Tucked away down a quiet country lane just 1.8km off the Newell Highway, ( the main north/south link between Melbourne and Brisbane) and only 4km from the Forbes CBD, multi award winning Girragirra overlooks a billabong teeming with wildlife with an establishing permaculture garden to the rear.
With generous breakfast provisions included in the tariff, your eco -farmhouse is priced by the number of bedrooms required, accommodating up to 4 people in two luxurious bedrooms. 2 extra rollaway beds are available.
** Please note, the tariff displayed by STAYZ is for the use of both bedrooms. It is possible to have exclusive use of the Retreat with one bedroom only for a reduction in tariff of $100 per night. Please do inquire.
Designed by leading architect Tone Wheeler, the Retreat forms one pavilion of an award winning, luxury eco - farmhouse, set on a beautiful 50 acre organic farm on the banks of the Lachlan River.
The bedrooms are modern, sleek, luxurious and comfortable with your choice of either king or king single beds. Bedrooms are en-suite, one with a bath overlooking the wetland, the other with a work desk + wired broadband, both with WiFi.
Your linen, towels and bathrobes are washed in rainwater and dried in fresh air and sunshine. And yes, we do iron sheets!
The fully equipped kitchen allows you to self cater and is generously stocked with healthy breakfast provisions including our own freshly baked sourdough,organic free range eggs; cereals including Girragirra home made muesli; yoghurt; milk; home made jam and marmalade and seasonal fruit with filtered rain water on tap.
Your complimentary pantry includes teas, freshly ground plunger coffee, Gibson's Grove olive oil, grinder salt and pepper, sugar and flour. Our guests are encouraged to pick and eat from our developing permaculture food garden.
The contemporary living space is open plan with big north facing windows overlooking our developing wetland. It's a great space just to kick back and watch the magic of nature or curl up in front of the wood fire.
The lounge area is equipped with comfy couches, a Bose sound system with IPod dock and a flat screen TV with Apple TV for movies.
Dining under the stars overlooking the wetland is a lovely experience in your private courtyard with its outdoor dining setting and gas barbecue.
Free NBN WiFi, evaporative cooling throughout, beautiful wood burning heater, a fully equipped private laundry and private undercover parking complete this special offering.
Whilst we are normally present, your house and our home are separated by your private courtyard. Blinds and double glazing ensure complete visual and audio privacy for both parties. How much we interact with you is entirely at your discretion
We genuinely enjoy sharing this special place and will do all that we can to ensure your stay is a great experience.
Girragirra is just 1.8km off the Newell highway - the main north /south connection between Melbourne and Brisbane and only 4km from the Forbes CBD making it the perfect stopover. Enjoy the convenience of being close to town without the traffic noise or light pollution.
Girragirra lives up to its meaning “be well, be happy, be merry” in so many ways:
It really is the perfect place to chill out… to reconnect with the natural world, with the people you love… to slow down. Maybe ponder the benefits of solar passive design and the intrinsic beauty of recycled materials.
Or if you're looking for action, head out into the permaculture food garden and pick some veggies for dinner, or visit the chooks and collect your breakie eggs.
Hop on one of our complimentary pushbikes or go for a walk and check out our tracking solar panels on your way to the bird watcher’s paradise “Gum Swamp”. It’s possible to observe over 60 species of birds in just a few hours with a number listed as threatened or endangered and it's just a 3k round trip from Girragirra!
How about kicking the barbie on your deck into gear and watching the sun go down and the stars come out blazing in our dark, dark night skies, or doing a bit of Wallaby spotting?
Alternatively, use Girragirra as your comfy base to explore all that our beautiful little river town of Forbes and the wider Central West has to offer.
Built on the flood plain of the Lachlan River, Forbes is picturesque year round and an absolute oasis in our hot western summers. It’s a town steeped in the history of the 1800’s gold rush, wild and woolly bush rangers and of course farming of every description. Add to this a gorgeous little boutique shopping centre, a championship Golf course and a beautifully kept Olympic sized town pool and everybody’s happy.
Walk the heritage trail and check out our magnificent old buildings including the Town Hall. Forbes Historic Museum is a gem, car buffs will just love McFeeter’s Motor Museum and if you’re into bushrangers visit to Ben Hall and Kate Kelly at the Forbes cemetery !
