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Discover a tranquil world on the banks of a clear mountain stream, hidden amidst the inland slopes of the Great Dividing Range. A registered Wildlife Refuge, home to nearly 200 species of native birds and wildlife, this naturally beautiful environment creates an idyllic hideaway for travellers wishing to experience the magic of the Australian bush.
In an atmosphere of ecological harmony, Kingbilli’s secluded bluestone cottages provide the perfect base from which birdwatchers and wildlife lovers may explore their surroundings. Guests remain private and totally independent … their only interaction being with the King Parrots on the window sill, or a lazy Wombat waddling by the verandah.
The uniquely designed two-storied Honeymoon Cottage features a romantic loft-style bedroom opening onto a private balcony with panoramic views across the valley to the Cathedral Mountain. Old-fashioned casement windows, a country-style kitchen and soft leather furnishings complement the stone and slate, there’s a large stone fireplace ... and to ease the worn and weary … in the bathroom is a deep luxurious twin spa bath.
The true hermit, seeking greater isolation, may prefer the Studio. Tucked at the foot of the hills beneath a canopy of eucalypts and hidden by a profusion of native plants, this building has its own walk-bridge, fernpool, waterfall, heated garden jacuzzi and private island gazebo. Travellers choosing to holiday with friends will find the Studio also has the option of a second bedroom, making it ideal for families or a group of 4-5.
In the evening, jacuzzi fans can engage in conversation with a cheeky Brushtail Possum as she scampers by to steal her supper roses from the garden … whilst tennis players may be partnered by some large-footed team-mates, in the form of our resident Kangaroos.
Activities are plentiful … and bush-lovers seeking a memorable experience will enjoy a guided Llama Eco-Trek through ‘Blue Gully’, Kingbilli’s private wildlife sanctuary. Carrying delectable picnics in their saddlebags, gently humming Llamas lead the way through shaded trails to a hill-top spot with breathtaking views across the Cathedral Valley to the Great Dividing Range.
For those preferring to wine and dine in more traditional fashion, there are many delightful coffee shops, restaurants, wineries and country pubs closeby. Fishermen are catered for also, although some may have their sport interrupted by a Platypus paddling past ... whilst guests seeking to explore the local area will find horseriding, golf, ballooning, skiing and rock-climbing within easy reach of the property.
Some may find it takes more than a few days for the slow, seamless pace of country life to impose itself upon their psyche. Others might simply let the solitude and beauty of the landscape overtake them, sitting to meditate on the rustlings of leaves in the cool evening breeze ... or the filament-like reflections of trees and rushes on the still surface of a dam.
In these moments, the memory of constant motion in the outside world disappears.