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 22 if needed. Free cots, high chair and toddlers beds downstairs if needed.
Two kitchens and dining areas. It is possible to make one large table in one dining area that can sit 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, Electric frypan or wok, Coffee machine or stove top filters supplied, all cutlery and plates for up to 22, cooking equipment, knife rack.
We supply pillows, mattress protectors, pillow protectors, a fresh pillow case is put on. and new fitted bottom sheet put on each bed, liquid soap and cakes of soap, detergent, toilet paper, LPG gas for BBQ, firewood, matches, bath mats and hand towels, coffee filters.
Guests usually bring top sheets, doona or blankets, towels and food, drinks.
Or your bed can be made ready for arrival with hand ironed sheets, doona, towels, tea and coffee basket for 25 flat fee per person an extra charge. Other groups bring their own top sheets and towels and hire doonas for 10 flat fee per person.
Eco Lodge sleep 22 Scenic private, self-contained, two reverse cycle airconditioners, overhead fans over all double beds downstairs. 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. Water dishes and dog towel available.
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, regulations permitting.
Short walks nearby
McKenzie Falls, Broken Falls and Fish Falls, Beehive Falls. Summer Day Valley, Award winning new track between base of McKenzie falls and Fish Falls.
To Reeds Lookout and Balconies (Jaws of Death) pram friendly 1 km, past sculpture garden
Picnic at Zumsteins skip stones in the stream. wooden platform for seating while children play in the riverl Walk in to Fish falls from Zumsteins 25 minutes, spectacular falls few see.
Pusher and wheelchair friendly hikes include the McKenzie Falls lookout, and Balconies.
Boroka Lookout overlooking Halls Gap spectacular,
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 three days a week, Friday 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 9 - 6pm Happy Wanderer resort.
WanderInn Cafe and Providore is open 10 - 5pm Tuesday to Sunday 6 days, evening meals available until 8 pm by ringing Jenny on ..
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. We are selling the new edition of Grampians Bouldering Guide for 49.95, buying it for a present and to see the amazing new tracks, routes and bouldering areas.
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.
From Flat Rock you can go on up to Bird Rock and even on to Mt Staplyton. This is surely one of the best Grampians Views, you feel "king/queem of the world".
Horsham has really Art Gallery, with rotatiing exhibitions, always something new to see. Good op shops (I can give a map) , plus a welcoming 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 lounge rooms work very well with mixed age groups or friends. Guests also enjoy the two kitchens and work spaces, two BBQ's, and four bathrooms.
Come and join in the fun. Out the window there is an outstanding parade of wildlife and birds, a great place to take overseas visitors.