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Catriona at The Cedars.
Catriona at The Cedars.
Inside a cabin at The Cedars.
Catriona helps out on the farm.

The Cedars

Thursday, June 8, 2000
The Cedars is one of the largest working farms in Kangaroo Valley. Guests can be involved in the farm's activities, or just relax and enjoy the beauty of the area.

In the 1860s The Cedars was a 90-hectare land grant, and its cattle, sheep, pigs, orchard and vegetable patch supported a family of 11. It now covers 485 hectares surrounded by Morton National Park, and has four cottages for visitors, as well as the main house.

The homestead was built in the 1920s and has been fully renovated. It sleeps up to eight. Misty Glen was burnt down and rebuilt, and has two bedrooms and a large living room. The Dairy, which really used to be one, has one large bedroom, and the Yurt is a big studio cottage. All are private and self-contained with a bathroom, kitchen, wood fire and barbecue. Breakfast is also provided.

The Cedars has much to offer outdoors. Visitors can help feed the animals — including pet pigs Boris and Delores, donkeys, a house cow and draught horses bred by the Scarfs — at 9.30 each morning.

Apart from the farm animals, wildlife abounds. You can see lyrebirds, wedge-tailed eagles, wallabies, echidnas, goats and wombats when you walk through the surrounding bush, and if you are very energetic, you can take a six-hour guided walk to Keenan's Hut, where the views of the valley are breathtaking.

The Barrengarry Creek runs through the property and is good for swimming, or you can have a barbecue on its banks after a few sets of tennis. Balls and racquets are supplied.

The valley has a variety of shops and restaurants, a pub with a bistro, arts and crafts, plus local produce for sale. There's also Pioneer Village, where you can see how life was in the old days.

Other activities include canoeing down the Kangaroo River, horse riding, or playing golf at the Kangaroo Valley Country Club's 18-hole course.

Location

Kangaroo Valley, two hours south of Sydney.

Cost

Cottages at The Cedars start at $140 a night for two nights. There is a 20 percent surcharge for a single-night stay.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission.

More information

The Cedars
Bunkers Hill Road, Barrengarry
Ph/fax: (02) 4465 1147
email: cedars@ita.com.au
Website: www.ita.com.au/cedars

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