Peace and quiet in a beautiful rural setting
- english, french, german
About Malcolm Pryor
Dr. Bill and Ann Pryor have been the owners of Galwiji Homestead since the passing of Bill's father, William P. Pryor in 1974. He had been a soldier settler on the land after WW1. Their sons, Malcolm and Angus have managed Galwiji for the last 5 years, and have updated and upgraded the Homestead continually as a part of making it a comfortable holiday rental property.
Malcolm Pryor purchased this Farmhouse in 1921
Why Malcolm Pryor chose Scotsburn
Incredible natural beauty and solitude. A spellbinding array of bird life. Warm fires in winter.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
History. Family. Bird life.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
A little piece of heaven
We would like to say thank you for the wonderful homestead at Galwiji. The home was clean and had all the facilities that we needed to make our stay for 17 comfortable. Our children of all ages enjoyed the grounds outside and particularly the kangaroos that visited in the evening. It was close to the surrounding towns making access to entertainment and the local pools simple. The service was great with the owners contacting us at different intervals to ensure all our needs were being met. Thank you from The Arthur clan.
It was our pleasure to host the lovely Rev. Annette and her extended family. Big families (because we come from one) are definitely our cup of tea :)
Please come and visit again soon folks.
A joyful retreat with friends
Our sports team had a lovely stay at Galwiji, bonding in the beautiful garden and in front of the fire. The telescope was a brilliant surprise!
Dear Dani, it was a absolute pleasure to have you and the Sydney Uni Ultimate Frisbee team come and stay at Galwiji.
Thanks for all the administrative work you did to bring them down to Ballarat.
And I hear you managed to win the tournament - fantastic!
Hopefully there will be another tournament in Ballarat soon, so you can come and stay again.
Perfect for a family celebration ,
We had a wonderful family celebration, it was a truly wonderfull weekend with memories that will stay with me for a long time
Fantastic house to get away for a few days. The kids loved it too
Perfect for a young family to take a break together
Dear Simon, it was our pleasure to have you and your lovely wife and kids to stay at Galwiji Homestead.
Thanks for taking the time to check out all that it had to offer :)
Please come and visit again soon.
Peace, fresh air and tranquility in the countryside: what more could you ask for?
A spacious country farmhouse close to Ballarat, and an easy drive from Melbourne: well equipped with all modern appliances and plenty to keep you entertained. You will get a taste of farm life, fresh air, wildlife, the most breathtaking night skies to view the Milky way, hills to watch spectacular sunsets from, comfy beds, wood fires...hang on, I don't want to make it sound TOO good or else you might take our spot next time! Seriously though, stay at Galwiji and you are in for a wonderful experience!
Dear Greg, thanks so much for your kind review of Galwiji. We are touched and humbled. It will be our pleasure (and honour) to host you again.
Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
We absolutely loved Galwiji! A very spacious, cosy homestead with a real homely feel. It was equipped with everything you would desire including jackets and footware for the outdoors. Malcolm was the perfect host - prompt with communication and very informative.
Dear Kathy, we're so glad that you had such a successful stay with your group attending the Victorian Teachers' Games, and that you chose Galwiji to for your accommodation. Hopefully you can make Galwiji a part of your visit next year! Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
Mt Buninyong Winery Restaurant & Wood Fired Pizza is a near neighbour (210 Platts Rd., Scotsburn) and offers, as the name suggests, a winery and cellar door experience (they boast Australia’s finest range of fortified wines) and tasty wood-fired pizza. Refer www.mbwinery.com.au for more information.
The local township of Buninyong (population 3000) is an 8 minute drive from Galwiji Homestead and offers:
A good range of the basic necessities (a medium-sized supermarket with bottle shop, a pharmacy and a petrol station)
a range of eating and drinking options including a take-away pizza shop, a bakery, several cafes and sit-down dining at the golf club (Thursdays) and at the Crown Hotel
The city of Ballarat (population 100,000, refer www.visitballarat.com.au) is a 25 minute drive from Galiwji Homestead and has a wide range of activities and shopping possibilities:
The most popular tourist attractions in Ballarat include Sovereign Hill, Kryal Castle and Ballarat Wildlife Park
Shopping options are about as diverse as any other city this size with major department stores such as Target, Big W, K-Mart and Myer as well as an open air mall (Bridge Mall)
Geelong (population c.200,000) is less than an hour’s drive from Galwiji Homestead. Only a further 15 minutes onward is the start of a group of excellent beaches (the first being Torquay).
