetty—however we fed more than we caught—just 1 bream large enough to keep. We also played golf, canoed in Morton Bay, swam at Dalpura Beach, enjoyed island hopping and even found a cricket ground and practice nets for my cricket die hard son on nearby Russell Island.

It really was a pleasure to take the time to enjoy the simple things in life—beautiful scenery, gorgeous sea turtles and abundant butterflies & birds.

The house was perfect for our family of 5 and the kids were very impressed with the board games and DVD's (even practised some spelling skills by getting hooked on Scrabble). We have stayed in many holiday houses but Sunset Waters is more like a home away from home. The views from the house are firmly etched in my memory until our next visit and we have taken some lovely photos of the ever-changing scenery that unfolded right in front of our eyes—the clear still mornings with beautiful clear waters, the bird songs of so many varied & friendly birds, (the kookaburra's are particularly inquisitive)the passing yachts & boats, the gorgeous lights of Redland Bay at night and who could forget the magnificent sunsets which seemed different every time we saw them.

The decor and furnishings in your house also add to the relaxed feel, the kitchen had everything we could possibly need. However, my favourite meals were the BBQ's enjoyed with a beer and a wine or two! Thanks also for the recommendations regarding dinner options—we really thoroughly enjoyed the Blue Parrot and the Pizza's from the local pizza shop were also yummy.

After staying at Sunset Waters for 2 weeks, we have all come back to work and school feeling very rejuvenated and my 4 year old son was so taken with the sea turtles & crabs that he chose this as his news item for his first day of Prep School.

A special note about your wonderful neighbours—the caretakers of Sunset Waters. Elaine & John are amazing hosts and could not have been more helpful—we will miss their conversations, home brew beers and nibbles, along with their generosity. John organised golf for us and even gave the boys some clubs to use. However, one of the unexpected highlights was a great boat trip courtesy of John where he played tour guide and took us around Russell Island- we got to see some incredible yachts.

Thanks Deb for all your helpful communication and the extra special touches; the champagne was enjoyed overlooking the bay from the banana lounges, and I even managed to read 5 books—total bliss! We will definitely be back. The kids say it is their best holiday yet and we agree with them!!! Jan 2010Lisa, Scott & family, Bathurst, NSW

We had a really marvellous time at Sunset Waters. I just want to thank you for having such a beautiful and magical home, the view, the trees, the water, the tranquility and the birds. It is the first time in ages I have been away and relaxed so quickly and completely—simply loved every minute, we will be back! Thanks for sharing your piece of paradise! Nov 2009Kerry & friends, Yeronga, Qld

A wonderful location to rest, read, contemplate and sleep in! The extra touches (bikes, fishing rods etc) are greatly appreciated. We really enjoyed our stay Deb. Oct 2009Robyn & Stephen, Woodford, Qld

Deb & Paul... Our jaws hit the floor the moment we walked through the door! Nothing (not even your website photos) could have prepared us for the drop-dead beauty of this place! Your decision to have this house built—and share it with others—was a really momentous one. Thank you so much. Elaine & John... Thank you for your hospitality and sharing your local knowledge with us! You have both made our stay so memorable. Sept 2009Janice & Jon, Singapore

"A jewel in our midst" is how I would describe this beautiful place. We had a lovely time—the house is stunning and the position is amazing. We even got to see the dolphins meandering past. Awesome all round. Aug 2009Karen, Bob & Theresa, Caboolture, Qld

Our 4th stay... once again, we have had a wonderful experience—beautiful sunsets, waters that were millpond calm allowing us to watch dolphins go past, kookaburras in the tress—just paradise. Many thanks for letting us share this place we all love so much. My dad joined us this time, he agrees, it's so relaxing. We were lucky enough to catch some beautiful eating fish, which we BBQ'd and ate on the deck. Elaine & John are truly great neighbours, always so helpful. We will be back. Aug 2009Donetta, Paul & family, Ferny Grove, Qld

A weekend of relaxation, shared laughter, great ambience, views and attention to every detail. A sheer joy to be here. May 2009Chris, Reid & friends, Westlake, Qld

This is truly a piece of paradise! We have felt incredibly privileged to be able to enjoy your "sanctuary" — what an unforgettable weekend of rest, relaxation, beauty, peace and comfort! Thank you Elaine & John, you have reminded us what being neighbours is about: friendship, kindness and generosity of spirit. Thanks also John for the boat tour—the unexpected icing on the cake of a most perfect weekend. Deb & Paul, thanks for allowing us to share this treasure, we'll be back. March 2009Romana & Rob, Mosman, NSW

