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Valley Homestead (VIC)

Valley Homestead

This is a sensational camp up in the heart of the High Country. As the strap line states in their website listing “‘ located right at the centre of one of the most beautiful parts of country Australia- an absolute jewel” This couldn’t be more accurate. Twenty-nine (29) acres of private bushland. The camp sleeps 140 in 26 bunk-rooms, which are all en-suited. Built in the early 80’s out of 35,000 mud bricks it makes the place have a really rustic warm feel about it.
The camp sits right on the Alpine Road heading towards Bright, just outside of Myrtleford, once the capital of tobacco growing. The tobacco industry now practically all but gone from the region replaced by hops and fancy B&B’s now occupying the tobacco drying sheds.

Looking more like the entrance to a caravan park with its large bold sign-age it couldn’t be further from this. On approach the camp looks small and narrow from the driveway, but the expanse of buildings and especially activities go way up into the clouds on the hillside behind the camp. My drive around the camp with Rhonda up the steep winding track has me a gasp at every hair-pin bend in the gravel track as we come across activity after another. Abseiling, Climbing, Vertical Challenge, Power Poles, 220 metre Dual Flying Fox, Free fall Slide, Aerial Obstacle Course, Bush Survival activities. My absolute favourite, the Free-fall slide. Rhonda even admits that she finds this one a challenge to do! I have been on one of these at Questacon in Canberra and it does require some spare underwear close to hand. A bit like a Leap-of-faith but without the safety ropes. The majority of activities use the natural slope of the property, blending, bending, rising, falling and banking on each contour. The dual flying fox is a must do.

The Bush Activity Centre is one of the best I have seen to date. Sympathetic to the landscape, completely weather proof fire pit and shelter (essential for this region). Brilliant for fire damper making. It would make a great blokes bush retreat place, especially as it the furthest structure away from the main camp!

I could have spent hours and hours here, exploring all the nooks and crannies, walking the bush trails capping it off with a hot-tub at the end of the day. Sadly no.