Located approximately 30km south of Tenterfield and 60km north of Glen Innes, Bolivia Hill is a geographical landmark on the picturesque New England Tableland in northern New South Wales. Sitting on a north-eastern slope of Bolivia Hill, our 136 hectare property is characterised by large granite outcrops and open eucalypt forest.
We invite you to enjoy a stay on Bolivia Hill in The Gatehouse which offers purpose-built quality accommodation for 2 people, with spectacular views over historic Bolivia Station and on to the ranges beyond.
The Gatehouse is self-contained studio-style accommodation. Features include:
- wood-fired stove
- quality furniture and fittings
- comfy queen bed
- cedar slat floor in the luxury bathroom
- fully-equipped kitchen with full-size fridge, microwave, electric kettle, toaster, rice cooker and that fabulous wood fired stove
- satellite TV linked to sound system, and
- and 9 m x 3 m verandah with BBQ and breathtaking 180° views.
A Stay on Bolivia Hill has something to offer all year round.
September brings into bloom a fantastic array of wildflowers including dainty terrestrial orchids, grasstrees, hoveas, leptospermums, and kunzeas. Bolivia Hill is host to a number of threatened or endangered plants most of which show off their amazing blooms between September and December.
Our cool summer evenings are just perfect for relaxing on your private verandah in the company of our resident wallaroos and wallabies who come out to feed at dusk within metres of the Gatehouse. Our summer storms usually rumble over from the southwest, cause havoc for about 20 minutes, and then travel on to the coast in the northeast. Complete double rainbows are common in their wake; and for hours afterward, you can enjoy a fantastic lightning show on the horizon.
Autumn could well be our best season with calm, warm days and cooler nights.
Whatever your preferred activity (or non-activity) during your stay on Bolivia Hill, from March to May is just about perfect for it. It is a great time of year for bushwalking and bird-watching.
Winter days can be cold (and sometimes it snows).
What better excuse do you need for settling down in front of the wood fire with a good book. BYO favourite read or choose from our selected offerings from The Bolivia Hill Book Depository. Or you may prefer to soak up in the sunshine while lazing on the verandah. The starry, starry winter night sky is awe-inspiring and you can check it out in detail with the help of our star-gazing telescope.
in August, the wattles adorn the hills with layers of sunny yellow telling us that spring is not far away.
The Gatehouse is fully-fenced and has a single carport.
Well-behaved pets are welcome by prior arrangement.
Two telecommunications towers provide excellent 4G reception.
Lists of indigenous plant and animal species are available; as are binoculars and our star-gazing telescope.
Nature lover's delight
If you're passionate about Australian native flora and fauna and like to wander in the bush, then a stay on Bolivia Hill offers an amazing array of Mother Nature's best.
Over 140 plant species and approximately 90 bird species have been recorded on our property. Some of our plant species are quite rare, a few are threatened or endangered, and we are passionate about preserving this habitat and its unique flora and fauna. About 20 plant specimens have been taken from our property and forwarded to the Queensland Herbarium for inclusion in the collection. Our terrestrial and rock orchids are a feature not to be missed; but timing is everything, so if this is your passion, please talk to us about the best weeks of the year for observing these fantastic plants.
Birdos will not be disappointed on Bolivia Hill.
Expect to see wedge-tailed eagles (at eye-level) riding the thermals rising from Bolivia Station below, glossy black cockatoos will regularly spend a day feasting in the Allocasuarina trees, and flocks of honeyeaters, fairy wrens, finches, thornbills, treecreepers and whistlers will sweep through the gardens. A family of Superb Blue Wrens and a pair of Spinebills are resident in the Gatehouse garden providing some excellent photo opportunities from the verandah. The Gang of Four magpies has dominion over the south ridge and will mercilessly pursue any airborne trespassers.
And of course, we have no shortage of marsupials, monotremes, reptiles and amphibians to fascinate and amuse our guests. Some are secretive, others not; but it is always delightful to watch them go about their daily business and completely ignore us mere humans.
Discover a bushranger's hideout
Local historians tell us that one of the many hideouts used by the bushranger known as Thunderbolt is located on our property.
With its proximity to an old Cobb & Co track, a guided walk to 'The Cave' will take you back in time. The walk does not follow a formed path and requires a reasonable level of fitness and agility. There are many opportunities along the away for taking in some outstanding views of the northern New England Tableland; and if you really like a challenge, you can follow Thunderbolt’s escape route between two massive granite boulders (with or without a torch!).