The closest supermarket is at Buninyong – an 8 min. drive from Galwiji Homestead. Foodworks at Buninyong (320 Learmonth St, Buninyong) provides a good range of groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, plus a well-stocked deli and bottle shop. It’s open 7 days a week, Mon.-Sat. 7.30am-7.30pm, Sun. 9am-7.30pm. Ph: (03) 5341 3263.
Next door to the Foodworks (316 Learmonth St, Buninyong) is Buninyong’ pharmacy (branded ‘UFS Dispensary’) which is open Mon.-Fri., 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-12pm. Ph: (03) 5341 2121.
We have personally attended the Pig and Goose restaurant in Warrenheip St. The meals are quite fancy and a little on the expensive side, but the service is good and the quality is excellent, so it’s the right place for a special occasion. They also serve coffee 🙂 Tel. 53418029. Open Mon. – Thu. 9-4 and Fri. – Sat. 9-late.
The Red Door Pizzeria offers Woodfired Pizza, both takeaway and sit-down. There’s live Music on Saturdays. Open 5pm – late, Wed.-Sun.
Closer still to the roundabout is Buninyong Bakehouse, offering a reasonable range of bread, cakes, pies and sit down light lunches. Open 7 days a week: Mon.- Fri. 7:30am-6pm, Sat. 7am-5pm, Sun. 7am-4pm. Ph: (03) 5341 2199.
Around the corner (501 Warrenheip St Buninyong) is a BP service station. While traditionally, the petrol prices are not great (though only slightly more than in Ballarat), it’s still handy to have the service station there if you’re running low.
And we all know that if you don’t support the little guys, they go out of business and all you’re left with is the big guys controlling the market 😛
The service station is a good place to pick up a range of newspapers and magazines and is open from 5am-9:30pm Mon-Sat and 6am-9:30pm on Sundays. Ph: (03) 5341 2154.
Bottle Shop / Pub
Across the road from the Petrol Station is the pub (402 Learmonth St). It offers good food (if a little pricey) in an historic but echoey environment (lots of wood floors and panelling). Established in 1842, the Crown Hotel was the first inland hotel in Victoria to be issued with a license and is the oldest continually licensed hotel in Regional Victoria. Ph: (03) 5341 3402
There’s Espresso Depot which by reputation makes the best coffee in Buninyong. The Depot offers a range of snacks and sells sourdough bread. It’s on 5341 2677 and is open 7-5 daily.
Maggie and Kate (next to the Post Office) 5341 2208 is very small but serves very good coffee and light snacks. Open Mon.-Fri. 7-3, Sat. 8-3 Closed Sun.
The Old Bluestone Cafe serves coffee, light lunches. Tel. 5341 8166. It’s open Tue.-Sat. 9-4, Sun. 8-5, Mon. closed.
For those of us for whom coffee is not the main event, there’s Chocolatto Coffee, where fine chocolates are sold. Tel. 53418333. It’s open Mon. – Fri. 8-5, Sat. 9-5 and Sun. 10-5
There is a craft market in Buninyong on the first Sunday of each month, and a farmers’ market on the third Saturday.
Other shopping options
If you’ve exhausted Buninyong for shopping options, the next place to head is into Ballarat. Head North-West on the Midland Highway for about 10 minutes until you hit Sebastopol which offers a Safeway (soon to be Woolworths), Coles, Aldi and numerous other shops. Head a further 10 min.s into Ballarat and you’ll hit Sturt St, probably the main shopping street in Ballarat. At the Eastern end of Sturt street is Bridge Mall offering an outdoor mall experience with a large range of shops.