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The Narmbool Lodge
The Narmbool Lodge is a modern facility, architecturally designed with sound environmental principals in mind. It consists of a large informal lounge which includes an open plan kitchen and dining area. The Narmbool Lodge overlooks Williamsons Creek and its picturesque valley. Visitors to the Lodge enjoy superb views across pasture and wetland, and further upwards to Narmbool’s bush conservation areas, with Mt Buninyong in the distance.

The Lodge accommodation
The Lodge Accommodation wing can accommodate groups of up to 74, plus eight staff. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom.

Arts centre
The Narmbool Lodge also includes two modern style and environmentally friendly learning spaces which host various educational sessions.

Learning centre
The Narmbool Lodge also includes two modern style and environmentally friendly learning spaces which host various educational sessions.

Mannas outstation
Mannas Outstation is one of two remote sites on Narmbool. It has recently been rebuilt after being destroyed in the 2015 Scotsburn fires. What was once a timber hut, is now a rammed earth modern style facility. Education sessions are run from this site and there is also the opportunity to camp overnight in the surrounding bushland. The building is located approximately a 2km from the Narmbool Lodge (also bus accessible).

Tea Tree Gully bush camp
Tea Tree Gully Bush Camp is the second of our two remote sites. IT features a tranquil bush campsite with a large grassy area for pitching tents. There is a large timber hut featuring an indoor fireplace to keep warm in the chilly winter months. There are also toilet and showering facilities, complete with a donkey boiler. Groups who visit this site will learn bush skills, animal tracking and plant identification. They learn responsibility for camp safety, cleanliness and cooking. Tea Tree Gully Bush Camp is available for both day visits and journey based overnight camping (outside of fire season).

Stables precinct
The Stables Precinct represents the significance of horses and how they were used on and around the farm. Students are able to walk through a fully equipped stable complete with a portable forge, before heading into our interactive stable room featuring a puzzle, 3D goggles and a life-size horse replica.

The woolshed is a facility often visited by our groups to witness firsthand the process of shearing, worming and handling sheep. Groups also get to participate in a hands on activity explaining the process of shearing sheep and classing wool.

The beautiful gardens surround the original homestead and are a short 15-minute walk from the Lodge, just past Echidna Dam. The gardens feature native grasses and plants as well as English-style flora and is used for various educational activities such as the ‘Garden Challenge’ and ‘Indigenous Plant Identification’.

Interpretation centre
What is now the Interpretation Centre, was the first building in the homestead precinct at Narmbool. It is a two roomed bluestone cottage built by Henry Munday in the early 1850s. Now, it is used as a ‘mini museum’ to educate guests on both the history of, and present day Narmbool.

Walking trails
There are several walking trails that go through the property, leading to both our remote sites, Mannas Outstation and Tea Tree Gully Bush camp. The trails feature a variety of landscapes such as paddocks, grasslands and bush. On these walks, students will have the opportunity to spot native flora and fauna.

Silcrete quarry
Narmbool is part of the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung people. At Narmbool, it has been discovered that there is a Silcrete Quarry which was used by the Aboriginal people thousands of years ago. With permission, we share the history and significance of this site with groups who visit.

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