Our sacred sanctuary is not a 5 star hotel, it is a real place, a working farm. The house is a working man's cottage of the 1940s. Please look elsewhere for a hotel or if you feel uncomfortable about staying in a home rather than a house. Dogs and children very welcome. Always willing to negotiate price with people from the city needing a real break.
Our sacred sanctuary is not a 5 star hotel, it is a real place, a working farm. The house is a working man's cottage of the 1940s. The old house has not moved a centimetre off its foundation. It is morticed hardwood with fibro cement. I love that heritage the shonky 70s renos do create light and space. The house location is one of the great locations in Kangaroo Valley above the fog and protected from the strong winds. Foundations of the pre-20th century house are in the immediate house grounds. The people who built that house probably camped on all the hills in all weather to find the best location. But the house is close to what would have been a permanent camp of Wadi Wadi people for thousands of years. Many Aboriginal friends and artists have stayed in the house over the years and feel this connection too. Please find look elsewhere for a hotel or if you feel uncomfortable about staying in a home rather than a house. Dogs and children very welcome.
My family and I have lived in this beautiful Upper River part of Kangaroo Valley. since 1996. We have had many international travellers working as woofers on our bio-dynamic organic farm. We regard them as our extended international family.
There is a shared bathroom and kitchen. The house is a 1940s/50s fibro shack which we have renovated there is a deck and a pool (made from a rain water tank) in summer. We have a rain-forest area adjoining the house and a macadamia nut plantation, along with citrus, apples, pear and lime trees. We also have about 100 Scottish Highland cattle, 1 horses (Banjo), 2 alpacas, a ram (Victa) and a ewe (Victoria) 2 lovely dogs Keela and Wawa.
There are some wonderful walks around our property and into the adjoining national park. You can walk for an hour or a couple of days depending on your fitness. There is a lovely walk up through wilderness area and then up to a road and onto the pub voted the best in NSW at Barrawang. A good reward after a 15 kilometre walk up the escarpment.
You really need a car in Kangaroo Valley. This will give you the freedom to explore the town and beyond to wonderful Jervis Bay, Berry on the coast and/or Bowral in the Southern Highlands the home of Donald Bradman, Mary Poppins and a cute place to visit.
The Kangaroo Valley pub is always good value and there are curios shops, a good restaurant Jing Jo's which needs bookings to confirm a spot.
Kangaroo Valley is not the greatest for public transport but there are two daily buses to the nearby towns of Bowral, Nowra and Moss Vale which links up with interstate and Sydney trains.
An unforgettable experience:
Our place is just one of the beautiful places in the world. We are very passionate about Aboriginal Australia and there are many places on our property where Aboriginal people have lived for thousands of years. If you are lucky you might share our house with some of our many Aboriginal visitors from the north, south, and west of Australia. We can also take you to see our wonderful healing tree, a unique and wonderous red cedar that is as old as modern European Australia.
Upper River, Farm Areas, National Park hiking
Interaction with guests
Guests become part of the family
Other things to note
Bushwalking is a must. The Kangaroo River is worth a visit at dusk to see platypuses. We have some canoes available at a small cost. The whole of Upper Kangaroo River area is a great place to ride your push bike. Mountain tracks go for miles. You can also ride up bush trails at the back of the property and get lost in the bush and never see another person for days!
Bedding is provided including sheets pillows and dooners but if you can bring your own that is a good option.
If you instant book be prepared to make up your own bedding.
Usually we have fresh meat and some fruit and vegetables you can buy from us at farm paddock prices! Please look after our home as you would your own home! No problems with pets. No smoking inside the house.
From Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2017 the minimum stay is 2 nights.
I am a retired Professor, Farmer, ex-political consultant and father of three fantastic boys who now have their own lives in Sydney and London. I run a biodynamic farm - basically the highest form of organic farming with Scottish Highland cattle, alpacas, one horse and one dog! I've worked at the highest levels of politics. Worked for the Labor Movement for many years and also in the USA and Europe as a political consultant. The name of my farm is Eramboo - which means tomorrow in the Guringai language. I am a passionate advocate for Aboriginal Australians and work as national secretary (voluntary) of the Indigenous Stock Exchange which has been raising start up capital for Aboriginal businesses since 2004. I have some great tips for travelling in the remote areas and meeting some wonderful Aboriginal guides. I need cash to supplement my farming income so welcome people into my four bedroom, rambling fibro house completely enclosed by rain forest. A car of some kind is probably needed in Kangaroo Valley. However there are beautiful beaches within a half an hours drive (Seven Mile Beach) and a bit further a field is the unforgettable Jervis Bay. There are wonderful bush walks all around our property as it borders onto a national park. You can walk for days without seeing another person. There is a great walk up to Burrawang Pub which will take about five hours. I have enjoyed the company of many (wwofers) willing workers on organic farms from Italy, France, Canada, Poland, England, the Netherlands, Japan, China and some even from Australia. Just about everyone who has worked on the farm has become part of the family and is linked up by as eramboo woofers. Beautiful fresh meat, macadamia nuts, green tea, vegetables from the garden is available in season at a reasonable price. Music is very important part of our lives. My three sons come home on holidays to work on the farm. Two live in Sydney and one in London.