Just as tranquil, just as relaxing as each visit before—this is our 3rd stay at Sunset Waters. It is with regret we pack our bags to prepare for the journey home to reality—but know that we will return again. Feb 2009Sue & Andrew, Greenwood, Perth WA

Sunset Waters was everything we had hoped for—peaceful, comfortable and in a wonderful position with beautiful views. For the 1st week we hardly moved from the house but then we discovered the friendly island people—smiling, helpful and friendly, with time for a chat. This is how life should be!! Wish we could stay forever! Jan 2009Jane & Barry, Thailand

White yacht bobbing, just outside the door.
Here for 7 nights, could do with some more.
Rain on the water, what a beautiful sound.
Last day here, now are homeward bound.
Had a great stay, the house is a treat.
Friendly neighbours around, as we walked down the street.
Sea eagles cruise by on fresh morning breeze.
After a couple of days, we feel much more at ease.
Enjoyed it so much, we must come again.
Give special thanks to neighbours, John & Elaine. Dec 2008Liz & Rob, Hannam Vale, NSW

We recently returned from our holiday at Sunset Waters. What a magnificent home! We went for a relaxing holiday and that's exactly what we did! The house is beautifully furnished and positioned overlooking the bay islands & mainland. The large decks on both levels make it seem as though the views go on forever—many an afternoon was spent on the lower deck with the ladies having a wine while the boys cooked the freshly caught fish and crabs. What more could you want? We will definitely be back! Oct 2008Julianne & friends, Aspley QLD

Tranquility at its finest! Spectacular view! Many thanks to Elaine & John for their hospitality, friendliness and the golf tips! Aug 2008Kathleen, Bill, Cheryl & Glen, Canberra ACT

Absolutely Magic!! We had a fantastic weekend, love the house, views are amazing. We explored the island, lunched at Pat's Park, had drinks at the bowls club, then a lovely dinner with Pam at The Blue Parrot. Gavin has paddled around the island every day, both training and relaxing at the same time. Thanks Deb & Paul for sharing this beautiful property with us. Ta to Elaine & John for their warm welcome & friendliness. We will take away wonderful memories and we will return ASAP. Thanks again. June 2008Kathy & Gavin, Ferny Hills, QLD

What a stunning place to spend our honeymoon!! It's been the most relaxing time we could have ever hoped for. The 2 weeks leading up to our wedding was just manic, but within 5 minutes of arriving, we were both in heaven. We don't want to leave—but we will be back soon! Thank you Deb for letting us stay in your "piece of paradise"—we appreciate it so much. Apr 2008Tricia & Mikael, Tanah Merah, QLD

What a lovely place to spend my husband's 60th birthday. Beautiful one day... perfect the next. It has been so enjoyable to holiday in a place that lived up to "what we hoped it would be." In the past we have paid a lot of money for some holiday houses that have let us down badly, but Sunset Waters was absolutely fabulous, the attention to detail and the cleanliness was 1st class! March 2008Kathryn & Eric, Boondall, QLD

Didn't know there was a piece of heaven so close to Brisbane. We had to be patient to see some gorgeous sunsets due to the rain, but enjoyed ourselves anyway reading, playing board games & relaxing. The view is amazing and always changing no matter what the weather. It's a long way from Holland, but hopefully we will be back someday. Jan 2008Lauri & family, The Netherlands

This is truly the place to repair your soul—what a wonderful idyllic haven! Thank you too, Elaine & John for all the help and the loan of the fishing rods—without these, we could not have fed the fish of Macleay Island. Nov 2007Elizabeth & Angela (UK), Julian & Sharon (Sth Africa)

This house & location is amazing! So relaxing and peaceful, we love it. Thanks for sharing it with us. Sept 2007Carolyn & Russell, Toowoomba QLD

Eight days of heaven—I want more (always was greedy!) The view... OMG. My favourite things to do: take a book, some nibbles and a chair down onto the jetty—I even caught a fish! I enjoyed a BBQ on the back deck with a glass of red wine in one hand and the tongs in the other, looking across to the lights on the mainland. Coffee on the upper deck early in the morning, just out of bed, was magic... I can still see it all very clearly now. Aug 2007Lyn, Geebung QLD