A walking track around our glorious Lake Forbes entices you to go for a leisurely stroll or a brisk 5K walk, run or ride – whatever takes your fancy. There are plenty of grassy banks to unroll the picnic rug and while away a few hours or throw a line in.
Wander into town and enjoy our beautifully laid out boutique shopping centre with its great coffee, country pubs and clubs and thriving arts community. Visit the Platypus Gallery, the Sculpture Art Park and Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre for your Arts hit.
For the nature lovers among you, the River is a huge draw card for fishing, canoeing or just sitting back and watching the antics of the many birds and the odd human that call it home.
Head 30 minutes north and visit our friendly neighbours Parke, where you’ll find the CSIRO radio telescope, famous world wide for beaming back images of man’s first steps on the moon. Affectionately known as The Dish, it was the star of the best Australian movie ever called strangely enough “The Dish” and featuring the quite magnificent heritage buildings of … Forbes!
The Parkes Elvis Festival turns us all into lycra wearing, big haired Elvi and Pricilli and while it may not always be attractive, it is a whole lotta fun!
An hour and a half north will find you hanging out with all sorts of wild things at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
Heading east from Girragirra for around 30 minutes will land you in Eugowra, scene of Australia’s largest gold robbery and Bushranger central! My word they know and love their bushranger stories, both tall tales and true and have had a lot of fun painting the town from top to bottom with heritage related murals.
Nangar National Park is just a few Km further east of Eugowra and a fabulous place to go bushwalking, painting, camping and to spot about a gazillion kangaroos and wallabies doing their thing in the wild. You will not come home without seeing one, promise!
Arty, sciencey and a very pretty bit of country, that’s how we see Canowindra. Lots of galleries, quirky cafes and a beautiful historic town centre make the 45 minute drive well worth it
And how about this? A local grader driver accidentally dug up a load of pretty amazing fish fossils some years ago. Check them out at the Age of Fishes Museum. So worth a visit!
Or how about a spot of wine tasting. With plenty to choose from, our personal fav is the offering from those very excellent growers of many thing organic Rosnay In fact we stock our mini bar with a selection of their wines.
Everyone knows Orange is foodie central in this neck of the woods and at just an 80 minute drive from Girragirra it’s a fun day trip.
It has a a choice of great cafes and smart restaurants to pair with a plethora of cellar doors where you can taste quality cool climate wines.
Orange is a beautiful city, particularly in autumn when the streetscape comes alive with glorious autumn tones in the street plantings and gardens. Culturally there’s always a lot on offer too with a Regional Gallery and Civic Centre.
The two “T”s:
Trundle, a 45 minute drive north west of Forbes and Tullamore, a further 20 mins on are quintessential country towns with the kind of community spirit that means they thrive rather than just survive.
Both host Festivals with Tullamore turning bright green for it’s Irish Festival every April. Trundle, as well as hosting a Bush Tucker Day in September embraces all things Swedish Europop in May. Their ABBA Festival attracts thousands, all channeling their inner Dancing Queen togged up in flares and sequins.
Around a hour north west, Condo deserves a visit. This truly is big sky country where the red dirt plain gives you a sense of the vastness of the true “outback”. It’s also home to the Wiradjuri Study Centre, constructed with the express purpose of promoting the study and understanding of Wiradjuri culture.
On the loop to or from Condo the Utes in the Paddock installation is a must see. In a quirky, fun tribute to outback life, 20 iconic vehicles (only Holdens!) have been given a creative makeover. Admire Utezilla, the Emute, the TribUte, and Dame Edna on the ‘loo’.
This pretty little town about 45 minutes drive due south has wisely maintained much of its old world character.
Grenfell staged its 59th Henry Lawson Festival last June. Art and photography exhibitions, short story and verse competitions, a colourful street procession, children’s rides, street entertainment including busking and live music, and a car show are just a few of the wonderful events taking place over the festival weekend.
Then there’s the Weddin Mountains National Park about 40 mins west of Grenfell. With it’s scenic views and colourful walks, the park is ablaze with wildflowers in Spring and the perfect spot to do some bird watching. So worth a visit.
A picturesque 3 hour drive from the Canberra and 5 hours drive from Sydney, Forbes truly is the gateway to the Outback.