Lyrebird Falls is a place where Nature thrives and you can relax and unwind. It is a place for comfortable living with freedom to roam around 270 acres of natural bush land, merging with Butterleaf National Park close to the crest of the Great Dividing Range in the New England region. This is granite country- huge boulders, along with massive ancient eucalypts are home to wombats, lyrebirds and many other birds and wildlife, such as echidnas, quolls and sugar and greater gliders commonly found in natural areas such as this.
At an altitude of just over 1200 meters there are four seasons through the year and occasionally on the same day Summers are moderate and the summer air is dry with a refreshing breeze, winter sees the occasional thin covering of snow
Accommodation is in a self-contained octagonal cottage Akah-Lan, hand built by the owners. Recycled materials were used wherever possible to create a hand-crafted interior. The floor is made from poured earth using ancient earth floor building techniques.The Octagon is a small, beautifully designed open plan house one room- no separate bedroom and is super insulated, making it toasty warm in winter and cool in summer. The doors and windows are made from restored silky oak timbers and the vaulted ceiling is lined with cypress pine.
A bookshelf housing a large range of books takes up one entire wall. Topics include nature, travel, health and healing and there are many “coffee table style” books. Games suitable for 1 or 2 players are available as an alternative to simply quietly gazing into the fire on winter evenings.
The bright en-suite bathroom has a toilet and shower. Water pressure is a gravity fed system, which is lower than the mains pressure those guests normally living with mains water would be used to in their own homes. We provide bath towels, soap and shampoo/conditioner, which we encourage you to use because it is suited to our septic system.
For those cooler days there is a wood heater- all wood is supplied and this also heats the water through a flue-heating system. In summer the water circulates through pipes on the roof to be heated by the sun, so in summer and winter there is ample hot water, however on warm cloudy days in spring and autumn there is sometimes a need to light the fire for a couple of hours to heat the water. We are happy to help guests with this if required.
We provide a range of teas and plunger coffee with a hand grinder for the beans. Close by outside is the bush kitchen. This is a sheltered area open on two sides and housing a fridge with a small freezer section, two gas rings and a gas barbecue Webber Baby Q. All “smaller essentials” such as salt and pepper, herbs and spices, cooking oil, and most utensils are provided, however if there is something more you need, the owners will provide it if possible. This area is a lovely place to prepare food- well sheltered from the hot sun in summer, it has an open aspect which makes this an "outdoor" experience while sheltered from the weather.
Note- this is off-grid living and the only electricity in the Octagon is provided by a 12-volt solar panel. This powers the lighting and some small devices such as phones can be charged in this way, however the Octagon does NOT have 240v power. Also, a positive for those having a rest break perhaps the mobile phone signal is limited and patchy around the entire property. The owners have a 6m aerial which provides a way to send/receive messages in case of an emergency.
The Octagon has a decked veranda at both the front and back meaning there is always have a place where you can choose the sun or the shade. The back veranda, catches the morning sun beautifully and is in full shade during the afternoon.
The "stick house" is a beautiful place to hang out on hot days. It catches the breeze coming up the gully from the creek and is a great place to do some serious hammocking. This area is also used by the owners who live nearby within the same area. The owners will always leave it up to you to approach us if you would like to chat because they appreciate guests usually want privacy.
Access to the property involves 22km of unsealed road through farmland cattle from the main highway, then a 3 km track through bush land. Although 4WD is not essential, PLEASE NOTE: without the use of a high axle vehicle you may sustain damage, or have difficulty if it is wet. By arrangement, the owners will transport you the last part of the way if you are concerned about this. There is insufficient power for a microwave. The nearest shop is 45 minutes drive away, so please shop before you arrive
You are most welcome to wander around the property at your leisure. Clear tracks cover most of the property and the more agile may choose to climb the rock formations. Two seats overlook different parts of the gully, which is the ideal place to relax and watch the wildlife as it visits the creek below.
This is rustic, off-grid living, where "time out" from the hectic day to day pressures of the "electronic age" provides the perfect opportunity for rejuvenation- peacefulness, stunning natural surroundings, and a focus on moment-by-moment simple living.