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Welcome to Down to Earth Farm Retreat!!!

Property ID : 15468
Coffee on deck

Coffee on deck

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Outer Area



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Front Area

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Entrance Area

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Sitting Area



Coffee on deck Outer Area Bathroom Front Area Entrance Area Front View Lounge Bedroom Sitting Area Bedroom


Bedrooms 2 Sleeps 4 Bathrooms 1.0 Type House Min. Stay 1 Night


Experience earth-sheltered living in either of the two accommodations, where the buildings are invisible from above and the roof is a native garden.

This is a private 130 acre property used for merino wool growing and offering breathtaking 360 degree views to the Great Dividing Range and over the Gippsland Lakes to Raymond Island and Paynesville. Take advantage of the proximity of the most popular attractions, explore the property, or relax and enjoy the sounds of the birds.

Graham and Debbie have worked as owner-builders to turn a dream into reality. The result is absolutely unique and now available for others to experience and learn about.

It is entirely earth sheltered with a glass face to take in the north sun and the view.

The native bush featuring Iron bark, Red Box and Stringy bark trees falls steeply away and is home to wallabies, wombats, echidnas and sugar gliders. Bird life is abundant and the Kookaburras a delight.

Look down from the private deck at the property as it falls steeply away. Look to the vegetable garden and orchard, and to the mouth of the Nicholson river entering the Gippsland Lakes.

See the merino sheep in the paddocks and in the morning and evenings, kangaroos and wallabies.

Across the lake is Paynesville, Eagle Point and Raymond Island and at night see the lights, as well as the navigations lights on the lakes and the oil rig at sea.

The land is divided into three paddocks and has areas of rocky outcrops, pasture, quiet gullies and a wetland. There is a dam stocked with fish and a large vegetable garden and orchards. We live as self-sufficiently as possible and continue to develop our organic food supply. Sunsets over the lakes and farmland are spectacular and the night sky provides a lightshow. Kangaroos and wallabies can be seen in the early morning and evening and the nocturnal wombats and possums after dark.Ironbark trees with their deep furrowed bark line the rocky ridges together with the round leaved red box trees and the easily detectable stringy barks.

You are welcome to explore the property and enjoy its space and solitude.

We set about designing and constructing a building that could be nestled inside the ground and then concealed with a native garden, blending in with the natural environment.The building is constructed of reinforced concrete with walls of glass facing the north and south.The design of the building embraces the theories of passive solar and thermal mass.

During your stay you are invited to make a time to talk with us about the building. We are “owner-builders” and are happy to share our stories.

Down To Earth Farm Retreat is located in the center of the East Gippsland attractions and it is possible to radiate out in a different direction each day to discover something interesting.

Bairnsdale is a little over 10 minutes away to the west and Lakes Entrance is 25 minutes to the east.

Fish in the lakes or in any or all of the rivers – the Mitchell, Nicholson or Tambo. Travel the short distance to Bruthen and the Bullant Brewery or north from Bruthen along the Great Alpine Road towards Omeo.

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About the place


Fish in the Nicholson or Tambo Rivers just minutes away, or explore the Gippsland Lakes. Walk across the footbridge to the 90 Mile Beach at nearby Lakes Entrance. Enjoy morning coffee on the lake shore at Metung or Paynesville or just relax and take in the views.


Goose Gully golf course is a short drive. Alternatively, enjoy the 18 hole courses at either Lakes Entrance or Bairnsdale.

Special Interest

See native animals in their natural environment right on the property. Kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, echidnas and possums are easily seen, and there are birds in abundance. There are two wineries just minutes away, or travel 10 minutes to the micro-brewery at Bruthen.

How to reach there

Travel 10 minutes east from Bairnsdale on the Great Alpine Road. Turn right onto Duncan Road 1Km after you cross the Nicholson River. Follow the Blue "Farm Retreat" signs for 3Km.


Period Name Begin End Week Night Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Min Stay
Standard Price 12 Aug, 2016 30 Jun, 2017 200 250 1400 0 --

Standard Occupancy :2 Max Occupancy :4 Extra Person Rate : 30

Check In Time : 14:00 PM Check Out Time : 10:00 AM

Payment options :

Pay Pal,Bank Transfer

Rates Description

Price - $200 to $250 USD



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Outer Area Outer Area
Bathroom Bathroom
Front Area Front Area
Entrance Area Entrance Area
Front View Front View
Lounge Lounge
Bedroom Bedroom
Sitting Area Sitting Area
Bedroom Bedroom


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