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Bald Rock retreat, an authentic Spanish hacienda.
Bald Rock retreat, an authentic Spanish hacienda.
Stay at ease in the Fishing Cabin.
Stylish Spanish architecture.

Bald Rock Retreat

Thursday, September 14, 2000
In northern NSW you'll find this authentic Spanish hacienda, a retreat for those who really want to get away... You may even find yourself in the midst of a world music concert.

One of Australia's best-kept natural secrets is Bald Rock National Park, the site of Australia's largest monolith after Uluru.

Bald Rock Bush Retreat sits on 240ha next to the national park and it really lives up to its name. Guests tend to arrive by hearing about it from previous guests or just by following the coffee cup signs along the dirt road. Word is also being spread by music lovers who regularly attend world music concerts there.

First-timers are surprised to find an authentic Spanish hacienda. Owner/builder Buko Vogel lived in southern Spain as a young man and loved the architecture and practicality of the houses there. When he found himself in the tablelands, his old dream returned and he started building. The place is powered by solar and wind energy, enjoys pure, natural rainwater and all building materials are chemical-free.

Buko's wife Helga planted more than 100 varieties of different cacti, which adds to the Spanish flavour of the property.

The retreat is for people who really want to get away from city noise and pressure. There are no televisions in the guestrooms or bunkhouse; visitors tend to read, bushwalk or peacefully relax around the hacienda or lake.

There are two guestrooms within the hacienda, each with its own handmade fireplace and mosaic bathroom.

The backpacker bunkhouse is Santa Fe-style and sleeps up to 10. It has a kitchen, open fireplace, indoor BBQ and a communal area for relaxing and getting together with other guests.

The Fishing Cabin is built completely over the lake — including the entranceway — and is totally private. It looks like a houseboat and you can fish for silver and golden perch and yabbies from the chair on the verandah. Buko has set up a smoking log, so if that's how you like your perch, Buko will show you how to do it.

If camping is your thing you can pitch your tent by the lake. It is the closest camping ground to Bald Rock National Park.

The hacienda cafe is open for guests and day visitors and you can dine in front of the fountain.

Pets, including horses, are welcome, but please advise Buko and Helga when you are making your reservation if you plan to bring a four-legged friend with you.

The Bald Rock Bush Retreat is a good place to stay any time of year. In winter months it is a cosy nest, in summer it's a terrific place to dodge the humidity of the coast ... and there are no mosquitoes.


Near Tenterfield, about 3.5 hours south-west of Brisbane or three hours west of Byron Bay.


Bald Rock Bush Retreat hacienda rooms start at $71.50 per double per night. The Backpacker Bunkhouse starts at $13.75 per person per night. Camping is $5.50 per person per night and the Fishing Cabin is $137.50 per night (minimum of two nights stay).
Animals stay free of charge.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Bald Rock Bush Retreat
Lot 43, Mount Lindesay Road
Via Tenterfield NSW, 2372
Ph: (07) 4686 1227
Fax: (07) 4686 1239

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