The Peak's Forest Garden
You can book private garden walks for yourself, or with friends and family or small groups or visit during one of our Open Garden days (we provide drinks and snacks). Please contact us to book a date by using the contact form or by phoning Carol on 0408553976. We can also provide catering for a fee. Entry is $5.00 and there is no time limit. Also check out and LIKE our Facebook page to see more photos of our garden and upcoming events or open days.
When you arrive to the Lodge parking area you may notice a tin shed to your right and behind this is a secret garden that allows you to engage within the garden among the Rhododenrons, Camellias, tall stringy bark gums, ferns and a variety of other tress and plants with a bench seat situated so you can see the views beyond. If you look closely you will see some lovely features and garden art.
As you drive in there is another walk we call the Little Loop walk with its entrance between two gum trees next to the access road across from the Cottage. It takes you to the fish pond and a small foot bridge which leads into the bush and opens to the properties ledge where you can view a different perspective, bringing you back out to the open area and past some very old significant trees.
Behind Niara Cottage (studio & workshop in front of parking area) and the big wood pile you will find the entrance to Mothers Creek Walk which takes you beside the creek and to our water catchment sites, then back or through to other tracks that lead back to the Lodge garden; its a walk well worth taking. You can veer off the creek walk track and climb up steep walks to Mothers Waterfall however it is not recommended unless you like a challenge. The lush greenery is quite lovely and the birds sing beautifully in this part of the forest. There is a small bench seat along the way, to stop, meditate or just listen to the trickle of the creek and birds.
Also, Mothers Falls Walk which is behind the guest cottage to your right, takes you on a twenty minute walk up hill to a small, private creek waterfall which is picturesque and gives you a real forest feeling of solitude and has great photo opportunities with peeking views and lush moss, lichens and trees.
As you wander the garden paths you will notice the many Rhododenrons that bloom fully in Spring with an array of colours, also the gorgeous Camellias and a variety of natives. One important feature is the growing Wollemi Pine tree situated up the track from the wood pile near the clothes line on the left. Chris (who built the garden) planted this rare tree which was a gift from friends. There are quite a few unusual plants and perennials, bulbs, grasses, ground covers, succulents, ferns, trees and all surrounded by stone walls, rocks and big gums, musks, wattles, blackwood trees and forest with the two prominent mountains in the background, Mother Cummings Peak and Ironstone Mountain of the Great Western Tiers, Kooparoona Niara, which is part of World Heritage area.
Please take your time to wander and take it all in. There are garden stone paths in front of the Lodge as well. The front of the Lodge also hosts walking tracks which take you down to the old shack and dam with amazing views of the mountains.
Niara Cottage and Studio
Niara Cottage is a rustic stone, two storey building with lots of character, that sits in front of the Lodge car park area. It is primarily a studio and workshop with two loft bedrooms upstairs and is used to accommodate family, friends and visiting facilitators or as a workshop space. If you are interested in facilitating group workshops and utilising this space and loft rooms then please contact us by using the contact form or phoning on 0408553976. Our fees are very reasonable.