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The Pebble House-Tarnagulla

House, Maldon

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Min 2 nights stay

6 guests
3 bedrooms
6 beds
1 bathroom


THE PEBBLE HOUSE is in TARNAGULLA. It was originally a mud and slab building inhabited by a mining family. The house was renovated in the 60's to become a pebble house however, it retains many of the original features. THE SLAB HUT is a separate building and more rustic. It was a blacksmith shop and most likely the original house. It was restored to become a bedroom.


The Pebble House has one double bed and two singles. An additional three single beds are in The Slab Hut. All linen is supplied. There is an extra fee of $20 per night per person sleeping in The Slab Hut.


Some tea and coffee provided.

Full sized gas stove with oven and grill.

Sink with dish cloths, dish liquid and tea towels.

Crockery, cutlery, stove top kettle, pots and pans supplies.

No fridge Due to solar reliance though a large esky is available or you could bring your own.

An outdoor, undercover, gas barbeque is also available.


Located in a separate pebble building ensuring peace and quiet. It has a bath with an over bath shower, small sink and toilet. Towels and initial toilet paper provided.


The house is supported by a small solar system that provides lighting and a radio. Most lights are reliable 12 volt though there are some 240 volt lights and power points for the charging of a laptop, phone or other such device. 240 volts may not be always be available if there is no sun or the power is overused. 12 volt lights may dim if sun is low, such as mid winter, or if overused. It is advisable to bring and ancillary light source such as battery lanterns or LED lights and a torch just tin case.The house is best heated with the medium cast iron wood heater in the back room. Open fire place in main room for snug ambiance. The Slab Hut has a wood or briquette heater. Wood and some briquettes provided.

PHONE SERVICE: In the past, Mobile reception was available either in the driveway, at the top of the ridge adjacent to the house or on the far side of Jack Smith's fire place. In case of an emergency you could wave to the neighbours. They are friendly.

Times change. Now, if you are a Telstra customer mobile service is available, however you still need not tell your boss, your employees or your children.



Gold Panning sandy creek at rear of house Pans provided.

and detecting of course

Bush walking.

Melville's caves. 20min

Wildflowers in spring.

Bird watching

Local markets and collectables.


Fishing in the Loddon River at Newbridge and Laanecoorie.

Cycle Tracks

Historical towns and walks

Golf opposite nine hole golf course


Artistic pursuits

The Pebble House lives in the Heart of the Golden Triangle 45 km from Bendigo. Close to Maldon 36km and Castlemaine 44km and Maryborough 37km.


Given that the house was built for miners to original specifications; if you are over 5ft 3inches tall you must:


The house is solar reliant so it would be useful to bring a torch or other battery operated lighting for low sun occasions for outdoor lighting or visiting the toilet.

Closest supermarkets are Dunolly: 15km. Inglewood: 21km or Maryborough: 37km. Tarnagulla Post Office, open business hours during the week and Sat and Sun mornings, has basic provisions. Newbridge general store has a larger range, a cafe and coffees. Counter meals available in Tarnagulla pub 1.5km and Newbridge pub: 8km. please enquire for times and days. May be prudent to bring supplies on arrival. Tarnagulla community house has coffee and exceptional home made snacks on Sundays.

Pets welcome with prior approval. Property is reasonably secured with a dog fence. But cannot be guaranteed for jumpers or burrowers. The property has also been fenced for horses. Pets are to be kept outside the buildings.

Best times to visit are Autumn, Winter and Spring. Summer is more challenging though happy campers and bush savvy guests still enjoy the comparative comfort. Spring and summer also attract mosquitoes. Some mozzie coils provided but it is advised to bring personal repellent. Given the bush setting, in summer blowflies can also be about and doors must be kept shut to keep them outside.

Summer is also bush fire season. Like many places in Victoria, Tarnagulla is a high risk area. It is important to keep tabs on the weather so that you can be prepared. Also make yourself familiar with your environment and develop a plan in the unlikely event of bush fire. Tarnagulla is in the Northern Country zone. In event of a total fire ban day it is advisable to adhere to the advice offered on the CFA website. Leave early. ABC Radio is the emergency station and usually accessible in The Pebble House. A battery radio may be useful. There is also the Vic Emergency app available for your smart phone. There is no designated 'safe place' or community refuge in Tarnagulla in case of bush fire, so careful planning and awareness is best.

For further descriptions you may like to visit The Pebble House on Facebook.


Features covered by Stayz Rental Assurance


Eco-Friendly Fireplace Games Kitchen Linens provided Non-Smoking Outdoor grill Parking Pets allowed Towels provided
The Pebble House-Tarnagulla is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 28.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Off grid and loving it! What a rich array of history Tarnagulla and the Pebble house has. We avidly read all we could about the Dyer family, the mining family who lived there. We sensed the ghosts of the past and felt immersed in a bygone era.The house was cozy, comfortable and the surrounds beautiful. It’s a photographers dream and 150+ photos later I’m trying to pick the ones I like the most. We throughly enjoyed our weekend away from reality and would certainly return without hesitation and recommend the place to family and friends.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pebble House Charming property. Been there before, but the point of relaxing at night with the kids not possible due to no light at night.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great experience! Had a great 3 nights - even though the middle of winter we kept warm and cosy and snug. Plenty of firewood... thanks! As per other reviews, very rustic and character filled! Not for everyone, but we loved it. So quiet and peaceful. Our 3 kids loved it - saying it looked like something out of a fairy tale! Enjoyed exploring some of the lovely smaller towns of the Goldfields while there. Only negative was the main bed's mattress which was a bit saggy on one side - probably because it is sat on a lot near the open fire! Would definitely stay again.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very sweet I loved the house so quiet just me the poodles and the magpies
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent expirience Thank you Janene, for sharing such a unique house with us! We stayed for Siberian Husky Club Cup Race, Long bush Tarnagulla We absolutely loved it, especially our little boy. He kept saying he wanted to stay for long -long time and hid house key in the bag with potatoes, which we found later. There was something for all members of my family to enjoy! It is fairy-tale house with a wonderful garden! Night sky was mesmerising so was a fire pace. Someone truly noted before, experience not for everyone and takes a bit to get use to but we would do it again and again! We will be coming back next year for a bit longer. Club runs Cup Race in Tarnagulla every year. I am very happy I have discovered this property on Stayz! What happened with Pebble Creek? Tanya, Igor, Maxim 3.5 and Siberian Huskies Asya and Dexter 26, 27, 28 and 29 of August 2016
Date published: 2016-08-30
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