We’ve got a lot of things to keep you busy during your stay… or sit back and relax, and do a whole lot of nothing!
Animal Feeding & Playing
The rural setting is such that it is constantly changing, especially with the resident animals – it is a real pleasure to sit and watch the goats and alpacas roaming around, and interacting. We love when guests want to help out at feeding time, hand-feeding the animals some hay or pellets is the best way to get to know them. Just let us know if this is an activity you would like to do and we will arrange a suitable time for you.
Bush Walking Trails
Whether you’re looking for an easy family friendly walk or something a bit more strenuous, there is a walking trail for you! Just let us know what would interest you and we can provide you with lots of options!
If you would like a guided hike High Country Hiking Tours offer short, half or full day hikes at very reasonable prices.
Introducing PLATYPUS ROCK – a beautiful spot for a picnic. This hanging rock features a hand-built outdoor sitting bench to look down onto the river from above, great for spotting long-necked turtles, trout and even the odd platypus if you’re lucky!
While meandering around the property you will see plenty of native animals, especially if you are patient, quiet and keep your eyes peeled. Kangaroos are plentiful, especially in the late afternoon. You may also spot echidnas, wombats, platypus, lizards and other reptiles, plus always, an assortment of beautiful birds.
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Mansfield is just a 15 minute drive. It has all that you need including two large supermarkets (IGA or Foodworks), plus a great organic grocer, Harvest Wholefoods, lots of cafes & restaurants, a post office, four pubs as well as lovely gift and clothing boutiques. Mansfield Visitor Information Centre is a great drop in as well, for more ‘what’s on and what’s new’ information
Start your morning and ski season right with a sunrise hot air balloon flight over Mansfield. Situated in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, surrounded by grazing land, mountain forests, and stunning scenery, making the perfect scenery to experience ballooning. Open 7 days and week, twice a day during our fabulous winter season!
There is obviously the winter wonderland of Mt Buller which is a lovely half hour drive to the entrance gate. During winter you can experience an abundance of snow and enjoy down-hill skiing, snow-boarding, tobogganing or snow-play! We also love getting to the quieter ‘little sister’ Mt Stirling, for cross country skiing, snow-shoeing or simply for the best coffee & pastie combination we know of (cooked onsite in the café)!
In the other direction, half an hour away from us is Powers Lookout, on the way to Whitfield (and the King Valley wineries – see below!). A gorgeous well-maintained lookout over the vineyards and a short bushwalk to breathe in the clean country air! A further 20 mins from Whitfield, and a bit off the beaten track (but worth it!) is Paradise Falls. Accessed by a short walk (500m) this stunning waterfall is best after rain.
The wineries of Dal Zotto, Chrismont, Pizzini, Brown Brothers and Sam Miranda have created the self-drive prosecco and food trail, which highlights the region’s Italian heritage and its claim as being the home of Italian bubbly in Australia. Essentially on our ‘doorstep’ known as “King Valley’s Prosecco Road”, you will be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported to the picturesque hills of northern Italy!
Mountain View Hotel
Lunch at the Mountain View Hotel (Whitfield) is also great, as is a casual picnic at McCormack’s waterhole on the King River – ask us for directions!
Lakes and Rivers
In summer, uncover some fantastic lakes and rivers (Delatite, Eildon or Jamieson) for a swim, to hike around or for a spot of fishing. Cycling from Jamieson to Kevington is stunning, or a shallow swim at Bracks Bridge is fun with kids.
Sheepyard Flat is in a natural valley with very easy access to the Howqua River and is a popular spot for picnics, horse riding, bushwalking, fishing and four-wheel driving. Rediscover the days of gold mining and settlement as you walk past historic relics from times gone by.
High Country Hiking Tours
For guided tours around the local area, High Country Hiking Tours will take you on an adventure you will never forget – perhaps West Ridge or Timbertop Summit – or for that extra High Country ‘buzz’, join a horse trail ride adventure with Hidden Trails, Watsons or numerous other operators.