This property spans 50 acres and neighbours iconic World Heritage Area, Kooparoona Niara, (Mountains of Spirits), Great Western Tiers. On one side is 100 acres of private forest and the other is harvested blue gum owned by Forico, with the front bush and farm land owned by our neighbour. 

All credit goes to the previous owners and developers of this property Bernie & Chris who over many years worked hard to create this amazing and beautiful forest garden featuring incredible stone walls and the impressive Lodge and outbuildings that were a labor of love and passion for this place. We have the full history of this property dating back to the original custodians of this land the Pallitore Aborigines who once lived and thrived here with evidence of their inhabitance preserved close by and on this property. We pay our deepest respects to this land and Aboriginal elders past, present and emerging. We know this land was never seeded and work to honour the cultural heritage of Lutruwita Tasmania and its first peoples. We feel honoured to be caretakers of this amazing place. Its been interesting to learn about the European history of this property as well and we’ve had visits from family members of those that once lived here. The old fallen relic shed on the lower part of the property marks the area of an original homestead where the Cunningham family lived for many years, farming and raising a family. It was also where timber workers lived while working at the local yard. 

As you wander the garden paths you will notice the many Waratahs which are mainly red with some yellow and white. Rhododenrons bloom fully in Spring with an array of colours, also gorgeous Camellias and a variety of natives. One important feature is the young and growing Wollemi Pine tree situated up the track from the vegetable herb garden. Chris planted this rare tree which was a gift from her daughter. 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 rainforest with the prominent Mother Cummings Peak and ridge in the background. There are various rainforest walks that meander from the garden. You can walk above and along the creek from Mothers Creek Walk, or down to a water hole behind the vegetable garden or up to the sweet waterfall with entrance behind the guest Cottage or into the forest on the other side past a small water hole.  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 original site and dam with amazing views of the mountains.

Carol and Geoffrey started putting their own touches on the garden and property after they moved here in August 2017 and now operate as an eco accommodation business, open garden events with balcony Cafe and private garden walk with lunch bookings.

Our Contact Address The Peak Forest Retreat 830 Western Creek Road Western Creek 7304 Ph: 0408553976