Our stone house is situated in the middle of the Australian bush, and is built in the style of an 11th century, Italian farmhouse. Located north of Bairnsdale, near the upper reaches of the Nicholson River, it offers day trips to Paynesville, Metung or Lakes Entrance, Dinner Plain or Mount Hotham. Solar powered lights, wood stove, outdoor pit-fire, this house has no WIFI and limited phone coverage. It is a place for those wanting a complete break from contact with the modern world.
Waterholes Retreat is an entire 3-bedroom home in the middle of the Australian bush. All the luxuries with none of the mod-cons. Solar powered lights, wood stove, outdoor pit-fire, a house that is fully equipped with everything you need.
Watch the animal and bird life come to you in this remote bush setting. Walk the trails and discover the many waterholes that dot the land. Do day trips to the Gippsland Lakes for fishing and sightseeing, or travel north to the snowfields. Visit local wineries or simply sit around the pit-fire with a cold beer.
If you want a break from modern technology, this is the place for you. With no wifi, no electricity, and no television, this is a retreat from gadgets and devices, a chance to play board-games and cards. In this white stone house, you will experience the charms of moonlit nights and the brilliance of a starry sky.
You will need a car. For overseas visitors, pick up and transport from Melbourne airport to Southern Cross station is possible. There is a train to Bairnsdale (3 - 4 hour trip) and car hire is available in Bairnsdale, as it is in Melbourne, if you wish to drive from the city. The road between Bairnsdale and Waterholes is unsealed but always in good order and quite appropriate for any vehicle to travel on. It might also be possible to negotiate a price with SJ for someone to pick you up from Melbourne Airport and take you all the way to Waterholes Retreat
Guests will be able to stay for periods of a minimum of 2 nights, and a maximum of 10 days. (Longer stays will need to be negotiated.)
The house is fully furnished and offers the option of sleeping eight people. There are four beds which sleep six, and a futon double sofa bed for two more.
This home provides farmhouse amenities including a combustion stove and heater (wood provided) a gas stove and fully equipped country-kitchen and bathroom. (However, for saving water, it is requested that people wee outside.) There is no electricity or landline telephone service at the house, so it is vital that guests have a mobile phone which they can re-charge in their car. Mobile contact is sketchy, so be prepared for complete isolation.
Water is fed to the house by gravity and, while there is no mains electricity at the house, solar panels run 12 volt lights in all of the rooms. Reading torches are suggested as necessary for a complete stay. And while a few will be provided, it is wise for guests to bring their own.
There is a large outside area to have a campfire. Waterholes Retreat will be available throughout the entire year, however, over the summer months, due to the fire season, it is possible that hire for the house will have to be cancelled because of fire-danger weather. In this case, all money will be returned in full, to the person who has rented the property.
$20 per night for each additional person after 2 people
Children under 10 years of age are free. However, parents must supply bed linen.
- Check in between 10am - 2pm (Flexible time can be arranged)
My name is SJ Finn. I'm a social worker, currently employed in the Harm Reduction sector. I'm a writer as well, and have had several novels published. I built the house at Waterholes 30 years ago, after returning from a trip to Tuscany. You can tell the house is made with love and care when you enter it. I go there to write and relax, and to have contact with animals and birds. It is a great contrast from city life.