This is a treat for the city slickers wanting a piece of the good life in Victoria.
Victoria's Yarra Valley, just past Melbourne's north-eastern suburbs, is a place of great natural beauty. It beckons visitors for cosy stays in b&bs, bicycle tours, bushwalks, wildlife spotting and tastings at dozens of wineries.
Friendly and attractive towns such as Yarra Glen, Healesville, Warrandyte, Lilydale, Warburton and Healesville welcome visitors year round, and each has something different to offer.
Healesville has been home to Olga Szymiczek for 15 years and eight years ago she and her partner bought Kangaroo Ridge. The 20ha of land was overgrown with thistles, blackberries and rugged bush, but the couple saw that it had enormous potential.
They put in a driveway, some dams, had electricity connected and built themselves a two-storey home from mud brick and recycled timber.
All work on Kangaroo Ridge has been done without necessitating the removal of one tree. In fact, they have re-vegetated with indigenous plants.
They have since added two architect-designed cabins for visitors. The environment was once again a major consideration and they wanted a sophisticated Australian style with an Asian feel created by furnishings and décor.
Even though the cabins are only 50m apart, their differing angles and height have ensured privacy and seclusion. There are also trees growing between the cabins, so you feel as though you have the entire place to yourself.
Kangaroo Ridge overlooks the Long Gully Road and Long Gully winery. It could be the most beautiful outlook in the area.
The cabins have split cycle air conditioning/heating and slow combustion wood heaters. A large spa overlooks the mountains.
When booking, Olga is happy to take a food order from you and have the ingredients waiting for your arrival. The cabins' ambience seems to encourage people to spend evenings in after a day of touring local places of interest.
Healesville, one hour north-east of Melbourne.
Kangaroo Ridge Retreat cabins start at $200 a night, including breakfast provisions.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Kangaroo Ridge Retreat
38 Turners Lane, Healesville 3777
Ph: (03) 5962 1122, Fax: (03) 5962 email@example.com
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