Elevated, exclusive Lodge and property next to Grampians National Park, as close as possible to McKenzie Falls, Fish Falls, Hollow Mountain, Taipan Wall. Mt Staplyton and other attractions.
You can all be together in the same spacious building.
Look out on rugged Mt Difficult mountain range, views of abundant wildlife, including kangaroos, emus and birds. Beautiful private back valley with lake/boat to explore and bird watch under Asses Ears mountain.
LODGE can sleep up to 22 if needed.
Six sleeping areas.
Thick mudbrick walls, mean you enjoy cool days in summer and warm snug winter nights. Eco friendly and fun to stay in. Unique architecture and hand built mudbrick building.
DOWNSTAIRS Self contained lodge has
Four double bedrooms (3 are queen),
Four newly renovated toilets and showers, mobility friendly,
Two cathedral ceilinged lounges with effective log fires wood provided
Two Reverse cycle air conditioning units,
Kitchen and dining areas
Your own BBQ 's on back verandah.
UPSTAIRS a two extra sleeping areas with seven adult single beds each a total of 14 beds which can form extra queen beds
Lodge is romantic for couples but can expand to accommodate up to 11 if needed. Free cot, high chair and toddlers bed downstairs if needed.
Two kitchens and dining areas. It is possible to make one large table in one dining area that can sleep up to 20.
Appliances Washing machine, Refrigerator, Microwave oven, Reverse cycle air conditioning, two Lpg gas rings speedy for pasta and stir fry, toaster, electric jug, all cutlery and plates for up to 11, cooking equipment, knife rack.
We supply pillows, mattress protectors, pillow protectors, liquid soap and cakes of soap, detergent, toilet paper, LPG gas for BBQ, firewood, matches, bath mats and towels, coffee filters.
Guests usually bring sheets, doona blankets, towels and food drinks. Or your bed can be made ready for arrival with sheets, doona, towels, tea and coffee basket for 25 flat fee per person an extra charge. Other groups bring their own sheets and towels and hire doonas for 10 flat fee per person.
Eco Lodge sleep 22 Scenic private self-contained aircond 6BR 4 Bath 2 lounges
Dog friendly with secure yard while you are in the National Park offering shelter, water and shade. Dogs can sleep inside by the fire or outside the cabin at night in their own bed. $15 per dog per night.
ACTIVITIES AT WARTOOK RISE
At Wartook Rise without driving,
You could go for walks, around the farm, down to the lake, and to the platypus pool,
Photograph kangaroo, emu and birds groups, Older children enjoy making cubbies.
Sunset walks are fun down to the lake. The lake has water birds, binoculars an advantage.
At night the stars look so different to the city, and you see shooting stars and sometimes Aurora Australis (lights like curtains in the sky).
Yabbying is good fun with string, smelly meat,
Feeding hens/ducks and roosters in the hen yard they come running,
Some guests go for night walks with a torch and see possums, call up Boobook owls.
Outside fires at night are fun,
Cooking marshmellows or potatoes in foil, singing or listening to guitars/music, story telling looking in the flames. Please use water to put fire out before bed (buckets on back verandah).
Short walks nearby
McKenzie Falls, Broken Falls and Fish Falls, Beehive Falls. Summer Day Valley,
To Reeds Lookout and Balconies (Jaws of Death) pram friendly 1 km, past sculpture garden
Picnic at Zumsteins skip stones in the stream. Fish falls McKenzie Falls new hike.
Boroka Lookout overlooking Halls Gap,
Go on down to Halls Gap to see Brambuk and free demonstrations of aboriginal skills.
Walk to Venus Baths from Halls Gap, see tame cockatoos there is take some bread, they will perch on shoulders etc.
Nice Icecream shop there reasonable prices at Stoneycreek stores.
Really good zoo at Halls Gap it is visitor friendly and has interesting exhibits. Buy a food bag, the small deer are so friendly.
Halls Gap has a big Pub for lunches, evening meal, Kookaburra and other restaurants.
Great Western has Bests and Seppelts there is a free tour of underground wine cellars, formerly a gold mine, you see weird French moss growing in long drapes, without light at all.
Stawell has underground gold mining, you can drive to the top of the town lookout and see vents from the gold mine underneath the hill, there. as well a nice view over the town. A town hall clock at Stawell has a quaint mining tableaux on the hour. Op shops there also.
Dadswell Bridge has the Giant Koala, and a turkey farm across the road. Fun to see antique turkey collection and the owner Daryl is very interesting. You can come back from here via the Roses Gap Road and do Beehive Falls (easy hike) the Beehive was melted in a fire but bees are rebuilding up behind the falls if you keep going up 50 metres or so.
Longer hikes include Mt Zero 1 hour, Flat Rock, 1/2 hour, Pinnacle 2 hours, Sundial 1 hours, Pinnacle from Sundial 1 1/2 hours, Wonderland 5 hours, Mt Rosea 5 hours.
Visit Wander Inn for coffee/lunches/homemade cakes, have providore that sells food goodies. Fresh Fish and chips Friday nights until 7pm. Evening meals by arrangement ring Jenny Wilson .
Laharum Grove has lunches four days a week, Thursday through to Sunday and Friday night offers an evening meal (you must book in for Friday night Deirdre ) gourmet food delicious. New landscaping really interesting and exciting. Beautiful location in an olive grove.
Our local store sells petrol and has groceries.
Hollow Mountain is amazing hike, if group up to it. The Summer Day valley rock climbing area is interesting to see and often has climbers, the new staircase is jokingly called the "Stair case to Heaven" views are spectacular.. Our local mountain guide will take groups abseiling if you wish. Must arrange this.
Mt Zero and Flat Rock are excellent hikes. Can give more directions and help with maps if needed. Take water to this area. Only toilets there.
Horsham has really good op shops (I can give a map) , plus a good library with free internet toilet, near cafes.
Particularly recommend the excellent horses at Grampians horseriding,Over 12 years for rides at the moment. Cameron McDonald (guided ride, they teach and are good for advanced riders also)
Abseiling with a mountain guide Tory Dunn , .
Lodge provides a private and beautiful setting for groups of friends, family reunions, birthday parties, weddings most celebrations. The two adjoining loungerooms work very well with mixed age groups or friends.