Safe and Sustainable Living in Challenging Times
The 2020 bushfires came within 500 metres of our property and we were relieved that we suffered no damage to our unique environment. We remained on our property as the fires approached however because we were safe.
Our buildings are specifically designed to be bushfire-proof and in fact we have the only guest accommodation of its type in Australia. During these fires our guests were safe and we provided a haven for others living nearby.
We are secluded and safe
Since these fires many have visited to view the buildings and be inspired by the safe building design and construction. We are passionate about how we live and welcome questions from visitors.
We have a commitment to living sustainably
- Our underground buildings take the temperature of the thermal mass of the earth
- We do not require air-conditioning
- Our hydronic central heating uses solar energy supported by a wood burning furnace when needed to circulate hot water through the floor
- The floor-to ceiling windows are double-glazed
We Grow our Food
- Our large vegetable gardens provide year round organically grown produce
- We have three enclosed orchards for fruit trees
- We are increasing our berry production
Guests are welcome to wander through the gardens and orchards. We are available to make these occasions guided if you wish. We have learned much from others and are happy to pass on this knowledge.
Links With East Gippsland Aboriginal Culture
Observe the large dead tree near Lakeview and the scar on the trunk left from long ago, when the Gunai/Kurnai Aboriginal people cut a carrying container from the tree, most likely well before colonization.
Explore the land and find the 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.
Visit the Keeping Place in Bairnsdale to learn about Gunai-Kurnai culture in the Lakes Entrance and Gippsland Lakes areas prior to European settlement. http://www.batalukculturaltrail.com.au/krowathunkooloong.php