Melaleuca overlooks the sandstone bluffs of Shipley plateau, bushland reserve and the Kanimbla valley. It is in an exceptional position - just 10 minutes walk from Blackheath village, but backing on to bush and spectacular walking trails.
PLEASE NOTE: two recent reviews refer to issues with cleaning. We have made contact with these guests to apologise individually and have changed our cleaning arrangements. We are very confident there will be no recurrence.
Melaleuca is situated right at the edge of the Blackheath township, so there is almost no traffic. Nighttimes are quiet - you will hear the occasional possum on the roof and perhaps a distant train. They are also very dark, and perfect for viewing stars from the deck on a clear night.
The cottage was built in the 1920s. It is a fibro and brick construction with metal roof (replaced in 2017) and gorgeous original internal cedar doors, picture rails and other details. The decoration is neutrally coloured in keeping with the period, while the ambience is relaxed and comfortable.
Melaleuca sleeps six, with a queen size bedroom, a double bedroom and a third bedroom with bunks - all with electric blankets in winter. (Please see the images section for the floor plan).
SHEETS AND TOWELS ARE NOT PROVIDED. Most of our guests drive from within NSW and by asking people to bring their own linen we are able to keep prices among the lowest in the area. If you are flying from interstate or overseas please contact us - we will work something out.
Pillows, doonas and extra blankets are provided.
There is a sitting room with comfortable lounges and an open fireplace, and a separate dining room. A modern gas space heater provides warmth to the entire house. The dining room opens to a spacious sundeck with superb, uninterrupted views - perfect for a morning coffee or a late afternoon glass of wine.
The renovated bathroom includes a bath and shower, and there is unlimited hot water.
The modernised kitchen is equipped with refrigerator, electric stove with ceramic cooktop, microwave and dishwasher. There is plenty of crockery, glassware and pots and pans - you should find everything you want but please do enquire if you need specific items.
For entertainment there is a DVD player, and digital satellite television ensures clear reception of commercial and public channels. We don't provide wifi but the mobile signal is strong and reliable. There are board games and lots of holiday reading.
The cottage is situated in a bush garden with native trees and shrubs. You'll be visited by crimson rosellas and sulphur-crested cockatoos. You may also see majestic yellow-tailed black cockatoos, thornbills, honeyeaters and native robins. Watch out at dusk for kangaroos that sometimes hop across the end of the garden. You might see skinks and other lizards, and like most places in the mountains there is always the possibility of snakes - please wear enclosed shoes at all times.
Within a half-hour drive you can reach:
*Horse-riding at Centennial Glen stables
*Abseiling with Eagle Rock Adventures
*The iconic view of the Three Sisters at Katoomba
*The United Cinema at Katoomba ('The Edge')
*Old style picture house "Mount Vic Flicks"
*The beautiful Megalong Valley
*Japanese Garden & Bathhouse near Hartley
Jenolan Caves makes a feasible day trip - at just over an hour away from Melaleuca.
FOOD AND DRINK
There is plenty of good food available at Blackheath village, ten minutes walk away from Melaleuca.
*The Blackheath Patisserie has excellent sourdough breads.
*For pies and cakes try the Bakehouse on Wentworth.
*Altitude is great for breakfast and sandwich lunches
*Anonymous makes the best coffee in the village.
* Blackheath has two pubs. The Gardners arms, on the highway at the western end of the village, has a good selection of pies, steaks and other hot food.
All provisions can be bought locally from Blackheath village, which features two supermarkets, greengrocer, butcher and delicatessen shops.
Please note: Melaleuca is comfortably furnished and well maintained, but it is an older property - built in the 1920s as a Sydney family's summer getaway. That means heaps of traditional country atmosphere but a few cracks and crevices, a bit of dust, the occasional friendly spider. If your preference is for something immaculate you may wish to look at newer build properties.
For other guests’ comfort, Melaleuca is STRICTLY NO PETS